Sabtu, 12 Maret 2011

Tsunami Hit Japan

Japan hit by 8.8 Richter magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast Friday, which triggered a tsunami as high as 4 meters. The tsunami waves that washed away cars and tearing buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

At various locations along the Japanese coast, flooding television show, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings are carried by water. A large ship was swept by tsunami waves crashing directly into the breaker in the city of Miyagi Prefecture Kesennuma, according to footage on NHK.

Officials try to assess the damage caused by the earthquake but has no immediate details. The quake which struck at 02:46 was followed by a series of aftershocks, including one 7.4 magnitude earthquake about 30 minutes later. U.S. Geological Survey to update the strength of the first earthquake of magnitude 8.8 SR. Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific coast of Japan.

NHK warned people near the coast to go to a safer location. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the tsunami warning applies to Japan, Russia, Northern Marianas Islands, and Marcus. Tsunami warning has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, 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 east coast, the agency said. This area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook hard and the workers ran into the street to look for survivors. Television footage showed a large building fire in Tokyo's Odaiba district. In central Tokyo, trains stopped and the passengers walked along the tracks. NHK recording from their offices, Sendai, showed the employee who tripped and the books and papers littered the table. Several earthquakes have hit the same area in recent days, including one measuring 7.3 magnitude on Wednesday.

Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings are still swayed in Tokyo and mobile phone networks do not work. Japan Coast Guard has established a task force and officials are preparing an emergency contingency plan, Coast Guard officials said Yosuke Oi.

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