A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake has hit off the north-east coast of Japan, triggered a tsunami and a huge whirlpool. The tsunami causes major damage in north-eastern Japan.
A 10m-high wave has swept inland, washing away everything in its path and swamping large areas of farm land.
The epicentre of the quake was 250 miles north of Tokyo, close to the city of Sendai.
Officials have warned a wave as high as 6m (20ft) could strike the coast after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
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The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.
There is no significant tsunami threat to India in the wake of the massive earthquake in Japan, according to the National Tsunami Early Warning Centre here.
Model simulations run by the Centre, housed in the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) here, showed that there was no significant threat to the Indian Ocean, according the warning Centre’s in-charge T. Srinivasa Kumar.
He said a bulletin to this effect had been issued and the situation was being closely monitored.
NEW DELHI: There is no threat of tsunami along the Indian coast, officials said Thursday after a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in Japan.