Above: A destroyed landscape in Otsuchi village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan. March 14, 2011. (Associated Press/Kyodo News) # Below: Nagasaki following the August 9, 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb “Fat Man”.
Kamaishi A tsunami more than 13 feet high struck Kamaishi and Miyako at 3:21 pm local time.
Ofunato A tsunami more than 10 feet high was observed at Ofunato Port. More than 300 houses were washed away in Ofunato city.
Kesennuma NHK television showed footage of a huge fire sweeping across Kesennuma, a city of more than 70,000 people. Whole blocks appear to be ablaze. Television footage also showed a large ship being swept away and ramming directly into a breakwater.
Ishinomaki A tsunami over 10 feet high was observed in Ishinomaki city and television footage showed homes being washed away.
Sendai In Sendai, the closest major city to the epicenter, the government put the official death toll at more than 300. Some 70,000 people evacuated to shelters, according to Kyodo News.
Soma At 3:50 pm on Friday, a tsunami surging higher than 24 feet struck Soma Port. Many oceanside houses were underwater.
Oarai A 14-foot tsunami hit Oarai Port at about 4:52 pm on Friday.
Tokyo Power has been cut to four million homes in and around Tokyo and several fires were seen blazing across the city. Downtown buildings shook violently during the quake.
Ichihara A large fire erupted at the Cosmo oil refinery and burned out of control with 100-foot high flames.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired the top image of the Sendai region on March 12, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The lower 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 lower image illustrates how far inland the flood extends.