A major tsunami warning is in place with some places getting more than 4 meter wave. There are places with a 10 meter warning.
There are reports of buildings on fire and many people injured.
All trains in the most effective area have been stopped.
Sendai airport is severely hit by tsunami.
Japan's meteorological agency warned that a tsunami as high as 6 metres could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicentre. Smaller tsunamis of up to 50cm reached some coastal communities, the agency said.
Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.
In various locations along Japan's coast, TV footage showed severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
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People have been advised to evacuate to higher ground.
This is developing into a major disaster.
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