The temblor and resulting tsunami caused thousands of deaths and as much as $3.5 billion to $7 billion in damages, adjusted for inflation.
The 7.4 magnitude temblor off the coast of Fukushima had echoes of a devastating 2011 quake that triggered a tsunami and nuclear disaster, and killed thousands.
The rogue wave was one of the biggest of its kind, towering over the sea at nearly 58 feet high. But even that's dwarfed by some other monster waves.
The "hidden" earthquake caused a tsunami recorded over 6,200 miles from the epicenter, researchers said.
The Pacific island nation, which had mostly kept the disease at bay, was placed on lockdown Wednesday.
Lisala Folau was swept out to sea as waves destroyed his home and nearly ended his life. He said thoughts of his family helped keep him alive.
Taufatofua said he has still has not been able to contact his father, the governor of Ha'apai.
Three of Tonga's smaller islands were nearly completely destroyed after 49-foot tsunami waves were triggered by an underwater volcanic eruption on Saturday.
Government officials reported three deaths so far, but they expect the number to rise as reports from outlying islands come in.
The eruption, which was heard in Alaska, triggered a tsunami and waves across the ocean, causing an oil spill and two drownings in Peru.
Authorities in the region continue to coordinate a response to the eruption with the full scale of the damage not yet known.
Up to 80,000 people could be without power for weeks in the nation following the natural disaster.
Angela Glover, 50, posted on social media about an "eerie silence" just before the tsunami swept her away.
National Weather Services issued an advisory for coastal regions of the West Coast of the United States and Canada after an underwater volcano erupted near Tonga.
National Weather Service told people to "move off the beach and out of harbors." A tsunami advisory—not as urgent as a warning—has been issued for Hawaii.
Tsunami warnings have been issued in Tonga, Fiji, American Samoa and New Zealand after the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted.
Scientists believe the man was killed by a tsunami created by the eruption of Thera, "one of the most destructive eruptions in human history."
On Tuesday, the 7.0 earthquake took place approximately 2.5 miles east-north-east of Los Órganos de San Agustín and eight miles from the Pacific Coast beach resort city of Acapulco.
The Santa Pola coastal community in Spain experienced a sharp rise in water levels, potentially caused by air pressure changes.
A tsunami warning is in effect for parts of Alaska after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the North American coast. Follow Newsweek's live blog for all the latest.
Officials had asked those in tsunami hazard zones to evacuate inland or to higher ground.
After New Zealand was hit with a third earthquake, officials have issued another tsunami warning after cancelling an earlier advisory.
The threat of natural disasters is always there. The test is how we prepare and respond.
A warning has been issued after the quake hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, east of Australia, on Wednesday.
Sections of the Alaska peninsula coast were under tsunami warnings on Monday after a quake struck in the North Pacific.
Scientists warn that an unstable mountain slope above Barry Arm could collapse, triggering a massive landslide.
Over the past decade, landslides have been responsible for generating giant waves in Alaska and Greenland.
Following the quake, tsunami warnings were issued but these were subsequently retracted.
A study has reconstructed the immediate aftermath of the asteroid 66 million years ago to learn more about the impact of the momentous event.