Massive Tsunami Hits Japan Caused by Magnitude 8.9 Quake
Japan was hit by an earthquake couple of days before but it didn’t do much damage in the country, but the eathquake didn’t finish there, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit again the northeasthern coast of Japan Friday where it unleashed a massive 13-foot (4 meter) tsunami that swept away cars, boats, buildings, houses, farm equipment, and tons of debris. The 8.9 magnitude quake has done major damages to Japan where it burned out buildings and an oil refinery. The burning of houses may be the result to the burst gas pipes that is caused by the earthquake.
This incident was already predicted by Tectonics experts yesterday But they didn’t said that it will be today.. A magnitude 5.4 quake already has struck close to the Japanese coastal area on Thursday but there were no signs of tsunami. But Tectonics expert said that there will be a 70 percent chance that a “Big One” will come and this will be a a magnitude-seven earthquake or worse will strike the greater Tokyo region.
The magnitude 8.9 earthquake has done major damage to broad areas in Japan but nuclear power plants were not affected. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that the government has prepared to send troops to the quake-hit areas.
TV footages of the tsunami in Japan can be seen in the internet especially in Youtube.com. Muddy waters sweeping over farmland near the city of Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, inland as cars attempted to drive away can be seen in the footage. A public broadcaster NHK reported that the Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, was inundated with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways. Fires spread through a section of the city.
Hundreds and thousands of people where evacuated from Shinjuku train station, the world’s busiest, to a nearby park. Trains were halted. Tokyo Japan’s main airport was closed. A large section of the ceiling at the 1-year-old airport at Ibaraki, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, fell to the floor with a powerful crash.
The Government of Japan is still assessed the damage that is done by this massive magnitude 8.9 earthquake. The officials will also try to assess the injuries and deaths.
This is one of Japan’s worst earthquake. It’s previous worst earthquake was in 1923 in Canto, which killed 143,000 people, according to USGS. An earthquake in Kobe city in 1996 killed 5,502 people.
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