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An 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit the north-west of Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent ships and cars crashing into coastal towns. It has prompted tsunami warnings around the Pacific.
Forty people have been confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply. Another 39 have been reported missing. The government has issued a warning that another strong earthquake could hit Japan.
Japan said it was operating on an atomic power emergency footing but said no radiation leaks were detected among its reactors. The four nuclear power plants closest to the quake have been safely shut down, the United Nations atomic watchdog said Friday.
Watch the chilling video of the tsunami after the jump.