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In pictures: Japan earthquake

Scenes of devastation from Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country’s north-eastern c

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An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Broken chinaware lies scattered in the window of a porcelain shop in Tokyo following the huge 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

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Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a car park in Mito city in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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A pedestrian walkway in Urayasu city, Chiba Prefecture, buckled by the force of the earthquake.

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This aerial shot shows tsunami tidal waves moving upstream (left side) in the Naka River at Hitachinaka city, Ibaraki Prefecture.