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Karzai shocked over Japan tsunami

Karzai shocked over Japan tsunami

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Mar 11, 2011 - 15:39

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Friday expressed his shock over the widespread damage and deaths resulting from a powerful quake-induced tsunami in northern Japan.

At least 60 people were killed when the largest earthquake in Japan's history triggered a tsunami that hit the eastern coast, washing away boats, cars, homes and people.

Karzai extended his condolences to the government and people of Japan, Afghanistaninfo-icon's longtime friend, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.

Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency confirmed 60 deaths, with a utility firm reporting a fire in a turbine building of a nuclear power plant.

Nineteen aftershocks followed the magnitude 8.9 quake. "The earthquake has caused major damage in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference.

The meteorological department issued evacuation alerts for the entire Japanese coast, warning of a tsunami of up to six metres (20 feet). A tsunami warning was also issued for Japan, Russia and the Mariana Islands.

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