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BBC News - Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake - 0 views

  • cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water
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  • sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo
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      secondary effects
  • A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to include the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hawaii, the Pacific coast of Russia and North and South America.
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  • Strong waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said, damaging dozens of coastal communities. Kyodo news agency said a 10-metre wave (33ft) struck the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.
  • massive surge of debris-filled water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships and reaching far inland.
  • Motorists could be seen trying to speed away from the wall of water.
  • Farmland around Sendai was submerged and the waves pushed cars across the runway of the city's airport.
  • Kyodo said at least 15 people had been killed in the earthquake and tsunami. It was believed the death toll could rise significantly.
  • The earthquake also triggered a number of fires, including one at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.
  • here were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed on to a graduation ceremony.
  • Residents and workers in Tokyo rushed out of apartment buildings and office blocks and gathered in parks and open spaces as aftershocks continued to hit.
  • In central Tokyo, Jeffrey Balanag said he was stuck in his office in the Shiodome Sumitomo building because the elevators had stopped working.
  • Bullet train services to northern Japan were halted, rapid transit in Tokyo was suspended and some nuclear power plants automatically shut down.
  • Prime Minister Naoto Kan
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