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Friday, 11 March 2011

Massive 8.9 Earthquake Sparks Tsunami in Northern Japan

A massive earthquake of 8.9 magnitude hit the northeast coast of Japan on Friday afternoon, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that washed away houses, cars, farm building and left devastation in its wake.  This is considered to be the biggest earthquake that struck Japan in 140 years.

TV footage showed massive flooding with hundreds of cars, boats and even tall building being carried along with water in various locations along the coast. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
There were several strong aftershocks, and tall buildings in the capital Tokyo shook violently leaving panic among people.

Officials were trying to assess possible damage from the quake but had no immediate details.

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.

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