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An earthquake of 8.9 magnitude hit Japan today. It is the biggest earthquake in Japan in past 140 years and the magnitude of the earthquake is 7th largest ever recorded in the world, sparking off 10 meter high tsunami wave that swept everything on its way. Until now there is a report of death of at least one person.
Public broadcaster NHK said, sparked fires and the wall of water, prompting warnings to people to move to higher ground in coastal areas.
Buildings were shook and an oil refinery near Tokyo was on fire. Japan almost completely imports the fuel for living. Some people identified black smoke over an industrial area in Yokohama’s Isogo area. Read Impact on Economy after Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami
Japan has shut down its nuclear and oil refineries to prevent any further damage. There is no report of leakage of nuclear radiation till now. Latest reports say Japan has declared state of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability due to the consequences of the earthquake. Reports are coming that US is providing nuclear reactor coolant to Japan.
Meanwhile America’s has expanded its warning to entire pacific coastal region. The tsunami refreshed the terrifying memories of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which caused a lot of destruction in the region.
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Update 2: Almost all power stations on the Pacific East Coast of Japan, north of Chiba prefecture (just southeast of Tokyo) have been shut down including all Japan Railways service East and North of Shizuoka Prefecture. Public transport in Tokyo is totally suspended. Tsunami went off scale upto 7.3 meters at the port of Souma in Fukushima Prefecture. Reports says there have been 3 aftershocks greater in magnitude in Richter Scale and six more all between magnitude 6.0 and magnitude 6.9 so far. It is believed that more such shocks are expected but now in small magnitudes.
We pray for the people who are affected by the Tsunami and the Earthquake.
List of major earthquakes in history
|1||May 22, 1960||Valdivia, Chile||1960 Valdivia earthquake||9.5|
|2||March 27, 1964||Prince William Sound, USA||1964 Alaska earthquake||9.2|
|3||December 26, 2004||Sumatra, Indonesia||2004 Indian Ocean earthquake||9.1|
|4||November 4, 1952||Kamchatka, Russia (then USSR)||Kamchatka earthquakes||9.0|
|5||August 13, 1868||Arica, Chile (then Peru)||1868 Arica earthquake||9.0|
|6||January 26, 1700||Cascadia subduction zone, Canada and USA||1700 Cascadia earthquake||9.0|
|7||March 11, 2011||Tōhoku region, Japan||2011 Sendai earthquake||8.9|
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