Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Beaches were closed throughout the Bay Area and Northern California this morning because of a tsunami warning, the Chron reports. Waves generated by a huge earthquake in Japan are expected to hit the West Coast between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Coastal, low-lying areas are the most at risk. Officials are particularly concerned about the northern section of Monterey Bay near the Santa Cruz Harbor.
2. At least forty people died in Japan as a result of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and 23-foot-tall tsunami waves that struck the country’s coast, AP reports. The tsunami then began to race across the Pacific Ocean at 500 miles per hour, roughly the speed of a jet airliner. Waves of three to five feet struck Hawaii, flooding coastal areas.