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Hundreds killed in 8.9 Japan earthquake, tsunami

4 years ago March 11, 2011 Mar 11, 2011 Friday, March 11 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011 3:05:58 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

TOKYO- Japanese officials say more than 300 people have died in the magnitude 8.9 quake and 13-foot tsunami that hit the northeast part of the country.

People, boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris were swept away by the wave. The death toll has been rising.

Fires triggered by Friday's quake are burning out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 8.8. It was followed by more than 50 aftershocks, including several at least 6.3, the size of the quake that struck New Zealand recently.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter.

A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific, including areas as far away as South America, the entire U.S. West Coast, Canada and Alaska.

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