THE WORLDPOST
03/11/2011 03:09 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Japan Earthquake 2011: 5 Strongest Earthquakes Of The Last Century (PHOTOS)

More than 1,000 people are feared dead after magnitude-8.9 offshore earthquake rattled Japan Friday afternoon, spawning a ferocious tsunami that swept away boats, cars and homes in its wake.

The horrifying images of the quake -- one of the strongest in the last century -- recall similar shots of 2004's Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

View live updates from Japan here.

View photos of the world's five worst earthquakes since 1900 below. All captions courtesy of the AP.