Japan tsunami


Update 1:30am: Large wave hitting Hawaii again. Maui harbour bouy rising 7ft. Nikkei was down 170 for day, futures are currently down 200.

Update 12:48am: Hawaii has been hit by second wave, water over roads(?), water has receeded out 200ft or so and seems to be rising. Water is moving up the beaches !!

Update 12:41am: There are reports a train has completely disappeared near Sendai

A ship carrying about 100 people was swept away by the huge tsunami that hit Japan on Friday and its fate was unknown, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing Miyagi prefecture police.

The ship was owned by a shipbuilder in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, said Kyodo News.

There is also a passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard which is still unaccounted for in the tsunami-hit part of coastal Japan. Police also claim they have found 200, 300 bodies on the coast of Sendai.

Update 12:34am: Police in Sendai have reportedly found hundreds of bodies. Alaskan island hit by tsunami.

Update 12:18am: Fire at the Fukushima nuclear plant is reported as out, no update on the coolant problem. There currently seems to be little effect at hawaii.

Update 11:32pm: 2000 people living near Fukushima nuclear have been evacuated. So far there is no new news about exactly what is hapenning at the plant itself.

Update 10:42pm: I am seeing warning notices on Sky News that read “Whole towns in northern Japan have been destroyed”, it was obvious from the footage that this was inevitable. There is a report of a tourist ship with 100 people on-board has disappeared.

Update 10:37pm: Hawaiin beach front tourist areas have all been evactuated. All tourists have been told to move to at least the 3rd floors of their hotels. People are bing told to eveacuate or be arrested.

Update 9:53pm: Fukushima nuclear reactor is having problems; the authorities seem to be unable to pump coolant into the reactor as the pumps have failed. They have shut down the reactor but the loss of coolant supply is a “concern” and experts are saying this “shouldn’t happen”.

Update 9:10pm AEST: Ocean waves up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) above normal sea level were detected by deep-ocean gauges near Wake island, Midway and Guam in the North Pacific, said Chip McCreary, a spokesman for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Update: I just found this at earthquake-report I desperately hope it has been mistranslated. As Prince says in the comments Kurihara-shi Tsukidate has 77,000 people.

Estimate:- $100-500 billion – the largest ever economic loss.

The following towns have been severely damaged:-

JMA 7: Completely Destroyed

JMA 6 upper: Very much destroyed

JMA 6 lower: Major damage.

Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochige Prefecture and a little bit of Iwate has had major losses!


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At 2:45pm local time a 8.4 magnitude earthquake hit northern japan. A tsunami warning now extends to Indonesia, Guam,  New Zealand, Chile , Peru, Russia , Mexico and Australia.

Abc’s latest report is:

Large areas of Japan’s northern Pacific coast have been swamped by a devastating tsunami, engulfing entire towns following a major 8.9 offshore quake.

The meteorological agency issued its top-level evacuation alerts for the entire Japanese coast, warning of a tsunami of up to six metres.

Towns and farms around Sendai city in northern Japan are being engulfed by a tsunami, and a four-metre wave has swamped parts of Kamaishi on the Pacific coast.

Residents have been ordered to rush to high ground and stay away from the coast as tsunami can strike in several waves.

Japanese television is broadcasting pictures of a wall of water kilometres wide moving its way across the countryside, engulfing everything in its path.

More waves can be seen approaching the coast.

I am currently watching the TV news, cities in Sendai  have literally disappeared into the sea.  There are many fires burning including a refinery in Chiba prefecture. A wave of 4.5 metres has been reported in many areas, and there are reports of buildings collapsing.

Another story from AP in Japan

Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

In various locations along Japan’s coast, TV footage showed severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.

Officials were trying to assess possible damage from the quake but had no immediate details.

The quake that struck 2:46 p.m. was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.8.

The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. National broadcaster NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The quake struck at a depth of six miles, about 80 miles off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles northeast of Tokyo.

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  1. With the USGS having upgraded the magnitude to an 8.9, Honolulu Tsunami Warning Centre has issued tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific, including Australia / NZ. There is certainly a risk of some inundation for lower-lying coastal areas, so it’s a bit early to say that all will definitely be well.

    • What did you expect? Just garbage to feed the bogan cloven hoofed that buy the advertised products. Irrelevant until Carl Megaboganovich is in.

      Was in that area last year. Frightening footage.

      We can hope for the best and the religious can pray.

    • Yeah they had a token coverage at the 6pm news, but that’s it.

      I find ABC24 and SBS far superior than the commercial networks.

      Bloomberg TV is okay too.

      Tim, I’m still watching EU/US markets will get back to you shortly on them.

  2. Nikkei 225 overnight futures are down 1.66% at 10:15AEDT

    European markets down 1%, as is Crude , EUR/Yen and USD/Yen

    Economic costs of this catastrophe are going to be epic – I’ve read up to a $US1 trillion.

    Japan is the worlds 3rd largest economy. There will be repercussions (and yes I know that disasters are supposed to add to GDP after the fact – tell that to the New Zealanders…)

    • Saw Nouriel Roubini on Bloomberg, interesting interview, at end was asked about the then breaking news (some hours into the tragedy) – said that short term could not have happened at a more difficult time for Japan, medium term perhaps some benefit from the necessity of rebuild and replace, if the requisite deficit spend was applied. He was definitely circumspect and subdued stressing that any assumptions on a major event such as this are difficult and analysis of substance requires time. As others have said, my thoughts and best wishes are with the people of Japan.

    • Nick Leeson was essentially speculating on Nikkei futures when the Kobe earthquake struck. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  3. I work for a robotics company in Japan, Aichi prefecture, well south of Tokyo, but our office building rocked for a good minute, and we all felt a little seasick afterwards. I’ve been watching what’s been going on the world, the booms and busts, the riots, and I felt safe here, if a little sad that I was somehow missing out on what was going on in the real world, whatever it was. But the people here felt untouchable, and a little too secure. If anything that could be considered positive is to come out of this earthquake, it might be to put Japan back in the thick of things, where it belongs, fighting for economic survival, and shake the people out of their over-cute, cozy stupor.

  4. Julia can take a trip to Japan and advise them on the best way to introduce an earthquake tax.

  5. I really support the Japanese people in Sendai. Let’s pray in the name of our existence that nothing bad will happen o us again…