From the tsunami footage alone I'd say thousands have lost their lives in Sendai. I still can't quite take in what I'm seeing there. Not just buildings being swept up and carried along, but buildings on fire. I spotted at least two infernos in that wave. It's just horrible to see cars speeding along the highway trying to escape, only to be engulfed. I even noticed one vehicle speeding towards the wave, the driver not realising the wave was just a couple of blocks away racing towards them.