The massive offshore earthquake of 8.9 Richter scale and devastating tsunami have turned Japan's northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland. Powerful tsunami sent by one of the strongest ever recorded earthquakes has wiped away towns and cities in northeast coast and forced thousands of residents seeking shelter in the aftermath. Furthermore, the quake – tsunami also led to three multiple nuclear meltdowns. The nuclear meltdowns have forced more than 180,000 people evacuate from the area and caused electricity shortage in the whole Japan. More dangerously, the meltdowns result in 160 people may have been exposed to radiation. Here are most unforgettable images of Japan in history-recorded disaster.
An elder survivor leads his bicycle through the destructed town of Otsuchi on March 14.
The terrible tsunami crushes through the seawall, rushing into a street in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture on March 11.
A 60-year-old man from Japan's Minamisoma City has been washed out to the sea by tsunami. He spent two days clinging a piece of wood and was rescued on March 13.
The railway was mangled by the devastating offshore earthquake of 8.9 Richter scale.
A photo is coated with mud and lies in amid debris in Japanese town of Natori, Japan.
A petroleum-refining plant burns by Japan earthquake in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture.
A hand of dead man killed by Japan earthquake – tsunami is seen out of concrete sea barriers.
Devastating tsunami tosses a boat onto the top of building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 14.
Tsunami survivors embrace and cry when reuniting with other victims in the destroyed city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.
Elder survivors are taken care of at a Japanese Red Cross hospital on March 13.
A worker is throwing disinfectant powder on the ground of a damaged building in Iwate Prefecture.
A woman cries when looking at the devastated town in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture.
Rescue workers search for Japan earthquake victims in Tamura, Iwate Prefecture.