The Japan crisis in pictures

Last Thursday an enormous 8.9/90 magnitude earthquake struck just 69 miles off the north east coast of Japan. The quake – so powerful it shifted the earth’s axis by 10 cm – was followed by a tsunami that ripped into the coastal areas with terrifying force and speed. Waves of 33 ft hammered their way miles inland, carrying cars and buildings along as though they were small toys. Reports of four damaged nuclear power plants surfaced as Japanese authorities desperately try to prevent nuclear meltdown in at least two reactors. At the time of writing the official death toll stands at 1,700, but tens of thousands still remain missing.