Houses and cars are swept out to sea in Kesennuma city

Houses and cars are swept out to sea in Kesennuma City.  The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

( REUTERS photo / March 11, 2011 )

Houses and cars are swept out to sea in Kesennuma City. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

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