Major Earthquake Hits Japan (March 3, 2011)

by Shane

On March 3, 2011 at 2:46 local time, an earthquake called the most powerful to hit Japan in at least 100 years struck Japan. The earthquake unleashed tsunamis and caused significant damage. According to initial reports, between 200-300 bodies have been found in the coastal city of Sendai alone, with further casualties expected. Damage is said to be widespread and 10s of thousands have been evacuated in the Sendai area. The epicenter of the earthquake was offshore, 373 kilometers (231 miles) away from Tokyo. Tokyo residents also felt strong shaking, and transportation was halted. Tsumani warnings have been issued for Japan as well as 20 other countries.

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