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Tsunami hits Japan

2011-03-11 08:54

Tokyo - A massive 8.8-magnitude quake hit the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, causing "many injuries", at least one fire and triggering a 4m tsunami, NHK television and witnesses reported.

There was also a warning of a 10m tsunami following the quake, Japan's biggest in 7 years.

The public broadcaster showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area.

TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan.

"The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said.

"It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

Quake upgraded

Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura.

The US Geological Survey earlier verified a magnitude of 7.9 at a depth of 15.1 miles and located the quake 81 miles east of Sendai, Honshu. It later upgraded it to 8.8.

The Tokyo stock market extended its losses after the quake was announced. The central bank said it would do everything to ensure financial stability.

Japan's northeast Pacific coast, called Sanriku, has suffered from quakes and tsunamis in the past and a 7.2 quake struck on Wednesday. In 1933, a magnitude 8.1 quake in the area killed more than 3 000 people.
Last year fishing facilities were damaged after by a tsunami caused by a strong tremor in Chile.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20% of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

- Japan Meteorological Agency

Comments
  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-11 09:09

    I sincerely hope South Africa extends a real hand of help here.

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-11 09:25

      Sibusiso, it wasnt a joke....

      Dan - 2011-03-11 10:16

      Japan being one of the economic power houses in the wolrd won't need our help. I'm quite sure about that. Our politicians will only help if they can fill theirown pockets. This is a natural disaster and I really feel for those people.

      Gaanake - 2011-03-11 15:57

      Dan, you mean no tenders for the 'connected few' - no assistance? Sounds familiar.

  • jareddrak - 2011-03-11 09:21

    South Africa is the perfect land we've ever lived, South Africa and the Africa is the biggest land. :) Exactly its coming to the end but Africa is still rescue!

      Paddler@24.com - 2011-03-11 09:26

      Jareddrak... couldn't make head or tail of what you were trying to say? Have a good Phuza Thursday? Scary coverage from Japan, jeepers!

      lmduplessis - 2011-03-11 09:28

      "Africa is still rescue!" Could you rephrase that please?

      steven - 2011-03-11 09:35

      english dude, english

      Jan - 2011-03-11 09:38

      jareddrak. Step away from the keyboard!

      Almaki - 2011-03-11 09:40

      Use your words jareddrak, use your words!

      tiger71 - 2011-03-11 10:16

      jarre-drak..say what

      Dan - 2011-03-11 10:17

      I think we need to rescue you from our education system. WTF did you say?

      barkers - 2011-03-11 10:31

      EISH!!! Can you even operate a computer? Just stay away from the heavy machinery!!

      barkers - 2011-03-11 10:48

      Uhmm, NO Moron... we also have had fairly large quakes here! Nothing of course on this scale of devastation.... but if it happens again, since its a lot more populated now.....

      Gaanake - 2011-03-11 16:04

      jareddrak... you're probably filing your report from Japan, which would be understandable in the current unfortunate situation.

  • Code2LiveBy - 2011-03-11 09:28

    Open your heart in LOVE to all the people of Japan & New Zealand! My prayers are with you

  • EXPLORER - 2011-03-11 09:41

    Rather than making snide comments, pray for those involved in what must be an absolutely terrifying experience! I'd like to see how everyone would react if they were faced with the same situation. Just watching the footage already available on the net, is heartbreaking.

      Irelander - 2011-03-11 09:49

      I think praying and snide comments have equal importance here.

      Alex - 2011-03-11 09:54

      I agree 100%, we need to think of those involved and offer them our assistance and support as far as is possibble

      Taurusaurus - 2011-03-11 15:16

      Well said, Explorer. Why must people argue their own agendas when others are suffering? This is no time to bicker like young children. If anyone hopes to offer donations to aid in disaster relief efforts, they can Google the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - there are options for online donations for an amount of your own discretion. (be sure to stipulate which fund you are directing the donation) Honestly, the least we as South Africans can do, is to show support where possible - even if it means just saying a prayer, sending positive thoughts, or being mindful of those in the epicenter of the disaster.

      Gaanake - 2011-03-11 16:09

      Well said. By the way, do fund-raisers still keep up to 75% of donations as admin fees and commission?

  • Evelyn Maarman - 2011-03-11 09:44

    OMG! I've been moved to tears watching how people are standing on top of buildings crying for help... as South Africans we should be glad and grateful that we have NOT YET been hit by such a disaster, even though we face daily human disasters. My god it's so sad!

      Felix - 2011-03-11 10:34

      I would rate our current goverment and the JuJu as catastrophy! They don't only affect our coast line either.

      wattalotokak - 2011-03-11 15:49

      Felix: we have been hit by the Tsunami many times: Julias and Zooooma

  • snoekels - 2011-03-11 09:45

    Point remains these people need help. Innocent or not. The day Our saviour returns are coming closer, all we can do is make sure our affairs are in order and our hearts are Good.

      Irelander - 2011-03-11 10:01

      He may or may not judge you for not using a capital S in Savior. They are all innocent in the face of whats happening -

      Taurusaurus - 2011-03-11 15:17

      Who are we to judge? All are equals in the eyes of The Lord your God; let no man turn a blind eye in another's hour of need. :)

  • Stamos - 2011-03-11 09:48

    You should go and read the Bible and especially the book of Revelations - The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon, I hope you know who He is, and if you don't you have an opportunity to find out while you still have time! All Biblical prophecies have come true, and there are a few more that will come true, and you will see it happening exactly as the Bible says. Why ? Because the creator of the universe says so!

      Henry - 2011-03-11 09:56

      They have been preaching that for 2000 years, we'll probably be around for another 2000...

      buzz - 2011-03-11 10:03

      If you give me ten minutes notice of his arrival, I'll have a beer ready for him

      Johann M - 2011-03-11 10:08

      @ Henry. That does make Stamos' statement less true.

      Irelander - 2011-03-11 10:08

      Sounds like its gona be a day out of bible smashing. Seriously people earthquakes have been explained by science for many years at this stage - if yoiu need a lesson in them just ask your children. Stamos please buddy all i would advise is for you never to read the likes of Gulliver's travels, cause who knows what type of conclusions you would draw up. Good luck with the rapture buddy.

      Johann M - 2011-03-11 10:11

      DOESN'T

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-03-11 10:17

      So... Why didn't he prevent this horrible disaster today?

      Felix - 2011-03-11 10:35

      Great, does that mean the ANC will step down? I'd take hell over their rule by far.

      martie.thyssen - 2011-03-11 12:21

      Amen

      Taurusaurus - 2011-03-11 15:19

      Stamos, by your reasoning, the "end of the World" implies you don't care about anyone else but yourself anymore. Have a little sympathy, for goodness' sake! God cares about his people, so should you.

      Frank - 2011-03-11 16:26

      Yip He is not a baby anymore. He is coming back as King Of All.

      Frank - 2011-03-11 16:45

      Yes we had been having them, but do you know know that when israel is back in the land the countdown started....

      nonamejv - 2011-03-11 22:10

      Dude is natural disaster, nothing to do with your god. Leave bible and god out of this.

  • Ravie Naicker - 2011-03-11 10:12

    WE ONLY PASS THIS JOURNEY IN OUR LIFETIME ONCE. LET US HELP ,PRAY AND WISH FOR THE BEST TO HAPPEN. LET US NOT COMPARE OUR COUNTRY WITH OTHERS. I BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING HAS A REASON AND EVERYTHING HAS ITS TIME.I AM NOT A PREACHER - BUT A NORMAL CITIZEN OF SOUTH AFRICA. LET US LEAVE NEGATIVITY OUT AND BRING IN THE POSITIVES. GOD HELP THOSE IN JAPAN AND NEW ZEALAND THROUGH THEIR TRYING TIMES. NOT FORGETTING TO APPRECIATE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. RAVIE NAICKER

  • Nomad - 2011-03-11 10:22

    The world is changing the world will not blow up like next year don't worry. It's a beginning of a new age.

      dirk - 2011-03-11 13:31

      We are already in the new age

      nonamejv - 2011-03-11 22:11

      Malema age

  • Anita - 2011-03-11 10:51

    We will keep you in our prayers Anita from Richards Bay in South Africa

  • Anita - 2011-03-11 10:51

    We will keep you in our prayers. Anita South Africa

  • rugdusty - 2011-03-11 15:06

    Rank? Name? Date? Location? Fatalities? Magnitude? Comments 1 "Shaanxi" 01556-01-23January 23, 1556 Shaanxi, China 820,000– 830,000 (est.)[8] 8.0 Estimated death toll in Shaanxi, China. 2 "Tangshan" 01976-07-28July 28, 1976 Tangshan, China 242,419– 779,000 7.5 Estimated death toll as high as 779,000.

  • Wonder Women - 2011-03-11 15:37

    Go and watch "The Cove" Tchaik en get wise

  • preshen govender - 2011-03-11 16:43

    Japan rocks

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