Horrific Quake Hits Japan; Tsunamis Spread

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Homes, boats, and debris in the floodwaters of Sendai.

 

Harrowing images are emerging from Japan, where an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsuanami with tidal waves in excess of 30 feet have turned the world upside down. ​Hundreds have already been confirmed dead. From the AP:

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Houses burn in the floodwaters
TOKYO - A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing at least 60 people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Police said at least 60 people were killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant's system was unable to cool the reactor. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles (270 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

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This shows the tsunami about to hit Natori:

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More inside. 

 

 
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Cars moved by tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki.

A refinery plant in Ichihara is engulfed in flames:

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​Ships are washed ashore:

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​From the Sendai airport:

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Cars in raging waters after being swept from a bridge:

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​More coming.
    


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Christy
Christy

Any arrests today ? After-all it is Friday.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Strange Science:

In 2005, two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indonesia, there was a phenemenon known as a Supermoon.

Another Supermoon is approaching and is due on March 19, 2011.

king neptune
king neptune

Well Japan how long did you think you could get away with consuming every living creature that resides in the Oceans before one day it would strike back with a vengence?

Today is that day.

NotRickScott
NotRickScott

Unbelieveable - Looks like hawaii was hit with a large tsumani as wil the west coast soon. This type of distruction makes our hurricanes look tame in omparison.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

I'm sure that right now Alcee Hastings and his entourage are organizing a Congressional trip to Japan to see how they can help.

anonymous
anonymous

There's just nothing you can say about this kind of devastation. It's a sad day for the people of Japan and I'm sure our country will rally to their aid in any way possible.

John Henry
John Henry

Kind of reminds me of the Tokyo Bombing back in WWII.

Westy up in here'
Westy up in here'

I am no Tusnami expert but I think the death tool is about to rise.

Guest
Guest

Unbelievable devastation! I hope our Pacific coast is spared. Good Luck people of Japan

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

An entire train [full of people] is missing.

Roustabout13
Roustabout13

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king neptune
king neptune

If that was me I wouldn't "finger" stacy or ilene wit a 20' pole.

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