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12 March 2011 :: 12:03:29 pm 51429

Japan Tsunami: Over 1000 Died, At Risk Of Radiation Leakage

An enormous rescue team is sweeping into action in Japan’s northeastern coastline, after it was struck by the destructive tsunami, taking hundreds of lives.
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The disastrous tsunami was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, Japan’s biggest quake ever recorded. The quake struck Japan in the afternoon local time on Friday at a depth of 24 km, 400km (250 miles) of north-east of Tokyo.

“It was the biggest earthquake I have ever felt. I thought I would die,” said Sayaka Umezawa, a 22-year-old student who was visiting the port of Hakodate.

About 300 bodies have been found in the port city of Sendai, in Miyagi prefecture. More than 500 are still missing. Japanese media says that the death toll will exceed 1,000.

Japan’s military has recruited thousands of troops, 300 planes and 40 ships for rescues.

In the meantime, Japanese authorities warned that there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear plant, whose cooling system was shut down automatically during the earthquake.

Approximately 45,000 people around the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been evacuated, as the pressure inside the boiling water reactor was reported to be increasing to a higher level than normal.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, plans to hold an emergency cabinet meeting early on Saturday before visiting the affected area by helicopter.

US President Barack Obama said a US aircraft carrier was already in Japan and another one was on its way.

The quake triggered a tsunami up to 10m (30ft), with waves of 7m battering the Japanese coast.

The muddy flood swept cars and homes far inland, turning residential areas and paddy fields into a lagoon of debris-filled sea water.

Japan Railways said four trains travelling along the north-eastern coast could not be traced. A ship carrying 100 people was also missing.

Swathes of Kesennuma, in Miyagi prefecture, have burned throughout the night while one-thrid of the city was immersed in water.

About 1,800 homes were destroyed in the city of Minamsoma, Fukushima prefecture. A news agency reported that a dam in north-eastern Fukushima region burst, sweeping away countless homes.

More than 50 aftershocks – many of them with magnitude greater than 6.0, have shaken the country.

In central Tokyo, many office workers stayed over the night in their offices because the lifts stopped working.

Millions commuters were stuck in the city overnight while others walked home, after train systems shut down.

At least 20 people were injured in Tokyo when the roof of a hall collapsed on to a graduation ceremony.

About four million homes in and around the city suffered power failure.

The tsunami moved across the Pacific quickly but became weak before it hit Hawaii and the US West Coast. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the coastal areas in states of California, Oregon and Washington.

The tsunami warning was issued in most parts, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and China.

Report by : BBC

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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