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Friday, March 11, 2011

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan

Live coverage via Justin TV. Changed to NHK English. 3-14-2011

Scroll down to see updates in reverse chronological order.

**7.26am** Two first person videos shot during the earthquake and a Chinese News Station coverage:

**6.51** Vloggers in Japan report in:

The earthquake hit in Miyagi which is about 520 kilometers from me (323 miles).
I'm OK. So far everyone I know is OK. Links to the CNN and other vloggers vids here:






**4.56am** Oil refinery ablaze after devastating Japan earthquake, video from Russia Today:

Sceeengrab from CNN coverage of earthquake in Japan

Massive earthquakes hit northeastern Japan
A series of massive earthquakes struck northeastern Japan on Friday, generating tsunami that hit wide areas of the Pacific coast. The earthquakes reportedly caused many injuries, as well as building fires.

The Meteorological Agency says the initial quake struck at 2:46 PM Friday local time, off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. The quake's estimated magnitude has been revised upward to 8.4.

Major tsunami alerts for waves of up to 10 meters have been issued from Hokkaido in the north, to Tokushima in the west.

In Miyagi Prefecture, the quake caused tremors with an intensity of 7 -- the maximum level on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7. Strong tremors were also felt in many parts of the country, including Tokyo.

At 3:06 PM, a 2nd quake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck almost the same area.

This was followed by a magnitude 7.4 quake at 3:15 PM.
That quake originated off the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, south of the first 2 quakes.

The 4th quake measured a magnitude of 7.2 and struck off Miyagi at 3:26 PM.

A series of tsunami are presently washing ashore. NHK cameras show many cars and houses being swept away in Miyagi and neighboring prefectures. Fires can also be seen in many areas along the Pacific coast.
Friday, March 11, 2011 17:04 +0900 (JST)

Earthquake Details

  • This is a computer-generated message -- this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.
Location38.322°N, 142.369°E
Depth24.4 km (15.2 miles) set by location program
Distances130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
373 km (231 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 13.5 km (8.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST=350, Nph=351, Dmin=416.3 km, Rmss=1.46 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=A
Event IDusc0001xgp

Source: USGS
Related: Timeline of Japanese Earthquakes

English language news sources:

Kyodo News
NHK World
Japan Times
The Asahi Shimbun
The Mainchi Daily News
Daily Yomuiri Online

Video from Al Jazeera, who sadly enough, seems to be punking all the America networks in their savvy use of social media outlets like You Tube and Twitter. They even have live streams that are free on their You Tube page and their website.

Here are some videos that show various aspects of the earthquake, and the tsunami and fires that followed:

A student in Tokyo has a camera running during the earthquake. Twitter Account.

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