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    Posted: 11 March 2011 at 3:51am
A major quake hit north-east Japan 2 hours ago, between 8.4 & 8.9 of magnitude
 
A tsunami alert is out with 4 meters waves that could reach up to 10 meters high
 
This is the BBC initial report:
 
Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Officials said the wave could be 10m (33ft), and numerous casualties are feared.

The quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles, shaking the capital.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.

Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific coast of Russia.

Tsunami waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said.

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships.

The earthquake also triggered a number of fires ...

 
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I read on Al-Jazeera that hundreds of people are dead and hundreds of people are missing. May Allah help the people of Japan. Ameen.

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May God relieve their distress
 
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One of the problems of nuclear power is that when something like this goes wrong, it can have a very dangerous effect:
 

Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency at two nuclear power plants, after Friday's devastating earthquake caused malfunctions.

Cooling systems inside several reactors at the Fukushima 1 and 2 power plants have stopped working properly, leading to a build-up of pressure.

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate the area near the plants.

Technicians are starting to release vapour to lower the pressure in some of the reactors.

Some of the released gases could be radioactive, but officials insisted the procedure would pose no risk to the public.

Radioactivity levels in the control room of the Fukushima 1 plant were reportedly running at 1,000 times normal.

The earthquake knocked out the power supply to the plants, which then automatically shut down

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Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

May God relieve their distress
 
Ameen
 
 
Aameen
 
It was the fifth-strongest quake in the world since 1900...There are all sorts of ominous warnings out on the net...
 
May Allah be with  them Aameen
 
 
Quake could alter Tokyo risk: experts

People stand outside a building following a huge 8.8 magnitude quake to hit Japan in Tokyo. Seismologists were crunching data Friday to figure out if the magnitude 8.9 quake that rocked Japan increased the chances of a mega-quake hitting the Tokyo basin, home to 30 million people.

But it will be several days, perhaps weeks, before we know whether the tectonic time bomb sitting under Tokyo may have been reset, said Bob Holdsworth, a professor of structural geology at Durham University in Britain.

"When you have a big event on one fault, it affects the behaviour of adjacent faults," he said by phone. "The faults are, as it were, able to communicate with one another."

McCloskey said that the massive 8.9 quake Friday was, strictly speaking, an aftershock of a nearby 7.2 magnitude quake two days earlier, despite it far greater power.

"We have calculated that the stress field from the 7.2 quake on Wednesday is consistent with the triggering of this earthquake," he said.

But connecting the dots with the Tokyo region, several hundred kilometres distant, is far more difficult, he added.

Experts also look for patterns in the thousands of quakes that occur across the globe each year.

"Earthquakes are known to cluster, both is space and in time," Holdsworth said, pointing to recent quakes over 8.0 in or near Peru, Indonesia, China and Chile.

"There was a similar cluster spanning the period 1957-64, which included -- around the Ring of Fire -- the three biggest earthquakes on record," he said.

The Ring of Fire reaches from Indonesia to the coast of Chile in a 40,000 kilometre (25,000-mile) arc of nearly daily seismic violence around the Pacific rim.

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Japan relief: How to help

Much of the international community has already begun to help through official channels – 91 countries have offered assistance so far, including Afghanistan, according to Reuters – but there are wasy that you can, too. Here’s where to start:

Find people. Google has launched a person finder – please check it out if you have information or need information.

ShelterBox. UK-based international disaster relief charity provides emergency shelter and essential lifesaving supplies to families and individuals affected by disasters.

British Red Cross. The charity has launched an appeal to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami; the funds will go to the Japanese Red Cross, which is already on the ground with 600 doctors, nurses and support staff, mobilised in 86 teams.

American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is also working with the Japanese Red Cross.

Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières has sent a team to the area struck by the tsunami; 10 people are on the ground in devastated Miyagi Prefecture and more are expected to arrive Monday.

Global Giving. Global Giving has launched a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, with a goal of reaching $850,000; so far, they’ve received more than $500,000.

Save the Children. The children’s charity is accepting donations for its Children’s Emergency Fund. If you’re in America, you can also text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10.

OxFam. The UK’s largest poverty charity is responding to the emergency.

Facebook. Facebook hosts a Global Disaster Relief Page, coordinating efforts of several organizations through the social media page. Right now, Zynga (the Farmville gaming company) and Facebook have partnered with Save the Children to get users to donate money through purchasing virtual goods on their games.

iTunes. Apple has opened a portal in iTunes for users who wish to make a donation to Red Cross efforts in Japan. Open your iTunes application to make a donation.

Socks for Japan. This is for real: Jason Kelly, an American business writer, has set up a Socks for Japan drive, on the assumption that “All human beings are comforted by a fresh, clean pair of socks.”

Disaster facts:

  • 9.0 magnitude quake, 250 miles northeast of Tokyo
  • More than 150 aftershocks
  • 10,000 homeless (Japanese government)
  • 6,000 dead or missing (Japanese police)
  • 200,000+ evacuated due to damage to nuclear reactor
  • Experts say the quake tilted the earth’s axis by 6.5 inches
  • Fears of nuclear crisis after several power plant explosions

Islamic Relief is responding. Donate today.

 
 
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Japan Survivors Search for Memories, Hope

Though spending decades in these northeastern coastal towns, people found themselves disoriented when they returned to find streets have vanished and landmarks disappeared.

In Ofunato neighbourhood, another middle-aged couple looked shocked after returning for the first time since the quake hit their neighbourhood.

“There is absolutely nothing left,” the wife said.

“I got in my car after the tsunami warning, thinking I would come back. I didn't have my wallet or my insurance card.”

Hope

Clinging to hopes of a family-reuniting miracle, many in Rikuzentakata returned to their homes, bracing for the worst.

“I lost my wife,” Futoshi Toba, the town’s 46-year-old mayor, told the New York Times on Tuesday, March 22.

The official death toll exceeded 9,000, Kyodo cited police as saying, but with 12,654 reported missing it is certain to rise.

Yet, some true miracles might happen.

Last Sunday, an 80-year-old woman and her grandson who, trapped inside their nearly demolished house, subsisted on the contents of a refrigerator, until the boy wriggled out and alerted rescuers.

Inside Takata High School, which shelters evacuees currently, Japanese evacuees checked a board with names of the missing in the town of Rikuzentakata, where 775 people were killed.

On the walls of the school, walls were filled with scrawled pleas for help finding vanished friends and relatives.

Other fliers carried snapshots of the missing in happier times.

“The friends from the kindergarten hope you are OK,” one read.

“Grandma and Grandpa, we are looking for you,” another said.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas.

The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater

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