Karzai shocked over Japan tsunami
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, Afghanistan'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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