Horrific Quake Hits Japan; Tsunamis Spread
|Homes, boats, and debris in the floodwaters of Sendai.|
Harrowing images are emerging from Japan, where an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsuanami with tidal waves in excess of 30 feet have turned the world upside down. Hundreds have already been confirmed dead. From the AP:
|Houses burn in the floodwaters|
The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Police said at least 60 people were killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.
The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant's system was unable to cool the reactor. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles (270 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.
This shows the tsunami about to hit Natori:
|Cars moved by tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki.|
A refinery plant in Ichihara is engulfed in flames:
Ships are washed ashore:
From the Sendai airport:
Cars in raging waters after being swept from a bridge: