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March 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM

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Deadly duo strikes Japan | magnitude 8.9 earthquake and 30-foot tsunami

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Waves from a tsunami slammed into homes in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture (state), Japan, on Friday, March 11, 2011. The earthquake was 8.9 on the Richter scale; the largest in Japan's recorded history. The earthquake created a deadly 30-foot tsunami that devastated the eastern coast of Japan and raced across the Pacific Ocean.

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Earthquake-triggered tsunami waves sweep along Iwanuma in northern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 30-foot tsunami that swept away boats, cars, buildings and debris.

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Fishing boats surge inland in Asahi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, after a ferocious tsunami was unleashed by Japan's largest recorded earthquake on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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The tsunami ripped this house from its foundation and washed it into a bridge support in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday morning, March 12, 2011.

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Houses and debris burn after being torn from their foundations and piled together on the flooded Natori River in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 11, 2011.

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Light planes and cars rest among debris after they were swept by a tsunami that struck Sendai Airport in northern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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A tsunami whirlpool swirls near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, after its eastern coast was struck by a strong earthquake on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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As day breaks following Japan's largest earthquake, a Self-Defense Force member rescues an elderly man in the tsunami-ravaged city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Saturday morning, March 12, 2011.

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Rescuers use a container to help people who stayed overnight in an earthquake and tsunami-damaged building in Kesennuma, northern Japan on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and 30-foot tsunami the previous day. It was the largest recorded earthquake in Japanese history.

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Soldiers guide a boat through flooded streets to evacuate residents of Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. More than 1,000 people are feared dead after a monster tsunami, unleashed by a massive earthquake, wreaked destruction across northeast Japan and triggered alarms at nuclear-power plants.

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People wait for rescue on the rooftop of a tsunami and earthquake-ravaged building in Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, on Saturday morning, March 12, 2011.

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A young girl is rescued in Kesennuma, Miyagi, northern Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after Japan's largest recorded earthquake, an 8.9 magnitude, shook the eastern coast and unleashed a 30-foot tsunami.

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