Sendai Airport in Miyagi Prefecture has been largely destroyed after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that swept inland along Japan's Pacific coast.

Images from Japanese TV network NHK show the airport ramp and surrounding runways completely flooded with no sign of aircraft anywhere near the terminal building, which appears to be intact.

The US Geological Survey reports that the earthquake hit at 14:46 local (05:46 GMT) with its epicentre off the coast of the island of Honshu.

Both Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports were closed for a period, although media reports suggest that Haneda has now reopened.


A spokeswoman for Tokyo Narita says the airport has no reported damage, but has been closed since 14:58 local.

Although it is ready to re-open, she says, there is no definite time stated.

Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya says "there is no impact on our airport facilities" as a result of the earthquake, according to an English translation of its website.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news