A 10-meter tsunami slammed into the Japanese city of Sendai killing hundreds and sweeping away everything in its wake.
The wall of water was triggered by the country’s biggest ever earthquake.
Cars, lorries and boats bobbed like toys as a wave of debris spread over huge swathes of northeastern Japan.
Some 3,000 people living close to a nuclear plant in Fukushima, north of Tokyo, were told to evacuate after the reactor’s cooling system malfunctioned, but there are no reports of a radiation leak.
Other nuclear power plants and oil refineries have been shut down following the 8.9 magnitude quake.
A ship carrying 100 people was swept away and passenger train is reported missing.
The world looked on in horror as dramatic pictures were beamed across the globe.
The international community has vowed to assist the country and the UN has 30 search and rescue teams ready to deploy.
The number of those killed continues to rise.