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    Massive Earthquake, Tsunami Slam Japan

    TOKYO – 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. 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.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_...pan_earthquake
    Ugh, this is so awful.

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    Live video footage.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

    OMG. It looks so awful.

    I guess there's a tsunami warning for Hawaii and California now too!

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    Horrible There's been so many things like this in the last couple of years, it's mental.

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    South America and North America too... it arrived in hawaii and in indonesia..

    so horrible.

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    Soooo terrible I saw this headline and FREAKED OUT because my cousin who is basically like a brother lives in Tokyo with his wife and their newborn.. thankfully they're all okay. My cousin is a teacher at an all-girls middle school and it was insanity there, all the students were petrified, obviously. He wasn't able to get in touch with his wife for awhile, and he had to walk 9 MILES home because all the trains and everything were down. Obviously all natural disasters are scary, but this one is really hitting home


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    Sosososo awful. I woke up yesterday and turned on the news expecting some lame happy breakfast show & couldn't turn away from the TV for 2 hours. Watching it all unfold live was mind blowing.

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    Scroll across the pictures to see before/after damage.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...r-tsunami.html


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    Wowsa, it's just a complete wipeout.

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