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Tokyo - Japan Earthquake 2011: Devastating Photos Of The Wreckage

Published on: March 13, 2011 12:59 PM
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Members of Japanese Self-Defence Force  prepare a convoy for search and rescue operations  in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 220km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami hit northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMATokyo -  March 11 was a devastating day for Japan, after a magnitude-8.9 offshore earthquake violently rattled the nation’s eastern coast before unleashing a deadly tsunami that swept away cars, homes and businesses as it touched land.

View unbelievable photos of the destruction below: More photos will be added throughout the day so make sure to check back often.

The sun rises over tsunami-devastated area in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 220km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Search and rescue workers look for survivors in the rubble in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, 13 March 2011 after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011 .Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

A resident walks between overturned vehicles as he heads for his parents' home in tsunami-devastated city of Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 220km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011. Strong earthquakes and tsunamis  hit  northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Flames and smoke  rise from a petroleum refining plant next to a heating power station in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 220km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011. This follows the strong earthquakes and tsunami which according to Japanese police could take more than 10,000 lives.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

 Flames and smoke  rise from a petroleum refining plant next to a heating power station in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 220km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011. This follows the strong earthquakes and tsunami which according to Japanese police could take more than 10,000 lives.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A soldier comforts a survivor in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan 13 March 2011 of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011 Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 A handout picture provided by the Navy Visual News Service on 13 March 2011 shows sailors and marines aboard U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as they move pallets of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HADR) kits across the ship's flight deck, during an underway replenishment with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) on 11 March 2011. Blue Ridge loaded another supply of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief kits to ensure the crew is ready to provide humanitarian assistance in of support earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan as directed.  EPA/

A light aircraft is seen in the rubble at Sendai airport after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011, Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 13 2011. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000.  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

Scattered car batteries are seen at Sendai Port after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 13 2011.  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

A 'Japan Disaster Medical Assistance Team' member looks at the scene of devastion at Sendai Port 13 March 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami  ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 Activity by Japan's Self-Defense Forces   in the tsunami-devastated city of  Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

 With both sides of the track covered in water local residents walk on the railway line in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A family walk around Sendai Port 13 March 2011 after a devastating earthquake and tsunami  ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 Japan's Self-Defense Forces members and city officials collect bodies found intsunami-devasted city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A fire in a warehouse burns out of control at Sendai Port 13 March 2011 after a devastating earthquake and tsunami  ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 Search and rescue workers look inside cars for survivors at Sendai Port 13 mARCH 2011 after a devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011, Sendai. Japanese police say that the number of people killed in the disaster could surpass 10,000  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD


Firemen put out a blaze at Sendai Port after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 13 2011.  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 A handout picture provided by U.S. Marine Corps on 13 March 2011 shows Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force as they load supplies and equipment onto a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in Okinawa, Japan, 13 March 2011. The supplies will be delivered to mainland Japan to be used in humanitarian assistance operations following the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, March 11. The proximity of Marine Corps aviation assets at MCAS Futenma has allowed Marines from III MEF to rapidly deploy critically-needed supplies and aid to support the relief effort.  EPA/CPL.

A rescue helicopter of Japan's Self-Defence Force  flies over a makeshift evacuation center over the tsunami-devastated area in  Ishinomaki is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

 Against a backdrop of cars flipped by the tsunami, local residents wade through water in the devastated main street  in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

 A line of search and rescue workers looking for survivors in the rubble and wreckage in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan 13 March 2011 after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011. The death toll lis expected to surpass the 10,000 figure  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 A resident cycles through debris in the tsunami-devastated area of Ishinomaki is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

An elderly resident is rescued by Japan's Self-Defense Forces members in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A handout photograph made available by the Japanese Red Cross on 13 March 2011 shows the military coordinating the transportation of those who need to be evacuated after the earthquakes and tsunamis, near Ishinomaki Red Cross hospital in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on 12 March 2011. A powerful earthquake hit Japan on 11 March 2011.  EPA/Toshiharu Kato

A handout photograph made available by the Japanese Red Cross on 13 March 2011 shows that every available space is being used, providing areas for people to sleep, receive treatment, support relatives, and more at Ishinomaki Red Cross hospital in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on 12 March 2011. A powerful earthquake hit Japan on 11 March 2011.  EPA/Toshiharu Kato

People queue up for food rations at a supermarket after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged much of Japan's Pacific East coast on 11 March 2011, Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 13 2011.  EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

 Locals walk down one of the main thoroughfares of  Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 passing wrecked vehicles either side of the road after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Locals walk down one of the main thoroughfares of  Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 passing wrecked vehicles either side of the road after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

An elderly resident contemplates the event of the past days as she sits amongst driftwood and wreckage items in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Against a backdrop of cars flipped by the tsunami, local residents wade through wate in the devastated main street  in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Two residents push an elderly man in a supermarket trolley through water brought by tsunamis in the devastated main street  in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

From a higher-ground vantage point, residents look down at the tsunami-devastated area from beneth a torii gate in  Ishinomaki is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A partial view of the tsunami-devastated area of Ishinomaki is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, about 270km north of Tokyo,13 March, 2011 after strong earthquakes and tsunami killing more than 1,000 people were hitting northern Japan and Japanese capital of Tokyo area on 11 March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

People walk along a flooded street in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Self Defence Forces troops rescue people from flooded areas in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Patients recover in the first-floor lobby of a hospital in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A woman is rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self Defense Forces troops in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

People walk through floodwaters caused by a tsunami in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

People walk in front of a tuna fishing boat tossed on to land in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A boy looks at an award certificate that he found among debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. Japan faces a growing humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat. As officials on Sunday predicted the death toll could top 10,000, the country mobilised 100,000 soldiers to deliver food, water and fuel, and pull stranded survivors from buildings and damaged homes. More than 450,000 people had been evacuated.REUTERS/Kyodo

Sixty-year-old survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa (C) who was swept out to sea by a tsunami is rescued by crew members of Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Aegis vessell Choukai about 15km (9 miles) off Fukushima prefecture, March 13, 2011. The crew of the JMSDF vessel found Hiromatsu clinging to the roof of his house on Sunday, two days after a tsunami caused by a massive earthquake swept him out to sea. The survivor is from Minamisoma, one of the cities worse hit by a powerful tsunami that has devastated parts of Japan's northeastern coast. REUTERS/

An elderly person has a meal at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. Japan faces a growing humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat.   REUTERS/Kyodo

A woman searches for supplies amid piles of debris in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. Japan faces a growing humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat. As officials on Sunday predicted the death toll could top 10,000, the country mobilised 100,000 soldiers to deliver food, water and fuel, and pull stranded survivors from buildings and damaged homes. More than 450,000 people had been evacuated. REUTERS/Kyodo

A woman looks out over the destroyed landscape in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. Japan faces a growing humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat.  REUTERS/Kyodo



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 Mar 13, 2011 at 02:57 PM Me Says:

God Bless the people of Japan.. let the world unite pray for peace in this small world.
let there be a quick and fast recovery in Japan and in a world of sorrow in so many areas.

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 Mar 13, 2011 at 03:12 PM Anonymous Says:

OMG. This is horrific.

What about the Jews Boys that were being help in Japan. Anyone know their fate? I think one of them is in Israel?

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 Mar 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM Leon Zacharowicz MD Says:

I was disappointed by the complete lack of tefillos for the people suffering there.
Each one of us should have these people in our prayers.

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