An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on March 11 — one of the largest recorded in the last 100 years. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that swept across parts of northern Japan and caused waves to hit shores as far away as Oregon. About 200 to 300 bodies were found in Sendai, the closest city to the epicenter of the quake — though Japanese officals expect the death toll to rise. Here, people in Tokyo watch the smoke rising from a fire caused by the earthquake.
This aerial shot shows houses engulfed in flames after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan.
Wreckage in a supermarket in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture after the earthquake.
An aerial shot shows vehicles, previously lined up and ready to be shipped, now piled on top of one another after being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture.
Residents cautiously investigate the damage done on a road split and raised alongside a house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan