Published: Mar 11, 2011 1:16 PM EST
Updated: Mar 11, 2011 10:16 AM EST

   TOKYO (AP) - The largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history has slammed the eastern coast. The 8.9 magnitude jolt then spawned a powerful tsunami, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people.
Authorities say nearly 3 dozen people have been killed.

  There are also reports of widespread and out of control fires and at least 19
aftershocks following the quake.

  A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii.

 

 Japan's earthquake resulted in tsunami warnings as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S.
West Coast.

  Tsunami sirens have been sounding and coastal areas are being evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves are expected to hit about 6 a.m. Pacific time, or 9 a.m. Eastern today.

  A geophysicist for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the biggest waves to hit Hawaii could reach more than 6 feet.