In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake has just shaken Hawaii’s Big Island. Residents in the low-lying areas of the islands have been ordered to evacuate to higher ground as the tsunami waves are expected to hit around 3am local time. Tourists staying at the world-famous Waikiki beach are also being evacuated.
An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale shook Japan at 2.46pm local time near Sendai. The earthquake which is the largest for 140 years, was centred 20 miles underground about 250 miles from Tokyo. While aftershocks have continued, the tsunami is of immediate concern reaching up to 10 metres in height. At least 29 people have been reported dead.