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The 8.9 magnitude earthquake is thought to be the largest in Japan's history. More than 80 aftershocks followed, rattling the area with jolts that were magnitude 6.0 or greater. The main quake triggered a 23-foot tsunami that swept away cars, boats, and homes and left hundreds of people dead; Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area already. The pictures and video of the damage are shocking, and recent eye-witness reports are devestating.
"A big area of Sendai city near the coast, is flooded. We are hearing that people who were evacuated are stranded," said Rie Sugimoto, a reporter for NHK television in Sendai, in a Reuters report. "About 140 people, including children, were rushed to an elementary school and are on the rooftop but they are surrounded byRead More »from The 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami: Were you affected? Please check in! Also: how you can help