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A magnitude 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan today sends a tsunami ashore into a residential area in Natori, in the Miyagi Prefecture of northeastern Japan.
Editors' note: This slideshow was updated at 8:10 a.m. PT with additional photos.
Two cars hang precariously on the edge of a collapsed roadway in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture.
In Sukagawa city in Fukushima prefecture, a fire truck stands at the ready by a collapsed factory building.
Masses of people headed for home as here, in Tokyo's Akasaka district, on foot or stalled in traffic jams.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued this estimate of when the tsunami would reach various parts of the world.
More vividly, NOAA used a computer prediction system to forecast tsunami wave heights from the Japanese earthquake.
NOAA's tsunami warning for the west coast of North America.
Upon seeing this alert on his TV at 1:30 a.m. PT, San Francisco Bay Area resident Michael Wood exclaimed on Twitter: "Jeez! I've never seen a tsunami warning for Contra Costa County!"
A normally quiet intersection in central Tokyo was busy Friday afternoon after all trains were stopped following the powerful earthquake.
A road heading toward the western suburbs of Tokyo is packed with cars and buses.
Commuters had to walk home through Tokyo because the magnitude-8.9 earthquake stopped trains.