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An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's northeast coast, triggering a 10-meter tsunami.

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In less than three hours after the initial 8.9 earthquake, Japan was rocked by 13 aftershocks with a magnitude above magnitude 6.0. The largest was magnitude 7.1, which alone was larger than the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that hammered the San Francisco Bay area.

Thousands of miles away, and about three hours after the big shock in Japan, Hawaii was hit with a magnitude 4.5 quake.

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australia ok from tsunami

Apparently some good news for us downunder - our tsunami warning authorities have done their modelling and we are removed from a tsunami threat warning.

The initial tsunami warnings are for the whole of the pacific, but the Australian authorities have looked more closely and are taking Australia off the list
(via a news report on the Australian broadcasting Corporation)

some good news amongst the bad.

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AIR Worldwide is saying only 13-17% of residents have earthquake insurance.

So I'm wondering what this means for the remaining 80% of people where they lost their house or business. Do you think there will be government assistance or coverage of losses, or are they basically starting over in their life without these assets?

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