Here’s NHK video of the scene inside a Tokyo office when the earthquake hit Friday afternoon Japan time. This is 230 miles from the epicenter. Think about it:

Links to coverage of aftermath of Japan’s 8.9 earthquake and tsunami:

Earlier: An 8.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan about 9:45 p.m. PST Thursday (about 2:45 p.m. Friday Japan Standard Time). Most U.S. cable networks have switched over to wall-to-wall feeds from third parties — CNN has been running a hybrid of Reuters Television and NHK World. The video images are shocking, though the people narrating seem to have only a dim idea what they’re seeing or where it is. The CNN/Reuters/NHK feed has dwelled for some time on the city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture. The quake hit about 100 miles from the city, and a tsunami as high as 30-feet high swept in shortly after. This is a city of 1 million people, mind you — San Jose-sized. The destruction is widespread and one can’t avoid thinking the loss of life will be appalling.

  • Please pray to all victims of this massive quake. Hoping that this serious accident will not do more injuries.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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