Japan was hit
by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake Friday, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issue
a widespread warning watch for tsunamis.
According to a report in the LA Times
, seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena said the quake "is going to be among the top 10 earthquakes recorded since we have had seismographs. It's bigger than any known historic earthquake in Japan, and bigger than expectations for that area."
The BBC reports
a state of emergency has been declared in a nuclear power plant in Japan, but no radiation leaks have been reported.
According to reports
, hundreds of people are dead after the 8.9-magnitude quake hit about 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo at 2:46 p.m. local time.
Video captured by local media and citizen journalists is now making its way online, showing massive damage. While places like Hawaii brace for impact
, the damage within Japan is widespread.
Here are some videos showing the devastation in Japan:
Tsunami washes up a runway and around terminal buildings
Inside a grocery store when the quake hit:
Waves wreaking havoc:
Map of areas affected in and around Japan (courtesy Storyful):
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