8.9 magnitude quake hits Japan, triggers tsunami - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8.9 magnitude quake hits Japan, triggers tsunami

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TOKYO (AP) - The prime minister of Japan has reported major earthquake damage in the northeastern part of the country but says that nuclear power facilities in the area are fine and there is no radiation leakage.

The government says deaths have been reported in the 8.9 magnitude quake, which generated a 13-foot tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern coast.  The wave swept away buildings and cars.  The pacific tsunami center widened its warning to include the entire Pacific Ocean.

Television footage has shown severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters.  Injuries have been reported in Tokyo.

A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.

The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later.

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