Tragedy in Japan

A major earthquake and resultant tsunami has hit Japan, where many are dead and many more wounded.

A tsunami warning has been issued as far west as Hawaii after a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan.  Tsunami warnings were issued Friday for at least 20 countries and numerous Pacific islands, including Japan, coastal Russia and the Marcus Islands, the Northern Marianas, Wake Island, Taiwan and Guam.  People along coastal areas are urged to evacuate, emergency officials warned.  The tsunami could cause damage “along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii,” warned the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a bulletin issued at 9:31 p.m. Thursday local Hawaiian time. “Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.”  Waves are expected to hit Hawaii around 3 a.m. Friday local time.

The quake itself was a staggering 8.9!

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  1. Paul D. 11 Mar 2011 at 4:25 am

    It was strong even several hundred kilometres away. The initial shaking seemed to last for several minutes.

    If this were any other country but Japan, there’d be thousands and thousands of people dead and cities flattened. As it is, pretty much everyone survived the quake, but tsunamis hit a few cities hard. I watched a wall of water sweep across Sendai (pop 1 million) carrying cars and buildings with it.

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