We've seen some terrifying footage from the tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan in March this year, but few manage to capture the full-on terror of the situation like the clip after the jump. The video was taken by a dash camera mounted on a man's vehicle as the tidal waters surged onto the roadway. Individuals abandon their vehicles, desperately running from the inescapable sea swell, and in moments, debris, cars and people are all helplessly swept up together as the water pushes forward. In a situation like this, it would be impossible to know the correct course of action, but the owner of this particular dash cam wisely chose to stick with the safety of his vehicle for as long as possible.

He was eventually forced out into the rolling seawater as the car began to sink, and used a makeshift raft constructed of his belongings to float to a nearby warehouse. He waited there until the waters subsided and was able later to locate his vehicle and recover this footage. Hit the jump to view the absolutely remarkable video for yourself.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      0:32 seconds: OOPS FORGOT TO CLOSE DOOR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredible. How he ever found his car again is beyond me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing I couldn't get over. The guy who ran back to his car, as it was floating away, to close the DOOR! 'No, I can't leave the door open!'
      • 3 Years Ago
      That man has nerves of steel. He sure has my respect.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW. I came across this video a while back on Youtube and I can't bear to watch it again. I just.... It's just.... I feel.... Hmm. I just feel quite disturbed thinking about the video. Because there was really no description to it, I thought it was just showing all of the damage. But it's just a constant thought in my head when I see it "how many dead bodies are in that video?" .... "I didn't really see any, but are there people in those cars?" .... "What about children, I hope all the children are safe." However, I know... not everyone had made it. =/
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing how quickly the everyday scene turns into chaos. One minute you're driving, and the next you and everyone else is floating away, and there's nothing you can do about it. The amazing thing is how calm this chap was through it all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's amazing... Thank God he made it out alive and well. Still praying for Japan's quick and smooth recovery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the guy that got out of the van and went back and closed the door? Just thought it was kind of funny how different people react in emergency situation. One closes the door of his van, the other climbs on top of the van, and this guy just patiently sat inside the van waiting for the opportunity to find safety. They were all so calm despite the horror they were facing. Amazing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats soooo scary!!!!!!! think of all the little kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        soooo much people died so fast... they just didnt know . . . .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing footage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was just amazing,I have never seen this tragedy from the drivers seat before.It makes way more personal than just seeing this from the top of a highrise or something-the hell these people went through is beyond words.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i can't believe this man turned to close the door to his car..i felt sad when i saw that poor man in the van..this was a terrible tragedy..
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