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Breaking News: Massive Earthquake Hits Japan

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of northern Japan, causing massive damage and tsunamis of up to 30 feet. Early reports put the death toll at 32, but that is almost certain to rise. The photos and videos out so far show tremendous devastation across large portions of Japan.

Tsunami warnings are up around the Pacific, including Alaska and the American west coast. In Hawaii, they're already evacuating low-lying areas, with the waves expected to reach the islands around 8:00 a.m. Eastern.

This earthquake was roughly twice as powerful as the 1923 earthquake that also hit Japan -- and that one killed between 100,000 and 142,000 people.

For those of you so inclined, prayers would be most appropriate.

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Comments (7)

Its weird watching a tsunam... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Its weird watching a tsunami hit...
They are showing what appears to be an airport and then buildings being swept away by the wall of water,

My nephew is there in Tokyo... (Below threshold)
G.:

My nephew is there in Tokyo Bay(Navy) no word from him yet.

Japan being so tech savvy g... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Japan being so tech savvy gave me and the rest of us the clearest, real time video's of this event. I am truly saddened. My prayers go out to them. ww

Our Tsunami evacuation has ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Our Tsunami evacuation has gone well - the entire Long Beach peninsula evacuated early this AM. We may not have a big wave here but with all the advanced warning, folks here appear safe except for the stupid ones and the news sharks.

G. my son is also in the Na... (Below threshold)
Chip:

G. my son is also in the Navy at Yokuska, 7th fleet page on Facebook has no reported injuries to Navy personnel or facilities.

Given the near catastrophic... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Given the near catastrophic size of the quake, what's truly impressive is that Japan's infrastructure has largely remained in tact—nuke plants to communications to buildings. If they "only" lose 1000-2000 people, it's real testament to their earthquake and tsunami preparation.

"See, this is why George Bu... (Below threshold)
Howie:

"See, this is why George Bush is so dumb, theres a disaster in the world and he sends an Aircraft Carrier..."

Wonders if the left will say the same about Obama as he is sending in the Navy too. I won't hold my breath.

http://varifrank.com/archives/2005/01/today_i_was_unp_1.php

http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/obama-pledges-help-japan-us-navy-ships-way




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