An 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Northeast Japan spawned a ferocious tsunami that’s caused enormous destruction, flattening whole cities, starting raging fires, and killing hundreds. The earth quake struck at a depth of six miles, about 80 miles off the eastern coast. The region is 240 miles northeast of Tokyo. Alaska Emergency Management also reported a 5.1-foot wave at Shemya, 1.5-foot at Adak, and 1.6-foot at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Shemya is 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The Japanese management ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant’s system was unable to cool the reactor. The earthquake has caused major spoil in broad areas in northern Japan, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of Alaska from Attu to Amchitka Pass in the Aleutians and an optional from Amchitka Pass along the West Coast to Oregon.