8.0 Quake Strikes Santa Cruz Islands
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-- This collection of satellite images was originally produced on March 14, 2011, days after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan. The known death toll came to 15,848 with 3,305 missing. The tsunami also inundated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing a series of failures that led to the world's largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The above photos show Yuriage in Natori (top); and Yagawahama (bottom) -- both are in Miyagi prefecture.
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Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant
Image from March 12, 2011 (before outer shell collapse).
Industrial Site Just South of Fukushima I Power Plant
Image from March 12, 2011.
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Fukushima II Power Plant
Image taken in 2004. Fukushima II Power Plant is located about 7 miles south of the Fukushima I Power Plant.
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands east of the Solomon Islands just after noon local time today. Officials from the Solomon Islands report at least five dead and villages destroyed. Local tsunamis waves reached as high as three feet.
More than 60 aftershocks of magnitudes ranging from 4.8 to 6.6 continued to rattle the region for hours after the initial shallow thrust faulting at 12:12 p.m. local time (01:12 GMT).
"Houses have been washed down, and the airport has been filled with seawater," Charles Elliott Fox-Ngali, also a registered nurse at Lata Hospital in Temotu Province, told the Wall Street Journal.
Loti Yates, director of the national disaster management office, confirmed that four villages had been destroyed and logs and debris were strewn across the airport runway.