It was Friday, March 11, 2011 when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rattled off the coast of Japan. The most powerful known earthquake to hit the island nation triggered a series of tsunamis. Buildings shook and toppled. Entire villages were washed away. In telling the story, it was civilians and journalists who picked up their cameras and captured moments that resulted in nearly 20,000 people dead and the most expensive natural disaster in world history.
|River of Cars|
Surging waters sweep vehicles under a road bridge in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
Boats and cars are smashed like matchsticks by the tsunami wave in the city of Miyako.
|Tsunami Swallows Town|
Raw footage from Japan captures the tsunami hitting a town in Miyagi prefecture.
|Tsunami Breaches Floodgates|
The tsunami generates a powerful wave that breaches floodgates, washing away a car.