3.12.2011

Hundreds Dead in Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

Streets are flooded after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, March 11, 2011 
 
As of 16:58 UTC: Japan's government has called for everyone living near the coast to evacuate to higher ground amid warnings of additional tsunamis. Broadcasting in Japanese, English and Portuguese, Japan's NHK television listed the coastal areas at risk and warned of waves up to two meters high could wash over some of the areas mentioned.

As of 16:47 UTC: U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States stands ready to help the people of Japan after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country's east coast. In a statement Friday, Mr. Obama offered his condolences to those who lost loved ones, and said the alliance between the United States and Japan is "unshakeable."

As of 16:30 UTC: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan appeared on national television to advise the public to stay tuned to radio and television for any warnings, as a senior disaster response official warned of a possibility  that even larger waves could strike Japan in the next day or two. Mr. Kan urged people to react calmly to the catastrophe.

As of 16:11 UTC: At least 200 people have been killed in a massive earthquake in Japan that also triggered a devastating tsunami.  The quake - the most powerful to hit Japan in at least 100 years - caused massive damage and many people are missing and feared dead.

The powerful quake struck Friday about 125 kilometers off Japan's eastern coast, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Large-scale damage could be seen in various locations along the coast. In Chiba prefecture, a massive oil refinery fire has broken out.

Video clip: Japan earthquake
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government has created an office to deal with the disaster and maintain safety.

More than four million homes remain without power. Nuclear power stations, of which there are three in the region, either continued operating or were automatically shut down. Tokyo Electric Power said no radiation leaks were immediately  detected.

Japan Rail has suspended all train services in the Tokyo region for the remainder of Friday. 


Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Major-Earthquake-Tsunami-Hit-Japan-117785138.html


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