Japan earthquake: An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan today, March 11, 2011, triggering a 10-metre tsunami in the region that reportedly everything in its path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire, media and witnesses said. The epicenter of the earthquake was 231 miles (373 km) north of Tokyo and 80 miles (130 km) east of Sendai and Honshu.

The number of deaths is unclear, but the Japanese Kyodo News reported at least 60 more deaths, numerous injuries and other missing. The earthquake prompted at least 19 countries and many islands in the Pacific to issue tsunami warnings. It was followed by powerful aftershocks could be felt in the capital of Tokyo.

The authorities have not yet been able to provide details of the damage, but appears to be widespread devastation. Television showed excellent transport tsunami flaming debris over a large area of ​​farmland near the coastal city of Sendai, which has a population of one million and more. Cars were carried out in the streets surrounding the airport in Sendai, while farms were swept away by powerful waves. Other vehicles were trying to chase over fast-moving water.

large vessel collided directly with the breakwater in Kesennuma City. Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo an oil refinery that caught on fire, and a wave that swept away homes in Fukushima Prefecture. Dozens of cars is shown floating in Iwate prefecture harbor, while Tokyo was out of the rail system stopped.

The Pacific tsunami warning center in Hawaii said the warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. Tsunami watches are issued Guam, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii and the entire west coast of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border to the Chignik Bay, Alaska.

Japan government issued a state of emergency at a nuclear plant after it's cooling system had a mechanical failure. Trouble was reported at two other nuclear plants as well, but there was no radiation on something.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan quickly set up his cabinet after the earthquake hit. Mr. Kan said that no leakage of nuclear radiation after the earthquake. The government has sent naval vessels near Tokyo in the most affected region in northern Miyagi. U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck off the coast 130 km east of Sendai, Honshu, at a depth of 24 km. The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom took their helmets, and some have been under their desks, said Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg in Tokyo.

The quake was one of several to have struck northeast of Japan this week, including one, a 7.3 magnitude that hit on Wednesday. In 1933, magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit the region and killed more than 3,000 people. 
Last year, the institutions of fisheries destroyed by the tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake in Chile, Japan is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, representing approximately 20% of world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or more. READ MORE......