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Tsunami wave

Cars on edge of collapsed road

Factory building collapsed

Traffic jam

Tsunami timeline

Tsunami propagation

Tsunami warning for North America

Contra Costa County tsunami alert

Busy intersection

Packed roadway

Commuters on foot

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.

Caption by / Photo by Xinhua/Kyodo
Two cars hang precariously on the edge of a collapsed roadway in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture.
Caption by / Photo by Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom
In Sukagawa city in Fukushima prefecture, a fire truck stands at the ready by a collapsed factory building.
Caption by / Photo by Fukushima Minpo/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom
Masses of people headed for home as here, in Tokyo's Akasaka district, on foot or stalled in traffic jams.
Caption by / Photo by Flickr user <a href="">Hikosaemon</a>
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued this estimate of when the tsunami would reach various parts of the world.
Caption by / Photo by NOAA
More vividly, NOAA used a computer prediction system to forecast tsunami wave heights from the Japanese earthquake.
Caption by / Photo by NOAA
NOAA's tsunami warning for the west coast of North America.
Caption by / Photo by NOAA
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!"
Caption by / Photo by Michael Wood
A normally quiet intersection in central Tokyo was busy Friday afternoon after all trains were stopped following the powerful earthquake.
Caption by / Photo by Kristen McQuillin
A road heading toward the western suburbs of Tokyo is packed with cars and buses.
Caption by / Photo by Kristen McQuillin
Commuters had to walk home through Tokyo because the magnitude-8.9 earthquake stopped trains.
Caption by / Photo by Kristen McQuillin
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