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    Twin disasters overwhelm Japan

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    At a magnitude of 8.9, earthquake in Japan is being described as one of the worst in recorded history.

    It struck undersea off the east coast of Japan's northern Honshu island and sent devastating tsunami waves crashing ashore, killing hundreds.

    Night has fallen over Japan as the search and rescue effort begins but it promises to be a massive undertaking.

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports.