Japan was struck by a 8.9 earthquake off the northeastern coast of the island on Friday afternoon at 2:46 P.M. local time. Initially reported as a weaker earthquake, buildings in Tokyo shook for several minutes.
The quake struck right off of Honshu, Japan’s most populous island, approximately 200 miles away from Tokyo. A tsunami warning has been issued, with warnings that waves of up to 20 feet high could strike Japan’s shores.
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Several buildings in Japan are reported to be on fire. All transportation systems, including airports, have been closed in Tokyo.
Warnings and watches have been issued for a wide area including Japan, Russia, Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Hawaii. Reports say that a tsunami 13-foot high has already hit Japan. The Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicenter, is expected to see the worst of the damage.
I hope Japan is all ok. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
(More on TIME.com: See the detailed report over the earthquake.)