While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES JAPAN, TSUNAMI WREAKS HAVOC, DEATH TOLL CLIMBS The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years — 8.9-magnitude, striking at 2:46 p.m. local time — unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats like toys. Local media reported at least 32 deaths, with more casualties feared. The U.S. National Weather Service to issue a tsunami warning for at least 20 countries. (CNN)

RUSSIA EVACUATES 11,000 AS TSUNAMI SOWS FEAR ACROSS PACIFIC Russian authorities clear residents from coastal areas on Pacific islands. First reports of evacuation also in Hawaii. The quake’s epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) away from Tokyo. (AP)

OIL PLUNGES, MARKETS JITTERY IN QUAKE AFTERMATH Oil fell again, heading for the first weekly decline in a month, after massive earthquake forces Japanese refiners to shut processing plants. (Bloomberg)

EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI UPDATES VIA SOCIAL MEDIA As fixed TV images stream in across computer screens, individuals are beginning to post their many angles on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Check the updated, filtered feed. (Storyful)

GADDAFI TROOPS STRIKE BACK IN OIL PORT CITY, SON VOWS NEVER TO SURRENDER Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi try to retake Ras Lanuf on Friday. Government forces, with total air superiority and a big advantage in tanks, appear to have regained the momentum in the three-week old conflict. (Reuters)

Up Close With Mustafa Abud Al-Jeleil, Leader Of Libyan Rebels


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