Taken on March 12, 2011, this stereoscopic image reveals the height of a plume of smoke rising from the Port of Sendai in the wake of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.
A heavy black plume of smoke streams southeast from Sendai, Japan, in this photo-like image from March 12, 2011. The smoke likely originated from a fire burning in an oil refinery in the wake of the massive earthquake that struck the city on March 11.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai. If the initial estimate is confirmed, it will be the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history.