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Japan says death toll at least 40 in massive quake

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese police say 40 people have died and 39 are missing in the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern part of the country.

The quake unleashed a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

Fires triggered by Friday's quake are burning out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.

The government has confirmed at least five deaths and there were reports of several injuries, including in Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 8.8. It struck at 2:46 p.m. and was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, including several at least 6.3, the size of the quake that struck New Zealand recently.

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