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Japan Earth Quake: Updates & Discussions

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    TOKYO (Commodity Online) : Yet another powerful earthquake hit japans’ northeast resulting in a tsunami that washed away cars and houses along parts of the coastline.

    According to Japanese Meteorological Agency, a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan's northeastern coast, triggering a four meter tsunami.

    The Agency issued a tsunami warming for the entire Pacific coast of Japan following the quake that struck about 125 kilometers off the eastern coast, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

    The quake struck 382km northeast of Tokyo at 2.46pm local time and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including one of 7.4-magnitude about 30 minutes later.

    The US Geological Survey rated the strength of the first quake as a magnitude 8.9, while Japan’s meteorological agency measured it at 8.4.

    Officials have warned of more tsunamis of up to 10 metres to come.

    Authorities have not yet been able to provide details on the damage, but the devastation appears widespread.

    In Miyagi prefecture cars were carried from the surrounding streets into the Sendai airport as the powerful waves tore through the area.

    Residents could be seen waving for help from the top floor of their homes, with surroundings streets flooded, trapping them inside their homes.

    An oil refinery in Chiba prefecture near Toyko caught fire, smoke seen billowing from the industrial site.

    The wave also moved across Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture, sweeping away houses, cars and trucks.

    A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture.

    Scores of cars were shown floating in Iwate prefecture harbour, while the Tokyo Fire department said many people were injured after a roof caved in during a school graduation ceremony at a hall in east Tokyo.

    Residents in the coastal areas have been urged to immediately evacuate to higher ground.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in the U.S. state of Hawaii said a tsunami warning was also in effect for Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. It said a tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.

    Friday's massive quake was felt in Tokyo, where it shook buildings and caused several fires. The Tokyo metro system says all train and subway traffic in the city has been stopped.

    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has convened an emergency meeting of the Cabinet to assess the situation.
    Commodity Crops & Weather News | Japan reels under powerful tsunami | 11 March 2011 | www.commodityonline.com
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    Nuclear power plants, refineries shut after massive quake

    Disaster fresh blow to struggling economy; BOJ pledges support

    * Power outages shut factories; all ports, some airports shut

    * Yen, stocks fall, bonds jump on economic fallout concerns (Adds more details on damage, death toll, Toyota plants)

    By Osamu Tsukimori and Stanley White

    TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) - Auto plants, electronics factories and oil refineries shut across large parts of Japan on Friday after a powerful earthquake rocked the country, triggering a tsunami, buckling roads and knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses.

    Several airports, including Tokyo's Narita, were closed and rail services halted. All of the country's ports were closed.

    Electronics giant Sony Corp , one of the country's biggest exporters, shut six factories, Kyodo news agency reported, as air force jets roared toward the most heavily affected northeast coast to assess the damage from the 8.9 magnitude quake, the biggest to hit Japan in 140 years.

    The Bank of Japan, which has been struggling to boost the anaemic economy, said it would do its utmost to ensure financial market stability as the yen and Japanese shares fell.

    "There are car and semiconductor factories in northern Japan, so there will be some economic impact due to damage to factories," said Yasuo Yamamoto, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo.

    Japanese media reported at least six deaths and many injuries, with fires breaking out from Sendai city in northern Japan to Tokyo. A tsunami 10 metres high hit Sendai port but there were no immediate reports of damage.

    The Miyagi prefecture and surrounding areas include major manufacturing and industrial zones, with many chemical and electronics plants. Television showed black smoke pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area.

    Toyota Motor Corp said it had halted production at a parts factory and two assembly plants in the area, while Nissan Motor Co , the country's second-largest automaker, stopped operations at four factories, media reported.

    Two people were reported killed by a collapsing ceiling at a Honda Motor Co factory in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, but no other details were immediately available.

    The quake occurred as the economy was showing signs of reviving from a contraction in the final quarter of last year. The disaster raised the prospect of major disruptions for many key businesses, at least in the short term.
    UPDATE 4-Quake shuts Japan plants, seen setting back economy, BOJ offers help | Reuters
     
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    Re: Powerful earth quake [RS 8.9] and tsunami hits Japan........

    How many casualties due to Tsunami? Any info on that?
     
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    so far 8 dead.
     
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    Warnings have also been issued for Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile, Peru. There is no Tsunami warning issued for the Indian Ocean.


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