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AFP: First death reported in area east of Tokyo following huge earthquake /RT @SkyNewsBreak:

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UPDATE:

UPDATE 5 -- Tsunamis strike Japan after enormous earthquakes, mass casualties reported

2011-03-11 14:21:02 GMT+7 (ICT)

TOKYO (BNO NEWS) -- A series of enormous earthquakes struck off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on early Friday afternoon, seismologists said, generating huge tsunamis that devastated coastlines and prompting tsunami warnings for multiple countries.

The initial 8.9-magnitude earthquake at 2.46 p.m. local time (0546 GMT) was centered about 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai in Japan, on the nation's main island of Honshu. It struck about 24.4 kilometers (15.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS estimated that approximately 2.5 million people would have felt severe shaking, which could result in heavy damage. Another 11 million could have felt strong to very strong shaking.

Numerous large aftershocks struck soon after, the largest being a 7.1 on the Richter scale. In all, the aftershocks measured 6.4, 6.4, 6.8, 7.1, 6.3 and 6.3. One of the aftershocks, which had a 6.8 magnitude, struck only 67 kilometers (42 miles) northeast of the capital of Tokyo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) immediately issued a tsunami warning, and large tsunamis could be seen hitting northeastern coastlines, submerging roads, scores of cars and buildings. In Tokyo, where people fled from buildings, fires were seen burning and clouds of black smoke were rising above the city's skyline.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a tsunami warning for Russia, the Marcus Islands, Northern Marianas, Guam, Wake islands and Taiwan. A tsunami awtch is in effect for Yap, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Hawaii.

"Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts," the center said in a bulletin.

The New Zealand Civil Defense also issued a 'potential threat advisory'.

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-- © BNO News All rights reserved 2011-03-11

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from my Japanese friend at Sendia, there was a mild quake yesterday but no much problem. by now, cannot reach him yet.

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Taiwan issues tsunami alert after Japan quake for north, east coasts - weather bureau /RT @REUTERSFLASH:

TSUNAMI WARNING FOR HAWAII

TSUANMI WARNING FOR MEXICO AND NEW ZEALAND

TSUNAMI AWRNING FOR EL SALVADOR, COSTA RICA, NICARAGUA, HONDURAS, CHILE, EVUADOR, COLOMBIA

/RT @mpoppel:

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AUSTRALIA ALSO UNDER WARNING: /RT @mpoppel:

New major earthquake has struck. Could be around 7.0: /RT @mpoppel:

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maybe this has something to do with it

On March 19, the moon will be 356,577 kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 1992.

The lunar perigee, or supermoon - a term that Mr Nolle said he coined in 1979 - takes place because the moon does not orbit the Earth in a perfect circle, but in a slightly elliptical manner.

"Supermoons, in fact, have a historical association with strong storms, very high tides, extreme tides and also earthquakes," Mr Nolle .

"Supermoons are like eclipses. We have roughly five to six per year ... and so it can be very close to Earth but we don't have to have one at the maximum close approach to have a notable effect."

Mr Nolle said the most recent supermoon on February 18 had an impact on Earth from February 12 to 21. He drew a link between the lunar phenomenon and the Christchurch earthquake, which hit New Zealand on February 22.

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Food is apparently going to be scarce there...He may have picked up on this Ken...Just reassure him with a carrot and an extra pat!!

Thats a big freaking Quake. I noticed my rabbit, Mr. Hoppy McSpudbuck, was acting strange during the time of the shaking and he's in Bangkok unsure.gif.

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HAWAII WARNING: URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY. /RT @mpoppel:

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