Friday, March 11, 2011
Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami
Just a few hours ago, at 2.46 p.m. local time (March 11) an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, the epicenter being just 130 km from Sendai, eastern Japan. Even Tokyo itself was affected. This is the biggest quake to strike Japan in 140 years. Even the 1923 Tokyo earthquake was comparatively smaller in magnitude (7.9 on Richter scale).
Tsunami warnings were sent out for around 20 countries in the Pacific.
Tsunami waves have just struck Japan. According to The Mainichi Daily News website, at Sendai airport a 10 meter Tsunami has been observed. According to the BBC several deaths have been reported. The Tsunami warnings have been extended to the whole of US West Coast.
This earthquake follows another earthquake of lesser magnitude in Yunnan, China on March 10, 2011, which claimed 25 lives.
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