8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

By WKTV News

TOKYO (AP) - The death toll is rapidly rising after a major earthquake hit Japan early Friday morning.  A 13-foot tsnuami followed, wiping out homes and buildings.  NEWSChannel 2's Don Shipman and Megan Koskovich spoke with a Sauquoit man who's in Hawaii where they are worried about the possibility of a tsnuami.

Edward Sinker is currently in Hawaii vacationing with his wife.  They were both evacuated to higher floor levels in their hotel following reports that the tsnuami warning had been expanded to include Hawaii and parts of the West Coast.

TV footage showed severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. Injuries were reported in Tokyo.  A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.

The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later.





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