Authorities in at least 20 countries and numerous Pacific islands issued tsunami warnings Today after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan.
The quake, which struck near the coast of Honshu on today afternoon unleashed a wall of water that rushed in toward land, leveling houses and cars in its path.
The National Weather Service list comprises of Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and the United States. Numerous Pacific islands, including some U.S. territories, are also on the list.
A tsunami is sweeping across the Pacific Ocean after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Honshu Island, Japan. Japan’s NHK showed footage of cars, boats and buildings – some of them ablaze – being swept inland in Miyagi Prefecture.
People along coastal areas are urged to evacuate, emergency officials warned.