Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast this morning, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.
In various locations along Japan’s coast, TV footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
As you have been hearing on CBS, hundreds of people are already confirmed dead from the tsunami that roared ashore in eastern Japan, Friday, spawned by one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded — 8.9 quake on the Richter Scale.
Meanwhile, local residents are waiting to hear from their family members and friends who were in Japan when the devastation struck.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has widened its tsunami warning beyond East Asia early Friday to include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, the entire U.S. western coast, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean. Residents in coastal areas across the Pacific from Hawaii to Guam were ordered to evacuate to shelters and higher ground. More here…