Japan was swallowed by water in the resulting tsunami after being hit by the one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in over 140 years. The quake was measured at 8.9 by the U.S. Geological Service. One town, Karihara, Japan was reported to be totally destroyed a couple hours after the reports began. There were over 19 aftershocks in Japan and it is not over yet. Waves were over 23 feet high.