TSUNAMI HITS JAPAN (March 11, 2011)

Friday, March 11, 2011

An insanely intense earthquake hit the Northern Coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 at rush hour, causing a huge tsunami.

The massive 8.9 earthquake happened at rush hour Friday, causing a massive tsunami that was watched live by millions around the world as it happened. Aftershocks rocked Japan, the largest being a 7.4.

Japan has suffered multiple earthquakes this week, including a 7.8 on Wednesday, but none resulted in a tsunami, until now.

So far, no tsunami warnings to the West Coast of the U.S., but Hawaii is expected to have a tsunami hit at 2:59 a.m. Friday morning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii also said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. Update: Tsunami Watch has been added for WA, OR, CA, AK and British Columbia.

All Japanese transportation systems including airports have been shut down.

This March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan is the seventh largest on record. As I write this (11:45 pm PST) it is unclear the damage the tsunamis have caused, but it does not look good. CNN is reporting that the Japanese are very schooled in knowing what to do when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis, and that the mood there is generally calm, but just by watching live coverage you could see cars trying to outrun the tsunami, some with no luck.

Tsunami coverage is live now on CNN – we will post more Japan tsunami March 11, 2011 videos as they are available.


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