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Gingersnap
03-11-2011, 03:53 PM
Victims of the killer megaquake: Over 1,000 feared dead after tsunami sweeps Japan

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:34 PM on 11th March 2011

* Towns burn furiously as devastation continues into the night
* Quake now said to have measured 9.0 on Richter scale
* Magnitude 6.6 aftershock causes buildings in Tokyo to sway
* Death toll expected to exceed 1,000 with many more injured
* Ship carrying 100 passengers swept away by tsunami
* Four million people without power in Tokyo alone

More than 1,000 people are feared to have died after the sixth largest earthquake in recorded history devastated Japan today. The massive earthquake - 8,000 times stronger than the one that hit New Zealand last month - sent a catastrophic 33 foot tsunami hurtling across the Pacific Ocean.

Tonight the strength of the quake increased to a staggering 9.0 on the Richter scale. Thousands of people were also forced to flee for their lives as the wall of water bore down on them, sweeping away everything in its path.

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Alight: As night fell across the country, the fires gave the sky an orange glow as they continued to burn among the rubble of destroyed buildings

Tonight, huge fires burned unabated across large parts of the country as damaged oil refineries and gas works billowed black smoke into the sky. Half the country was understood to be without power, with four million homes in Tokyo alone being cut off, while the army has been deployed to the quake-hit areas to help relief efforts. However those relief efforts were hampered by a number of aftershocks, including a 6.6 magnitude tremor which hit Tokyo and caused already damaged buildings to shake further.

Elsewhere, two high-speed bullet trains were missing alongside a cruise ship carrying 100 passengers that was swept away when the wave hit. One of the trains was reported to be carrying 400 passengers. A state of emergency was declared at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima after the quake caused the cooling system to fail. Tonight, the Japanese government confirmed that they would release radioactive vapor to ease high pressure that had built up inside the reactor.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365229/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-Fears-massive-death-toll.html#ixzz1GKHyvEpW

Articulate_Ape
03-11-2011, 04:11 PM
Japanese News Reports: 88,000 Missing After Quake

The official Kyodo news service has given a figure of 88,000 people missing. Fox News also quoted them as saying that an entire passenger train is unaccounted for after a 33-foot wave hit near Nobiru Station. It is unknown how many were aboard.

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/culture/2011/03/11/japanese-news-reports-88000-missing-after-quake#ixzz1GKNJn4T4


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Gingersnap
03-11-2011, 04:14 PM
:(

Indeed. It will be months before the death toll is really known. Kind of makes Katrina look like small potatoes, doesn't it?

Hawkgirl
03-11-2011, 05:24 PM
how sad.....we must not forget to pray not only for those who fell victim..but for the survivors who are left picking up the pieces and mourning those they lost...