Below are some of the images captured during the tsunami.
In Sendai, the city largest near to the quake epicentre, the waves swept through the car park of the airport and engulfed buildings.
Houses in Natori were caught as a wall of water up to 10m (33ft) high in some places swept inland.
At least 300 people are already confirmed to have died but many are still missing.
Whirlpools could be seen off the coast of several cities, catching boats in their drag.
Damage to gas pipes and electricity lines meant many fires broke out in the aftermath of the quake, including in Natori City.
Source: BBC, Al-Jazeera & Reuters
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