Japan massive earthquake

posted Jul 12, 2012, 9:59 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 10:00 AM ]
Japan hit by massive earthquake. A powerful earthquake has struck off Japan's north-eastern coast, shaking buildings in Tokyo and forcing people out of their homes, witnesses said. Japan issued its most serious tsunami warning, saying a wave as high as 6m (20ft) could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture. US officials said the 8.8-magnitude quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles. CNN reports its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said. It triggered a tsunami warning for various countries, including Japan and Russia, the National Weather Service said. "Earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis potentially dangerous to coasts outside the source region," it said.

Original published on: Mar 11, 2011 @ 1:52