A strong earthquake in Japan has unleashed a tsunami that is affecting countries in the Pacific Ocean and parts of the U.S., including Hawaii. For the latest on tsunami preparations in Hawaii, Renee Montagne talks with Bill Dorman of Hawaii Public Radio.
A giant tsunami driven by one of the largest earthquakes on record swamped northern Japan's eastern coast Friday, leaving massive destruction in its wake and sparking safety concerns at two nuclear power plants.
Even as floods and fires wreaked havoc, Japanese officials were racing to repair failed cooling systems at the neighboring nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, Japan's nuclear safety agency was set to order the release of what is being described as "slightly" radioactive vapor.
The major news of the morning, as we've reported, is the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan today and the tsunami warning that stretches east to Hawaii and the Pacific coast of the continental U.S. We'll be following that story as the day continues.