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Old 2011.03.11, 11:20 AM   #1
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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan

"A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The quake has sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo, and numerous casualties are feared.

It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.

Tsunami waves hit Japan's Miyagi and ***ushima prefectures, officials said.

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of debris-filled water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships and reaching far inland.

The earthquake also triggered a number of fires, including one at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.

There were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed onto a graduation ceremony.

Bullet train service to northern Japan was halted, rapid transit in Tokyo was suspended and some nuclear power plants automatically shut down.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said there had been no radiation leaks.

In a televised address, he extended his sympathy to the victims of the disaster and said an emergency response headquarters had been set up

Hope all our friends in Japan are safe and sound! Prayers go out to everyone affected!
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Old 2011.03.11, 11:34 AM   #2
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Thanks for your concern.
Took me all morning to call my company to see how my coworkers are doing in Saitama area north of Tokyo and my gf's mother in Yokohama area.
It started at 2:30 pm their time and still many after shock still happening while I was speaking with them at 9 pm.
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Old 2011.03.11, 11:46 AM   #3
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Definately will be praying for all those affected! Glad you where able to get in touch with your people, hope all is well!
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I will also extend my sympaties to all people of Japan an hope everything is okay over there.
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I emailed some friends at Kyosho Japan last night and am waiting back for a response to see how they are doing.
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I hope everyone is ok. Best wishes to everyone in the land of rising sun.
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The footage is downright frightening, nightmarish... terrible stuff!

Our best prayers to our friends over the Pacific!
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I hope they'll be alright as well -- the live feed last night was pretty gutwrenching...
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Terrible, I see terrible images on television, my best wishes for the people of Japan.
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I am currently living/stationed in the Kanagawa Prefecture, just 50km west of Tokyo. Luckily everyone in my immediate area just felt the quake part. I feel really bad about the loss and tragedy up north. I go drifting with my 180SX regularly and my friends in the ***ushima Prefecture are suffering the worst. ***ushima has the world known drift track Ebisu Circuit and luckily they are ok. The track and access roads are somewhat damaged and un-driveable. So far, Ebisu Circuit has only 1 of 7 tracks damaged. Ebisu is my most favorite place to go drifting and I hope its still there for May Matsuri Drift Festival.
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