Facebook and Twitter users react to devastating earthquake in Japan

Japan Eathquake Tsunami

The massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday has generated an upswell of news and concerns from Facebook and Twitter users around the world. Here in the Philippines, people shared links of reports and video streams about the quake, while others asked for prayers to help the people of the East Asian nation.

The 8.9 magnitude temblor, which struck at 2:46 p.m. local time off the coast of Sendai north of Tokyo, rattled homes and buildings and set off a devastating tsunami that swept away cars and boats. Video footage showed waves of muddy waters sweeping over farmland near the city of Sendai. Millions of homes are still without power and numerous injuries have been reported.

Death toll has reached 19. It was the biggest quake to hit Japan in 140 years.

A tsunami warning extended to at least 50 nations and territories. Officials here in the Philippines ordered an evacuation of coastal communities along the country’s eastern seaboard in expectation of a tidal wave following the earthquake.

UPDATE: The death toll has reached 40, according to AFP.

UPDATE 2: More than 200 bodies have been found so far, and the death toll is expected to climb given the scale of Friday’s disaster.

UPDATE 3: Some 300 bodies have been found in Sendai. The Tokyo Broadcasting System has put the number of missing at around 88,000.

Here are some videos of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: