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Details of the devastation in Japan

Kamaishi: A tsunami more than 13 feet high struck Kamaishi and Miyako at 3:21 p.m. 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 appeared to be ablaze. TV footage also showed a large ship being swept away and ramming directly into a breakwater.

Ishinomaki: A tsunami more than 10 feet high was observed in Ishinomaki city and TV footage showed homes being washed away.

Sendai: In this city of more than a million people, 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 p.m. 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 about 4:52 p.m. Friday.

Tokyo: Power had been cut to 4 million homes in and around Tokyo; 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.

Okuma: A power outage disabled a nuclear reactor's cooling system, triggering evacuation orders for about 3,000 residents as the government declared a state of emergency.

Nagano: Two earthquakes, one measuring 6.2-magnitude and the other 6.6, hit north of here on Japan's west coast.

Sources: New York Times; AP

Details of the devastation in Japan 03/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2011 11:33pm]
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