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WATCH: This footage from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is the stuff of nightmares

A haunting new video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan has emerged, showing how quickly the situation changed from a curious rush of water into a horrific torrent of nature.

A haunting video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan emerged late this summer, showing how quickly the situation changed from a curious rush of water into a horrific torrent of nature.

Beginning at about the 3-minute mark, the video shows a subtle rise in the water along a canal which is just calm enough to keep onlookers from being scared away. But as the minutes progress, the water level rises and the stream becomes more powerful, forcing spectators as well as the cameraman to scurry to higher ground.

At about 7 minutes into the video, it’s clear that the water is flowing over the canal walls and barreling into the surrounding town. The devastation that follows is incredible in its scope as it is terrifying.

Watch the footage in the video below.

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  1. MPC

    August 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    “Subtle rise” at three minutes? That’s several feet of water that already is smashing boats. It’s not flooding to the streets yet, but you can’t begin to call that a “subtle rise.”

  2. Terry A. Davis

    August 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    nd let me go out, for I want to see these transformations and
    things thou speakest of.”

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  3. Cyndi

    August 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Wow, so many things to say. I wish there was a translation of what is being said. I am astounded at their calmness when the water was rushing in and especially when the building next to them washed away.

    That picture of the rooftop full of people over on the fire side was so sad.

    All those fumes – wonder how many of those people got sick. Wish I knew if that was where the nuclear power plants were.

    Sad sad sad.

  4. rezanow

    August 15, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Compared to what happens 4 minutes later…

  5. gregorywonderwheel

    August 15, 2013 at 5:54 am

    It seems clear that the people lingering to watch just didn’t beleive it could happed that the wall would not protect them. That failure to understand the force fo water is what led to the failure of the design of the Fukashima nuclear plants by architects who just refused to accept the facts of history about tsunamis in that region.

  6. gregorywonderwheel

    August 15, 2013 at 5:56 am

    The video begins with the subtle lowering of the water level, then the dramatic rise.

  7. James Weaver

    August 15, 2013 at 6:17 am

    WOW! This is the most dramatic video I have seen. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to experience that in real time.

  8. Katz Pawz

    August 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I just wonder how many of those were left alive! The film stops, with that building in the center, being overtaken by the flames. Horrific.

  9. Elen

    August 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t think it’s calmness. I think it’s shock.

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  11. Paula M Smolik

    August 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    You don’t see fumes from nukes. Some other kind of industry. I’m wondering if they had a stryrofoam plant downriver.
    Or upriver, after this hit.

  12. Summer Riviere

    August 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Surprising that they kept speaking Japanese even when they realized it was a real event.

  13. alkeme

    August 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    OMg, I Hope the best for those people.

  14. MB

    August 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

    @Summer Riviere – “Surprising that they kept speaking Japanese even when they realized it was a real event.”
    HUH???
    What other language would they be speaking?? This happened in JAPAN!!!

  15. Nik

    August 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

    What were they supposed to be speaking? Dutch?

  16. Jerry Cascone

    August 16, 2013 at 3:21 am

    They were speaking Japanese because the
    event occurred in Japan! It is their National
    language. Get it?

  17. rooney72

    August 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    As opposed to switching to their ’emergency’ language?

    One of the most amazing videos I’ve ever seen, how normalcy can be shattered in a matter of minutes. That’s complete devastation, you don’t fix that for years, if ever.

  18. CJEH

    August 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    wait…what? o.O

  19. john Franklin

    August 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Why are these Chinese people speaking Japanese? Lots of water, I’ll tell ya.

  20. kevin

    August 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    What does that mean?

  21. kevin

    August 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Because the tsunami was in Japan. So that would make them Japanese, thus the language.

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