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Tsunami warnings issued for most of the Pacific

A tsunami warning has been issued for most of the Pacific after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a deadly 10-metre high tsunami.

Saturday 12 March 2011, 08:09AM


A tsunami warning has been issued for most of the Pacific after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a deadly 10-metre high tsunami.

Numerous injuries and at least 27 deaths have been reported after the quake, Japan's biggest since records began, truck off Japan's northeastern coast today (March 11).

The dead included a 67-year-old man crushed by a wall and an elderly woman killed by a fallen roof, both in the wider Tokyo area. Three more people were crushed to death when their houses collapsed in Ibaraki prefecture northeast of Tokyo.

A hotel collapsed in the city of Sendai and people were feared buried in the rubble. The quake, Japan's biggest in seven years, struck at 2.46pm and was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later.

The US Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.9, after initially saying it was 7.9 The quake struck at a depth of 10km, about 125km off the eastern coast, the agency said.

 The area is 380 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

 

 

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