➢ VIEW: Extended NHK World raw footage at YouTube of the same tsunami over-running dwellings at Fukushima
➢ VIEW: Even more appalling nine-minute tsunami sequence “as live” on NHK World
➢ VIEW: Shorter CNN clip as tsunamis hit Fukushima
➢ VIEW: Russia Today’s added helicopter view of successive giant tsunamis
➢ VIEW: Another YouTube version of the same tsunami over-running dwellings at Fukushima
➢ VIEW: Edited video package includes tsunami sequence at Guardian Online
❚ THE MOST DISTRESSING news footage of the day is this prolonged aerial sequence as an NHK news team pursues the grim rampage of the tsunami crossing the coastline of Japan to devour the farmland beyond. Nothing so visceral and horribly mesmerising has unfolded effectively in real time since 9-11 when we watched the wretched victims inside the Twin Towers trying to escape the flames.
Here the flying camera witnesses the murderous progress of the tsunami through the Fukushima district after being triggered by an enormous undersea earthquake 80 miles offshore. A series of ferocious 20-ft high waves surge up the beaches to grab burning houses, boats and cars, shred them and speed all in a waterborne avalanche across the fields. We watch a river being engorged and surmounted within seconds, while the captive boats and swirling sludge career on towards motorists and pedestrians who we can see from above will be next to be consumed. It is heart-rending.
All along the seaboard, villages have been flattened, railway trains swept away, an oil refinery reduced to a hellish inferno, and you know thousands must be dead. Then came an eye-opening video, as if more proof were needed of the sheer might of water. The news footage below was shot at street level in Kesennuma City in north-eastern Japan where the camera operator risks joining the furious black torrent thrusting lorries and debris through the streets with incredible speed and force. The only course of action when a tsunami is announced is to head inland for high ground as fast as you can. Worth knowing when we, as fortunate observers of today’s horrors, take our next holiday anywhere in the Pacific.
➢ VIEW: More distressing scenes of the entire town of Tagajo in Miyagi on the rampage as a man videos his neighbours fleeing from the advancing debris
➢ VIEW: Submerged street scenes as the tsunami sweeps whole vehicles through Kesennuma City