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Cars & ships wrecked by tsunami waves after Japan earthquake

Northern Japan has been swamped by a major tsunami. It was caused by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck 130 kilometres off the eastern coast - sending a 4-meter wall of water inland, causing widespread devastation.

The first wave has also reached Russia's Kuril islands to the north, reportedly around a metre high. In Japan, 200 people have reportedly been washed away, with several others missing on Japan's Sendai island. Tokyo's been all-but shut down - with fires and injuries widely reported there. Millions are without electricity.

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