Japan Earthquake 03/11/11
Brief Overview of the earthquake.
Alright, Japan has been hit by an earthquake, and by the looks of it, a pretty serious earthquake. According to the seismologists, the earthquake measured on the Richter Scale a magnitude of 8.8 after being lowered from the staggering 8.9, which made its way into the top 5 earthquakes with in the highest magnitude since 1900.]
According to BBC
The magnitude 6.0 tremor hit at about 1040 (0140 GMT). No injuries or fires have been reported so far but a large building reportedly collapsed.
“The quake was centred on Hirokami, Niigata prefecture – the same region most badly affected by Saturday’s quake and aftershocks.
The tremor was also felt in Tokyo where tall buildings shook.”
They say that there have been at least 31 casualties with many more people missing. People have also reportedly sighted that the peak of the Tokyo Tower has been dented.
Train and air services have been suspended, but a nearby nuclear plant is functioning normally, local TV reported.
A building fell down in Ojiya, a town badly hit on Saturday, reported Reuters.
The Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Niigata, 260km (160 miles) north of Tokyo, on Tuesday.
“I’ve again been made keenly aware of the need to put together response measures for both the national and local governments,” he said.
Experts say that there may be tsunamis to come in the next few hours in coastal islands/cities such as Indonesia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Phillipines and many more.
Hopefully, the situation will be able to abate and the level of casualties will not continue rising.