Japan Wakes to Scenes of Devastation

Massive rescue operation gets under way
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Japan Wakes to Scenes of Devastation
Flames and smoke rise from an industrial area in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Morning has brought a clearer sense of the devastation in Japan caused by the fifth-largest earthquake recorded since 1900. Japanese media reports say the death toll from the quake-tsunami combination will certainly exceed 1,000, but no firm totals could be had. More than 120 aftershocks were recorded, reports AP, most with a magnitude of at least 5.0. Click for related coverage. (More Japan earthquake stories.)

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