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Police: 200 - 300 Bodies Found on Beach Near Sendai, Japan

Police: 200 - 300 Bodies Found on Beach Near Sendai, Japan

An earthquake-triggered tsunami sweeps along Iwanuma in northern Japan on Friday.

Associated Press | USAToday

March 11, 2011

Update at 9:04 a.m. ET: TheKyodo news agency reports that 8,000 defense force troops have been dispatched for quake relief. In addition, one defense force team has been ordered to fly to Fukushima nuclear plant. Kyodo says Japan is asking the U.S.for assistance after the quake.

Update at 8:57 a.m. ET: Japan’s Kyodo news agency also reporting that police in Miyagi prefecture say between 200 to 300 bodies have been found in Sendai alone.

Earlier post: The Jiji Press news agency reports that authorities have found between 200 and 300 bodies on a beach near Sendai, Japan, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

TOKYO (AP) — A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday. Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area.

The bodies were found in Sendai city, the closest major city to the epicenter. The magnitude 8.9 quake and 23-foot tsunami were followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter.

The tsunami swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire West Coast.

The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant’s system was unable to cool the reactor. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.

“The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

Trouble was reported at two other nuclear plants as well, but there was no radiation leak at any.

Even for a country used to earthquakes, this one was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged several miles inland before retreating. The apocalyptic images of surging water broadcast by Japanese TV networks resembled scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie.

The epicenter of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

Large fishing boats and other sea vessels rode high waves into the cities, slamming against overpasses or scraping under them and snapping power lines along the way. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water. Ships anchored in ports crashed against each other.

The highways to the worst-hit coastal areas were severely damaged and communications, including telephone lines, were snapped. Train services in northeastern Japan and in Tokyo, which normally serve 10 million people a day, were also suspended, leaving untold numbers stranded in stations or roaming the streets. Tokyo’s Narita airport was closed indefinitely.

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Yes, this is a wake-up call! So many people take Mother Nature for granted.

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    A Horrible tragedy, God be with all whom are enduring the pain and suffering this has caused.
    Prayers and thoughts go out to all affected by this great tragedy.

    Bump Robo, we stay on high alert here living in Earthquake Land, and always on Tsunami watch during these times.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Another thing is that this will give all these anti-nuclear power folks all kinds of ammo to throw up in our face.

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Just a horrible and tragic natural disaster. This should be a wake up call for us. The Japanese are well prepared and plan for these events and still they have been overwhelmed! Can you imagine if something as strong as this had occurred in the LA region slightly off the coast or off the coast of Alaska? We would we talking in the millions of dead!

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50490 Comments

    Very sad. Prayers for all the victims.

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50

    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Unbelievable! One of the worst earthquakes in modern history. So many prayers going out to those involved. Also, I hope and pray that they can get that nuclear power plant under control. The damage is going to continue to rise. This may be record-breaking.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Even with a small window of advance warning the damage was incredible. The highest mountains and peaks of Hawaii were coved by a tsunami millions of years ago. Prayers to all the victims of the tragedy.

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    molonia

    over 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    they are issuing a evacuation order by the reactor its 8 times the normal level so far

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Very sad indeed. My prayers and thoughts go out to ALL the victims.

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    Bury

    over 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    Very sad!

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    corylovesandrea

    over 3 years ago

    6224 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers go out to wealth of family and friends of the deceased and affected by the sheer will and force of nature.

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42980 Comments

    Such a tragedy, very sad.

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    Archangel72

    over 3 years ago

    534 Comments

    rhood, saying the lose of life will be big is an understatement I believe. This sucks!

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    They have a huge mess to deal with, the lose of life will be big.

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