"The sun rose Saturday on Japan to reveal a country wracked by a 30-foot tsunami and the most powerful earthquake the country had ever recorded.
"I was terrified, and I'm still frightened," restaurant manager Hidekatsu Hata told Reuters from Tokyo moments after the quake struck. "I've never experienced such a big quake before."
Google launched a "person-finder" to help victims and families.
In the U.S., the resulting tsunami struck the west coast and Hawaii.
Bridget Mary's Reflection:
Our prayers are with the people of Japan and all those affected by the horrific earthquake and tsunami that hit the Far East today.
Our prayers are with the people of Libya, Egypt and all who support human rights, justice and liberty in the Middle East, and in all countries throughout the world. As Martin Luther King taught us," injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Let us pray that justice, freedom and human rights will overcome! May it be so, Loving God!
Bridget Mary Meehan, RCWP