A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a "nuclear emergency."
Members of a British search and rescue team search a smoldering industrial facility damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Japan.
A mother reunites with her daughter after the daughter found her mother at a shelter in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture on March 15, 2011.
A Replica Statue of Liberty stands next to tsunami damaged buildings, at Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture on March 15, 2011. Japan's government urged people against panic-buying of food and supplies, as the country grapples with an earthquake and tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis.
A man shops in a convenience store where shelves on food aisles are left empty in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
Employees of a company react at the place where their company was used to be located in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. Their colleagues and the company's president are still missing.
Evacuees use temporary public telephones set up in Yamada, Iwate prefecture. Explosions and a fire at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant unleashed dangerous radiation, sparking a collapse on the stock market and panic-buying in supermarkets in a country already hard hit by a monster earthquake and a tsunami.
Messages are left for loved ones on a white board at an evacuation centre after leaving there coastal homes in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Explosions and a fire at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant in neighboring Fukushima prefecture unleashed dangerous radiation on March 15, sparking a collapse on the stock market and panic-buying in supermarkets.
A ferry stranded on top of a building is seen in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Click to see dramatic photos from the quake.
A ship is stranded in Sendai, northern Japan after a giant, quake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland.
Vessels float on oil spilled water in Fudai, Iwate, northern Japan.
Residents evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities damaged in Friday's massive earthquake, are checked for radiation contamination.
Tsunami evacuee is carried to hospital from an evacuation center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan.
A resident wipes tears as she finds no remains of her home in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeast coast.
A man holds his dog as they are scanned for levels of radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Japan. At least 1,000 people are presumed dead from Friday's massive 8.9 quake, most drowned by the wave of water that swept across the northeast coast of the island nation.
The 13-foot tsunami flooded over the surrounding areas and swept cars and buildings far inland before reversing directions and carrying them out to sea. Houses are ablaze while the Natori river is flooded by tidal waves around Natori city. Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.
A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit off Japan's northeastern coast Friday afternoon, setting off a 13-foot tsunami that swept cars and buildings far inland. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water.
People watch the aftermath of tsunami tidal waves covering a port at Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. At least 200 people were reported dead and dozens are missing hundreds of miles from the quake's center.
A tsunami tidal wave washes away houses in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Using boats, Japan Defense Force assist people through the flooded waters in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning,
A road in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan is littered with vehicles and debris as of Saturday.
Stranded commuters near Tokyo wrap themselves in blankets bracing for chilly evening at a park in Yokohama, following a strong earthquake.
Flames rise from houses on fire after powerful earthquakes hit Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
Displaced cargo containers in Sendai, the hardest hit city in the aftermath of the earthquake, on Saturday.
On Sunday, fire department officials wait for evacuees from the areas near the Fukushima nuclear facilities damaged by the earthquake.
Car headlights from a steady stream of cars form a line as residents evacuate the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. Tsunami warnings were issued as a result of a massive earthquake in Japan.
A naval officer carries out preventive operations in Valparaiso's bay, 120 km northwest of Santiago, after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera issued a preventive alert due to the imminent threat of a tsunami following a powerful earthquake off Japan.
People remain at the beach in the port city of Valparaiso, even though Chilean President Sebastian Pinera issued a preemptive tsunami warning after an earthquake struck Japan. Reactions to the potential tsunami were mixed in Latin American nations along the Pacific coast, most of which have experienced devastating earthquakes in the past.
A tsunami watch has been issued for Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States in the wake of the earthquake. Civil Defense training logistics planners discuss tsunami response efforts at civil defense headquarters in Honolulu .
A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter hovers low over Waikiki Beach attempting to chase away some people who had wandered onto the beach early Friday morning.
A police officer with the Honolulu Police Department talks through his public address system warning boat owners in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor to evacuate. The state of Hawaii was under a tsunami warning due to a large 8.9 earthquake off Japan.
Hotel guests around Hawaii have already begun to evacuate. The Pacific Tsunami Center expects the wave to hit Oahu at 3:21 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time.
Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismoloy Director Renato Solidum points to the map discussing the impact of a tsunami in Manila, Philippines. Alerts have also been issued for Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America.
Officials are still trying to assess the extent of destruction that has since prompted a "nuclear emergency." The government's top spokesman, Yukio Edano, said that the country was sending troops to the quake-hit area to join relief efforts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the quake caused "major damage" in northeastern Japan.
An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, Friday March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coasts. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
A rescuer and a dog search for the missing in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan Saturday.
At a community center in Iwaki City, a girl who was evacuated from the areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant watches the news Saturday.
Outside of a school near devastated city Sendai, people pump for fresh water Sunday.
The earthquake affected transportation, which in turn impacted the food supply. Here a shopper sees a short supply of meat at a Tokyo supermarket on Sunday.
Amid concerns about South Korea's disaster preparedness, South Korean kindergartners participate in an earthquake drill in Seoul.
A mother and daughter in northeastern Japan are tested for radiation exposure.
Worried Chinese shoppers stock up on iodized salt after hearing that eating it and spreading it on the body will guard against contamination from radiation. The government has reassured the public that the country's salt supplies are plentiful.
Children in Russia's far east, north of Japan, wear face masks amid concerns that Japan's nuclear crisis could spread.
Evacuees from Kawauchimura, Japan, 20 miles north of the nuclear crisis, wait to receive radiation exposure screening.
Off the coast of Japan, members of the U.S. Navy use a radiation detector to search for possible surface contaminants aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.