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March 11, 2011

WeatherWise -- News and Videos of the 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan March 11, 2011

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As you have probably heard by now, a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan today, Friday 3/11/11, wreaking havoc and causing widespread fires which are burning out of control. A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history also devastated the eastern coast today, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people. Tsunami warnings have been issued for the entire Pacific and more than 50 countries, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

The Japan earthquake was 8,000 times bigger than the one that struck Christchurch last month, according to the UK Telegraph. They report this quake is the biggest since records began 140 years ago. Japan is an area of the world accustomed to earthquakes due to its position on the boundary of the Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Television networks across the world are carring much dramatic footage, some of it live, of the tsunami spawned by the earthquake.

To watch more videos at NYTimes.com, click here.

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