Australia's ABC News has published several dramatic before and after aerial shots of the massive destruction in Japan. The above pictures are of Sendai Airport in Northern Japan. See more remarkable interactive shots on the ABC News site.
Death toll from Japanese quake and tsunami now stands at 1,700 with about 10,000 missing from just one port town in the northern part of the country.
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A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 struck Japan earlier today. It's the largest quake to strike in Japan's recorded history and the fifth-largest recorded since 1900 in the world.
I'll keep updating this post as more information comes in...
Live video from Japan, above.
WATCH some unreal video footage of the quake and tsunami, AFTER THE JUMP...
Above, Reuters: "A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan"
AP: "Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter."
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected."
"A 33ft tsunami has reportedly killed at least 32 people as it swept over Japan's northeastern coast after the country's biggest earthquake in recorded history...The 8.9 magnitude megaquake caused a huge wave that hit the port of Sendai city, sending ships crashing into the shore and carrying cars and buildings through streets. It also rocked the capital, Tokyo, which was among the cities shaken by at least 19 subsequent aftershocks."
"It breaks my heart to be so far away and not be able to help those who need it. So I am taking to what I know best. For a city already struggling, the latest ‘quake is a blow to the morale of a truly great city. The city came together after the September ‘quake, and the city picked itself up. This time around, the damage is not only superficial — lives have been lost, and the city is unrecognizable."
Somebody's been hard at work since the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake constructing a website to blame the destruction on gay ski week, "swamp lesbians", "butch uglies & perverts", prostitutions, and abortion....
Whales dying on New Zealand beaches, over a million lambs dying in three days, a fiery plane crash, storms, wind, property losses over $5 billion, and hundreds of thousands of people, including children, going to bed each night wondering if the roof will fall on them during the night.
It was the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months, though Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude temblor caused far more destruction than a stronger September quake that struck before dawn on a weekend. More than 100 people, including as many as a dozen visiting Japanese students, were thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness — and drizzling rain — fell Tuesday night.