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Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Earthquake Update: 33-foot Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.9 Megaquake, hundreds dead

A 33ft tsunami is feared to have killed hundreds of people as it swept over Japan's northeastern coast after the country's biggest earthquake on record.

The 8.9 magnitude megaquake caused a huge wave that hit the port of Sendai city, sending ships crashing into the shore and carrying cars and buildings through streets.

Police there say between 200 and 300 bodies have been found on the coast, according to news reports in Japan. The official death toll stands at 88, with 349 people missing.

A major explosion at a petrochemical complex in Sendai was reported.

A passenger train near Sendai is unaccounted for while a dam in Fukushima prefecture broke and washed away numerous homes, Kyodo news agency said.

Coastguards are looking for a ship carrying around 80 dock workers that was among those swept away and a passenger train on the coast is also unaccounted for.

The quake rocked the capital, Tokyo, which was one of the cities shaken by at least 35 subsequent aftershocks.

UK ambassador to Japan David Warren, who was south of Tokyo, told Sky News: "It was very strong and a very long earthquake... it was frightening."

Police in Iwate prefecture, near the epicentre, confirmed the deaths of 34 people there.

After darkness fell on Friday night at least one waterfront residential area was hit by wild fires spreading from home to home. (read more)