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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:16 AM   #5441
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:28 AM   #5442
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Tokyo (CNN) -- A major earthquake in Japan early Friday sent people fleeing out of buildings in the capital of Tokyo and triggered tsunami warnings.

Cars toppled off bridges and fell into waters underneath.

The 7.9-magnitude quake was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said.

It triggered a tsunami warning for various countries, including Japan and Russia, the National Weather Service said.

"Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter," forecasters said.
"An investigation is under way to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii."



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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #5443
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USGS upgrades Japan quake to 8.8 magnitude..

Scores of cars floating in Iwate prefecture harbour after Japan quake: TV

Tsunami of one metre (three feet) hits Japan's Pacific coast after quake
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #5444
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8.8 Richter scale, OMG! O_O

6m high wave tsunami.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #5445
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8.8 is huge!

Hope people are okay.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #5446
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i hope every one is ok. this is the country I admire the most.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #5447
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Reuters said about 9.0 and 10m high waves.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:56 AM   #5448
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Looking at the webcams I can see that the Sky Tree is still standing.

There's lots of seismic activity the last couple of days, I hope it's not a forebode of a huge one with the epic center on the mainland. For this one I also hope there won't be too many casualties and that the Tsunami will die down quickly in the pacific ocean.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:02 AM   #5449
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This is horrible. Coastal Japan is literally being destroyed.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #5450
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My thoughts going out to Japan. I hope not to many people are harmed.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:14 AM   #5451
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I'm watching live footage now of small towns near the ocean, and it looks like Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Absolutely terrifying.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #5452
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TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) - A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-metre (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-metre 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.

"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 8.8.

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

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

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. (Writing by Nick Macfie; Tokyo bureau and Asia Desk, Editing by Dean Yates; Singapore +65 6870 3815)
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10 metre (33 feet) tsunami seen at port in Japan's Sendai city: media
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #5454
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This is horrible. Coastal Japan is literally being destroyed.
Phones are dead, can't reach my dad...
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Best wishes to all those affected,i hope there are only material damages. Good luck
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #5456
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How did the shocks effect the Sky Tree?
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:03 AM   #5457
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yes i want to know this
and god bless japan
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #5458
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God bless Japan...
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #5459
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How did the shocks effect the Sky Tree?
really??? that's your question???

I hope everything will be OK in Japan... The Pacific Plate is in motion these past few months...
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #5460
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im so worried for my family and relatives in japan..no contacts from them yet..i hope they are all okay..
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