March 11, 2011

Today's Top News Stories

MONSTER QUAKE HITS JAPAN, CAUSES TSUNAMIS FOR PACIFIC RIM NATIONS
It’s the largest recorded earthquake ever to hit Japan and one of the largest ever recorded anywhere.

The 8.9 magnitude quake hit the Northern coast this morning just before 2 am, Halifax-time.

The death toll continues to climb steadily with Japanese fire and rescue saying there over 90 confirmed dead – and that number climbs steadily every few minutes.

The devastating quake, the third to hit the region in recent days, has triggered tsunamis and sent a debris-filled wall of water surging toward houses, farms and highways.

Tsunami warnings have widened beyond East Asia to include other Pacific coastal areas including Central and South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand – a country still recovering from their own massive quake only a few weeks ago.

Tsunami warnings have also been announced for the West Coast of North America.


WESTERN U.S. UNDER TSUNAMI WARNING
The entire Pacific Rim is under a tsunami warning after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Northern Japan early this morning.

The tsunami advisory for the western coast of the United States has been upgraded to a warning.

The first waves are expected to hit the coast at around 11am Halifax-time.

That warning extends to Alaska so presumably, British Columbia will be updating their advisory to a tsunami warning as well.

 The US Emergency Warning Service is recommending people along the western coast of North America living in low-lying and flood-prone areas get to higher ground.


4.5 QUAKE ROCKS HAWAII
A 4.5 magnitude quake hit Hawaii this morning merely hours after a monstrous quake rocked Northern Japan.

No reports yet on what damage, if any, has occurred to the island state's infrastructure.

Hawaii is currently under a tsunami warning after a massive 8.9 quake hit Northern Japan.

The first waves were expected to hit this morning around 9 am Halifax-time.

Hawaii is in the process of evacuating coastal areas, under the threat of waves up to 2 meters in height.

Many other countries around the Pacific Rim are calling for evacuations in anticipation of additional tsunamis.


JAPAN UNDER STATE OF NUCLEAR EMERGENCY AFTER QUAKE DAMAGE
A fire at a nuclear power plant has forced Japan to declare a state of nuclear emergency as a precaution at one of Tokyo Electric Power's plants.

Although no radioactive leaks or damage to the reactor have been reported, there seems to be problems with the cooling system and officials aren’t taking any chances.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared the emergency to enable authorities to implement emergency measures.

Residents living near plants were not required to take special action.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck just under 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

It was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, one as strong as 7.1.


PACIORETTY DISAPPOINTED CHARA WAS SUSPENDED
Montreal's Max Pacioretty says he appreciates all the support he's received since suffering a concession and cracked vertebra in the Canadiens game with Boston on Tuesday.

And while, he's disappointed Zdeno Chara wasn't suspended, he says he has no desire for him to be prosecuted legally.

Pacioretty says the incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game.

Montreal police have started a criminal investigation into the hit.

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