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Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan : 10-meter tsunami observed in area near Sendai in Miyagi Pref.

From The Mainichi Daily News :

" A 10-meter tsunami was observed at Sendai port in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, at around 3:55 p.m. after a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 rocked the region Friday, local police said.

A wide, muddy stream was seen moving rapidly across a residential area near Natori River in Sendai on live TV coverage by public broadcaster NHK, leveling everything in its path, while other coverage showed about 20 cars being washed away into the sea when a tsunami hit Kamaishi port.

The Sendai airport authority in Miyagi Prefecture said the airport runways were submerged by tidal waves.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a rare warning of huge tsunami for the Pacific coastal region from Hokkaido in northern Japan down to Tokushima Prefecture in western Japan, following the 2:46 p.m. quake which measured the highest intensity level of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale.

It also advised residents in coastal areas on the Pacific coast to move to higher ground and stay away from the sea.

The agency called for the public to stay alert over the next month for aftershocks that could register a magnitude of 7 or more and trigger tsunami."

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