• Mar 11, 2011
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan levels auto shipping yard – Click above to enlarge

It's difficult to comprehend, let alone describe, the massive amount of damage an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and closely following tsunami could incur on a densely packed island nation such as Japan. While we struggle to wrap our minds around such catastrophic levels of destruction, one particular image strikes a chord with us auto-obsessive types.

Clearly, the leveling of a couple hundred automobiles pales in comparison to the actual loss of lives caused by Japan's most recent natural disaster, but, in automotive terms at least, this is the kind of image that can make a big impression on our often one-track minds.

The image seen above (click to enlarge) was taken above Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture, and we don't have any information as to which manufacturer's cars were located here. Thanks to all who sent this in!

*Update: Video of the shipping yard catching fire after tsunami damage after the break.

[Source: STR/AFP/Getty]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely Nissan's. I think so too.

      Co-incidentally, I noticed a lot of Nissan's in the quak-ami reports.
      Nichibo Cars
      • 3 Years Ago
      Read more about how the Tsunami has affected the Used Japanese vehicle industry. http://blog.nichibocars.com/2011/06/japan-earthquake-tsunami-effect-on-used-cars/ Nichibocars.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work of Infiniti Canada and this picture is the indeed shipping compound for Infiniti.

      We got an internal memo about an hour ago, warning us and dealers of "immanent shipping disruptions" and "inventory losses". An official dealer information release expect this next week.
      • 3 Years Ago
      emmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm who cares about cars there is ppl diying common
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very sad day for Japan and the world should try to assist in any way they can. This is a tough situation and they could use all the help they can get. Countries around the world need help after earthquakes and Tsuamis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      some union worker is probably getting a lot of s?#t right now because they didn't feel like directing the guys to load the cars on the boat yesterday.
      • 3 Years Ago
      On a few of the cars, the lights appear to be on. Electrical shorts caused by seawater?
      • 3 Years Ago
      1:15pm PST, just saw this lot on CNN, a lot of the cars are now burning.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ^ and some Ms too above G25/35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Godzilla playing dominos
      • 3 Years Ago
      That'll buff right out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah @Dr Greenthumb, BBC News here in the UK just panned across the lot from above... hundreds and hundreds of Skylines, Skyline Crossovers, Fairlady Zs, Fugas, Muranos, Infiniti Ms, Gs, FXs and EXs burning brightly through the dawn. The thing is though that compared to other fires shown (the oil refinery, the petrochemical plant, the entire city of Kesennuma to name a few) this Nissan fire is tiny.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's definitely Infiniti's (Nissan) shipping yard.

        G coupe, G sedans. M sedans, possible hybrids. EX, FX. And Z, the Nissan sharing Infiniti's platform...

        That's a luxury line-up right there... Sad day for Nissan, sad day for Japan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tim

        That would have been funny if some dumb ass drove his new car into a river and was otherwise okay! But this is a tragic event dude!

        Turn on your TV for God's sake!


        My heart goes out to everyone, everywhere!

        sigh...
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a Nissan/Infiniti shipyard all right..what a loss.

        With news of factory shutdowns/suspensions from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, etc..expect a shortage of Japanese assembled autos bound to these US shores no doubt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      def Nissan theres a 350z or 370z in the left corner
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