A magnitude 8.9 earthquake — the biggest in modern Japanese history — slammed Japan’s northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a “nuclear emergency.”
At least 60 people were killed and there were reports of several injuries in Tokyo, hundreds of miles away, where buildings shook violently through the main quake and the series of massive aftershocks that followed.
NBC is reporting a ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami.
Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast.
A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii and the coast of Oregon and northern and central California and parts of Alaska.