A huge earthquake, magnitude 8.8 (now reaanounced as 9.0 as of March 13th) has hit Japan centering Miyagi prefecture, Touhoku area as of 2:46PM, March 11th, 2011. As of March 12th 1:30PM, serious damages are reported on the Pacific coast of the Touhoku area, including Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefecture. Many buildings have collapsed, and the area is threatened by repeating Tusnami (tidal waves) and numerous aftershocks. Here are the information on damages in Touhoku area reported by Mainichi Shinbun (daily paper) as of 11:00AM this morning.
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Mar. 12th, 13:54 The government has just announced radiation leakage has been discovered at Fukushima First Nuclear Power Plant. They have imposed state of emergency. Over 50,000 residents within 10km of the plant have already been evacuated.
Japan Meteorological Agency - warnings on Tsunami