March 11, 2011 12:09 PM

Californians scramble to reach friends, family after Japan earthquake

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude 8.9 occurred at 9:46 p.m. Pacific Standard time Thursday near the east coast of of Honshu, Japan. The estimated time of wave arrival of tsunami, a series of waves with dangerous potential that could be spawned by the very large earthquake in Japan, are varied for sites along the west coast of California but the big waves have already wreaked havoc near the temblor's origination.

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