The strongest earthquake ever to hit Japan unleashed a terrifying 10-metre-high tsunami that claimed many lives on Friday, with a nuclear plant and petrochemical complicated among multiple sites set ablaze. The monster wall of water generated by the eight.9-magnitude quake — the seventh biggest in hi
story — pulverised the northeastern town of Sendai, where police reportedly said 200-300 bodies had been found.
The 33-foot wave of black water sent shipping containers, cars and debris crashing through the streets of Sendai and across open farmland, whereas a tidal wave of debris-littered mud destroyed everything in its path.
More than ninety individuals were confirmed killed additionally to the bodies found in Sendai, public broadcaster NHK reported. “The harm is therefore huge that it’ll take us abundant time to collect information,” a politician at the National Police Agency said.
The wave go away tsunami alerts across the Pacific, as well as within the US state of Hawaii.
A Japanese ship with a hundred individuals aboard was reportedly frantic whereas quite three hundred homes were destroyed within the remote town of Ofunato.
The government said the tsunami and quake, that was felt in Beijing some a pair of,500 km away, had caused "tremendous damage", whereas aerial footage showed huge flooding in northern cities. The quake, that lasted regarding 2 minutes, rattled buildings in larger Tokyo, the world’s largest urban space and residential to some thirty million individuals.
In Tokyo, millions who had earlier fled swaying buildings were stranded secluded from home within the evening once the earthquake stop working the capital’s vast subway system. The mobile network was strained to brink.
The government used loudspeaker alerts and television broadcasts to urge individuals to remain close to their workplaces instead of risk a protracted walk home, as highways leading out of town centre were choked and hotels rapidly stuffed up.
More than a pair of.2 lakh individuals were killed when a nine.1-magnitude quake hit off Indonesia in 2004, unleashing an enormous tsunami that devastated coastlines in countries round the Indian Ocean as secluded as Africa. However, little quakes are felt on a daily basis somewhere in Japan and other people participate in regular drills at colleges and workplaces.
There was conjointly major disruption to air travel and bullet train services. A passenger train with an unknown range of individuals aboard was unaccounted for on a line outside Sendai, Kyodo News reported.
The government insisted there was no risk of radiation leaking from Japan’s network of advanced nuclear power plants, that are designed to stop working as soon because the earth shakes in one among the world’s most quake-prone countries.
But authorities ordered a pair of,000 residents living by a nuclear plant in Fukushima, south of Sendai, to evacuate once a reactor cooling system failed. a hearth broke out within the turbine building of another nuclear plant in Onagawa.
The tsunami conjointly reached Sendai airport, submerging the runway whereas a method called liquefaction, caused by the extreme shaking of the tremor, turned elements of the bottom to liquid. "I’ve never seen something like this" said Ken Hoshi, a government official in Ishinomaki, a port town in Miyagi prefecture, where Sendai is found.