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Rugby coach tells of dizziness as Japan aftershocks continue

Huge Pacific tsunami was 'pretty scary'

The rugby park at Kashiwa, north of Tokyo, where Expo Mejia is being told to stay. Photo: Expo Mejia

Alex Perrottet, Pacific Media Centre

11 March, 2011

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BREAKING NEWS: The Philippines national rugby coach is on a rugby field near Tokyo and says aftershocks are continual and strong after a massive earthquake rocked Japan today.

Expo Mejia, who is on a rugby development trip to Japan, told the Pacific Media Centre it had been hard to get news of the impact of the huge quake and tsunami with widespread power failures.

Clip of tsunami scenes near Sendai from Japanese TV.

"That was pretty scary," he said.

"It's difficult to get any info as we've been told to stay out on the field."

Mejia is in Kashiwa, about an hour's drive to the north-east of Tokyo, but only about 20km from Tokyo Bay.

"It's been two hours and we are still feeling tremors," he said.

"We're OK here but dizzy as we get movement every 10 minutes."

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10km about 150km off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Pacific warning updated
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has updated the list of countries to include all of the Pacific, as well as Australia, New Zealand and the east coast of Central and South America.

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10km about 150km off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

The updated list of countries and territories with warnings:

Japan, Russia, Marcus Island, Northern Marianas, Guam , Wake Island, Taiwan, Yap, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Island, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston Island, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Howland-Baker, Hawai’i, Tuvalu, Palmyra Island, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Jarvis Island, Wallis and Futuna, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Mexico, Kermadecis, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Pitcairn, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru.

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Alex Perrottet

PMW contributing editor 2011-2012

Alex Perrottet is a journalist who has completed a Masters degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies student at AUT University.

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Pacific Media Centre

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.


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