Massive 8.9 earthquake, tsunami hit Japan

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  1. EagleOne

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    A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-meter (13-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported.

    There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-meter tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo.

    TV pictures showed a vast wall of water carrying buildings and debris across a large swathe of coastal farmland.

    Public broadcaster NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

    Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water.

    Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in the city of Sendai in the northeast.

    "The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under

    their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo.

    "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

    Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura.

    Hundreds of office workers and shoppers spilled into Hitotsugi street, a shopping street in Akasaka in downtown Tokyo.

    Household goods ranging from toilet paper to clingfilm were flung into the street from outdoor shelves in front of a drugstore.

    Crowds gathered in front of televisions in a shop next to the drugstore for details. After the shaking from the first quake subsided, crowds were watching and pointing to construction cranes on an office building up the street with voices saying, "They're still shaking!," "Are they going to fall?"

    Asagi Machida, 27, a web designer in Tokyo, sprinted from a coffee shop when the quake hit.

    5 nuclear power plants - automatically shut down
     
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    The value of YEN falls steeply as the result of the natural calamity.
     
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    No reports of deaths. That is a good news at least.
     
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    [video]http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2011/03/11/cabrera.japan.quake.cnn.html[/video]
     
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    NO, there are no reports of death immideately after the quake. But only after everything is normal, the estimation of life loss and financial loss can be estimated. Five nuclear plants have been shutdown. One oil refinery whixh is close to Tokyo has caught fire.
     
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    but news of the death is only confirmed after the crisis.
    but its going on with Tsunami, its still on.........
     
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    A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-meter (13-ft) tsunami along parts of thecountry's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported.
    There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-meter tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. TV pictures showed a vast wall of water carrying buildings and debris across a large swathe of coastal farmland. Public broadcaster NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing froma building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted. Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan.
    An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water. Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in the city of Sendai in the northeast. "The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo. "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than20 years ago." Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura. Hundreds of office workers and shoppers spilled into Hitotsugi street,a shopping street in Akasaka in downtown Tokyo. Household goods ranging from toilet paper to clingfilm were flung intothe street from outdoor shelves in front of a drugstore. Crowds gathered in front of televisions in a shop next to the drugstore for details. After the shaking from the first quake subsided,crowds were watching and pointing to construction cranes on an office building up the street with voices saying, "They're still shaking!,""Are they going to fall?" Asagi Machida, 27, a web designer in Tokyo, sprinted from a coffee shop when the quake hit.
    "The images from the New Zealand earthquake are still fresh in my mind so I was really scared. I couldn't believe such a big earthquake was happening in Tokyo."
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ake-tsunami-hit-Japan/articleshow/7678342.cms
     
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    few deaths have been reported but it can get very bad for Far East Islands !
     
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    Tsunami warning has been issued to 19 countries. Two major air-ports of Japan have been closed and a 900 strong emergency team has been deployed. 18 people have been confirmed dead in northern Japan. The after shocks are being experienced even after two hours of the earth quake.
     
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    Philippines Braces for Tsunami

    Jack Castano III, a public information officer in the governor’s office in Batanes, a small island province in the northern Philippines midway between the Philippines and Taiwan, said “the entire population” of his town of 1,200 residents was awaiting an order to evacuate, if necessary.

    “We are looking at the movement of the sea,” he said. People “have packed their things and are ready to be evacuated anytime. Then we will start walking to the mountains, which is 75 meters away from where we are now,” he said. “Any time we see movement of the sea, we will order evacuation.”

    In the Albay province south of Manila, people were already evacuating early Friday evening in anticipation of a possible tsunami. Jukes Nunez, an operations officer with the Albay public safety and emergency management office, said officials were evacuating areas with a population of 17,680 families, or more than 90,000 people, with any tsunami expected before 7 p.m. local time.

    “People are calm,” he said. “Some are walking, some are evacuating to higher ground by vehicles.”


    http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/03/11/philippines-braces-for-tsunami/?mod=google_news_blog
     
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    19 dead as huge tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

    TOKYO: The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire, media and witnesses said.

    The death toll from the earthquake has reached 19, press reports said. The dead included a 67-year-old man crushed by a wall and an elderly woman killed by a fallen roof, both in the wider Tokyo area, press reports said.

    Three were crushed to death when their houses collapsed in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

    The National Police Agency, charged with compiling nationwide data on natural disasters, could not immediately confirm the figures.

    "The damage is so enormous that it will take us much time to gather data," an official at the agency said.

    In Fukushima prefecture, four million homes were without power. The 8.9 magnitude quake caused many injuries, public broadcaster NHK said, sparked fires and the wall of water, prompting warnings to people to move to higher ground in coastal areas. ( Japan nuclear plants shut after quake )

    The Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia all issued tsunami alerts, reviving memories of the giant tsunami which struck Asia in 2004. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued alerts for countries as far away as Colombia and Peru. ( US widens tsunami warning to most of Pacific )

    There were several strong aftershocks. In the capital Tokyo, buildings shook violently. An oil refinery near Tokyo was on fire, with dozens of storage tanks under threat.

    "I was terrified and I'm still frightened," said Hidekatsu Hata, 36, manager of a Chinese noodle restaurant in Tokyo's Akasaka area. "I've never experienced such a big quake before."

    TV pictures showed the tsunami carrying the debris and fires across a large swathe of coastal farmland near the city of Sendai, which has a population of one million. The pictures suggested the death toll was going to rise.

    NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

    Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water.

    Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in Sendai where waves carried cars across the runway at the airport.

    The western prefecture of Wakayama ordered 20,000 people to evacuate after further tsunami warnings.

    The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo. "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

    GREAT KANTO QUAKE The quake was the biggest in 140 years. It surpasses the Great Kanto quake of Sept. 1, 1923, which killed more than 140,000 people in the Tokyo area. Seismologists had said another such quake could strike the city any time.

    The 1995 Kobe quake caused $100 billion in damage and was the most expensive natural disaster in history. Economic damage from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was estimated at about $10 billion.

    The Tokyo stock market extended losses after the quake. The central bank said it would do everything to ensure financial stability.

    Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands during the quake. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura.

    Hundreds of office workers and shoppers spilled into Hitotsugi street, a shopping street in Akasaka in downtown Tokyo.

    Household goods ranging from toilet paper to clingfilm were flung into the street from outdoor shelves in front of a drugstore.

    Crowds gathered in front of televisions in a shop next to the drugstore for details. After the shaking from the first quake subsided, crowds were watching and pointing to construction cranes on an office building up the street with voices saying, "They're still shaking!", "Are they going to fall?"

    Asagi Machida, 27, a web designer in Tokyo, sprinted from a coffee shop when the quake hit.

    "The images from the New Zealand earthquake are still fresh in my mind so I was really scared. I couldn't believe such a big earthquake was happening in Tokyo."

    The U.S. Geological Survey earlier verified a magnitude of 7.9 at a depth of 15.1 miles and located the quake 81 miles east of Sendai, on the main island of Honshu. It later upgraded it to 8.9.

    A police car drove down Hitotsugi Street, lights flashing, announcing through a bullhorn that there was still a danger of shaking.

    Japan's northeast Pacific coast, called Sanriku, has suffered from quakes and tsunamis in the past and a 7.2 quake struck on Wednesday. In 1933, a magnitude 8.1 quake in the area killed more than 3,000 people. Last year fishing facilities were damaged after by a tsunami caused by a strong tremor in Chile. ( Major tsunamis in the world )

    Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.
     
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    Nuclear emergency has been declared in JAPAN. TOHOKU POWER PLANT is under a fire siege. This news is being reported on HEADLINES TODAY.


    Please GOD save the people of JAPAN.
     
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    A nuclear reactor has been damaged by the Earthquake and failed, they cant get coolant into the core at the moment as the pumping system has been damaged.
     
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    Only GOD can save the people of JAPAN now.:Cry::Cry::cry:
     
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    Where did he go in the first place ??
     
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    ouch..
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    My prayers with the people of Japan and Far East Asia...
     
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    IAEA has given an alert at the FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI PLANT.

    The destruction is far more than expected by the international community.

    I pray to GOD to save the people of JAPAN.
     

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