Massive quake, tsunami wreak havoc in Japan
Mar 11, 2011
The island nation was hit by an 8.9 earthquake, the biggest on record for the country, off its northeastern coast on Friday at 2.46 pm local time. A tsunami, triggered by the quake, had waves 10 metre high and washed away buildings, cars and tons of debris miles inland. Though the exact numbers are not known yet, it is feared that the death toll could be huge. Photos: AP
Tarmac, parking lot and surrounding areas are covered with mud and debris carried by tsunami at Sendai Airport in Miyagi Prefecture. A magnitude-8.9 earthquake hit northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami as high as 10 metres Photo: AP
The epicenter of the quake is reported to be off the Oshika Peninsula, east coast of Tohoku, at 2:46 p.m. local time (11.16 a.m. IST) at a depth of 24.4 km. Here, parts of houses swallowed by tsunami burn in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Photo: AP
The earthquake is the largest to hit Japan in recorded history, and the seventh largest in the world since records began. Photo shows trucks sitting overturned and boats cast on a pier after tsunami waters ebbed away in a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Photo: AP
Giant fireballs rise from a burning oil refinery in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. Nuclear power stations in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures shut down operations automatically after the quake. Photo: AP
People watch the aftermath of tsunami tidal waves covering a port at Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the quake caused "major damage" in northeastern Japan, but dismissed threats to nuclear power facilities in the area. Photo: AP
Residents in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture walk through the rubble caused by the earthquake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has also been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii. Photo: AP
In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, water surrounds the airport building at Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture. More than 100 people were injured and many were missing, including a number of children who were sucked into the sea, NHK reported. Photo: AP
Video image taken from Japan's NHK TV shows water flooding the runway as airplanes are seen parked, background, near the airport building at Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture. Photo: AP
Passengers await information at Tokyo's Shinagawa station. Japanese train service, including bullet trains, was suspended in northeastern and central Japan, also in the Tokyo area. Photo: AP
A mother and child crouch on a street in quake-hit Tokyo. Hundreds of people were evacuated from Shinjuku station, the world's busiest, to a nearby park. Tokyo's main airport has been closed. Photo: AP
Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture is flooded by tsunami after the earthquake hits Japan. A tsunami 7 metres high hit the city of Soma in Fukushima, triggering a landslide there. Photo: AP
This image from NHK TV footage shows vehicles being washed away by tsunami in a coastal area in eastern Japan. The Meteorological Agency said there were more aftershocks than usual, including three of more than magnitude 7. Photo: AP
Thousands of stranded people roamed the streets of Tokyo or holed up in offices and train stations as the capital came to a standstill on Friday. Photo shows stranded shoppers sitting on the floor of a department store in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Photo: AP
Oarai town is submerged after a tsunami in Ibaraki Prefecture. Highways to the worst-hit coastal areas were severely damaged and communications, including telephone lines, were snapped. Photo: AP
Hotel employees squat down in horror at a hotel's entrance in Tokyo. Photo: AP
Parts of a beer factory's facilities are collapsed as the employees gather on the rooftops in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Photo: AP
Tsunami swirls near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Japan's nuclear safety agency has ordered a state of emergency at a Fukushima plant and asked thousands of residents to evacuate. Photo: AP
In this video image taken from NHK TV, ships and boats are washed ashore in Hachinohe, Japan on Friday. A ship with 80 people on board is missing after a tsunami triggered by a massive quake.
Houses are in flame while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by a tsunami in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Friday, after strong earthquakes hit the area.
Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsumani that struck Sendai airport in northern Japan on Friday.
In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, a tsunami surge throws boats against a building in Hachinoche, Aomori Prefecture, Japan on Friday, following a massive earth quake.
Tsunami swirls near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast on Friday.
A tsunami swirls inside a port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday.
Trucks sit overturned and boats are cast on a pier in a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture after tsunami ebbed away as Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast on Friday.
Part of houses swallowed by a tsunami burn in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast on Friday.
The area flooded by tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (state) as Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast on Friday.
Black smoke rises from a burning building in Tokyo after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast on Friday.
Train passengers walk on the elevated track towards Shiodome Station in Tokyo's Shiodome district near Tokyo Bay on Friday, shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan's northeastern coast.
Office workers in Tokyo's Shiodome district near Tokyo Bay stay on the pedestrian deck on Friday shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast.
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