NHK showed footage of black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, Tokyo suburb, and fast trains to the north of the country stopped. Television pictures showed cars bobbing in the water beside the boat.
tsunami hit the coast of northern Japan. “The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom took their helmets and some got under the table,” said Reuters correspondent, Linda Sieg. “Maybe this is the worst earthquake I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago.”