Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

Cars and other debris swept away by tsunami tidal waves spead across in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, after an earthquake ravaged the area Friday.

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.
The quake has sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo. At least 32 people were killed, officials said.
It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.
The tremor, measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.
A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America.
The Red Cross in Geneva warned that the tsunami waves could be higher than some Pacific islands, Reuters news agency said.
Coastal areas in the Philippines, Hawaii and other Pacific islands were evacuated ahead of the tsunami's expected arrival.
New Zealand later downgraded its alert to a marine threat, meaning strong and unusual currents were expected.

 Source: BBC News & NPR


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