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11Mar/110

Latest Japan Tsunami and earthquake images – updated

Here are a few of the latest images and pictures  showing the devastation caused by the Earthquake and Tsunami which recently hit Japan.

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11Mar/110

Japan Tsunami and Earthquake in pictures

Check out some of the latest images and pictures from the Tsunami after a  massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan.

The tremor hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

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11Mar/110

Tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Officials said the wave could be 10m (33ft), and numerous casualties are feared.

The quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles, shaking the capital.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.

Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific coast of Russia.

Tsunami waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said.

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships.

The earthquake also triggered a number of fires.

There were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed onto a graduation ceremony.

There were also reports of injuries in Tokyo after.

More updates to follow

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14Jan/102

UK Disasters Emergency Committee launches Haiti appeal

The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an appeal for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

hatiThe umbrella organisation, which co-ordinates responses to major disasters overseas, has already received money from the Queen.

More than £6m has also been donated by the UK government. A television appeal is expected to be broadcast on Friday.

The 7.0-magnitude quake hit the Caribbean island on Tuesday and tens of thousands are feared dead.

The DEC has already started to take donations and broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Al-Jazeera have agreed to broadcast the appeal.

"The aid effort isn't on the scale that's required and we need people's help to scale it up urgently," he said.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the whole world to respond to the "catastrophic" quake.

"The last 24 hours have been truly horrific for the people of Haiti. It is a tragedy beyond imagination," he said.

"I do urge people to support where they can the Disaster Emergency Committee Haiti appeal."

The funds raised by the DEC's Haiti Earthquake Appeal will support the efforts of its 13 member agencies which include British Red Cross, Cafod, Care International UK, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, Oxfam and Save the Children.

Donate via the DEC website or by telephoning 0370 60 60 900.

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