An 8.8 magnitude Japan earthquake hit just before 3 p.m. local time. A tsunami warning was issued, and unfortunately, there has been major damage caused by the 13 feet swell.
Early reports put the quake at 7.9, but the USGS updated the Japan earthquake to 8.8. There has also been at least one major aftershock that initially measured 7.4 magnitude -- it hit just 30 minutes after the first trembler.
The 13-foot tsunami ended up washing away both cars and buildings along the edge of the coast it washed up on. In Kesennuma City, a large ship was swept away. There is also massive flooding and damage near the epicenter.
As of now, officials in Japan are unsure what the total damage and death toll is from this massive Japan earthquake. The footage coming out of the region shows that the damage, at least, appears to be severe. Reports say that buildings in Tokyo were still swaying thirty minutes after the initial quake. That is amazing and shocking.
This 8.8 magnitude Japan earthquake is one of several that has hit the region in recent days. Hopefully the tsunami warning came in time to keep people safe. The cleanup is likely to be difficult over the coming days.
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