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Japanese earthquake causes tsunami


11:19am 11th March 2011
(Updated 7:05am 14th March 2011)

One of the world's most powerful ever earthquakes has triggered a devastating tsunami in the Pacific ocean; killing at least 100 people.

The 8.9 quake hit off the coast of Japan early this morning.

It's started fires, including one at oil-refinary, and a state of emergency has been declared at a new clear plant there.

Two tsunami's have hit the north east of Japan.

The second wall of water was the height of a two story building.

Cars, buildings and even a ship with 100 people onboard has been swept away.

Tsunami warnings issued for the entire Pacific basin, including the entire west coast of mainland USA and Canada. Other countries covered by the warnings include Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Hawaii orders evacuations of all coastal areas.

For guidance only, these are the times we're told tsunamis are due to hit coastlines around the Pacific. All GMT.

Hawaii - 1300. The civil defence agency has ordered all coastal areas, including the main tourist hub Honolulu, be evacuated by 1200. Australia - 1530 New Zealand - 1730 USA various from - 1900.

Now it could take up to 12 hours for the wave to die-out and by then its expected to have reached New Zealand.

Alf from Wheldrake has family out there:

You can share your experiences with us via facebook.

Minster FM will give you updates through out the day as the tsunami moves around the world.

The Foreign Office here have set up a helpline for anyone concerned about the safety of friends and relatives in Japan.

The number is 020 7008 00-00

There are also land and mudslid warnings in place.

Alison Nemoto is from North Yorkshire and lives out in Japan.

Via facebook she's told Minster FM:

"I'm helping out neigbours who don't have life-line services and the aftershakes are still coming regularly.

It's 8:20pm here and very cold.

Anyone out tonight is going to have a hard night.

The emergency services here are excellent and we are used to quakes, but this was the worst I've experienced in 20 years!!

My husband is out helping people. We may have some people staying here. It just all happened so fast!!"

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