Thousands of people are thought to have died in the quake, but there have been amazing stories of survival too, like this little girl who was pulled to safety in Kesennuma.
This tiny baby is only four-months-old, but she survived the quake in Ishinomaki city.
Many of the people who were caught in the quake were elderly, as they couldn't get away fast enough. This old lady was rescued from the ruins of Kesunnuma city.
And this elderly man was carried to safety in the town of Minamisanriku, which was almost completely destroyed in the quake.
There were miraculous rescues across Japan. This old man was pulled to safety from damaged buildings in Kesennuma city.
One of the worst hit areas was Sendai. This man was lifted to safety from the ruined city by helicopter.