Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan earthquake: 8.9 magnitude Earthquake Hit Japan

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan today, March 11, 2011, triggering a 10-metre tsunami in the region that reportedly everything in its path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire, media and witnesses said. The epicenter of the earthquake was 231 miles (373 km) north of Tokyo and 80 miles (130 km) east of Sendai and Honshu.

The number of deaths is unclear, but the Japanese Kyodo News reported at least 60 more deaths, numerous injuries and other missing. The earthquake prompted at least 19 countries and many islands in the Pacific to issue tsunami warnings. It was followed by powerful aftershocks could be felt in the capital of Tokyo.

The authorities have not yet been able to provide details of the damage, but appears to be widespread devastation. Television showed excellent transport tsunami flaming debris over a large area of ​​farmland near the coastal city of Sendai, which has a population of one million and more. Cars were carried out in the streets surrounding the airport in Sendai, while farms were swept away by powerful waves. Other vehicles were trying to chase over fast-moving water.

The quake was one of several to have struck northeast of Japan this week, including one, a 7.3 magnitude that hit on Wednesday. In 1933, magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit the region and killed more than 3,000 people. Last year, the institutions of fisheries destroyed by the tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake in Chile, Japan is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, representing approximately 20% of world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or more.

Japan 8.9 mag. Earthquake live footage: