“UPDATE 6.30pm: A MASSIVE 8.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.
Multiple injuries, but no immediate deaths, were reported from the Pacific coastal area of Miyagi on the main Honshu island, police said according to media. TV footage showed widespread flooding in the area.
Japan's meteorological agency earlier warned that a tsunami as high as six metres could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicentre.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas.
A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.”
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