[UPDATE] Tsunami Rocks Pacific

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Radiation Levels Surge Outside Japan Nuke Plant

Tokyo, Japan (AP) - Japanese nuclear officials say radiation levels
inside a nuclear power plant have surged to 1,000 times their normal levels after the cooling system failed.

The nuclear safety agency said early Saturday that some radiation has also seeped outside the plant, prompting calls for further evacuations of the area. Some 3,000 people have already been urged to leave their homes.

The cooling system for a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant failed on Friday after a massive earthquake caused a power outage.

The continued loss of electricity has also delayed the planned release of vapor from inside the reactor to ease pressure. Pressure inside one of the reactors had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal.



Strong Quake Strikes Central Japan, Felt in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (AP) - Japan's Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the central, mountainous part of the country hours after a massive quake hit off the country's northeastern coast.

Dozens of aftershocks have rattled Japan's northeast since Friday's magnitude 8.9 temblor, but the most recent quake was in an entirely different location.

The latest quake hit early Saturday at a depth of six miles (10
kilometers), about 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Tokyo.

It caused buildings in Tokyo to sway. There were no immediate reports of damage.



Tokyo, Japan (AP) - Japanese authorities will release slightly
radioactive vapor to ease pressure at nuclear reactor whose cooling
system failed.

The failure occurred after a power outage caused by Friday's
massive earthquake off northeastern Japan.

Japan's nuclear safety agency says pressure inside one of six
boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant had risen to
1.5 times the level considered normal.

The agency said the radioactive element in the vapor that will
be released would not affect the environment or human health.


[UPDATE] 3-11 1:35pm --

WASHINGTON—President Obama received a briefing this morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Oval Office on the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami warnings across the Pacific from a number of senior U.S. government officials including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate via phone, and in the Oval Office with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, National Security Advisory Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor David Plouffe, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, National Security Staff Senior Director for Resilience Richard Reed and National Security Staff Director Asian Affairs Daniel Russel.

The senior officials provided the President with an update on the evolving situation stemming from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan early this morning including the actions being taken to assist U.S. states and territories that could be affected by the tsunami, as the President directed earlier this morning – as well as the work being done to be prepared to assist the people of Japan.

The US government continues to monitor the situation closely throughout the Pacific region. To support potentially impacted areas in the United States, the federal government remains in close contact and coordination with state and local officials, and stands ready to support them. The government’s message to the public is simple: listen to the instructions of state and local officials. We urge everyone in the regions who could be impacted to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio and their local news to monitor for updates and directions provided by their local officials.


[UPDATE] 3-11 11:35am --

HONOLULU (AP) -- Waves up to 7 feet high have been hitting
Hawaii, triggered by the earthquake off Japan.
Seven-foot waves have been measured on the island of Maui, while
3-foot waves hit the islands of Kauai (kuh-WY') and Oahu
The waves are expected to continue for a while and officials say
they could become larger. A scientist at the Pacific Tsunami
Warning Center says there is likely to be some damage in Hawaii,
but it doesn't appear it will be major.
On Oahu, water rushed ashore in Honolulu, swamping Waikiki's
beach and surging over the breakwall in the world-famous resort.
But it stopped short of the area's high-rise hotels.
Hawaii residents had hours to prepare for the tsunami, with
warning sirens sounding throughout the night. By the time it
arrived in the early morning hours, roads and beaches were empty.
Residents in coastal areas were evacuated to community centers
and schools, and tourists were moved to higher floors of hotels.
Beaches are also closed along the western coast of the mainland
U.S., where the waves from the tsunami have now reached the Oregon
coast. Evacuations have been ordered in parts of Washington and


March 11, 2011 --

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A tsunami advisory spawned by the massive
earthquake in Japan is prompting some beach closures in Southern
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Malibu beach
will be closed Friday as a precaution.
Police say Newport Beach in Orange County also will be closed.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says county beaches will
be open but extra officers will be on patrol.
Areas south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County area
under a tsunami advisory.
The National Weather Service says wave heights of about 2 feet
are expected.

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state emergency
management spokesman says two coastal counties are working on
limited evacuations in advance of a tsunami expected after a
massive earthquake in Japan.
In southwest Washington's Pacific County, Sheriff Scott Johnson
says the county has activated its reverse 911 system, calling
residents on the coast and in low-lying areas and asking them to
stay calm but evacuate. He says an orderly evacuation is happening
in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Ocean Park.
Johnson sheriff says buses are ready to pick up nursing home
residents if needed.
State spokesman Rob Harper says the highest waves are expected
on the central coast around Moclips at about 3 feet. Harper says
Grays Harbor County is considering limited evacuations around
Pacific Beach and Iron Beach.


SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) -- Traffic is heavy on U.S. 101 along the
Oregon coast near Florence because of people evacuating low-lying
Sirens sounded Friday morning in some communities to urge people
to seek higher ground as a tsunami crossed the Pacific Ocean
following a massive earthquake in Japan.
At least one hotel in Seaside has been evacuated. Guests were
being moved to higher floors at another.
Coastal communities were bracing for possibly damaging waves of
up to 6 feet.


TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been
found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake
spawned a tsunami.
The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter)
tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours,
many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Earlier, police confirmed
at least 60 people had been killed and 56 were missing. The death
toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday's


TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is issuing an evacuation order to thousands
of residents near a nuclear power plant.
Japan's nuclear safety agency says the evacuation order to more
than 2,800 people followed the government's declaration at a
nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed following a
massive earthquake Friday.
The agency says plant workers are currently scrambling to
restore cooling water supply at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
There was no prospect for an immediate success.
The plant experienced a mechanical failure in the backup power
generation system to supply water needed to cool the reactor. The
reactor core remains hot even after a shutdown.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that the plant was not
in immediate danger of radiation leak.

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