8.9 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan; events still unfolding

The fifth biggest earthquake ever just struck northern Japan, near Sendai. Most people in Tokyo are okay, but an oil refinery in Chiba is on fire and the tip of Tokyo Tower is apparently bent. A 900-person strong emergency team is out to help, and foreign aid may be on its way. So far, no radioactive leaks, but that could change. People are being encouraged not to get in their cars but to walk to the highest point possible.

The tsunami warning has now spread to Hawaii, Indonesia, South America… You can watch NHK’s live updates here; Al Jazeera is also covering it live.

3 thoughts on “8.9 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan; events still unfolding

  1. As terrible and tragic as this is, the world is very lucky this hit Japan. After seeing last year’s 7.0 in Haiti, a 9.0 almost anywhere else would have completely annihilated everything.
    Like Haiti, you can text 90999 to donate $10 to Japanese victims of this quake.