Amateur Videos of Japan Earthquake Show Devastation, Relief

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Horrific pictures are emerging out of Japan today, where a massive earthquake and a tsunami led to widespread destruction and more than 100 people dead, according to early estimates. Mainstream news outlets have been replaying a number of clips, mostly from Japanese TV networks.

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Countless citizens have also documented the event, and clips uploaded to YouTube and other sites show devastation, but also relief as people emerge unhurt from appartements, grocery stores and offices. Just take a look at this clip if you want to get a sense of how strong the earthquake was:

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This video was recorded in grocery store during the earthquake:

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Other amateur videos recorded after the quake hit show burning buildings and destroyed roads. For more citizen news coverage of the event, check out the following sources:

YouTube’s Citizentube project has been aggregating amateur footage from Japan.

Storyful has continuously updated coverage of citizen media in Japan.

Global Voices is aggregating a mixture of mainstream media reporting and citizen reactions.

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