Aerial view of devastating flooding from magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan, as seen in The New York Times.
A devastating tsunami hit the coast of northeast Japan on Friday in the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake about 80 miles offshore.
Houses on fire were swept away by the tsunami in Natori city. The spectacle was all the more remarkable for being carried live on television, even as the waves engulfed flat farmland that offered no resistance.
Homes and other buildings burning in Natori.
The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.
Debris swept away by the tidal wave in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, in northern Japan.
Buildings burned in Iwaki city, a coastal town in Fukushima prefecture.
Natural gas storage tanks burning at a facility in Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo.
The water near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture.
Fishing boats and vehicles were carried ashore at Onahama port in Iwaki city.
Planes and vehicles that were swept away by the wave at Sendai airport, north of Tokyo.
Sendai airport was inundated with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways. NHK television transmitted aerial images of flood waters engulfing the airport, where survivors clustered on the roof of the main building.
A collapsed road in Urayasu city, in Chiba prefecture.
A collapsed home in Sukagawa city, in the northern part of the country.
Prime Minister Kan said the disaster caused major damage across wide areas. People evacuated to a rooftop at the port in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture.
The waves of the tsunami hit residences in Natori.
Rescuers tending to victims in Tokyo. The quake, which the broadcaster NHK described as the worst on record in Japan, occurred at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time and hit off Honshu, Japan’s most populous island. The quake was so powerful that buildings in central Tokyo, designed to withstand major earthquakes, swayed.
Vehicles ready for shipping were being carried like children’s toys by the tidal wave in Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture.
An aerial view of Hitachinaka city. A senior Japanese official said foreign countries had offered to help and Japan was prepared to seek overseas assistance.