Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami hit Northern Japan Heading for the U.S.
The deadly 8.9 earthquake struck Northern Japan Friday killing 110 people, with an estimated 56 people still missing. The earthquake unleashed a devastating 23 foot tsunami, that pounded Japans northern shores sending cars, airplanes, and building’s inland, being tossed around by the massive waves like small toys. Hundreds of building’s are on fire, bursting into combustion simultaneously. Japan has been unfortunately devastated this morning and continues to be damaged by fires and crumbling buildings. Debris from the earthquake and tsunami has littered Japan from its coastlines inward to highly occupied areas.
The tsunami headed toward Hawaii and the western U.S. Coastlines. California and Oregon are under tsunami warnings. Evacuation was necessary in Hawaii to keep their citizens safe. The tsunami’s waves swarmed Hawaii’s shores with waves six feet above normal height; no damage has been reported form Hawaii. The Tsunami has currently reached California and Oregon’s shores with harsh waves; it is unknown at this time, what the estimated size of the waves could be. All coastline beaches are closed due to the warning, though many people are still gathering to watch the tsunami. Weather experts are advising against this because as stated previously it is unknown as to what height the waves will reach once the full tsunami has begun to hit.
The national weather services are beginning to anticipate a 3 foot water rise in California’s waters along the coastlines. They are advising that people stay home and do not try to get into these waters for any reason. It is still highly unknown what this tsunami can and will do to the western coastline shores. Released this morning by Robert Gates, the United states Defense Secretary, the President Barack Obama has stated the United States stands by ready to aid Japan, Hawaii, and the western coasts of the U.S. in any way possible.