Wreckage after the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011

Next to a road, a tall, two-story structure stands heavily damaged and ripped to shreds with a smashed upside-down boat.

Detailed Description

Damage as seen in Natori, Japan, in May 2011. The March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the east coast of Japan caused an epic tsunami. USGS scientist standing near the wrecked boat, and a car on the road, provide scale. Damage to the building indicates a 10-meter flow depth. Photo courtesy of Bruce Jaffe, USGS.


Image Dimensions: 1280 x 960

Date Taken:

Location Taken: Natori, 04, JP


Notes From the Field
International Tsunami Survey Team visits Japan in May 2011, following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.