Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Tsunami Aftermath

Images from an overflight of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on March 23, 2011 show the aftermath of the tsunami generated by a Mw 9.0 earthquake (38.322°N, 142.369°E), at 05:46 UTC, 130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan (according to the USGS) on March 11, 2011.

French Frigate Shoals

Gin Island. Seals and turtles visible.
Gin Island. Seals and turtles visible.
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Laysan Island

Laysan field camps. Camp in upper part of frame is the USFWS camp. The structure in 
        the middle of the frame is the NMFS camp, packed up after the evacuation. Debris and torn up 
        vegetation can be seen below both of these camps. Normally there is a large band of 
        vegetation between the camps and the water. This was torn out by the tsunami.
Laysan field camps. Camp in upper part of frame is the USFWS camp. The structure in the middle of the frame is the NMFS camp, packed up after the evacuation. Debris and torn up vegetation can be seen below both of these camps. Normally there is a large band of vegetation between the camps and the water. This was torn out by the tsunami.
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Lisianski Island

The west side of Lisianski island, hit by the tsunami. The brown vegetation line 
        indicates how high up the water went. As with Laysan, a lot of brush along the waterline was 
        ripped up.
The west side of Lisianski island, hit by the tsunami. The brown vegetation line indicates how high up the water went. As with Laysan, a lot of brush along the waterline was ripped up.
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Pearl and Hermes Atoll

Seal Kittery Island. Same as Grass Island, there is usually a large amount of 
       vegetation on the small lobe of the island, all of which is now gone. Seal Kittery was 
       likely washed over by the tsunami.
Seal Kittery Island. Same as Grass Island, there is usually a large amount of vegetation on the small lobe of the island, all of which is now gone. Seal Kittery was likely washed over by the tsunami.
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Kure Atoll

South west corner of Green Island. The sandy area behind the bushes shows where the 
        wave washed up.
South west corner of Green Island. The sandy area behind the bushes shows where the wave washed up.
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