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13 Mar 2011 06:18 GMT
A massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in northeastern Japan killing hundreds. [Reuters]
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck on Friday afternoon, creating gigantic waves. [Reuters]
Water submerged highways in the city of Sendai as the tsunami struck [AFP]
The quake shook Japan and roads in many cities caved in. [AFP]
Thousands ran out of buildings in panic and were left in a state of shock. [Reuters]
Countries around the Pacific basin were put on tsunami alert. [Reuters]
Fires broke out and Japan(***)s nuclear industry was on alert as reactors shut down automatically as a safety precaution. [Reuters]
The tidal waves swept away cars, boats, homes and people as the tsunami overwhelmed coastal barriers. [AFP]
The magnitude of Friday(***)s quake was the highest ever recorded in Japan [Reuters]
Train services in capital Tokyo were suspended following the quake. [GALLO/GETTY]
Given the scale of the disaster, it will be days before the extent of damage is finally known. [AFP]
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