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 23-foot tsunami, reports the USGS. Colossal, fast-moving waves moved inland washing away buildings, ships, cars and land. Reportedly, air and ground transportation is disrupted and limited.
The tsunami reaching as much as three miles inland led to several casualties. 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone. At least 90 other people are reported to have died, and many more are unaccounted for.
A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America.
See pictures of the aftermath…