Japan Tsunami 2011 March 11

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:13 AM by gibies george   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 4:49 AM by gibies george ]
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.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.


No threat to India, says tsunami warning centre

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.  
"There is no tsunami threat to India and people should not panic," Shailesh Nayak, ministry of earth sciences secretary, told IANS.  
Nayak said the tsunami warnings have been issued to east Asian countries and not in the Indian Ocean.  
Following the 2004 tsunami, India in 2007 had set up a tsunami warning centre run by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad under the ministry of earth sciences.  
A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit Japan early Thursday, triggering tsunamis as high as 10 metres that slammed the far east country's coastal areas. There was no immediate estimate of casualties.  
The earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast, forcing people to flee their homes.  
Tsunami alerts were issued in the Philippines, Taiwan, Guam and Russia as well as islands in the Pacific, and Indonesia.