A massive earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale has hit Japan. At least 60 people are confirmed dead and hundreds are unaccounted for.
The quake struck just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, one as strong as 7.1.
The quake created a tsunami which sent a wall of water 10 meters high inland, and devastating coastal communities.
Telecommunications in Japan are crippled as millions attempt to use a system affected by the tremor.
Nuclear power plants have shut down and some residents have been evacuated from surrounding areas.
All of Tokyo's suburban train network has been brought to a standstill, stranding hundreds of thousands of workers in the city.
The airport is also closed with flights canceled and no inbound services.
The 8.8 magnitude is Japan's largest and one of the top 5 quakes recorded in the last 100 years.
What to Do
What is happening to me and who do I call
It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful.
Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance.
Keeping an item of comfort nearby, such as a family photo, favorite music, or religious material, can often offer comfort in such situations.
Call the emergency assistance hotlines should you need immediate attention (phone numbers under "Emergency Assistance" at www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/travel-insurance-questions.aspx for WorldNomad's policy holders).
When you get out of there or get back home
If you become unwell within 6 weeks of returning with fever, rash, respiratory illness or any other unusual symptoms seek medical attention and tell them that you were recently in a disaster-affected region.
For more information on travel safety in this region WorldNomads.com has Phil Sylvester, chief travel safety specialist, available for interviews. Contact email@example.com, 303 898 3376.
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