It's going to be a year since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami devastated most parts of Japan March 11, 2011.

Over the past 12 months, the Japanese were being praised for doing a commendable job of clearing up quake debris and wrecks that cluttered across the country's coastal regions.

All these months, pictures of Japan's cleanup efforts were flashed across the Web and other media with the one showing a massive ship resting on a roof being one of the most powerful images that portrayed the intensity of the disaster.

While Japan was striving to recover from the aftermath of the disaster, nuclear radiation releases around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant further added to the woes.

As the country will mark first anniversary of the March 11 tsunami and earthquake Sunday, here are the latest pictures that show some tsunami-struck areas almost a year after the killer tsunami took its toll on the regions.