Thursday, March 24, 2011

UPDATE: Massive 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan; Triggers Devastating Tsunami

Early Friday morning (2:46 p.m. Tokyo time) a 8.9 magnitude earthquake rattled northeastern Japan, triggering a devastating 30-foot tsunami that swept away cars, boats, buildings, and debris all along Japan's Pacific coast. In a period of three hours after the initial 8.9 quake, the island was rattled by 13 aftershocks, all with a magnitude above 6.0. A tsunami warning has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Hawaii, where tourists were evacuated from coastal areas. A surge hit Hawaii, sending water rushing into coastal areas on the Big Island and Maui. Small waves arrived on the West Coast of United States.

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  • A live stream from Japan's NHK World via MSNBC is above. Another Japenese stream is after the jump.
  • Watch a CNN live stream here or here.
  • Watch a Fox News live stream here.
  • Click here for the New York Times' front page report of the story.
  • Real time updates at the Huffington Post.
  • Here for the NYT's Lede Blog, which will be updated rapidly throughout the morning.
  • Real time updates at the WSJ.
  • More photos of the destruction at the Atlantic's InFocus blog,'s Big Picture, and here as updated throughout the day.
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We have a collection of videos of the earthquake and tsunami after the jump. It's truly harrowing footage of the wave barreling to shore, engulfing everything in its path. The earthquake was 8000 times stronger than the one that recently struck Christchurch, New Zealand, and one of the top five biggest quakes on record since 1900. It's the largest in Japan's history. The images of the destruction is chilling.

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