Friday, March 11, 2011

Massive Tsunami hits Japan after quake

WA Today:

Massive surges of water have caused swathes of devastation across Japan, after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off shore prompted a large tsunami.

Local media has reported 19 deaths in at least four different prefectures, while Reuters said the tsunami reached up to 10 metres in size.

The quake struck 382km northeast of Tokyo at 2.46pm local time (4.46pm AEDST), and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including one of 7.4-magnitude about 30 minutes later.

The US Geological Survey rated the strength of the first quake as a magnitude 8.9, while Japan’s meteorological agency upgraded its measure from 8.4 to 8.8.

It was the biggest earthquake to strike the country in 140 years, surpassing the Great Kanto quake of 1923, which killed more than 140,000 people in the Tokyo area. Read more>>

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