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Breaking News: Japanese Earthquake Disaster

In Globalization, Japan on March 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

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The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan since records began has struck the country’s north-east and triggered a devastating tsunami.

History: The offshore quake at 2:46 p.m. local time had a magnitude of 8.9, making it the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 125 kilometres off the eastern coast.

Basic Facts : Infrastructure

  • A state of emergency was declared at the Fukushima power plant after the cooling system failed in one of its reactors when it shut down automatically because of the earthquake.
  • The earthquake also triggered a massive blaze at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.
  • About four million homes in and around Tokyo suffered power outages.

Basic Facts : People

  • There were no reports of any injuries to Canadians living or travelling in Japan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said at about 7 a.m. ET.
  • Some reports quote Japanese police as saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the port city of Sendai…with the death toll expected to rise rapidly
  • The Japanese Red Cross has already deployed a team to the affected areas to assess the damage and provide assistance.
  • The Japanese Red Cross is focusing on medical emergencies and is not yet requesting international assistance.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama sent his condolences to the people affected by the quake and the tsunami, saying the U.S. “stands ready to help” the Japanese.
  • Japan’s worst previous quake occurred in 1923 in Kanto, an 8.3 magnitude temblor that killed 143,000 people.

World Wide Impact

Take a look at this picture as they it explains everything words simply cannot.

  • The 1st wave of a tsunami is never the strongest as more countries brace for havoc.