Japan Earthquake, 2011: Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture
Rikuzentakata, Iwate, population 23,197 (1/1/11) was virtually destroyed on the afternoon of March 11. Some 25 minutes after the massive 9.0 quake, a tsunami swept through the town, razing nearly everything in its path. As of Mon., March 13, 17,000 residents had been located in evacuation shelters. The whereabouts of the others is unknown. The video was shot by a local firefighter as the waters poured into the city and citizens ran to high ground.