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Japan: Citizen Videos of the Earthquake

This post is part of our special coverage on the Japan Earthquake 2011.

One has to admire a person with the wits to keep a video camera turned on while the ground is shaking beneath them. Citizen videos recorded Friday, March 11 during the earthquake and tsunami that caused mass devastation in many parts of Japan are all over YouTube. Among the many shared online, here are just a few.

The day of the big quake

Staffers at a supermarket in Tokyo hold up the shelves during a quake that lasted longer than a minute.

As the earthquake shakes a house, the people inside rush to the street.

These people watch a tsunami engulf Iioka Port in Chiba Prefecture from higher ground.

At Shinjuku station in Tokyo, on March 11, these were people who couldn't get home after the quake.

Two days later

After the quake, a man surveyed the damage in Iioka, Chiba Prefecture on March 13th and said: “It's like the wave passed through town.”

This post is part of our special coverage on the Japan Earthquake 2011.

Tomomi Sasaki translated from Japanese.

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