Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan hit by 8.9 magnitude earthquake, massive tsunami follows

Japan was hit by one of the worst earthquakes in recorded history Friday--8.9 in magnitude--causing a 30-foot tsunami that reached Hawaii, massive aftershocks and has endangered the entire Pacific and West Coast of the United States.

Complete Japanese cities has been wiped out, hundreds of bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal region and governments across the world are working to send immediate aid. Evacuations have been ordered for Northern California and Hawaii. Once has since been lifted from Indonesia.

A nuclear emergency has been declared in Japan following the failure of the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The system was heavily effected by the earthquake, which caused a power failure. A state of emergency was previously declared at the plant.

For more information and complete updates throughout the day, click HERE.

For specific information on the nuclear plant explosion which occurred Saturday, click HERE.

To help, American residents can text REDCROSS to 90999 and donate $10 via their mobile phone(s). Canadian residents can donate by dialing 1-800-418-1111 or by visiting the Canadian Red Cross' official website.

Photos via CNN
Source via The Huffington Post

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