U.S. investors are sure to collect dozens of reports and images detailing the human impact of a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northeast Japan on Friday afternoon.

Initially, of course, the impact was swift. The Nikkei Stock Average ended 1.7% lower, at 10,254. Shares had dropped off in late trading as news of the earthquake, which struck just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon in Japan, first began to spread.

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