Earthquake, Tsunami Wreak Havoc in Japan; Many Feared Dead

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JAPAN – A series of earthquakes occurring along Japan’s northeastern shore Friday afternoon have triggered numerous Pacific tsunami warnings. Japan has issued a tsunami warning across it’s eastern shore, warning of waves over 20 feet high.

This is not the most recent seismic activity along Japan’s shore. Earlier this week, two quakes with preliminary magnitudes of 6.3 and 7.2 struck off of the eastern coast of Honshu, Japan.

This story continues to develop.

Updates: All times are printed in Pacific Standard Time, -8 UTC.

11:07 p.m.:
At 9:46 p.m, an earthquake measuring 8.9 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

11:08 p.m.:
At 10:06 p.m., an earthquake measuring 6.4 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

11:09 p.m.:
At 10:07 p.m., an earthquake measuring 6.4 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

11:09 p.m.:
At 10:09 p.m., an earthquake measuring 6.8 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

11:09 p.m.:
At 10:25 p.m., an earthquake measuring 7.1 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

11:09 p.m.:
At 10:25 p.m., an earthquake measuring 7.1 originated near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Friday, 12:02 a.m.:
Tsunami warnings have been extended to Hawaii. Warning has also been extended to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

Friday, 12:43 a.m.:
Hawaii tsunami notification system sirens have been activated.

Friday, 12:45 a.m.:
A tsunami watch has been issued for the Southern California coast by the National Weather Service.

Friday, 1:28 a.m.:
The National Weather Service has upgraded a tsunami watch to a tsunami advisory and warning for Southern California. Although tsunami waves are expected to be less than 3 feet, strong currents and dangerous waves could cause damage along coastal areas. Residents along the coasts are also being advised to prepare for possible evacuations.


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Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online (CougarNews.com). In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.