Fire at an oil refinery in northern Japan
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Japan earthquake sparks major fires

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering fires in several areas including Tokyo, and numerous casualties are feared.

It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

  • 11 Mar 2011