Major Earthquake in Japan (8.9 Magnitude)

Japan Earthquake 8.9 Magnitude

Image above: A screen grab taken from news footage by Japanese Government broadcaster NHK shows cars on a flooded street following an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Miyagi prefecture, March 11, 2011.

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, triggering a 10 meter tsunami that swept away boats, homes and cars along the coastline. At least five people were reported dead but officials warn the toll is expected to rise.

The powerful quake struck Friday about 125 kilometers off the eastern coast, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning was in effect for Russia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia. The warning has been extended across the Pacific to the U.S. state of Hawaii and includes Central and South American countries on the Pacific.


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