A 8.9 magnitude earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami on March 11. Hours later into the day, rubble litters the streets of northern Japan and fires blaze.
Smoke rises from Fukushima Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor after an explosion Saturday, March 12 in this image from video footage. An explosion blew the roof off the unstable reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, Japanese media said, raising fears of a disastrous meltdown at a nuclear plant damaged in the massive earthquake that hit Japan. (NTV via Reuters TV / Reuters)