DescriptionBreaking New Alert!
Japan's most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami.
The tremor, measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT on March 11th, 2011
Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude quake, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo.
Tsunami warnings issued for population centers along the Pacific coast.