March will mark nine years since the horrific earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan. The country is steel feeling the effects of the disaster. The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that scientists estimate reached of up to 133 ft. (40.5 meters) in Miyako in Tōhoku’s Iwate Prefecture, and which, in the Sendai area, traveled at 435 mph for up to 6 miles (4 km) inland.
Tsunami waves were so powerful they traveled from Japan to South America and California.
WATCH: Video of Indonesian Tsunami
For one family, waiting on a flight at Sendai Airport, the shaking was caught on a camera phone. The violent movement seemed to go on and on and lasted for well over two minutes.
Here is the disturbing moment the earthquake struck and the tsunami which swept over the airport just moments later on March 11, 2011.
Here’s another video of the Tsunami hitting a large town.