Hundreds Killed in Japan After Massive Tsunami , Earthquake

Some 300 bodies have been found in the Japanese city of Sendai following a massive tsunami on Friday that was triggered by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in the history of the country.

According to a Reuters report, citing Japanese television channel NHK, the fatalities appeared to have died by drowning. Officials are expecting the death toll to rise as the extent of the damage from the twin disasters become clearer. The Tokyo Broadcasting System has put the number of missing at around 88,000.

A magnitude 8.9 quake hit Japan’s main and largest island of Honshu early Friday with its epicenter recorded 130 kilometers east of Sendai. The huge earthquake was later followed by a massive tsunami that swept away cars, buildings, houses, and boats. A Kyodo news report claimed that a ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami while a passenger train has been reported missing. Various reports put the size of the tsunami between 7 and 10 meters.

You can check out some footage of the Japan earthquake and tsunami HERE.

UPDATE: Official death toll is more than 6900, and 10,354 still unaccounted for.