A look at the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.
- The 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, and more than 100 aftershocks followed, some as strong as 6.0. The quake is one of the strongest on record, with reports saying it was the fifth-strongest in the past 100 years. A quake in Chile last year registered 8.8.
- A tsunami with 23-foot waves followed the quake and engulfed the country's east coast. Thousands of homes were destroyed by the waves.
- The tsunami caused alerts to go out across the world, including to Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast. Reports said the waves that hit Hawaii were 7 feet high. Ships and ports were damaged, but no major problems were reported.
- The death toll is still rising, but the official count stands at 3,700, with thousands more expected.
- The worst earthquake in Japan by death toll was an 8.3-magnitude quake in 1923 that killed 143,000 people.
GateHouse News Service