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A massive earthquake has hit the northeast 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.

Officials said there could be a 10m (33ft) wave, with numerous casualties feared.

The quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles, shaking the capital.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.

Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

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

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

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships.

The earthquake also triggered a number of fires.

There were also reports of injuries in Tokyo.

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Re: Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake

Horrible.

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Incredible scenes.

Just watching live on CNN over here.
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Re: Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake

but the second one is already arrived Gu?
im at work ,cant watch it

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Horrible. At least nobody died
Sadly, it is becoming apparent that many people have probably died even if the official reports are very low at this time. When you see that massive wall of water taking entire houses and buildings all the way out into the farmland, its hard to imagine surviving that. It's devastating.

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My lord, that is horrific - some of that footage is mind-blowing. All those poor people who will be lucky to only lose their livelihoods.

My thoughts are with the Japanese people and the other places affected by this quake and tsunami...it makes me feel very fortunate to live in a seismically stable area.
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Sadly, it is becoming apparent that many people have probably died even if the official reports are very low at this time. When you see that massive wall of water taking entire houses and buildings all the way out into the farmland, its hard to imagine surviving that. It's devastating.
There was a tsunami warning issued, so I hope that most people were smart enough to leave their houses and go away from the coast.

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I live in Tokyo, on an 8th floor, the building was swaying like jelly and groaning in a sepulchral manner. This was no joke, scared the sh!t out of me. Hope people up north are fine, but I doubt it, with the tsunami and all.
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There was a tsunami warning issued, so I hope that most people were smart enough to leave their houses and go away from the coast.
The question is whether they even had time to evacuate - some of the video footage on our news has been a wall of water filled with debris moving on towards a road with cars still moving on it. I'm guessing too many people were still caught out.
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They're reporting 19 deaths for the moment

Sadly I was wrong about the casualties
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They've announced 28 here so far
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There was a tsunami warning issued, so I hope that most people were smart enough to leave their houses and go away from the coast.
Apparently the warning was issued only 20 minutes prior to the tsunami hitting.

Just watched the waves crashing into Sendai. Horrible, just absolutely horrible And at 8.9 on the richter scale, it's one of the worst in history.

I hope that given Japan's experiences with earthquakes in the past, at least its infrastructures and buildings won't contribute to the death toll...
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Apparently the warning was issued only 20 minutes prior to the tsunami hitting.

Just watched the waves crashing into Sendai. Horrible, just absolutely horrible And at 8.9 on the richter scale, it's one of the worst in history.

I hope that given Japan's experiences with earthquakes in the past, at least its infrastructures and buildings won't contribute to the death toll...
Terrible that we don't have the technology to predict earthquakes. One really feels so powerless, I was stamping my feet on the ground: 'come on ground, stop shaking now, this isn't funny'...to no avail
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my sister lives in Tokyo and I can't reach her by phone at all (keep getting busy), I've contacted her via Facebook and she said they have felt the shake real hard but they are away from the coast areas so there's no real danger on their area.

really terrible, I hope it passes with no further casualties.

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Terrible that we don't have the technology to predict earthquakes. One really feels so powerless, I was stamping my feet on the ground: 'come on ground, stop shaking now, this isn't funny'...to no avail
Terribly unfortunate about the lack of technology, yes, but mankind has to make do with whatever it has. For example, buildings in Japan are constructed according to very strict guidelines that specifically aim to minimise the damages from earthquakes. However, a tsunami is a different ball game and there's nothing mankind can do except try to give as much warning as it can when it does happen.

As well as minimal casualties and damages, I really hope Japan can pull itself together after this...
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