One of the worst earthquakes ever measured hit Japan on Friday.

The powerful 9.0 magnitude quake began in the ocean off Japan’s east coast. This created a devastating wave known as a tsunami.

These photos show the damage caused by both in the hours following the tragedy.

Click here to learn more about the disaster.

(Photos: 1-3 Kyodo News / AP Images; 4 Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP / Getty Images / Newscom; 5 Yasushi Kanno, The Yomiuri Shimbun / AP Images; 6 Fukushima Minpo / AFP / Getty Images / Newscom; 7 Kyodo News / Reuters; 8 Darren Gubbins / AFP / Getty Images / Newscom; 9 Feng Wuyong / Xinhua / Zumapress.com / Newscom; 10 Amit Dave / Reuters)
Source: Scholastic News Online