Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Devasted by a 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami..

Current Updates are below story:

A 8.9 earthquake has hit Japan with a vengeance at 2:30pm local time today (10:30pm MST) which then triggered a deadly tsunami 30 minutes later. The tsunami reached as high as 10 meters in some areas, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. This is the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in a 100 years. Here is a breakdown what has happened in Japan:
  • "The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan tells reporters.
  • Police say 200-300 bodies found in Sendai city, domestic news agency Jiji says.
  • A ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo news agency reports.
  • A train is unaccounted for in one coastal area, Kyodo says.
  • Power cut to four million homes in and around Tokyo. Several fires blaze in Tokyo.
  • 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.
  • Japan's coast guard said it was searching for 80 dock workers working on a ship that was swept away from a shipyard in Miyagi prefecture.
  • More than 300 houses were washed away in Ofunato City alone. Television footage showed mangled debris, uprooted trees, upturned cars and shattered timber littering streets.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2:46 p.m. quake was a magnitude 8.9, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s, and one of the biggest ever recorded in the world.
  • Tsunami warnings were issued for the entire Pacific basin: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru.  Hawaii,USA and British Columbia, CAN. are also included in that list.
We'll continue to track this story. See and watch some on the pictures and video below if you haven't seen it on the news.  It sure can take your breath away. Our prayers definitely go out to those that are affected by this devastating natural disaster.

  • 2:00pm MST - Canada, you can help Japan with their relief efforts by texting the word ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 or go
  • 1:45pm MST (5:45am Japan) - Japanese media reporting are saying as many as 1000 people are presumed dead.  The number of casualties will increase once day light breaks.
  • 12:21pm MST (4:21am Japan) - An estimated 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck Nagano and Niigata prefectures in Japan, the Kyodo News Service reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says this latest event is a 6.2-magnitude temblor.
  • 8:00am MST (12:00am Japan) - 88,000 people reported missing and so far 300 people dead that are accounted for.
  • 7:30am MST - Tsunami hits Hawaii.  The tsunami was recorded at 7feet in some areas.  US & Canada coast are on stand by.  Update: Tsunami hits North American damage reported.


Tsunami races towards Japan's mainland

Tsunami Hits Japan's Northern Mainland

A Whirlpool forms off the Japan coast sucking in one Ship

NBC Today Coverage of Japan Earthquake

Tsunami Invades Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Tsunami Wave Hitting Northern Japan