News / Asia

Report from Japan: Impact of Tsunami Devastates Nation's Northeast

A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan  March 11, 2011.
A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011.
Martyn Williams

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan's northeastern coast, triggering a 10 meter tsunami that swept away boats, homes and cars along the coastline. At least 200 people were killed but officials warn the toll is expected to rise.  

Video images from coastal areas struck by the tsunami showed widespread destruction as mud waves carried tons of debris over farmland in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture.  Hundreds of cars and houses in the area were completely washed away, and police later found more than 200 bodies washed up on a nearby beach.

Video clip: Japan earthquake and tsunami:

Tidal waves continue to flood communities along Japan's eastern coast and most of the country remains under a major tsunami warning. The waves were expected to reach Pacific nations as far away as South America.

Friday evening, about 7 hours after the quake, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said homes near a nuclear power plant have been ordered evacuated.

Edano said the evacuation around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is being ordered as a precaution and there has been no radiation leak. He also residents living up to 10 kilometers from the plant have been ordered to stay indoors.

The earthquake also sparked fires at two large petrochemical facilities. Japanese television showed whole neighborhoods in flames.

The U.S. Geological Survey lists the quake as the world's fifth most powerful since 1900 and the most powerful ever to hit Japan. it struck Friday about 125 kilometers off the eastern coast at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The death toll is expected to rise further.

A boat that had more than 100 people on board is missing, as is a train. TV pictures from a Self Defense Forces helicopter show a huge fire has engulfed most of Kesennuma, in Miyagi prefecture, a city of more than 70,000 people.

In Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers away, buildings shook violently and items fell from shelves.

The quake has disrupted rail services and thousands of people have been stranded in offices, unable to get home. Services aren't expected to begin running until Saturday.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid