3/15/11 update: upon further review, the earthquake has now been reclassified as a 9.0 magnitude
The strongest earthquake to ever impact Japan struck just before 1 AM our local time Friday morning. This early afternoon earthquake just off the coast of Japan measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and is the 5th storngest earthquake to ever be recorded in the history of records.
The earthquake triggered a massive Tsunami with reports of a wall of water 33 feet high completely destroying many communities in the path. Details continue to come in at this point, but additional Tsunami warnings are in effect for Hawaii and the entire Pacific coast of the United States.