By: Emma Kwee
One day after Japan was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter’s scale and a consecutive tsunami, the damage became apparent as the sun rose and the full scale of the disaster became visible. Here some disturbing footage of the awesome destruction caused by the tsunami.
The tsunami hit the north-east coast with 10 meter waves, that in some places reached as far as 10 kilometers inland. It swept people, cars, homes, boats and planes and triggered widespread fires.
Two train carriages were lost, the Sendai airport was engulfed in a steady stream of mud and a nuclear emergency was declared after a cooling failure in Onagawa’s nuclear power plant.
This boat got trapped in a huge whirlpool.
It is unclear how many people lost their lives, but the current estimate is that over 10.000 people died. Widespread blackouts and chaos make it hard to reach people by phone or e-mail. Google launched a people finder as part of a crisis response page with tools for those seeking information on Japan and resources for those in the country.
If you wish to help, you can donate to the Red Cross, your gift to the American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. Click here for more suggestions on how you can help.