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ASSOCIATED PRESS / KYODO NEWS

Houses swallowed by tsunami waves burn in the city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture (state), after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

CORRECTION | Due to an Associated Press error, a previous version of this post mistakenly put the location of this photo in Sendai. The photo is from Natori.