March 11, 2011
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Waves of tsunami hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011. The largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday.

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People gather outside Sendai station after a powerful earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing scores of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

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Residents take a rest after being evacuated to City Hall in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture (state), Japan, after a powerful earthquake, the largest ever recorded, slammed Japan’s eastern coasts Friday, March 11, 2011.

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Travelers rest on the floor stranded at the Haneda airport Friday, March 11, 2011, in Tokyo, Japan, due to the massive 8.9 earthquake to hit off the shores of eastern Japan.

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Evacuees take a shelter during blackout in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, after one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coasts.

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Oil refinery facility is on fire in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, Friday, March 11, 2011 after strong earthquakes hit Japan.

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In this image made off Japan’s NHK television, a car rests amid debris of houses in the middle of a street in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan,Friday, March 11, 2011 after a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast.

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Buildings are damaged by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture (state), Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coasts.

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In this image made off Japan’s NHK television, badly damaged vehicles are seen amid debris in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011 after a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast.

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A lone man walks on Ala Moana Blvd. in downtown Honolulu Friday, March, 11, 2011, during a tsunami warning following a major earthquake in Japan. Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and brushed the U.S. western coast Friday but didn’t immediately cause major damage after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.

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People watch the water recede from Hobron Harbor in Honolulu on Friday, March 11, 2011. Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches before dawn Friday but didn’t cause any major damage after devastating Japan.

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The area is flooded by tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (state) as Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.

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People at a book store react as the store’s ceiling falls in Sendai, northern Japan Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

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Reporters at the Associated Press Tokyo Bureau in Tokyo take shelter under a table while a strong earthquake strikes eastern Japan Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011.

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Office workers in Tokyo’s Shiodome district near Tokyo Bay stay on the pedestrian deck, observing surrounding high-rise office and hotel buildings swaying Friday, March 11, 2011, shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan’s northeastern coast.

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Hotel employees gather at the hotel’s entrance in Tokyo, Japan while an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

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Yurikamome train passengers walk on the elevated track towards Shiodome Station in Tokyo near Tokyo Bay Friday, March 11, 2011, shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan’s northeastern coast.

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Yurikamome train passengers walk on the elevated track towards Shiodome Station in Tokyo’s Shiodome district near Tokyo Bay Friday, March 11, 2011, shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan’s northeastern coast.

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People at a book store react in Sendai, northern Japan as an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

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A mother and child crouch on a street in Tokyo while an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

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Black smoke rises from a burning building in Tokyo after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.