Factbox: Japan quake ripples through commodity, energy sectors

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:48 AM
Factbox: Japan quake ripples through commodity, energy sectors

(Reuters) - Here is a chronology of key events on Friday after an earthquake of magnitude 8.9 hit Tokyo, the Japanese capital, and convulsed surrounding regions:

Strong aftershock hits northern Japan, says broadcaster NHK.

Northeast Japan's Sendai airport flooded, television says.

Japan extends warning for big tsunami to more areas on Pacific coast, news agency Kyodo says.

Tsunami of 10 meters hits port in Sendai, northern Japan, Kyodo says.

Major fire breaks out at Cosmo Oil's Chiba refinery near Tokyo, television reports.

Power outage hits 4 million homes in Tokyo, surrounding area, Kyodo says.

Tokyo gold futures pare losses after quake rocks Japan, TOCOM rubber largely unmoved.

Tokyo Commodity Exchange says trading normally after quake.

Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains to northern parts of the country halted, Kyodo says.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo, witnesses say.

Asian jet fuel bids seen at lower level as closure of Japanese airports may dampen demand, traders said.

Asian fuel oil April/May and May/June timespreads traded up about $1 from the previous session, brokers said.

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