#10 – Tohoku Earthquake
Six minutes of absolute terror struck the country of Japan on March 11, 2011 after a seemingly quiet history of tsunamis left citizens ill prepared for absolute devastation when the Tohoku Earthquake reared its ugly head. Starting just over 40 miles away from the coast of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku, the earthquake was one of the largest in modern history with an astounding magnitude of 9.0 that triggered a series of events including a large tsunami with waves towering at well over 100 feet.
In mass devastation across Japan, March 2015 reports of the tragedy confirmed nearly 16,000 deaths, over 6,000 injuries and approximately 2,500 missing as a result of the earthquake and accompanying tsunami. As news helicopters flew over the area, the depiction of live terror was surreal as reporters desperately tried to update and encourage their fellow men and women to seek shelter and safety from the incredible series of natural disasters spanning flooding, landslides, fires, and so much more.