Afternoon update: Hundreds killed in tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

Tsunami after the quake
Tsunami after the quake
Plane crash in Carbondale
Plane crash in Carbondale

Good Afternoon! Here are some of the stories we are working on for Heartland News and

We will have the latest on the massive 8.9 earthquake that happened today in Japan along with the devastating tsunamis. We will also have video of the actual quake and the disastrous  aftermath tonight on Heartland News.

Kathy Sweeney has been in Sikeston today talking to emergency officials about their radio command center and what would happen if the Heartland would experience a massive earthquake.  And, Julia Bruck is in Marion and talks to city officials about how their "sister city" in Japan is doing right now.

Locally, there are several international university students that are concerned about family overseas. Our team coverage has Crystal Britt at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau talking with some of the students.  Carly O'Keefe was at Southern Illinois University today talking with a student who was on the phone with their girlfriend during the quake in Japan.

The local Red Cross has also released resources for those with family and friends in Japan.

Engine failure was the cause of a plane crash in Carbondale this afternoon. We will have more on the crash tonight on Heartland News.

Bob Reeves says we are going to have a nice start to the weekend weather, but we may have a few showers on Sunday in the southern counties of the Heartland.

Before you fill up your gas tank for that weekend trip, be sure and check out the cheapest Heartland gas prices!

Todd Richards will have a preview of the Sikeston state title game in Columbia tomorrow along with all of your NCAA basketball scores and highlights.

Have a great evening!  Thank you for watching Heartland News and visiting

James Long
Web Producer