I compiled some of the best quality footage from the Tsunami. TOKYO -- A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter. A large section of Kesennuma, a town of 70,000 people in Miyagi, burned furiously into the night with no apparent hope of being extinguished, public broadcaster NHK said.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

Those images were made by prof. Nozomu Yoshida, teacher and researcher at the Tohoku Gakuin University. He gave me the autorization to publish this video (I made it by compiling the native format of the ones he published on its own website, because they were not easy to watch), and I want to thank him a lot for that. I am french, I am just someone who is very sad about what happened to Japan.

Some residents can be seen running for their lives as waters pummel the landscape with deadly speed. Reported by ITV's Neil Connery.

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Japanese Coast Guard release new footage of the tsunami engulfing Sendai,

Kamaishi and Kensennuma.