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UPDATE: Japan police say 200-300 found on northeast coast

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami.

The bodies were found in Sendai city, the closest major city to the epicenter. The magnitude 8.9 quake and 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami were followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

Earlier, police confirmed at least 60 people had been killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday's disaster.

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Earlier, police confirmed at least 60 people had been killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday's disaster.

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police say 40 people have died and 39 are missing in the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern part of the country.

The quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

Fires triggered by Friday's quake are burning out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 8.8. It struck at 2:46 p.m. and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks, including several at least 6.3, the size of the quake that struck New Zealand recently.

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top government spokesman says the country has issued a state of emergency at a nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed. There was no radiation leak.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the nuclear power plant in Fukushima developed a mechanical failure in the system needed to cool the reactor after it was shut down in Friday's earthquake.

He said the measure was a precaution and there was no radiation leak at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. He said the facility was not in immediate danger.

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese officials say more than 30 people have died in the magnitude 8.9 quake and 13-foot tsunami that hit the northeast part of the country.

People, boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris were swept away by the wave.

Fires triggered by Friday's quake are burning out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 8.8. It was followed by more than 19 aftershocks, including several at least 6.3, the size of the quake that struck New Zealand recently.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter.

A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific, including areas as far away as South America, the entire U.S. West Coast, Canada and Alaska

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ASSOCIATED PRESS-- Boats, cars, homes and people have been swept away by a powerful tsunami generated by a massive, magnitude 8.9 earthquake off Japan's northeast coast.

Nearly three-dozen people are reported dead with the toll continuing to rise.  The largest quake in Japan's recorded history was followed by at least 19 aftershocks.

A utility company reported a fire in a turbine building of nuclear power plant but no radiation leak.

The Tsunami Warning Center says there is a warning in effect for California, Oregon, Washington and southern Alaska.  Warnings were issued for Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific following the tsunami after a massive earthquake struck in Japan.

Sky broadcast mobile phone images from their reporter in Hawaii showing traffic building up in Waikiki, a popular tourist resort as sirens could be heard and a loud speaker announcement warned visitors to leave the area.

Tsunami warnings are issued due to the imminent threat of a tsunami.

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