Japan was hit with the 5th biggest earthquake the world as yet seen this past Friday.
According to an article from the Associated Press, it was the fifth-strongest quake in the world since 1900 and the most powerful on record ever to hit Japan, but not the deadliest.
The earthquake, that measured at a magnitude of 8.9, has left more than 10,000 people dead, many thousands homeless and millions without water, power, heat or transportation, according to an article from the New York Times.
Japan prepared heavily for an event such as this. The country has an earthquake warning system that feels the type of waves produced by faults and alerts the people about 15 seconds before they actually feel shaking. This also allows alerts to be broadcast on television allowing people to prepare themselves, according to the Associated Press article.
Though this system helps, death tolls are still rising. Searches are starting on the rural communities. Some have death tolls of over half the community and some are completely washed away, a senior police official told the New York Times.
According the the New York Times, Japan's economy is also greatly affected by this natural disaster.