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The March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan followed by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Complex are described. The report focuses on the damage caused by the earthquake and the resulting effects of the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and subsequent evacuations of people from an exclusion zone around the reactor. The effect on animals is not addressed but the Fukushima disaster is compared to the disaster in the US caused by Hurricane Katrina. Both of these disasters had substantial impacts on animals and their human caretakers and represent something of a watershed in how both countries address the issue of animals in disasters.