Japan tsunami: A wall of water hits Kesennuma (video)


An aerial view show the devastated Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Kesennuma, a fishing port in Northeast Japan old near the epicenter of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake , was leveled by the quake and submerged by the tsunami Friday, the Guardian reported.

Shocking footage has emerged that shows a wall of water hitting the town of Kesennuma from street level, taking houses and cars in its wake, as a horn sounds in the background. WATCH:

Kesennuma says thousands of its more than 70,000 citizens remain missing, Japanese paper the Daily Yomiuri reported. Parts of cars, trucks, and houses lie in heaps of rubble. Kesennuma has no power or emergency generators, according to Channel 4 News. It also has only one hospital and is struggling to cope with the masses of bodies it is receiving. Japanese national television reported that all doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital continue to work not knowing about the status of own family members.

Satoshi Abe, a 55-year-old office worker in Kesennuma, told the Daily Yomiuri, "This is a hellish sight I can hardly believe.”

Local officials now fear forest fires on the peripheries of the town will soon reach it, Channel 4 News reported. Much of the town is already on fire. WATCH:

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