BREAKING: Massive 8+ Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

A massive earthquake struck Japan early Friday morning, resulting in a giant tsunami wave that caused instant flooding. reported that the magnitude was 8.9 and resulted in aftershocks of at least 7 on the Richter scale that were felt over 200 miles away in Toyko.

Breaking television reports showed shocking images of walls of water flowing upstream in rivers and engulfing homes, cars, and buildings in coastal areas.

As of 1 am (ET) on Friday, reports:

The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds gathered in the streets and tried to reach relatives via cell phone.

Scenes inside office buildings showed papers strewn all over the floor and people clinging onto seats and desks.

Such a large earthquake at such a shallow depth creates a lot of energy, said Shenza Chen of the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami in the Pacific was moving closer to other shorelines in other countries, according to CNN metereologist Ivan Cabrera.

The quake was the latest in a series in the region this week.

Early Thursday, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck off the coast of Honshu.

A day earlier, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off of Honshu, the country’s meteorological agency said.


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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

How tragic this three part happening is

Patricia Geller
Patricia Geller6 years ago

It's days now and the pics from there are devasting. I cannot image how one goes about picking up a destroyed life and begin again. But I have every confidence they will because countries like our own will finally have a good reason to show up in another country. and we will donate and whatever else is needed. But this should make us look inward to how prepared we are.

pam w.
pam wilkerson6 years ago

My prayer goes out to them.

mariah f.
mariah f6 years ago

Japan is in py prayers.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago

thanks for this post.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky6 years ago

It's times like this when I'm not so thrilled with getting everything so "up close and personal" - it took me until today to realize that what I was watching was the same thing being shown over and over again - I'm still sick to my stomach. Guess when told you are living on a fault, it's not an empty threat and am glad that I do not have an expensive home on the water.

Gabriela B.
Gabriela B6 years ago

Japan is one of my favourite places in the world, so it was heartbreaking to find out what happened. I hope those earthquake will soon stop, and they will be able to rebuild their country. I'm sure they will, it is such a strong, amazing country.

Madeline KM
Madeline KM6 years ago

Also, as is such a common problem on Care2, people in massive numbers here seem to be of the idea that sitting in their homes around the world and hoping that things get better in Japan is going to make some kind of a difference.

I think it is really important to be thinking good thoughts, but at the same time, I find that most people say they are simply going to "pray" that problems get better and do nothing to actively make it happen.

It makes me sad that this idea is so widespread, especially because I think a lot of people pray that the environment won't be destroyed or that wars will stop, and they feel good about themselves for doing that.

You need to pray and you also need to get out of your bubbles and take action for the things you believe in. I honestly find it insulting that people can do only the former.

Madeline KM
Madeline KM6 years ago


Madeline KM
Madeline KM6 years ago

To anyone that thinks that this is the result of Japan's animal abuses: You are sick and appallingly ignorant. Ron, you're from the US. If you think Japan deserves this for their animal abuses your country (and mine) are in for something much worse. Have you ever eaten anything grown industrially in your country? Beef, chicken, corn, eggs, milk, cheese? Worn cotton? Honestly, wake yourself up and go learn about the horrors the United States imposes on the world (not that they're alone in this).

To anyone that can seriously say that this is the result of oil drilling... I don't even know what to say to you other than that I am shocked at how blinded and uneducated someone has to be to say something that ridiculous.

Earthquakes, to all those who don't understand, are the result of tectonic plate movements generated by hot magma movements in the mantle. Earthquakes have been happening long before any life inhabited the oceans, and no, Ron, nature is not some vengeful force that chooses when to act.

Sometimes, the people and comments that I find on care to just blow my mind.