Tsunami washes away vehicles

Tsunami washes away vehicles - The Meteorological Agency says a tsunami more than 7.3 meters high hit Soma Port in Fukushima Prefecture at 3:50 PM on Friday.

Thirty minutes earlier, tsunami more than 4 meters high hit the ports of Kamaishi and Miyako in Iwate Prefecture.

Cars on a flooded street following an earthquake-triggered tsumani in Miyagi prefecture, a fire burns at a natural gas storage facility in Chiba (Picture: AFP/ REUTERS)

Tsunami over 3 meters high were observed at Oarai Port in Ibaraki Prefecture, Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, and Ofunato Port in Iwate Prefecture.

NHK helicopter footage on live TV has shown a large number of houses being washed away in Miyagi Prefecture and elsewhere.

In Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture, many oceanside houses are under water.

An NHK camera installed at the Hachinohe Port in Aomori Prefecture has shown seawaters flooding parked cars.

The tsunami aftermath was also captured by another NHK camera in Iwaki City in Fukushima Prefecture, where ships and containers have been swept away from the port, before the wave hit a seaside road.

A large number of buildings and oil facilities can be seen burning in wide areas of the Pacific coast. : Friday, March 11, 2011 17:09 +0900 ( nhk.or.jp )

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