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Earthquake in Japan: 8.9 Quake Triggers Deadly Tsunami (VIDEO)

Japan quake is trending after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the island nation’s northeastern shore, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept away boats, cars, and homes.

Originating near the city of Sendai, about 240 miles northwest of Tokyo, the quake raced across the pacific at 500 mph—triggering tsunami warnings in Hawaii and California.

Early reports put the death toll in Japan in the hundreds, though that number is expected to rise.