An 8.8 or 8.9 (I’m seeing the number different on multiple reports) earthquake hit Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. A live video stream on video.ap.org said at least 95 people were killed.
Due to the amount of damage, Japan has declared an atomic power emergency. Four Japanese nuclear power plants closest to the epicenter of the quake have been safely shut down, the UN atomic watchdog said Friday.
The quake struck just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, one as strong as 7.1.
Such a large earthquake at such a shallow depth creates a lot of energy, said Shenza Chen of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by the earthquake in Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific ocean. Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others.
A Code White has been declared in the Philippines. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that a Code White alert would ensure the supply of medicines and laboratory equipment required to treat tsunami victims. He further went on to say, “I call on my fellow health workers to take appropriate precautions, along with their catchment population, and be ready to provide emergency assistance and related services to all residents of areas that may be affected by this afternoon’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”
Russian authorities on Friday evacuated some 11,000 residents from Pacific islands in anticipation of tsunami waves unleashed by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast.
Mar 11, 8:22 AM EST
Tsunami waves spawned by a massive earthquake in Japan have hit Hawaii.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says Kauai was the first island hit early Friday by the tsunami, which was quickly sweeping through the Hawaiian Island chain.
U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews were making preparations throughout the Hawaiian Islands to provide post-tsunami support, with cutter and aircraft crews positioning themselves to conduct response and survey missions.
Dennis Fujimoto said the mood is calm but concerned on the island of Kauai while people readying for the tsunami.