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11 March 2011 :: 15:03:36 pm 51381

4-Meter Tsunami In Japan, Triggered by 8.9-Magnitude Earthquake

TOKYO – A 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan’s northeastern coast on Friday, consequently generated a 13-foot (4 meters) tsunami, damaging cars and buildings along the coast near the epicenter.
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At different points along Japan’s coastline, TV broadcast showed images of numerous cars, boats and buildings being swept away by the flood. The public broadcaster NHK captured footage of a large ship being carried away in the tsunami and headed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city of Miyagi region.

The meteorological agency released a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. National broadcaster NHK strongly urged the people living near the coast to evacuate to safety immediately.

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

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck at 2:46 p.m. was followed by series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude quake in about 30 minutes later. The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

Officials were in the process of assessing the damage caused by the earthquake. No specific details could be identified.

In central Tokyo, large buildings trembled aggressively while workers rushed out onto the street for safety. Trains stopped working and passengers had to walk along railways to platforms. TV footage showed a large building burning in fire and smoke in the Odaida district of Tokyo.

A footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed terrifying employees tumbled around with books and papers crashing from desks.

In approximately thirty minutes after the quake has occurred, high-rise buildings were still swaying in Tokyo. Mobile phone networks stopped working.

Coast Guard official, Yosuke Oi, confirmed that Japan’s Coast Guard force has been set up and officials were standing by for emergency contingencies.

“I’m afraid we’ll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong,” he commented.

Report by : Huffington Post

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