An 8.9 magnitude earthquake centered off the coast of Sendai, Japan (about 280 mi/370 km from Tokyo) hit on Friday, March 11 at approximately 2:45 pm local time, resulting in a large tsunami hitting the coast near the epicenter.

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All Life Technologies employees and employees traveling to and from Japan are safe and accounted for. Life Technologies operations have been suspended in Japan through Saturday.

Please check back here for updated information on Life Technologies and the situation in Japan as it develops.