Earthquake, tsunami devastate Japan

by Anonymous on Mar. 11th, 2011

UPDATE: Here's an updated video showing the terrifying force of the tsunami that swept across the Japanese city of Sendai. It's not just an unstoppable wave; it's a juggernaut of debris.

8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan
8.9 magnitude earthquake hits JapanCourtesy USGS
A monster earthquake hit northern Japan today at 2:46pm local time (11:46pm CST) causing tremendous damage including the triggering of a deadly and devastating tsunami. The images of destruction coming out of the country are both stunning and heartbreaking. Early reports say a 30-foot wave slammed into the city of Sendai washing away houses, cars and other debris – some of it in flames. The city is located about 80 miles from the quake’s epicenter and has a population of over 1 million people. According to the USGS Earthquake site the tremblor occurred at a depth of about 15 miles. The initial shaking is reported to have lasted two minutes, and has been followed by several strong aftershocks. It’s the most powerful quake to hit Japan in 140 years, and there are already reports of 200-300 deaths. But unfortunately that will more than likely rise as time goes on and reports are updated. Tsunami warnings have been issued across much of the Pacific Rim and also Russia. Seven foot waves have already hit Hawaii.

NOAA's Tsunami Warning Center
USGS Earthquake center

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Nicola Weaver's picture
Nicola Weaver says:

This one is another shocker: it must be one of the largest ever.

All the videos have been placed here, up to date:

The pattern of these things is not good either. Looking at the dates on there of previous coverages, most are very recent. It is getting worse. :-(

posted on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 9:23am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:'s Big Picture on the earthquake and tsumani damages in Japan can be found here.

posted on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 12:12pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, JapanCourtesy NASA
NASA's image of the day today is a view of the flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan as seen from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

From the web site:

NASA’s Terra satellite's first view of northeastern Japan in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami reveal extensive flooding along the coast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired the right image of the Sendai region on March 12, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The left image, taken by Terra MODIS on February 26, 2011, is provided as a point of reference.

Water is black or dark blue in these images. It is difficult to see the coastline in the March 12 image, but a thin green line outlines the shore. This green line is higher-elevation land that is above water, presumably preventing the flood of water from returning to the sea. The flood indicator on the left image illustrates how far inland the flood extends.

posted on Sun, 03/13/2011 - 7:56am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Japan's Coastline Before and After the Tsunami
Japan's Coastline Before and After the TsunamiCourtesy German Aerospace Center (DLR)/Rapid Eye
Here's another NASA image of the day showing the view of the tsunami damage from space.

The image on the left was taken on Sept. 5, 2010; the image on the right was taken on March 12, 2011.

posted on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 8:16am

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