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Tsunami-swept Japan ship found, all 81 rescued: Jiji

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Tokyo (AFP) March 12, 2011
Japanese naval and coastguard helicopters have found a ship that was swept out to sea by a massive tsunami and airlifted all 81 people aboard to safety, Jiji Press reported Saturday.

The ship was owned by a shipbuilder in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture.

Friday's massive quake struck just under 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, creating a 10-metre (33 feet) tsunami wave that hit the Pacific coast of Honshu island near Sendai city.

The monster wave wreaked vast destruction, smashing ships into towns and tearing away entire houses.

Television footage Friday shot from a helicopter showed a large whirlpool offshore created by the tsunami that tossed around ships.

The quake was the largest ever to hit Japan, the fifth strongest tremor worldwide since 1900 and the seventh strongest in history, according to the US Geological Survey and Japanese seismologists.




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Emergency declared as tsunami hits US West Coast
Los Angeles (AFP) March 11, 2011
California's governor declared a state of emergency Friday after tsunami waves hit the US West Coast, forcing evacuations, damaging boats and leaving one man missing, swept out to sea. Governor Jerry Brown's declaration for four coastal counties unblocks federal funds to help clean up after waves triggered by Japan's devastating quake hit the US mainland, notably in northern California and O ... read more

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