Earth Quake,Tsunami Kills Hundreds in Japan

Posted: March 11, 2011 in News and Views

Earthquake,Tsunami kills hundred in Japan and cause crippling damage to infrastructure. According to media report, an 8.9 earthquake off the pacific coast set off a massive Tsunami has resulted in floods, fires and closure of airport and transit system. Up to 300 bodies are found on a beach in Sendai, on the northeast coast, with another 110 confirmed dead elsewhere.

Picture by Reuter/Kyodo

In magnitude, the quake was the largest ever in Japan and the fifth-strongest on record, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said that an “extremely large number of people” had been killed, the official Kyodo news agency reported.

The agency said 200 to 300 bodies were found on the beach in Sendai, a city of 1 million people on the northeast coast that was one of the hardest hit. Another 110 people had been confirmed dead as of midnight Japan time, and the toll was sure to rise signficantly as the full extent of the damage was assessed.

The earthquake struck 80 miles offshore at 2.46 p.m. Friday Japan time. The most immediate concern was the safety of the nation’s nuclear plants. Some 3,000 people living near a nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, were evacuated because of a reactor cooling malfunction, but the government said that no radiation was leaking. Authorities had turned off 11 power plants and 4 million people were reported to be without electricity.

“We ask the people of Japan to be cautious and vigilant.. We are asking the people of Japan to act calmly,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in a somber address to the nation.

It is also being reported that today’s devastating earthquake in Japan and resulting tsunami warnings are having an impact on flights across the world and more than 20,000 fliers stranded at Tokyo airport after earthquake.

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