The scale of the devastation is becoming clear after the huge earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the Tohoku region of north eastern Japan near the major city of Sendai.
TV news channels are reporting a confirmed death toll of over 100 people with unconfirmed stories of 200-300 bodies in the city of Sendai. The airport in the city has been flooded and there are also reports of a passenger train having been swept away on the coast.
Tohoku Electric Power Company's Onagawa nuclear plant experienced a fire and the earlier story of a malfunction at the Tokyo Electric Power nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, seems to be causing concern.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific Coast of Japan with waves of upto 3m in places.
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