Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast yesterday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

Pictures: Japan earthquake and tsunami

Women waiting

Women wait on the street after evacuating a building following an earthquake in Tokyo March 11, 2011.

Boats swept away

Boats are swept by a wave after a tsunami and earthquake in Asahikawa city March 11, 2011.

Homes on fire

(REUTERS/Yomiuri Yomiuri)

Houses and buildings burn following an earthquake in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011.

Flattened houses

(REUTERS/KYODO Kyodo)

Houses lie flattened after a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture March 11, 2011.

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