8.9 Quake Hits Japan with Massive Tsunami; Hawaii on Alert
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***TSUNAMI WAS REPORTED LAST NIGHT AS 10 METERS/33 FEET HIGH***
UPDATE: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the Big Island of Hawaii had tsunami travel 100 feet inland and 12 feet high
Reports of the tsunami landing ashore several hundred feet on various Hawaiian island and reaching heights of 11 ft.
**UPDATE-UPDATE-UPDATE: I AM BACK UP AFTER TAKING A FEW HOURS OFF; I HAD BEEN REPORTING SINCE LAST NIGHT RIGHT AFTER THE QUAKE OCCURRED. ETA FOR MY AREA OF SAN DIEGO WILL BE 8:41 am with 3-9 ft surge. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES AS WE GATHER INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD. **
MAJOR UPDATE for the WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
The National Weather Service has upgraded a tsunami watch to a tsunami warning for the West Coast including California.
The warning is in effect for coastal areas of California after a reported 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan Thursday night, a National Weather Service official said.
Tsunami warnings mean a “tsunami with significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue to several hours after the initial wave arrival,” according to the Weather Service.
UPDATE: HAWAII SIRENS HAVE GONE OFF – PEOPLE ARE BEING TOLD TO HEAD INLAND ONE-HALF MILE. ETA OF TSUNAMI 3:00AM….. IT IS 10:45 PM IN HAWAII NOW; WAVE STRENGTH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED;
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a new warning would be issued as more information becomes available.
In Hawaii, officials expect a wave could hit at 2:59 a.m. Hawaii time (4:59 a.m. PST).
California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are not included in the warnings.
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UPDATE: 80 AFTERSHOCKS SINCE THE INITIAL QUAKE
UPDATE 2:00 AM PST:Tsunami alerts for 50 COUNTRIES INCLUDING HAWAII – GUAM – PHILIPPINES – INDONESIA – NORTHERN MARIANAS -MICRONESIA – MARCUS ISLAND – SOUTH AMERICA – PERU – MEXICO – NEW ZEALAND – AUSTRALIA – RUSSIA – TAIWAN
UPDATE ON WORLD MARKETS: HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Hong Kong stocks extended their fall in Friday’s afternoon session as investors sold down shares across sectors in the wake of a powerful earthquake in northern Japan. The Hang Seng Index /quotes/comstock/08s!i:hsi (HK:HANGSENG 23,207, -407.59, -1.73%) dropped 1.8% to 23,190.27 and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index gave up 2% to 12,737.14. Among the big losers, China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. /quotes/comstock/22h!e:688 (HK:688 13.50, -0.36, -2.60%) /quotes/comstock/11i!caovy (CAOVY 0.00, 0.00, 0.00%) lost 3% and Cnooc Ltd. gave up 3.1%. Chna’s Shanghai Composite /quotes/comstock/16k!i:000001 (CN:SHCOMP 2,934, -23.35, -0.79%) dropped 0.8% to end at 2,933.8
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UPDATE AT 11:50 PM PST: 4 MILLION HOMES WITHOUT POWER AROUND TOKYO; OIL REFINERY ON FIRE NORTHEAST OF TOKYO; NO TRAIN OPERATIONS; MASSIVE DAMAGE IN ORIAI; COASTLINE CITIES HAVE SUFFERED MAJOR DESTRUCTION; SENDAI AND MIYAGI HAVE SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE SENDAI AIRPORT IS UNDER WATER.
SENDAI RECEIVED THE BRUNT OF THE TSUNAMI — SENDAI HAS A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION PEOPLE; THE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK FOR 2-3 MINUTES;
USGS Information: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0001xgp.php
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TV pictures showed a vast wall of water carrying buildings and debris across a large swathe of coastal farmland.
Public broadcaster NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.
Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama’s Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water. Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in the city of Sendai in the northeast.