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White smokes rises from burning houses in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after a strong earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in the area. (AP Photo/Kenji Shimizu, The Yomiuri Shimbun)

NU Online News Service, March  16, 3:13 p.m. EST

A question similar to one that followed the New Zealand earthquake earlier this year now follows the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake: Will this event be the one to harden rates?

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