Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.
A majorearthquake in Japan has triggered a tsunami on the north east coast, sweeping away cars, ships and buildings. Many buildings have collapsed or are on fire, and there are fears many people could be killed or injured. The Cosmos oil refinery outside Tokyo has exploded. You can watch footage of the devastation here, and the BBC Japan tsunami livepage has live updates on the situation.
We’ll be talking about the Japan tsunami today on BBC World TV at 1500 GMT.
Residents in Tokyo felt the tremors, reporting shaking and rocking buildings, even though the epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) away from the city. People spilled out into the streets for safety.
Adel emailed us from Tokyo: “My house just got hit with the earthquake and I am bleeding all over. My house just fell and I have got three sons and one daughter. PLEASE HELP???”
Alex emailed us from Tokyo: “All the buildings were shaking heavily and power lines jumping around, there was a large cloud of smoke in the distance from what looked like a explosion. The road outside our hostel was shut due to a gas leak, we evacuated to open spaces were we was hit by several after shocks and still to this moment we are still feeling tremors and aftershocks.”
Shashan in Tokyo emailed us: “I work in a merchant ship as an engineer and our ship was unloading the cargo at the port. Suddenly in the afternoon our ship starts vibrating heavily. We went to the deck and found the whole city shaking and a building near by caught fire.”