Sendai Airport deluged as tsunami strikes – Japan quake 11 Mar 2011
Sendai Airport, on Japan’s eastern coast, has already been completely flooded by a ten-metre tsunami, according to reports from the Kyodo news agency.
Tsunami warnings are also in effect for Russia, the Marianas Islands, the Marcus Islands, Guam, Wake Island, and Taiwan.
Tsunami watches are also out for Yap, the Philipines, the Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Island, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, the Johnston Islands, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Hawaii.
Airports across the Western Pacific are likely to be affected, as the geography of the coastline and islands of the Pacific mean that airports tend to be built towards the coastline.
Initially reported as a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, the United States Geological Survey has hiked the reported magnitude to 8.9. After such a massive earthquake, tsunami warnings spread out across the Pacific.
By: Teni Sow | Senior Editor at Tambapress.com and Regular Contributor to Presspresser.com