8.9 Quake Hits Japan; Tsunami Warning for U.S.

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POSTED: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 1:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 10:02pm

UPDATE: 8:54 a.m. President Obama will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. El Paso time to address the devastating Japan earthquake and detail U.S. efforts to offer assistance. Waves from a tsunami generated by the quake are due to hit the San Diego coastline at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: 7:50 a.m. 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday's disaster.  The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant's system was unable to cool the reactor. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.

UPDATE:  6:40 a.m. Waves expected to hit San Francisco at 9:08 a.m.
                                     Waves expected to hit San Diego at 9:00 a.m.
                                     Waves expected to hit Newport Beach at 9:45 A.M.

UPDATE: 6:21 a.m. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a 33-foot tsunami today in northeast Japan. At least 32 people have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise. The earthquake struck 81-miles off the coast of northeast Japan and rattled buildings in Tokyo. The earthquake started fires in tokyo and oil refineries in the area.
Massive waves swept away homes and cars and grounded tanker ships. A tsunami warning was put into effect for the entire Pacific Rim.

JAPAN - The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck off the country's northeast coast today.

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake triggered a 13-foot tsunami that swept away everything in its path.

The tsunami was powerful enough to wash tankers ashore.

Japan closed all ports today and several ships were capsized or grounded.

Fires broke out at oil refineries and a major steel plant, and some nuclear power plants and oil refineries are shut down.

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