The 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, prompting a tsunami that sent 30+ foot waves ashore along the country’s northeastern coast line.
The epicenter of the original 8.8 earthquake was 80 miles off the coast of Sendai in northeast Japan and it generated tsunami waves up to three miles inland. The initial 8.9 earthquake was followed by aftershocks of magnitudes 7.1, 6.5, and 6.4. Tremors were felt as far as Tokyo.
Some tsunami warnings are still in effect for much of the Pacific Rim. The tsunami wave had moved toward Hawaii at an estimated speed of 500 miles per hour.
Autorities in Japan say that rescue and disaster relief programs are being started and clean-up has already began in some places.
Between 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone and hundreds or thousands more are feared dead.
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