Tsunami Devastates Japan

Friday, March 11, 2011

An 8.9 magnitude quake hit Japan. An ensuing tsunami caused widespread devastation. (Getty Images)

An 8.8 magnitude struck 80 miles off of Japan's coast early this morning. It triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the northern coast soon after, giving little time for warning or evacuation. Disaster officials say that at least 32 people have been killed. A tsunami warning has been issued across the Pacific Ocean. The New York Times' Kevin Drew reports on the event from Hong Kong.

Emily So, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey helps to analyze how the earthquake fits into seismic history.


Kevin Drew and Emily So

Comments [2]

Isabelle from Tokyo

I am in Tokyo right now. Trains are down. No cell phones. And really bad traffic. Chiba, near Tokyo, is on fire from an oil rig. We still are shaking hours from the quake. My ceiling lamp tried to kill me. All my friends are stranded at University or work because there are no trains. But I can't complain because at least we aren't under water like Sendai, which doesn't have an airport anymore.

Mar. 11 2011 08:38 AM

To observe areas have been affected, there is a live web-cam site which I found that helped to allay fears about one of our close family friends in Kobe:


There is an interactive map with cameras across Japan.

May your loved ones be safe.

Mar. 11 2011 07:31 AM

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