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.