Videos: Remembering the Japanese tsunami one year later

Claudine Zap
Claudine Zap
The Upshot

One year ago this Sunday, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of northeastern Japan. The disaster left 19,000 dead or missing and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, which lead to widespread evacuations in the surrounding area. The disaster was rated a seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the most severe level.

Here are some of the most arresting videos from the devastating natural disaster.

Wall of water
This aerial video shows a flood tearing across the terrain.

Vortex
The earthquake also caused a whirlpool off the coast.

Dog won't leave his companion's side

This Japanese video features a dog who refuses to leave his fellow canine, who lays hurt in the rubble. Both animals were rescued after the video was shot.