reports that a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japanese shores at around 2:46 PM, Friday, March 11, causing a tsunami. Fires erupted, buildings crumbled, and cars were swept away by the massive waves. Subsequent aftershocks also contributed to the destruction. As of press time, Yahoo! Philippines reports that at least 40 people have been confirmed dead. Tokyo’s main airport is currently closed as the extent of the damage in the city is still being assessed.

According to, tsunami warnings have been issued to nearby countries including the Philippines. Residents in 19 Philippine provinces are advised to prepare for a level 2 tsunami. Here is the list from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council as seen on

  • Batanes Group of Islands
  • Cagayan
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Isabela
  • Quezon
  • Aurora
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur

At present, no technology exists that can predict exactly when and where earthquakes will happen. Thus, it is important to always stay alert and be prepared. Minimize harm by being aware of what to do in case disaster strikes, and prevent damage by earthquake-proofing your home and workplace.

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