8.9 Magnitude Quake Hits Japan, Tsunami Warnings across The Pacific
A 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck northeastern Japan earlier this afternoon (at 2.46 pm local time), triggering devastating tsunami waves which swept boats and other debris inland. The quake, which struck near the east coast of Honshu, is the largest ever recorded in the country. Major damage to cities has been reported, with current death toll standing at 26. Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports have reportedly suspend operations.
Tsunami warnings have been issued to a number of countries in the region, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Russia and Hawaii.