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60 killed in major tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, a tsunami surge sweeps water under a highway in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a massive earth quake. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOKYO, March 11, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) – A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing at least 60 people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

As reported by AP on Friday, tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks for hours, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Police said at least 60 people were killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

“The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

Japan issued a state of emergency at a nuclear power plant after its cooling system had a mechanical failure. Trouble was reported at two other nuclear plants as well, but there was no radiation leak at any.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the measure at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima was a precaution and that the facility was not in immediate danger.

Even for a country used to earthquakes, this one was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged several miles (kilometers) inland before retreating.

Large fishing boats and other sea vessels rode high waves into the cities, slamming against overpasses or scraping under them, snapping power lines along the way. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water. Ships anchored in ports crashed against each other.  (*)

 
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Japan gov't takes emergency steps, PM Naoto Kan asks people to stay calm

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks following a massive earthquake in northern Japan at a press conference in his office Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

March 11, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / KYODO NEWS)  — Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan set up emergency headquarters on Friday at his office immediately after a devastating earthquake struck northeastern Japan and decided to send the Self-Defense Forces and other rescue teams as soon as possible to hard-hit areas, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

”The damage has occurred across a wide range of areas, particularly in the country’s northeastern part,” Kan told an emergency news conference. ”Our government will make all-out efforts to secure people’s safety and minimize the damage caused by the earthquake.”

Kan also asked the public to stay calm and keep abreast of the latest information concerning the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred at 2:46 p.m.

Death toll from Japan quake rises to 59, Kyodo News reported.

Fire reported at more than 80 locations after quake.

10,000 people stuck at Narita airport,  1,100 peopl

 
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Photostream : At least 32 dead, Huge Japan quake causes tsunami, fires, landslide

 

Map showing the region of Japan closest to the epicentre of an 8.9-magnitude quake that struck off the northeast coast at 14:46 local time (0546 GMT) Friday. Includes high-speed train line and nuclear power plants. As reported by KYODO NEWS on Friday, At least 32 people died and numerous others were injured across an extensive area in the eastern half of Japan following Friday's powerful earthquake which rocked northeastern and eastern Japan, the National Police Agency and local officials said. Ten people died due to a quake-triggered tsunami in Iwate Prefecture, while at least one death was reported in each of Miyagi, Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, according to local officials. In Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, a woman died when a roof collapsed at a massage parlor following the magnitude 8.8 quake which struck at 2:46 p.m., and a person died in the town of Haga, Tochigi Prefecture, after a wall crumbled at a factory. (AFP/Graphics)

Broken windows of a building are seen after an earthquake in Tokyo , March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a ten-metre (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Pacific basin except for the mainland United States and Canada following a huge earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. REUTERS/YOMIURI(JAPAN

Houses swept by a tsunami smoulder near Sendai Airport in Japan March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a ten-metre (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Pacific basin except for the mainland United States and Canada following a huge earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. REUTERS/KYODO

Ambulances gather outside Kudan Kaikan hall where the ceiling of a school collapsed amid the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake which rocked Tokyo. The massive earth tremor has unleashed a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shoreline and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture after a massive earthquake rocked Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake has rocked Japan, unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.« Read less (AFP/JIJI Press/Jiji Press)

In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, water floods across the runway as airplanes are seen parked, background, near the airport building at Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a massive earth quake. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, an oil refinery burns in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a massive earth quake. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

Natural gas storage tanks burn at a facility in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, Japan March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-metre (13-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. REUTERS/KYODO

In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, a fire burns in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a massive earth quake. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

An office building burns in Tokyo after an earthquake March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A road is blocked by a landslide near Iwaki City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-metre (13-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. REUTERS/KYODO

In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, ships and boats are washed ashore in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefectur, Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a masive earth quake. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

Rescue workers hurry to a building following reports of injuries in Tokyo's financial district after an earthquake off the coast of northern Japan March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-metre (13-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 
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Photostream : China earthquake kills dozens

Rescuers search for survivors from a damaged building after an earthquake hit Yingjiang county, Yunnan province March 10, 2011. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake has left at least 25 people dead and 250 others injured, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken March 10, 2011. Photo : REUTERS/Stringer

Rescuers transfer an injured resident after an earthquake hit Yingjiang county, Yunnan province March 10, 2011. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake has left at least 14 people killed and 157 others injured, Xinhua News Agency reported. Photo : REUTERS/China Daily

Injured residents receive medical treatment after an earthquake hit Yingjiang county, Yunnan province March 10, 2011. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake has left at least 14 people killed and 157 others injured, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/China Daily

In this photo distributed by China's Xinhua news agency, people take care of the injured in the open air after a strong earthquake hit Yingjiang county in southwest China's Yunnan province on Thursday March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 150, officials and state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, He Haiyan)

In his photo distributed by China's Xinhua news agency, a man carries an injured woman after a strong earthquake hit Yingjiang county in southwest China's Yunnan province on Thursday March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 150, officials and state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, He Haiyan)

Survivors look on as rescue efforts go on after an earthquake jolted Yingjiang county in southwestern China's Yunnan province on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 150, officials and state media said. (AP Photo)

A woman mourns for her loss after an earthquake jolted Yingjiang county in southwestern China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 150, officials and state media said. (AP Photo)

Residents tend to an injured man after an earthquake jolted Yingjiang county in southwestern China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday. (AP Photo)

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, rescuers search for survivors in a damaged building after a strong earthquake hit Yingjiang county in southwest China's Yunnan province, on Thursday March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 200, officials and state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Xiao Lin)

Rescue workers look for survivors in a collapsed building after an earthquake jolted Yingjiang county in southwestern China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The earthquake toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday. (AP Photo)

 
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Death toll rises to 25 in South West China earthquake

Rescuers search for survivors in a damaged building after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 10, 2011. The death toll has risen to 25 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday, at least 250 others were injured. (Photo : Xinhua/Qin Qing)

YINGJIANG, Yunnan, March 11, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The death toll from an earthquake that hit Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Thursday noon has risen to 25, local authorities said.

As reported by XINHUA on Friday, so far 250 people are confirmed injured in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, with 134 in serious condition, the provincial civil affairs department said in a statement late Thursday.

The earthquake has toppled the homes of 1,039 families and left 4,994 others seriously damaged, mainly in the county seat near the border with Myanmar, it said.

The National Committee of Disaster Reduction, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Yunnan’s provincial government have dispatched 9,700 tents, 15,000 quilts, 15,000 clothes and other materials to the quake-hit region.  (*)
 
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Photostream : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) attends a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri (front-L) in Tehran on March 10, 2011 during the latter's official visit to Iran. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri upon his arrival for a meeting in Tehran on March 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) greets Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri upon his arrival for a meeting in Tehran on March 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri (L) in Tehran on March 10, 2011 during the latter's official visit to Iran. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

 
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