More than 160 people are feared dead after a giant tsunami wave rolled across Japan sweeping homes, cars and debris with it early this morning as we slept. The victims include 100 passengers on a cruise ship that was swept away by the tsunami. Shocking images of the carnage dominated national and international headlines this morning.

The 33-foot tsunami wave reached Japan's shores hours after the sixth largest earthquake in history devastated Japan.

In the photo above, a small pleasure boat became trapped in the center of a gigantic vortex created by the tsunami. The boat went under water taking an unknown number of souls with it.

According to The Daily Mail, the Japanese declared a state of emergency at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima after the 8.9 quake caused the cooling system to fail. Massive fireballs caused by explosions at an oil refinery scorched the sky.

People fled for their lives as the tidal waves crashed ashore. Others saw their homes and cars float past them as the huge wave of muddy water and floating debris moved over the mainland.

The death toll in Japan is expected to rise into the thousands even as the first waves of the tsunami reached the shores of Hawaii and other islands in the pacific. Luxury hotels in Hawaii implemented "vertical evacuations", moving guests to higher floors to escape the muddy waters.

A tsunami is formed when an earthquake shifts the ocean floor hundreds of miles out in the ocean. The pressure from the shifting plates creates a ripple effect in the water that gathers strength as the giant waves roll out from the epicenter toward land.

A receding tide is usually the first sign of an approaching tsunami.

Photos by: AP, Getty Images, Reuters

  • TruGemini

    :eek:

    Yall know what it is....

  • Alex

    :pray: for all those in the path of the tsunami and those that have already been hit. :pray: that my best friend, her hubby, and their son rides this out in Hawaii and come out unharmed.

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    @ALEX i'm praying with u ma :pray: hope everybody comes out safe this is just so bad :cry:

  • ohpretty1

    Japan is in my prayers. So is Hawaii and other areas included in the tsunami watch.

    I have a close friend who was supposed to be in Tokyo on business. Thank God some things fells through last minute and he's home with his wife and newborn.

  • KishaMinyonn

    I just read that all US troops station in Japan are acounted for. Praying for those effected by the tsunami.

    God is trying to get our attention. He is not playing.

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    I was JUST reading about this. So ssad. It's amazing how so much destruction can happen in a matter of seconds! :(

    "Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai. Another 88 were confirmed killed and at least 349 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster."

  • VAALLDAY

    Prayers for all...Hawaii is next. Jesus be a fence!

  • Starr

    Been up watching the news all morning. Those waves ae just washing things away like toys. I can only pray for those people.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkEeNpWMvgk YSoSerious

    WOW.

  • http://blogtalkradio.com/theolaandkeyshow daprinceofradio

    Very Sad :( We take United States for granted sometimes. 2012 lets hope 2013 comes. RIP 2 all the victims and get well soon to the injured over there.

  • ALBoy

    I saw this on the news this AM. I Pray for their safety. :no:

  • BklynJa

    We need to remember to pray not just today but everyday

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Good Morning SR :waves:

    this is sooo frightening and tragic praying for everyone...

  • mirsmommy

    :pray: for all effected in this disaster.

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    2012 lets hope 2013 comes.
    _____________________
    :yes: But it's like things continue to worsen....

  • ALBoy

    :no:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    God is trying to get our attention. He is not playing.
    _________________________
    :cosign: and :preach:

  • Alex

    Hey Choco :hug: Hold me!!

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    :hugs: @Alex :lol: Im SCURRED TOO!

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    They also said Cali coast could be affected by the tsunami :blink:

  • 121ways

    Prayers go out to everyone affected!

  • Celebish Like

    This is all in the Master's plan. Think spiritual....

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Celebish
    :yes: I concur

  • AWESOME ARSENAL

    Morning all! What's up YSo? :coffee:

  • http://blogtalkradio.com/theolaandkeyshow daprinceofradio

    i agree @choco :(

  • RoderickXYZ

    @ #5 is that you Redeemed?

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    They also said Cali coast could be affected by the tsunami
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    really? wow im ssscared now god is not playing :pray: for all the victims and affected...
    this is very scarry and sad :(

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkEeNpWMvgk YSoSerious

    @AWESOME

    Nothing as usual. You? :coffee:

  • Queen_City Gem

    Heeeey Everybody :waves:

    God ain't playing. I hope people takin heed...

  • Alex

    :whistle:
    Lord, he's got to tell u something.
    Lord, he's got to tell u something.
    Maybe God's trying to tell you something
    Right now, right now.
    *Shug Avery voice*

  • AWESOME ARSENAL

    @YSo
    Nothin much........ bate'in (see Idiocacy)............

  • AWESOME ARSENAL

    Idiocacy = Idiocracy

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    Where is Redeemed with her theories on this? :popcorn:

    OAN, God Bless everyone suffering in Japan and possibly Hawaii.

  • Queen_City Gem

    Alex says:

    Lord, he’s got to tell u something.
    Lord, he’s got to tell u something.
    Maybe God’s trying to tell you something
    Right now, right now.
    *Shug Avery voice*
    _________________________________________

    Now that right there was my favorite part of the movie...
    Made a sistah wanna start shoutn in the living room :yes: indeed

  • PAHairston

    "And every mountain shall be moved." The Bible speaks of many earthquakes happening but this is not the 'great earthquake.'

    (May the ire of Mother Nature put fear in the heart of man so that war is no longer an option nor an issue.)

    "And the mountains will cry out there's no hiding place here."

    God have mercy on our souls.

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Lakes
    :yes: Im praying it doesn't but if it hits Hawaii they say it will hit Cali as well

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Queen
    Ditto on that I had goosebump on my arms from that scene!

  • Mr.BluPhi

    WOW, I was hearing about this on the news. Mannn this whether, all this destruction, Im starting to think like the old folks...LOL

    But on a serious note, my prayers are with the ppl of Japan and Hawaii...and I even heard it might be hitting the west coast.

  • http://www.youngflyflashy.com Flashy

    Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Japan and Hawaii this AM. God bless.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkEeNpWMvgk YSoSerious

    @AWESOME

    The word or the movie?

  • AWESOME ARSENAL

    @YSo
    The movie....

  • West Coast Chick

    Hey SR Family... I'm in California, as you know. And we're supposed to be affected by this damn Tsunami fiasco..so, if I don't make it out alive, I just want ya'll to know that I love ya'll and you can have my old skool fat laced adidas!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXUF8GdD_0E kingstonn

    aw. this is awful..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkEeNpWMvgk YSoSerious

    @AWESOME

    Gotcha.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TTFpzMTVxM Ace

    This kinda hit close to home..

    As My grandmother is a English Professor in Guam(island below japan)

    they had a Tsunami warning...but it was just recently lifted...so crisis averted...but the rest of Japan and all Effected is in my :pray:

  • goat76

    I'm surprised Obama haven't been blamed for the EQ. Praying for All.

  • MzDetermined

    This is so tragic...how do you prepare for something like this. I pray for the ones who lost their lives and the ones that was able to come out of this safe it is still a long road for them.

  • West Coast Chick

    MzDetermined says:

    This is so tragic…how do you prepare for something like this.
    _____________________________________

    I plan on drinking myself into a stuper and gettin blunted out :shrugs:

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    I will defer to Redeemed777 on this one. :pray:

  • DoNotDeleteMe

    Wonder how much the gas prices will rise?

  • Celebish Like

    PAHairston says:

    “And every mountain shall be moved.” The Bible speaks of many earthquakes happening but this is not the ‘great earthquake.’

    (May the ire of Mother Nature put fear in the heart of man so that war is no longer an option nor an issue.)

    “And the mountains will cry out there’s no hiding place here.”

    God have mercy on our souls.

    ^^^^Amen!!

  • kdillon

    Tragic. Im in Cali and I hope we are protected... but honestly no one is protected anymore.

  • miamore1973

    Inglewood is just a few miles from the beach. WAves were expected to hit at about 8:30 this morning and we were only expected 2 ft waves.

    One thing I keep hearing this morning is how calm the Japanese have been through all of this. I just hope that when things hit here we are able to handle such devastation with that type of dignity.

  • Daisy

    Heartbreaking

    Gods Speed

  • RoderickXYZ

    @ #50 I heard on the news that the price of a barrel of oil should decrease because Japan is the world's third largest economy and will be using less of it while their country regroups, but don't count on seeing a drop in gas prices.

  • QueenSJ

    West Coast Chick says:

    Hey SR Family… I’m in California, as you know. And we’re supposed to be affected by this damn Tsunami fiasco..so, if I don’t make it out alive, I just want ya’ll to know that I love ya’ll and you can have my old skool fat laced adidas!
    ___________________________________________________________
    Praying for you and all others affected by this.

    P.S. That last line made me smile...

  • aqtpie

    I will be praying for everyone, the death toll is over 1,000. God bless us all!!!

  • flsun99

    Very sad. Look keep us all safe.

  • flsun99

    ***Lord***