WARNING FOR OUR CALIFORNIA R.A.L. READERS!
A Tsunami Warning Has been issued for central and northern California coast and Oregon.
Currently the San Francisco Bay Area is currently under an emergency warning and waves could be hitting the area after 8 a.m. this morning. A lower-level tsunami advisory was issued for the Southern California coast, which includes southern San Luis Obispo County and the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. The waves were expected to hit Santa Barbara at 8:17 a.m. and Santa Monica and San Pedro harbors at 8:32 a.m.
The National Weather Service list includes Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and the United States.
VIA LA Times
Reporting from Beijing and Tokyo An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking office buildings in Tokyo and setting off a devastating tsunami that swept away cars and boats.
The quake — the world’s fifth largest since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — struck at 2.46 p.m. local time.
There were reports of injuries in Tokyo as officials tried to assess damage, injuries and deaths from the quake and tsunami, but there were no immediate details.
Japanese television showed aerial footage of an ominous 13-foot muddy wave washing across land along the northeastern coast near the epicenter.
In various locations, live TV coverage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture. Waves could be seen splashing into city streets and over bridges.
All trains in Tokyo were stopped, and black plumes of smoke rose over the skyline. Office workers rushed out of their buildings. Subways were halted, trapping commuters underground. In the nation with the world’s third-largest economy, all airports were closed.
“The train was rocking sharply back and forth,” said Anthony Weiss, a 29-year-old from Florida studying Japanese in Tokyo who was on a train when the quake hit. “People covered their heads with their bags as dust and small debris fell. Something sprung a leak, as there was a lot of water on the platform.”
Many riders evacuated the train and headed for the archways, but Weiss stayed on the train. “I stayed on because I was concerned about the roof and hanging lights and ventilation systems,” he said. “Lights went on and off in the train. It felt a lot like the earthquake attraction at Universal, to be honest, but it wasn’t stopping.”
“It was pretty scary,” Weiss said in an e-mail to a friend. “It felt pretty strong. People were scrambling for the doorways. The aftershocks are continuing even now.”
“It felt like a jet had come too close to the window and everything started shaking and rocking, and there was a huge rumbling noise,” said David Pierson, a 32-year-old U.S. Army helicopter pilot who was at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. “All the signs started swaying and fixtures started popping out. When I saw the panic on people’s faces, I made a move for the exit.”