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    8.9-magnitude Massive Earthquake hits Japan

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    8.9-magnitude Massive Earthquake hits Japan

    Post by sicran on 11/3/2011, 12:55 am









    TOKYO -- Japan was struck by a magnitude
    8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot
    (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along
    the coast near the epicenter. There were reports of injuries in Tokyo.

    In various locations along Japan's coast, TV footage showed massive
    damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings
    being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami
    rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi
    prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
    Officials were trying to assess damage, injuries and deaths from the quake but had no immediate details.

    The quake that struck at 2:46 p.m. was followed by a series of
    powerful aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes
    later. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first
    quake to a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured
    it at 7.9.

    The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire
    Pacific coast of Japan. NHK was warning those near the coast to get to
    safer ground.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning
    was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern
    Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the
    Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

    The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80
    miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area
    is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

    In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured
    into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire
    and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.

    In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms.



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    The ceiling in Kudan Kaikan, a large hall in Tokyo, collapsed, injuring an unknown number of people, NHK said.

    Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling
    around and books and papers crashing from desks. It also showed a glass
    shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo completely smashed by the quake and a
    weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.

    Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.

    Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in
    Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan's Coast Guard
    has set up task force and officials are standing by for emergency
    contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.

    "I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong," he said










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    TOKYO -- Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its
    northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that
    washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the...


    TOKYO -- Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its
    northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that
    washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the...








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