We interrupt these stories of what we hope will be a metaphorical tsunami caused by the goings on in Wisconsin, for the tragedy of a real one beginning off the east coast of Japan…and what an awful thing it is

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Tokyo (CNN) — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday, triggering tsunamis and sending a massive body of water filled with debris that included boats and houses inching toward highways.

An earthquake of that magnitude, particularly a shallow one like this one was, is bad news indeed. A Tsunami has hit Honshu with devastating effect (and the video flooding in is horrifying, it is on all the news networks right now) and is radiating out into the Pacific, including Hawaii.