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Huge 8.9 earthquake hits Japan

An earthquake of magnitude 8.9 has occurred near the Kanto region of Japan and a Pacific-wide tsunami warning has been issued as a result.

According to a bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the tsunami warning covers:
JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / WAKE IS. /  TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /  POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /  NAURU / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / KIRIBATI / HOWLAND-BAKER /  HAWAII / TUVALU / PALMYRA IS. / VANUATU / TOKELAU / JARVIS IS. /  WALLIS-FUTUNA / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / COOK ISLANDS / NIUE /  FIJI / NEW CALEDONIA / TONGA / MEXICO /  KERMADEC IS / FR. POLYNESIA / PITCAIRN /  GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / ANTARCTICA /  PANAMA / HONDURAS / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / PERU

The warning states that:

SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT.

According to GDACS the earthquake potentially affected the following critical infrastructure:
• Nuclear plants: FUKUSHIMA-DAIICHI (183km), FUKUSHIMA-DAINI (172km), TOKAI (84km)
• Airports: Oshima (184km), Tateyama (137km), Kisarazu (106km), Atsugi (144km), Yokohama (127km), Katsner Aaf (147km), Tokyo Haneda International (113km), Shimoshizu (76km), Chofu (133km), Tachikawa (144km), Yokota Afb (148km), Tokyo Narita International (55km), Shimofusa (88km), Iruma (143km), Ryugasaki South (69km), Ryugasaki (69km), Honda (134km), Chiba-ken (110km), (78km), Hyakuri (69km), Onishi (145km), Shimo Kolzumi (153km), Suzumenomiya (128km), Utsunomiya (130km), Otawara (149km), Fukushima (170km)
• Ports: Oshima (187km), Tateyama (135km), Katsuura Ko (95km), Kurihama (133km), Yokosuka (132km), Kisarazu (106km), Neghisi (129km), Yokohama (127km), Kawasaki (114km), Goi (85km), Chiba (82km), Anegasaki (82km), Katunan Ko (92km), Ogasawara (109km), Tokyo (111km), Choshi (15km), Kashima (30km), Hitachi (87km), Onahama (130km).

UPDATES

  • Government issues a state of emergency warning concerning a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan: following a failure of the cooling system.

  • According to the BBC,The Red Cross has warned that the tsunami wave caused by the quake is currently higher than some Pacific islands and "could go right over them".

•Date: 11th March 2011 • Region: Japan/Various •Type: Article •Topic: DR general



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