It is known that the ports in Kushiro, Hachinohe, Ishinomaki and Kashima were hit as coastal areas were engulfed by the tsunami. It is understood that most of the coal stocks and other commodities in the region affected have been washed away.
So far the tsunami, which extended to the whole of the Pacific basin, caused less damage than expected mainly as a result of flooding with waves reaching almost two meters in height. However, there were reports of damage to port infrastructure at Brookings Harbour in Oregon.
Throughout Latin America ports were temporarily closed and coastal residents ordered to move higher ground. The Port of Manzanillo in Mexico was closed and some ships, including a cruise liner, delayed entering ports.