News Orgs Mobilize to Cover Japan Earthquake

2:01 PM PST 03/11/2011 by Marisa Guthrie
CBS' Harry Smith

CBS’ Harry Smith, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and NBC’s Lester Holt are among the news anchors traveling to the region to report on the devastating 8.9 earthquake.

News organizations have mobilized to cover the devastating earthquake that hit Japan Friday morning.

CBS News anchor Harry Smith was en route to Japan Friday afternoon. The network already has nearly 20 staffers in the region including correspondents Lucy Craft, Celia Hatton, Bill Whitaker and Charlie D'Agata.
 
At ABC News, Christiane Amanpour, David Muir and Clarissa Ward were also on their way to Japan. Amanpour is scheduled to anchor Sunday’s This Week from the region while Muir will anchor World News weekend editions from Japan.
 
NBC News has sent Ann Curry, Lester Holt, Lee Cowan and Ian Williams to Japan while CNBC and NBC News Tokyo bureau chiefs Kaori Enjoli and Arata Yamamoto have been reporting from the region. 
 
CNN has a team of correspondents already in place bureaus in Asia and anchor Soledad O’Brien and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta are also on their way to Japan.
 
The 8.9 earthquake – one of the most devastating on record – has triggered massive tsunamis that have wiped out entire communities. Water filled with debris including houses, cars and boats has rolled over coastal communities as aftershocks continued to rock the country. A second quake that measured 6.6 on the Richter scale shook buildings near Nagano and caused skyscrapers in downtown Tokyo to sway. The death toll is expected to climb into the thousands.
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