Nuclear emergency issued in tsunami hit Japan

Japan Tsunami
Tokyo, Mar 11: Japan, which is still suffering from the woes of 1945 atomic bomb attack, has issued a nuclear emergency for the first time in its history. Soon after the north-eastern part of the country was hit by the massive tsunami on Friday, Mar 11, government declared a state of emergency at the nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed.

Yukio Edano, the chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that the power plants were not under immediate danger. "We launched the measure so we can be fully prepared for the worst scenario," informed Edano and continued stating, "We are using all our might to deal with the situation."

Thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant were ordered to evacuate their places as soon as possible. Japan's nuclear safety agency confirmed the news of evacuation order for more than 2,800 people.

A powerful Tsunami hit the north-eastern coasts of Japan and going by the tv visuals of the natural calamity, the loss to life and property can be expected to be of monstrous proportions. The tsunami comes close on the heels of a strong-earthquake, reported to be of a magnitude of 8.8. This is a second strong earthquake in the span of three days in the seismically active Japan. Watch the video of Japan tsunami.

Among the countries for which a tsunami warning is in effect are: Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Recent reports claimed that another tsunami stroke Indonesial, however, without leaving any major damages. Sources also reported of an initial tsunami waves of .07 meter high wave in Hawaii. Alerts have claimed that Australia and New Zealand also will experience tsunami bash before Friday midnight (Mar 11).

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