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You'd think they might put in some of the overly loud throat noises and he would do a big "ahhhhhhhhhh" at the end. Come on, where's th
Tsunami warning for Indonesia, Chilli and Peru!
Hate watching these sickening images.
Any of our regulars from around the hardest hit places?
Sure hope the news is better than it looks it might be.
Hundreds of people are feared dead and injured after a huge earthquake struck Japan early today.
Minutes after the earthquake, measuring 8.4 magnitude, struck 150 miles north of Tokyo in the Miyagi prefecture at 2.46 local time, a four metre hight tsunami swept into the coastal port of Kamaishi, sweeping ships and cars away and inundating warehouses. Cars and entire houses were also swept off in Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture and fires burned out of controlafter it was inundated by a 7.3 metre wave.
Horrifying television coverage showed the tsunami engulfing towns and countryside in Miyagi, sweeping away hundreds of homes and cars. It was followed by a fast moving second tsunami.
A huge plume of black smoke hovered over the port area of Tokyo, as fires broke out in the industrial zone and workers threw themselves under their desks as buildings shook violently. In Tokyo, a number of people were after a roof collapsed at a hall where a graduation ceremony for 600 students was being held.
Within minutes of the earthquake, which was centred 80 miles off Japanâ€™s eastern coast at a depth of just six miles, a tsunami alert was issued for the whole Japanese coast and the north Pacific including Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Micronesia and Hawaii as the meteorological office warned of a possible 32 foot wave. It later extended the warning to Australia,NZ and the South American Pacific coast including Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Narita airport in Tokyo closed, bullet trains were cancelled and nuclear plants shut down. Sendai airport was completely indundated by the tsunami.
Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister said in an address to parliament: â€œThe government will do everything possible to minimise the damage. it will do its utmost.â€
It was one of the biggest earthquakes ever to hit Japan. We felt it strongly in my office, he 10th floor of a modern building in Tokyo. After the initial big jolt we could feel strong rattling and swaying which last for at least a minute. An aftershock minutes later felt even worse. I sheltered under my desk and through the window could see other workers in buildings across the street also taking refuge.
In 16 years in Japan I have not felt such a strong earthquake.
Metabo Oyaji in Miyagi?
Bloody hell I was up on the 10th floor of a building.
Without doubt the strongest I have felt and the scariest experience of my life.
Terrible , terrible images. Best wishes and our hearts are with our Japanese friends and SJers. Very sad.
Listening to BBC now "and we are STILL having aftershocks".
We had them for literally 3 months after Chuetsu and the first month it was many each day, I doubt they will stop anytime today!
Thoughts with everyone involved.
Minakami shook pretty bad as well.
Those tsunami images are shocking.
Just watched the footage, **** that is scary! The Tsunami warning is widened to the entire Pacific rim... including Aus, NZ, Mexico etc.
Thoughts and good vibes to all in the area. Stay safe and keep your family safe too!
Look at the massive area this covered.
Can't imagine anything much worse than that, but obviously it was 150km to the north.
My thoughts are with you all.
Been out all day and just about to race out again - so so sad to hear!
Sending all the positive vibes for all our SJ family in Nihon to be safe and sound.
There have been 3 large DIFFERENT earthquakes here.
They are saying on the Japanese TV now that there's a chance of more 'new' quakes, in further different places. Rather than just aftershocks.
I'm in Tokyo but can't get through to anyone in Yamagata or Zao.
News did say that most electricity out in Yamagata.
Latest seems to be 19 dead.
Hope youre all good and well and nowhere near any of the serious stuff. *vibes*
Watching the footage. So scary and sad.
My thoughts are with everyone over there. Stay safe everyone.
Trying to contact Friends in Toyko - Oita and Nagoya.
My heart is so sad for Japan.
8.4 >>>> 8.8!
Tsunami alerts have been extended to the following countries among others:
Papua New Guinea
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