These pictures of a massive ship resting on a roof speak a thousand words about the magnitude of the devastating earthquake that triggered a huge tsunami in Japan early this year.

Debris and wrecks cluttered across coastal regions of Japan following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

The cleanup efforts are going on as Japan strives to recover from the aftermath of the disaster, including nuclear radiation releases around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Below are a few before and after photos of the cleanup progress in some tsunami-stuck areas of Japan.