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Massive 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan

Posted by Joshua Plave on Mar 11, 2011 10:48:00 AM

8.9 Earthquake hits JapanReuters

At 2:46pm local time, a huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan, causing a massive tsunami and fires in over 80 locations. With an epicenter just 231 miles from Tokyo, the earthquake, which was the largest in 100 years in Japan, has caused mass destruction to the country’s infrastructure. With over 30 aftershocks following the original quake, with the largest measuring 7.1, the earthquake wreaked havoc over and over.

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Causing a sizeable tsunami wave that crashed onto the shores of Japan, washing away many buildings, cars and hills, the earthquake’s after affects are being felt round the world. With the tsunami racing across the Pacific, warnings have been put out to over 50 countries and territories by the National Weather Service. Beaches have been closed in both Hawaii and Southern California, and all locals have been told to move away from the shoreline. The tsunami is large enough that some believe it can wash over entire islands in the Pacific Ocean.

As the fifth-largest earthquake in the last 100 years, the event has closed down both Tokyo airports, Narita and Haneda, adding to the disruption and panic spread around Japan. Flights to Japan have been cancelled worldwide, causing delays at many airports.

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Though the event has yielded strong results in the stock market, with the yen gaining against both the dollar and euro. Ironically, this reaction follows a historical one, where the same case followed after the Kobe earthquake of 1995.

In this difficult time, the thoughts and good-wishes of Magellan Jets are with the people of Japan. We wish them luck in the coming recovery.

For an idea of what the earthquake was like, view the video below, taken in a supermarket.

Topics: japan, Asia, Travel, News