Tsunami hits Japan after massive earthquake

March 11, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A ten-metre high tsunami has devastated the coast of Japan following a massive earthquake in the Pacific Ocean.

Tsunami hits Japan after massive earthquake

The earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale, struck off the eastern coast of Japan, triggering a series of massive waves which have come miles in shore sweeping up buildings and cars in the process.

Tsunami warnings have subsequently been issued in Taiwan, Indonesia, Russia and the US as a result of the quake which was felt as far away as 1,500 miles in Beijing, China.

AFP have reported one death so far after the collapse of a building in the Japanese capital of Tokyo but the death toll and number of injuries is expected to rise considerably.

Motorists have been seen racing their cars down Japanese coastal highways as they try to outrun the killer waves. The Disneyland car park in Tokyo has been devastated.

The US Geological Survey have measured the earthquake as an 8.9 on the Richter Scale, making it one of the seventh largest ever registered quake.

It struck at 2.46pm local time (5.46am GMT) and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including one measuring 7.4 – more than the quake which devastated Haiti last year.

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