Japan Rocked by 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan was hit by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake Friday, triggering tsunamis and sending water through cities washing away cars and buildings. There have been reports of injures in Tokyo.

The epicenter of the earthquake located approx. 380 kilometers from Japan’s capitol Tokyo, has water lying nations on the lookout.

Warnings for tsunamis have been issues for Guam, the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Micronesia and Hawaii.

Japanese Airport hit with Tsunami

 

As of 2:39 there has been the first definite death in this horrible tragedy. There are numerous reports of casualties and injuries and the Japanese cabinet is holding an emergency meeting to help this nation moving forward.

Update: (11:38am est): The death toll has climbed to over 300 with hundreds more feared dead.

Japanese Prime Minister: “Some Nuclear power facilities have been shut down automatically due to the earthquake. In order to minimize damage, the government will make every effort possible. We ask the people of Japan to act calmly.”

Japan’s high tech design and architecture has many hoping the damage and the deathtoll will not be as high as expected. Many systems on the high speed rails and in the Nuclear facilities, have automatically shutoff as the warning came.

3:08 Japan’s preparedness and early warning systems have issued warnings for 53 countries and Territories in the Pacific region.

With the Tsunami warnings elsewhere, officials are hoping the time they have will allow them to prepare and get people there to safety.

Images below

Tsunami makes its way onto Japanese land
Tsunami makes its way onto Japanese land
Tsunami Rolls over highways in Japan

 

 

People wait in Tokyo Disneyland as flooding was rumored (2:25am est)
The Same Parking lots an hour later (3:28 am est)
A massive tsunami engulfs a residential area in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

Below we have listed some helpful links to see what is going on live. BU Now will do their best to bring you the latest updates.

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/ (live stream)

 

 

 

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Photo credit: Al Jazeera English

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