VIDEO: Moment of 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake As It Occurred 2:46 PM Japan Local Time


Scenes from offices, a meeting and an airport at the moment theMarch 11, 2011 earthquake struck.

LARGEST EARTHQUAKE IN JAPANESE HISTORY
The 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami was an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that created tsunami waves of up to 10 metres (33 ft). The March 11 2011 earthquake is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history, and was measured at 7 on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale in the northern Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The tsunami warning of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) listed the magnitude as 8.8. The hypocenter was reported to be off the Oshika Peninsula, the east coast of Tohoku on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46 UTC (2:46 p.m. local time) at a depth of 24.4 kilometres (15.2 mi). About 60 people have been reported killed and about 60 injured as of 12:57 UTC.


A massive earthquake in northern Japan has unleashed a 13-to-33-foot tsunami that swept away boats, cars and buildings, and started fires.

A tsunami warning has been extended to Hawaii. Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck offshore to the northeast of Japan and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Magnitude 8.9 – Near the Coast of Honshu, Japan