SNAPSHOT-Developments after major Japan earthquake
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TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) - Following are main developments in the earthquake measuring 8.9 that struck northeast Japan on Friday.
* Fire engulfs a large waterfront area near Sendai city, TV footage shows.
* One train is derailed and another missing in Miyagi prefecture, Kyodo says.
- Up to 300 bodies found in Sendai city, domestic news agency Jiji says.
- Some 3,000 residents living near a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, have been told to evacuate the area, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano tells reporters.
- Government says no radiation leaking; evacuation is precaution after reactor cooling malfunction.
- Bank of Japan to hold policy meeting on Monday, will announce decision same day, cutting short scheduled Monday-Tuesday meeting.
- First signs of tsunami begin to appear on shores of Hawaii. Local television shows waves steadily rising over southern beaches on Oahu island
A ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo news agency reports.
- A train is unaccounted for in one coastal area, Kyodo says.
- "The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan tells reporters.
- Quake triggers tsunami up to 10 metres (30 feet), waves sweep across farmland, sweeping away homes, crops, vehicles, triggering fires. Tsunami of 7 metres later hits northern Japan.
- Strong aftershocks hit northern Japan.
- Tsunami warnings issued for the entire Pacific basin except the mainland United States and Canada.
- Countries covered by the warnings include Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
- Alerts lifted for Australia, New Zealand and Guam.
- Taiwan has evacuated some residents from the east coast, but lifted the tsunami warning that had been in place
Indonesia has lifted its tsunami warning, its meteorological agency says.
- Hawaii orders evacuations of all coastal areas.
* California emergency agency spokesman says 'very possible' there could be tsunami evacuations.
- Ruling and opposition party chiefs agree the government needs to compile an extra budget after the quake.
- Power cut to four million homes in and around Tokyo. Several fires blaze in Tokyo.
- Many sections of Tohoku expressway serving northern Japan damaged. Major fire at Chiba refinery near Tokyo.
- Bullet trains to the north of the country stopped. The government was to dispatch 900 rescue workers to stricken regions.
- Tokyo's Narita international airport resumes some outbound flights after earlier closing, halting flights and evacuating passengers.
- Tokyo underground, suburban trains halted. Sendai airport in the north flooded
Toyota says stopped output at parts factory and two assembly plants in the northeast.
- Mitsubishi Chemical says halts operations of two naphtha crackers at Kashima after a power outage.
- Electronics firm Sony closes six factories, Kyodo new agency reports.
- Asian shares fall after the quake hits; European shares fall to their lowest in three months, with reinsurers Swiss Re , Munich Re and Hannover Re all down more than 4 percent.
(Tokyo bureau; World Desk Asia, Singapore +65 6870 3815)