Friday, March 11, 2011
TOKYO (AP) -- The images on Japanese TV resemble scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie. Powerful waves, filled with debris. Uncontrolled fires. A ship caught in a massive whirlpool.
Even for a country that is used to earthquakes, the one that struck today was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore.
Large fishing boats and other vessels were carried ashore, where they slammed against overpasses. Overturned and partially submerged cars bobbed in the water.
The tsunami roared over embankments, washing anything in its path inland before reversing direction and carrying the cars, homes and other debris out to sea. Flames shot from some of the homes, probably because of burst gas pipes.
Near the city of Sendai, waves of muddy waters flowed over farmland, carrying buildings -- including some that were on fire.
Highways to the worst-hit coastal areas buckled. Telephone lines snapped. Train service in northeastern Japan and in Tokyo is closed indefinitely.
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