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A Visual Tour of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami That Hit Japan [Slide Show]

Maps and on-the-ground views reveal the aftermath and its extent
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CAUTIONARY TALE:

A tsunami warning seen from a freeway in San Francisco, CA.....[ More ]

ON THE ALERT:

NOAA issued tsunami alerts for the West Coast of the U.S., which saw waves as high as two meters that resulted in damaged boats and marine facilities and at least one report of a person swept to sea.....[ More ]

WAVE POOL:

The water in a Tokyo swimming pool trembles and heaves from aftershocks of the earthquake.....[ More ]

AFTERSHOCKED:

This map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows 103 aftershocks ( red ) within 15 hours of the main quake ( yellow ). The sizes of the circles indicate the magnitudes of the shocks on the moment magnitude scale (MMS).....[ More ]

QUAKE COSTS:

Based on estimated structural damage, the U.S. Geological Survey predicts serious human and economic costs from the earthquake: hundreds of fatalities in cities along the East coast of Japan and economic losses in the thousands of millions of U.S.....[ More ]

LONG WAIT:

Stranded passengers hunker down in the Shinjuku station, the main mass-transit hub in Tokyo.....[ More ]

THE VIEW FROM SPACE:

An infrared image of the Pacific Ocean taken approximately six hours after the earthquake struck. The image was taken by NASA's GOES-11 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite).....[ More ]

PROTECTIVE GEAR:

Children in Tokyo are evacuated to a park after the earthquake.....[ More ]

HIGH SEAS:

Amplitude forecast (in centimeters) for the tsunami waves as calculated by NOAA's MOST (Method of Splitting Tsunami) model. The gray contours show predicted wave arrival times.....[ More ]

EXPLOSIVE VIEW:

An oil tank explosion in Tokyo Bay at 5:05pm local time captured by photographer Michio Endo.....[ More ]

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