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Videos: 88,000 Reported Missing in Japan 8.9 Earthquake, Tsunami - UPDATED


A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 struck Japan earlier today. It's the largest quake to strike in Japan's recorded history and the fifth-largest recorded since 1900 in the world.

I'll keep updating this post as more information comes in...

Live video from Japan, above.

WATCH some unreal video footage of the quake and tsunami, AFTER THE JUMP...


Above, Reuters: "A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan"

Tsunami AP: "Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter."

UPDATE: CNN reporting that 200-300 bodies have been found in the coast city of Sendai. 88,000 people are reported missing.

Officials fear that the tsunami may have washed over entire islands in the Pacific.

A ship carrying 100 people was swept away...

Obama released the following statement: 

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected."

Here are tsunami warnings and potential arrival times for the U.S. west coast:


UPDATE: The tsunami waves have arrived in Hawaii. Authorities report that there should be no damage, and people are safe. Good news.

Quake Warnings have been issued for Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, the Philippines, and parts of Russia. Advisories have been expanded to Washington, and British Columbia.

Hotels in Hawaii have begun a "vertical evacuation"....

Evacuation zone maps here.

Sky News reports:

"A 33ft tsunami has reportedly killed at least 32 people as it swept over Japan's northeastern coast after the country's biggest earthquake in recorded history...The 8.9 magnitude megaquake caused a huge wave that hit the port of Sendai city, sending ships crashing into the shore and carrying cars and buildings through streets. It also rocked the capital, Tokyo, which was among the cities shaken by at least 19 subsequent aftershocks."

Live Reuters updates HERE...

Live Hawaii coverage HERE...

Our thoughts are with the people of Japan and all those affected by the tsunamis.

Watch video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Some terrifying quake footage:

Inside a Tokyo high-rise apartment:

Inside a Tokyo supermarket:

Inside an office building:


CCTV of wave hitting airport:

Tsunami whirlpool:

Sky TV report:

Reuters video:

Massive oil refinery burns:

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  1. that Is just insane! my prayers go out to Japan!

    Posted by: ventura | Mar 11, 2011 7:51:44 AM


    Posted by: EO | Mar 11, 2011 7:55:51 AM

  3. How completely awful, sending my heartfelt sympathies to the people of Japan. I agree with EO, donate if you can.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Mar 11, 2011 8:44:09 AM

  4. Oh. my. gawd. I've lived in Los Angeles since 1975 and lived through the 1994 Northridge quake, I was about 10 miles from the epicenter. An amazing experience, not one I ever want to go through again.

    Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières):


    Posted by: Henry Holland | Mar 11, 2011 10:18:19 AM

  5. Horrible and heartbreaking.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 11, 2011 10:35:48 AM

  6. The several large, recent earthquakes in New Zealand and this huge one in Japan have all been taken place along the Pacific Tectonic Plate. Basically, the same plate that has fault lines running near Alaska and along the western US and Canadian coasts, with points very near San Francisco and Los Angeles. With all that activity along the major lines, I hope this is not a forerunner of similar scenes from US cities.

    Thanks EO for posting the Red Cross link as a reminder of an easy way to help. My heart goes out to the people of Japan and Christchurch as they deal with these horrible disasters.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 11, 2011 10:36:12 AM

  7. So insanely scary.

    Posted by: pharmerandy | Mar 11, 2011 12:02:13 PM

  8. I wonder what caused this horrible tradegy? A gay cruise docking in port? A honeymoon trip by two recently married lesbians? Maybe the local prefecture passed a marriage equality bill? I know! Maybe the boys at Southern Decadence had a group party at a sushi bar. I'm sure Fox News will have the details in a few days.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 11, 2011 12:29:44 PM

  9. speachless


    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Mar 11, 2011 12:43:57 PM

  10. The supermarket video has been removed by the user.

    But I was able to find this video, which seems like it might be similar:


    Posted by: Randy | Mar 11, 2011 1:08:10 PM

  11. Really frightening videos. Earthquakes are no joke. It's a scary experience. I'm watching CNN right now with updates on the nuclear reactor that is near meltdown. That would be catastrophic. God, I hope no more lives are lost and the Japanese can get some control of the chaos.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 11, 2011 2:47:29 PM

  12. Minor quibble with the numbers in your headline, the number presumed missing is now at 600 but was 880 overnight, NOT 88,000.

    The number for confirmed dead at the moment is about 400.

    Posted by: flashpoint2008 | Mar 11, 2011 3:26:04 PM

  13. This footage is so damn hard to watch.Thousands of poor people swept away. Prayers to those who suffered and lost life or are injured.

    Posted by: Shena | Mar 12, 2011 12:19:33 AM

  14. It was a sign that that the coming of Jesus is almost near... Let us put our trust to Jesus for He can save our soul...

    Posted by: Rodel | Mar 18, 2011 7:10:34 AM

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