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Terrifying video shows the power of the tsunami in Japan in 2011

Terrifying video shows the enormous power of the 2011 tsunami earthquake in Japan, which shook the airport violently and then flooded the runway in MINUTEN – before the world’s worst nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl was caused

  • The recordings were made by a passenger at Sendai Airport on 11 March 2011
  • It shows an earthquake and tsunami with a force of 9.1 that killed up to 18,000
  • The rising water sweeps away trucks and vehicles while overwhelming the runway

These amazing new images of the Japanese tsunami from 2011 show an airport shaking in the earthquake with a force of 9.1 before waves crash onto the asphalt and flood the runway.

The footage, taken by a passenger at Sendai Airport on March 11, 2011, was taken in the midst of a disaster in which more than 18,000 people were killed or missing and caused the worst meltdown in the world since Chernobyl.

Published by TV channel ANN, the video shows mothers desperately trying to protect their children at the airport while tables and chairs are flung around.

The attention then focuses on the tsunami outside where the rising water submerges trucks and vehicles while completely overwhelming the runway.

These images published by a Japanese TV station show an airport in the middle of the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that led to the Fukushima disaster

Overrun: The images show the tsunami on a destructive path outside the airport, where the rising water submerges trucks and vehicles while completely overwhelming the runway

Overrun: The images show the tsunami on a destructive path outside the airport, where the rising water submerges trucks and vehicles while completely overwhelming the runway

The images begin in an airport café, where the floor and walls vibrate violently in the midst of the earthquake.

Part of the furniture has been toppled with debris scattered over the floor, while lamps swing from left to right of the walls and ceiling.

At least two people protect their children from the earthquake as they shrink on the floor and behind a couch.

Eatery staff try to keep order as soon as shaking stops, rearranging tables and chairs while someone massages his back.

The camera angle then changes to show the impending destruction outside the airport terminal, with waves already starting to flow on the runway.

Within just a minute, the water has completely crossed the asphalt and flooded the trucks and other vehicles parked there.

A walkway between the terminal and the aircraft that would normally be parked there remained standing but was flooded by the water.

Within a few moments, piles of dirty debris hovered in the high water as the tsunami devastated Japan en masse.

Shaking: the images show the inside of an airport cafe, where the floor and walls vibrate violently in the middle of the March 2011 earthquake

Shaking: the images show the inside of an airport cafe, where the floor and walls vibrate violently in the middle of the March 2011 earthquake

Shaking: the images show the inside of an airport cafe, where the floor and walls vibrate violently in the middle of the March 2011 earthquake

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can be seen in a satellite image in the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can be seen in a satellite image in the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can be seen in a satellite image in the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986

Buildings destroyed by a tsunami are depicted in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, in northern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami

Buildings destroyed by a tsunami are depicted in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, in northern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami

Buildings destroyed by a tsunami are depicted in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, in northern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami

According to the National Police Agency, 18,430 people died or missed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

In addition, more than 3,700 people – most of them from Fukushima – died of illness or suicide in connection with the aftermath of the tragedy, according to government data, while more than 50,000 are still displaced.

The deadly tsunami has also flooded the emergency power supply at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

This caused its reactors to melt when cooling systems failed, causing the worst global nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Although no one has been officially registered as deceased due to radiation from the accident, dozens of reactors throughout Japan have been turned off in the aftermath.

The government has lifted evacuation orders for much of the region affected by the melt, except for a number of no-go zones with high radiation levels.

Authorities encourage evacuated people to return, but the population in Fukushima Prefecture has more than halved from around two million in the period before the disaster.

A road is destroyed by the earthquake with a force of 9.1, in which no fewer than 18,430 were killed or missing in March 2011

A road is destroyed by the earthquake with a force of 9.1, in which no fewer than 18,430 were killed or missing in March 2011

A road is destroyed by the earthquake with a force of 9.1, in which no fewer than 18,430 were killed or missing in March 2011

Two weeks after the disaster, a bus takes people along a flattened suburb in the Miyagi prefecture

Two weeks after the disaster, a bus takes people along a flattened suburb in the Miyagi prefecture

Two weeks after the disaster, a bus takes people along a flattened suburb in the Miyagi prefecture

The damaged third and fourth reactors of the TEPCO Fukushima No.1 power plant

The damaged third and fourth reactors of the TEPCO Fukushima No.1 power plant

The damaged third and fourth reactors of the TEPCO Fukushima No.1 power plant

WHAT WAS THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER OF JAPAN 2011?

In 2011, a 33 ft (10 m) high tsunami crashed in which nearly 19,000 people died in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima.

This led to various meltdowns, allowing harmful radioactive fuel rods and debris to escape from confined areas.

After ten years after the disaster, researchers are still struggling to clean up fuel in the waters of the wasteful reactors.

Shown is an aerial view of the reactors of the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima

Shown is an aerial view of the reactors of the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima

Shown is an aerial view of the reactors of the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima

It is estimated that factory officials left only 10 percent of the waste fuel after the nuclear melt.

And it is thought that the damaged plant leaks small amounts of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean, which could travel as far as the west coast of the United States.

Researchers now hope to use remote-controlled swimming robots to locate the lost fuel to find the safest way to remove it.

The government has lifted evacuation orders for much of the region affected by the melt, except for a number of no-go zones with high radiation levels.

Authorities encourage evacuated people to return, but the population in Fukushima Prefecture has more than halved from around two million in the period before the disaster.

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