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9:00am

Fri March 11, 2011
U.S.

Hawaii Preps For Waves Unleashed By Japanese Quake

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.

8:58am

Fri March 11, 2011
Asia

Massive Quake, Tsunami Batter Japan

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:14 am

An aerial view of the devastated city of Kesennuma in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Saturday. A tsunami unleashed by a massive quake wreaked destruction across northeast Japan.
Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

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.

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8:35am

Fri March 11, 2011
The Two-Way

On Web: Time To 'prayforjapan'; Google Launches 'Person Finder'

As the story of today's massive, 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the tsunami warnings across the Pacific continues to unfold, social media are again playing their part in spreading the news.

-- On Twitter, the search terms #prayforjapan and #tsunami are "trending." And NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) is again monitoring what's being reported on Twitter.

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8:00am

Fri March 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Other News: Court Battles In Wis.; Crisis In Libya; Tears On Capitol Hill

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.

Other stories making headlines include:

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7:28am

Fri March 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Comedy Festival Sets Record For Rubber Chicken Toss

"Gilda's Laugh Fest" is a Michigan comedy festival in memory of the late comedian Gilda Radner. This year organizers decided to challenge the world record for a rubber chicken toss.

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