Smoke rises after earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City
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Japan earthquake: Aerial footage of devastation

13 March 2011 Last updated at 10:05 GMT

Footage filmed on 13 March of Miyagi and Iwate prefectures shows flattened buildings, fires still burning and stranded ships.

Police have warned that the death toll in tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture alone could exceed 10,000.

The tsunami that followed the 8.9-magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc along a huge stretch of Japan's north-east coast, sweeping far inland and devastating a number of towns and villages. Powerful aftershocks are continuing to hit the region.