The epicenter of the earthquake today was 80 miles off the coast of Sendai in northeast Japan and it generated tsunami waves up to three miles inland. The tremor was felt in Tokyo as well.
"[The wave] was mixed with mud, with ships and cars smashing toward wooden houses, dragging those into rice fields, and basically bashing them into pieces," the Bloomberg reporter said.
The initial 8.9 earthquake was followed by aftershocks measuring 7.1, 6.5, and 6.4 in magnitude. Tsunami warnings are in effect for much of the Pacific Rim.
One oil refinery went up in flames about 40 miles outside Tokyo, 11 nuclear plants were shut down and a nuclear emergency was declared for one because its emergency cooling systems stopped working. Officials there say the situation is under control and there's no danger of fallout.
CNN reports that casualty estimates are still coming in, but between 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone.
Footage from CNN shows houses caught on fire moving with the tsunami. The wave moved toward Hawaii at an estimated speed of 500 miles per hour.
"There's nowhere to run when you have something like coming so fast toward you," the CNN reporter said.
Tsunami Alert Waves expected across the Pacific region, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.
i hope people all over the world including you are praying for this not to happen :'(