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Major quake, tsunami rocks Japan

JAPAN (KAIT) - A 8.9 earthquake and an ensuing tsunami have rocked the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday.  The quake hit just before 3pm local time and was originally measured at a 7.9 magnitude before that was increased to a 8.9 magnitude.

Several aftershocks were felt in the area after the main quake and a 33-foot tsunami washed away hundreds of homes and cars along the coast.  So far there are 32 confirmed deaths and hundreds injured, with that number expected to increase greatly in the coming days and hours.

The quake has activated tsunami warnings in several regions of the Pacific, including Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Alaska. 

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