8.9-magnitude earthquake hits Japan!!!
The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years unleashed walls of water Friday that swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways and tossed cars and boats like toys, apparently killing hundreds and forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands. The quake prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries and territories, although initial reports as the waves reached locations outside of Japan indicated no damage. Japan’s Kyodo News Service, citing Japan’s defense forces, said 60,000 to 70,000 people were being evacuated to shelters in the Sendai area. The prime minister said an emergency task force had been activated, and appealed for calm. The government dispatched 8,000 troops to assist in the recovery effort and asked for U.S. military assistance, according to Kyodo. President Barack Obama offered his condolences and said the United States is standing by to help “in this time of great trial.”(CNN)