New Tsunami Pictures

2. Wall of Water

Photograph by Sadatsugu Tomisawa, AP

In the second picture in the sequence, the tsunami’s initial surge tosses a van (lower right) as waves approach the beach in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on March 11.

A tsunami slows down when it reaches shallow water near the coast. The top of the wave moves faster than the bottom, causing the sea to rise dramatically—often accompanied by underwater turbulence—that can suck people under and toss heavy objects.

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