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Fire and water engulf homes after earthquake and tsunami strike Japan

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Houses are set on fire and engulfed by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan on March 11. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a ten-metre (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline.

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Two men look at the smoke rising over the Tokyo skyline after the earthquake on March 11.

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An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping piled like dominoes after a tsunami tidal wave hit Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11.

 See more images from Japan in our slideshow and read the latest developments on the story here.

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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image shows the expected wave heights of the tsunami as it travels across the Pacific basin. The largest wave heights are expected near the earthquake epicenter, off Japan. The wave will decrease in height as it travels across the deep Pacific but grow taller as it nears coastal areas. In general, as the energy of the wave decreases with distance, the near shore heights will also decrease (e.g., coastal Hawaii will not expect heights of that encountered in coastal Japan). Tsunami waves rolled thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean after a massive earthquake off Japan and washed ashore in Hawaii early March 11.

The epicenter was 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan, which triggered the tsunami that swept away everything in its path and triggered alerts across the pacific basin. ITV's Paul Davies reports.