8.8 Earthquake & Tsunami Hit Japan

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Tsunami hits Japan after 8.8 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake measuring 8.8 struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, causing “many injuries”, major tsunami damage and at least one fire.
Fisherman Masakatsu Sakabe inspects the damage of a road following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake at a Makinohara port, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

6:30AM GMT 11 Mar 2011
The Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed cars, trucks, houses and buildings being swept away by tsunami in Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture. Black smoke was seen billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.
Television showed cars bobbing in water along side fishing boats. A 50 cm tsunami hit Japan’s northern coast.
“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.
“It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago.”
US officials said the 8.8-magnitude quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles. The stock market extended its losses after the quake was announced.

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.
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.
A tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and US state of Hawaii.


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0 responses to “8.8 Earthquake & Tsunami Hit Japan

  1. Thanks LTG. CNN is now reporting is was an 8.9 quake. Watching the tsunami flowing through Japan right now. So bad…
    Prayers for all that may fall in the path of this devastation.

  2. A 50 cm tsunami is a wave about 1.65 feet high, which I doubt will damage very much, unless it traveled at a very high speed, say 250 mph. Did you mean 50 m, 165 feet high? This could change the world economy in 24 hours.

    • From what I’m seeing on CNN, this is very devastating to our world economy. Their nuclear plants are now inactive, airports shut down, and ships & trucks are at a stand still. And their refineries are infernos. Plus tsunami warnings across the world. Nothing good will come from this combinded w/the day of rage tmrw.

      • Nothing good will come from this combination… it the planets, it is the nature of our Mother Ship (Earth)… indeed we should pray with deep intent… the economic effect will be eye opening… do we have the strength to survive the aftermath… what rock and roll times are we experiencing in just the first 10th of this century, imagine the story

        • Our “Mother Ship” does not provide guidance for my prayers..My prayers go to the Almighty God. As for “the rock and roll times”, that was way back in the 60’s.
          Imagine all the people, get out of your hippie days & welcome to the real world.

    • Joseph,
      The wave that hit Japan measured 32.8 ft. or 10 meters high. Pray that Hawaii and California will not be hit with tsunami.

  3. Joseph, I didn’t write the copy, just cut and pasted from the Telegraph website when it was “hot off the press”. I haven’t had a chance to catch the full CNN footage yet.

    • I’d just come home when I read this, and due to a serious R arm injury was unable to research anything on this other than to know that something very serious happened. I’ll get on it next, of course. By the bye, my shoulder injury is severe enough that I’ll have to reduce my participation in this journal, as even using a wireless mouse is an agony. All best to all, J


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