Video captures boat in Japan tsunami whirlpool

Footage of tsunami shows scale of disaster as vortex nearly swallows ship

BY Matthew Caines LAST UPDATED AT 14:39 ON Fri 11 Mar 2011

Dramatic footage of one of the results of the Japan tsunami has been aired on a local television news station. The video (above) was taken from a helicopter and shows a harbour boat perilously close to the eye of a whirlpool.

Video of tsunami taken at street level

The vortex of water appeared in a harbour bay on the east Japanese coast, and was caused by a tsunami which in turn was triggered by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country earlier today. It is not known whether anyone was on board the boat.

The earthquake is the strongest to hit the country since records began.

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