Friday, March 11, 2011
HONOLULU (AP) — A tsunami warning has been extended to the entire U.S. West Coast following a massive earthquake that slammed Japan's eastern coast.
Friday's 8.9 magnitude jolt struck offshore and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks.
The quake spawned a powerful tsunami, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people along Japan's coast. Widespread fires are burning out of control, including one at an oil refinery. Utility officials say there's a turbine building fire at a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.
Disaster officials say more than two dozen people have been killed with the death toll rising.
Japan's chief government spokesman says there's enormous damage and troops are being sent to the region.
In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. The tremor event bent the upper tip of the iconic Tokyo Tower, a 1,093-foot steel structure inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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APNP 03-10-11 2023EST