Massive earthquake hits Japan.

(Image from Anota Bien)

From the BBC which has live coverage:

– A powerful tsunami has swept across a large area of northern Japan causing major damage, flooding towns and sweeping away buildings. It was triggered by a 8.9-magnitude earthquake

– Police say up to 300 bodies have been found in Sendai, the city that was worst-hit. Many more people are missing

– Tsunami warnings were issued for virtually the entire Pacific region. The first waves have now reached the mainland of the United States along the Oregon coast. Earlier, tsunami waves about 1m high flooded several beaches on Hawaii

The videos and images that are circulating are both stunning and horrifying, and if you want to help, a donation to the Red Cross is a good place to start.

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