UPDATED: Area where hundreds may have died is isolated

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TOKYO (AP) - Authorities in northeastern Japan say they can't yet reach the area along the coast where they say 200 to 300 people were killed by today's earthquake and tsunami. They say the roads are too badly damaged.

Hundreds more are missing, and the number of injured has reached nearly 1,000.

The huge waves that roared ashore after the magnitude-8.9 quake carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires.

A large section of one town of 70,000 people, Kesennuma, has been burning, with no apparent hope that the fire can be extinguished.

At least two trains were swept off their tracks along the coast, but no one was hurt.

In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed and pressure began building inside. Officials later ordered a wider area evacuated, after radiation levels outside the plant surged.
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TOKYO (AP) - Today's quake and tsunami in Japan have left hundreds dead and hundreds more missing.

Police found 200 to 300 bodies in a northeastern coastal city, and more than 100 others were also confirmed killed. Hundreds more are missing. A large section of a town of 70,000 people is on fire.

Millions of homes are without electricity. The quake stopped commuter trains in the capital, shut down the mobile phone network and severely disrupted landline phone service.

One man who was working at a Tokyo trading company when the quake hit says he's been through a lot of earthquakes, but never felt anything like this.

The magnitude 8.9 quake and 23-foot tsunami were followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.
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TOKYO (AP) - Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami.

The bodies were found in Sendai City, the closest major city to the epicenter. The magnitude 8.9 quake and 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami were followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many
of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

Earlier, police confirmed at least 60 people had been killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday's disaster.
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