8.9 Earthquake And Tsunami Hits Japan, Hawaii Tsunami Warning, California Tsunami Warning [UPDATED]


A monster 8.9 earthquake hit Japan at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time on Friday about 80 miles off the eastern coast of Honshu at a depth of six miles triggering a massive 13-foot tsunami, reports the USGS. Television footage showed colossal, fast-moving waves moving inland washing away buildings, ships, cars and land. Reportedly, air and ground transportation is disrupted and limited, reports CNN.

A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific coast of Japan, reports the AP, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii put a tsunami warning into effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas.

A tsunami watch was initially issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii. Hawaii has reportedly been upgraded to a tsunami warning with the first wave is estimated to hit at 2:59 a.m., reports the National Weather Service.

UPDATES (Click here for the latest)

12:34 a.m.

- Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of Alaska from Chignik Bay, Alaska to Attu, Alaska.

- Tsunami Watch continues in effect for the coastal areas of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the California-Mexico border to Chignik Bay, Alaska.

- A first wave arrival time does not indicate a wave is imminent.Estimated local:
Santa Barbara, California - 8:24 a.m.
San Pedro, California - 8:39 a.m.
Santa Monica, California - 8:39 a.m.

1:00 a.m.

- 18 people confirmed dead in Japan (via CNN TV)
- Tsunami Watch in Southern California continues (via NOAA)
- SoCal beaches may be cleared on Friday morning (via LA Now)
- Tsunami warning sirens sounded in Honolulu (via KFI)

1:30 a.m.

- Tsunami to hit Taiwan in approximately 10 minutes (via CNN TV)
- West Coast Tsunami Watch upgraded to Tsunami Warning. Coastal areas may need to prepare for possible evacuation. (via NOAA)

1:35 a.m.

- Tsunami Warning in effect for coastal California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, CA to the Oregon/Washington border. (via NOAA)
- Tsunami Advisory continues for coastal California from the CA/Mexico border to Point Conception, CA.
- Tsunami Advisory continues for coastal Washington from British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington border to Amchitka Pass, AK.
-Tsunami Warning for coastal Alaska from Amchitka Pass, AK to Attu, AK.
- Tsunami expected to hit the Philippines 10 to 11 GMT.

3:04 a.m.

- A few reports of officials readying to close the OC beaches, harbors and piers as a precaution measure at 5 a.m.; possibility of a tsunami warning phone alerts and evacuations.

- An emergency warning/tsunami warning system announcement was broadcast around 1 a.m. in the San Francisco Bay Area. Waves could reach Crescent City, CA at 7:23 a.m. and the Bay Area after 8 a.m. (via LA Now)

- Japanese media reporting at least 32 deaths and more than 30 aftershock, smany 6.0 to 7.1 magnitude. (via CNN)

- Tsunami threat: 11,000 people are evacuated in Russia. (via ABC)

3:17 a.m.

- Areas north of Point Conception will likely experience a tsunami inundation between 3 to 7 feet . Highest wave inundation to 7 feet can be expected in Port San Luis and Pismo Beach. Expected tsunami wave height of 2 feet from Santa Barbara to Long Beach, reports the National Weather Service. (via NOAA)

3:45 a.m.

- Resources and information about US citizens traveling or living abroad can be found at the Tokyo US Embassy and US Department of State websites.

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