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Tsunami warnings issued for at least 20 countries after quake
  • This is the after shock report…

    from CNN.com

     

    “Tsunami warnings issued for Hawaii, U.S.West Coast and 19 other countries after major quake and tsunami off Japan”

     

    Hawaii

    “all military bases on the island.. waikiki and north shore residents have evacuated.”

     

    (CNN) — Authorities in at least 20 countries and numerous

    Pacific islands issued tsunami warnings Friday after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake

    struck Japan, the National Weather Service said.

    The wide-ranging list includes Russia and Indonesia,

    Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

    The quake, which struck near the coast of Honshu on Friday afternoon unleashed a wall of water that rushed in toward land,

    leveling houses and cars in its path.

    Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam said a tsunami could hit the island as early as 7:09 p.m. (4:09 a.m. ET).

    Sirens sounded in Hawaii around 10 p.m. Thursday (3 a.m. ET),

    warning residents they could expect tsunami waves five hours later.

    In the Philippines, the government issued a warning for 19 provinces along the coast, possibly affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

    A tsunami could could hit by 6 p.m. (5 a.m. ET), it said.

    Meanwhile, the regional government in eastern Taiwan’s Taitung county canceled classes and work,

    but did not immediately begin evacuations.

    Chip McCreary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said officials estimated the quake was already causing

    waves with magnitudes of up to 2 meters above normal sea level.

    “This is a very large earthquake.

    We’ve evaluated it as about the same size as the earthquake last year in Chile.

    However, it’s much closer to the Hawaiian islands than the Chile earthquake,” he said.

    The National Weather Service list includes Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand,

    Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and the United States.

    Numerous Pacific islands, including some U.S. territories, are also on the list.

    Friday’s 8.9-magnitude temblor in Japan was the largest earthquake since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the

    Banda Aceh area of Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004, causing a massive tsunami that killed about 250,000

    people in 14 countries and washed away entire communities.

    The tsunami caused nearly $10 billion in damage and more casualties than any other tsunami in history, according to the United Nations.

    Tsunami waves can travel at speeds of 800 kilometers per hour.

    The earthquake, initially reported as a 7.8 earthquake, was upgraded to an 8.9 quake.

    “When you jump a magnitude from 7 to 8, it’s not 10 times stronger,

    it’s a 1000 times stronger,” said CNN International meteorologist Ivan Cabrera.

    “With an … earthquake that shallow, that close to shore, there will be more than one tsunami.”

     

    Everyone If you are Near the areas

    please pack a bag to be prepared

    Sf area is said to be hit by 8am and want everyone to be safe…

     

    Their is coverage Video on CNN and it was pretty scary to see all this tonight.







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