Japanese Premier Naoto Kan said the Friday earthquake has caused “major damage” in northeastern Japan, reports RT.
However, he noted that nuclear facilities were not damaged and there was no radiation leakage.
The powerful 8.9-magnitude quake struck off Japan’s coast, triggering a four-meter tsunami wave that hit the country’s coast. Japanese troops are being sent to the quake-hit area to join rescue efforts.
The local NHL broadcaster showed massive flooding with vehicles, boats, buildings and other debris being swept away by tsunami in northeastern part of Honshu Island. The quake is the strongest in decades.