Major tsunami damage in Japan after 89magnitude quake

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas south from the Oregon-Washington border to Point Concepcion, Calif.A tsunami advisory is in effect for the coastal areas of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington border to Chignik Bay, Alaska.Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.Tsunami advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. Significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.The latest estimated arrival times are 7:24 a.m. in Seaside, Ore.TOYKO – A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.At least one person was killed and there were reports of several injuries in Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) away, where buildings shook violently through the main quake and the wave of massive aftershocks that followed. A tsunami warning was issued for dozens of Pacific countries, as far away as Chile.last_img read more