Powerful quake, tsunami kills thousands in Japan!
Japan's monumental earthquake is judged the biggest on record for that temblor-prone nation. But the impact isn't contained to one country or region. Quake shock waves powered a tsunami that traveled at the speed of a jumbo jet across the Pacific to rake the California coast and South America.
The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them more than magnitude 6.0.
Earthquake-triggered tsunami waves sweep along Iwanuma in northern Japan, March 11, 2011. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's eastern coast, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.
Waves of tsunami hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture (state), Japan, March 11, 2011.
Houses are shown in flame while the Natori river floods over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 11, 2011, after strong earthquakes hit the area.
Houses and others burn in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, March 11, 2011 after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast earlier in the day.
Sendai Airport is surrounded by waters in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, after a ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast, March 11, 2011.
Tsunami swirls near a point in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture after Japan was stuck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast March 11, 2011.
Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsunami that struck Sendai airport in northern Japan, March 11, 2011.
A worker inspects a caved-in section of the Joban Motorway near Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, after one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast, March 11, 2011.
Residents check the damage to a house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2011.
People gather outside Sendai station after a powerful earthquake hit northern, March 11, 2011.
People take shelter at a temporary evacuation center with no electricity, March 11, 2011, in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami - March 11, 2011
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