Toll mounts after 8.9 quake, tsunami hits Japan


Tokyo: The quake hit at 2:46 p.m. (11.16 a.m. IST) at a depth of 24.4 km; a tsunami hit Sendai at 3.50 p.m. (12.20 p.m. IST); the quake was followed by at least 20 aftershocks. At least 60 people have been killed.

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast on March 11, killing at least 60 people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire US West Coast.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks for hours, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0.
Police said at least 60 people were killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 2,100-km stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo,  hundreds of km from the  epicenter.

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