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Major earthquake in Japan - Tsunami warning for Hawaii

TOKYO (AP) - The prime minister says there is major earthquake damage in northeastern Japan but nuclear power facilities in the area are fine and there was no radiation leakage. The government says there have been deaths in the magnitude 8.9 quake, which generated a 13-foot tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern coast. The wave swept away buildings and cars.

The pacific tsunami center widened its warning to include the entire Pacific Ocean.  TV footage showed severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. Injuries were reported in Tokyo.A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed  directly into a breakwater in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.

The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has widened its tsunami warning to include Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific Ocean.

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    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

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    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

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    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

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