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8.8 Earthquake Near Japanese Coast

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the surf's-up-and-up-and-up dept.

Earth 431

radioweather writes "USGS is reporting a 8.8 (was estimated first at 7.9) magnitude earthquake off of the east coast of Honshu, Japan. Details from USGS. Tsunami warning issued. Japan's Meteorological agency is saying 20-foot or higher waves are possible from a Tsunami near Miyagi prefecture."

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Look on the bright side (5, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450740)

Look on the bright side - if the tsunami washes over Australia at least it'll put the bushfires out.

Re:Look on the bright side (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450828)

I'm okay. I have a double story house. Maybe should keep my boat on the roof.

Re:Look on the bright side (1)

gringer (252588) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451084)

I'm okay. I have a double story house

Last time I checked, a 20-foot wave would roll over the top of most two storey houses.

Re:Look on the bright side (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451110)

I'm okay. I have a double story house

Last time I checked, a 20-foot wave would roll over the top of most two storey houses.

Hence the boat. But I am in Melbourne anyway. The wave would have to do a 270 degree turn around the eastern Victorian coast, traverse the heads of Port Philip bay, charge up the Yarra to Dights Falls, then surge up the Merri creek to East Brunswick, by which time I expect it to be about one micron high.

Bit of a problem for Taiwan and the Philippines though,

Re:Look on the bright side (2)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450892)

Look on the bright side. After all the destruction they can rebuild it as Mega Tokyo!

Re:Look on the bright side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450950)

They're already out.

Re:Look on the bright side (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451132)

Look on the bright side - if the tsunami washes over Australia at least it'll put the bushfires out.

It was closer to the part of Australia that had the massive floods. The fires were on the far side of the country.

Re:Look on the bright side (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451186)

Look on the bright side - if the tsunami washes over Australia at least it'll put the bushfires out.

It was closer to the part of Australia that had the massive floods. The fires were on the far side of the country.

Just what Queensland needs.

You know I wondered why there was so much salt in Lake Eyre...

USGS continues to upgrade (5, Informative)

Kalidor (94097) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450742)

Quake was upgraded to 8.9 some time ago. Also aftershocks continue.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/region/Asia_eqs.php [usgs.gov]

Re:USGS continues to upgrade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450830)

It was a long one, though Tokyo only got hit with between 5-6.

Minor damage, no trains running, etc.

Re:USGS continues to upgrade (2)

AnonymousDot (517935) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451064)

Where do I download Quake 8.9? I'm still at version 4...

This is worst than in the movies (5, Informative)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450748)

Wave moves slowly and silently inland, and carries parts of houses in full flames (!!!). This is insane.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/03/11/sot.tsunami.hit.japan.cnn?hpt=T1 [cnn.com]

Mother Nature shows it's power. For better or worse.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450792)

How awful

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450814)

Utterly insane footage. I just woke my wife up to show it to her. We had just spent the evening booking a trip to Japan to visit friends in Tokyo.

Fortunately, they're okay.

But, damn. That tidal wave footage left me speechless.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (-1, Flamebait)

wickedskaman (1105337) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450840)

It's a tsunami, not a tidal wave.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450886)

oh fuck off you pedantic prick

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451080)

oh fuck off you pedantic prick

Using my +2 to second this.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450920)

>>It's a tsunami, not a tidal wave.

Same thing, dude.

Though the wikipedia entry does recommend disparaging the term 'tidal wave' if you're a pedantic prick.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

wickedskaman (1105337) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451068)

Re:This is worst than in the movies (5, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450856)

But, damn. That tidal wave footage left me speechless.

Yeah, I was watching what looked like some water washing across a field carrying some garbage and debris in it, then they zoom in and you see the "garbage" is composed of large buildings, and the "little bits of debris" is a bunch of cars and buses. At which point, the whole sense of scale snaps in and you realize that that water that at first looked to be slowly flowing inland is in fact going far, far faster than you could possibly run if it was coming towards you...

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450918)

We probably need to stop calling it "wave", it might be painting a wrong collective picture for what is more a sudden flood from the sea / lake.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450964)

Quite right, like a flash flood, except on a huge scale. And it picks up so much stuff that it ends up looking like a giant mudslide, although it's clearly moving way, way too fast and fluidly to *be* mud, despite what it looks like.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (0)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451054)

more a sudden flood from the sea.

One could say, a flood of biblical proportions.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (2)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451214)

A tsunami like this is technically a wave, but because of its extremely long wavelength, it neither looks nor acts like a normal oceanic wave. A "normal" wave, even a 15 meter monster (higher than this tsunami, but pretty routine in some parts of the world) will basically splash against the shore but not make it more than a few tens of meters inland at most.

A tsunami might not be as high as one of these waves, but it contains a far larger mass of water, with far greater momentum. The effects of a significant tsunami making landfall, pretty well demonstrated in the footage of today's, tend to resemble a very fast, very high and very powerful tide.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451146)

And when you see some poor suckers trying to escape that wave with cars - and they fail...

I'm trying to say myself that there is nothing I can or could do. But I wish I could...

Re:This is worst than in the movies (3, Interesting)

Blymie (231220) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451056)

I can't believe no one has commented on the guy in the car, turning around on the road, and trying to get away! Hope he made it. :(

Re:This is worst than in the movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451114)

Could be a journalist going intentionally close to the flood.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451120)

Didn't noticed the white car (00.41) turning around earlier. I would think the water would had reached the road soon after unless it turns away. I wonder what would had been the best move in that situation, too far from climbing up on houses and what not and who knows if that would had worked anyway?

I was considering making a joke about how I hoped it was a Toyota Hilux after watching everything they can survive on top gear. But well, I better don't.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451164)

I wonder what would had been the best move in that situation

I think the best move in a flash flood would be to stay in the car for as long as possible but retain the ability to get out when it starts to sink. Judging by the Mythbusters episode this may not be an easy thing to do. The automatic center punch seems to be the best way to break a car window for quick egress.

Toyota Hilux after watching everything they can survive on top gear

I think its the only time they used a toyota in their junk car challenges because they want cars which will break down in amusing ways.

Re:This is worst than in the movies (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451160)

What is more paradoxical that it is possible that he could survive only in his car, allowing water to carry it. If he steps outside, he dies for sure.

8.9 Now, Tsunamis Ahead (4, Informative)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450754)

Since Slashdot summaries are always a bit dated, it's been bumped up to an 8.9 by the USGS [usgs.gov] . The good news is that it was off-shore and 15.2mi down, the bad news is that it was off-shore and generated a large tsunami that is still wrecking havoc in Japan and may be heading elsewhere.

Best of luck to the Japanese; if anyone is prepared it's them, but I don't know how one prepares for something quite like this.

Meanwhile for the US there are active tsunami warnings in Hawaii, and NOAA has just issued a watch for the US West Coast [noaa.gov] .

Re:8.9 Now, Tsunamis Ahead (2)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450888)

To be fair, this is pretty fast by /. standards (though I expect a dupe next week).

Re:8.9 Now, Tsunamis Ahead (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450984)

In all fairness, the EAS alert I heard as I was reading your comment said it was 8.8, as well.

Re:8.9 Now, Tsunamis Ahead (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451048)

Japan's meteorological agency is currently saying 8.8 as well.

Pray (-1, Offtopic)

vchoy (134429) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450760)

May God have mercy for all.

Re:Pray (0)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450784)

I thought natural disasters were God's vengeance upon humans? If he had mercy, he wouldn't have smote them in the first place.

Or is this just another one of those strange religious things, like where the vengeful, hateful and all powerful being is going to condemn us all to to suffer in fire for ever and ever until the end of time - yet somehow still loves us?

Re:Pray (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450832)

There's a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. Nor, apparently, when facing a massive wall of water rushing towards you.

Re:Pray (1, Offtopic)

tm2b (42473) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450860)

Atheists in Foxholes [militaryatheists.org] are tired of this religiously motivated slur.

Re:Pray (2, Funny)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450958)

Or is this just another one of those strange religious things, like where the vengeful, hateful and all powerful being is going to condemn us all to to suffer in fire for ever and ever until the end of time - yet somehow still loves us?

No, he's a good guy if you give him a chance; he just sometimes can't help hitting me when I deserve it...

( http://groups.google.com/group/net.religion/msg/30925fd2c9a20cbd? [google.com]
http://groups.google.com/group/net.origins/browse_thread/thread/2511f7a6ccacd6a9/7179db188c826528?lnk=st&q=%22Damager+God%22&rnum=5&pli=1 [google.com]
also, apart from classic dystheism and gnosticism (too bad the Demiurge preffered to brand gnostics as heretics and to supress them... ;p ): maltheism [wikipedia.org] )

Bible Belt (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451058)

It's strange how God always sends tornadoes to the Bible Belt.

Re:Bible Belt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451224)

Well, duh! Testing them of course. People elsewhere are already lost and don't need to be tested.

Re:Pray (0)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451066)

I think the parent meant: "May God have mercy on all the human scums dirtying the perfect waters of his holy tsunami with their blood and mangled corpses"

Re:Pray (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450786)

The end times are near!

Re:Pray (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450794)

Sorry, but really... Pray? How about actively supporting in a manner other than preaching to a non-existing man in the cloud.

Re:Pray (5, Funny)

frup (998325) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450804)

That would require effort.

Re:Pray (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450930)

And probably wouldn't even feel nearly so good in the end.

Re:Pray (0)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451016)

Sorry, but really... Pray? How about actively supporting in a manner other than preaching to a non-existing man in the cloud.

It wouldn't do any good anyway as the Japanese have no souls.

Re:Pray (1, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451002)

Pray to the god who arbitrarily decided to cause this catastrophe? That makes a load of sense.

Re:Pray (1)

LordNacho (1909280) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451044)

Not to mention, it seems wrong to submit to authority when s/he does something like this...

Courtesy of the Sun (0)

Chilluhm (953659) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450764)

I was waiting for something to happen after hearing about the massive solar flare yesterday, but nothing this big.

Re:Courtesy of the Sun (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450844)

I was waiting for something to happen after hearing about the massive solar flare yesterday, but nothing this big.

And how is that supposed to work?

Re:Courtesy of the Sun (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450878)

Like an egg in a microwave : )?

Re:Courtesy of the Sun (2, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450968)

Meaning what? Neutrinos come from the core of the sun at a constant rate. They have nothing to do with solar flares, and the Earth is mostly transparent to them anyway. If they did dump energy into the rock on a small enough scale to cause something like this, then we would feel it too, in our bodies. We don't. Most of the radiation in the flare is stopped by the magnetosphere, the atmosphere and our bodies, where it damages DNA. I would be surprised if it penetrates 10 cm into rock, let alone 25 km.

Re:Courtesy of the Sun (1)

aiht (1017790) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450956)

I was waiting for something to happen after hearing about the massive solar flare yesterday, but nothing this big.

And how is that supposed to work?

Didn't you see that documentary about next year? It's the neutrinos!

Re:Courtesy of the Sun (1)

Chilluhm (953659) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451178)

I was waiting for something to happen after hearing about the massive solar flare yesterday, but nothing this big.

And how is that supposed to work?

Well, I thought this was a more accepted concept than it is, but I guess not.
For your reading pleasure:
Change in magnetic field: an early warning system to understand seismotectonics [www.aip.de]
Universality in solar flare and earthquake occurrence [arxiv.org]
Earthquakes, Solar Flares, and Solar Wind Anaylsis [scienceforums.net]
Whether solar flares can trigger earthquakes [harvard.edu]

Hopefully, that'll shed a bit more light on this growing theory for you. I don't think anyone is saying that every earthquake is caused by CME's, but when you have massive ejections like yesterdays [nasa.gov] they can certainly contribute to instability in the Earth's magnetic field, which leads to tectonic shifting.
Cheers!

Casualties... (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450790)

There will probably be lots of deads and ruined in this. But it really hit the most prepared country of all. I can't imagine how it would have been if it did hit the US shores first.

Re:Casualties... (3, Informative)

siddesu (698447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451118)

22 deaths reported so far, but it is still very early to tell. Still, since it happened during daytime, and in a region that is a bit less sparsely populated (http://www.chizuyainoue.jp/j_population/pop_density/1.pdf) than average, the fatalities will probably not be as high as the Awaji/Kobe earthquake of 1995 (when over 6000 people died, most of them in fires).

But it was a rather scary affair - I was in Tokyo, in the street, and having trouble keeping my balance. Can't imagine what it felt like in a high rise, or closer to the epicenter.

Re:Casualties... (1)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451180)

the fatalities will probably not be as high as the Awaji/Kobe earthquake of 1995 (

the Kobe earthquake didn't generate a tsunami. Christ, I think I saw 22 people get killed in just the videos they're showing on CNN. Nothing graphic, just cars frantically trying to turn around as the tsunami wave bears down on them. I'd be surprised if the final death toll wasn't in the thousands+.

Re:Casualties... (1)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451188)

It's not exactly a coincidence or a lack of give-a-damn on our part. You don't plan for things that don't happen. If the continental U.S. lay on a major subduction zone, we'd be better prepared for this. Maybe not as prepared as the Japanese...

Or pay attention to the news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450796)

Actually they've been hit by 3 + aftershocks. First one was a 7.9, second one is now recorded as an 8.9, third was a 7.1

Re:Or pay attention to the news (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451126)

There were a number of aftershocks felt in Tokyo, not as bad as the first one, but still strong. I stopped counting at the 5th, and the last one was just minutes ago. After the Awaji earthquake in Kobe 15 years ago there were rather strong aftershocks for 6 or 7 months after the earthquake.

Local News (5, Informative)

ZirconCode (1477363) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450826)

Sitting in Japan, translating from the news here~

largest earthquake since 300 years
nuclear power plants affected but nothing leaked
some factory at the coast started burning, they're showing it over and over again
8 people so far found dead
tsunami along almost the entire coast, 3meter to 10meters

It's very bad,

They're also warning of another earthquake which is predicted to happen shortly

Re:Local News (5, Informative)

ZirconCode (1477363) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450850)

Financial markets went down, Prime Minister already reacted and sent out military and more If you're in Japan: remain calm, move away from coast, keep (clean) water in bathtub & food, DON'T CALL TOKYO

Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (3, Informative)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450836)

Japan already got smashed. Further warnings for:

RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / WAKE IS. /
  TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /
  POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
  NAURU / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / KIRIBATI / HOWLAND-BAKER /
  HAWAII / TUVALU / PALMYRA IS. / VANUATU / TOKELAU / JARVIS IS. /
  WALLIS-FUTUNA / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / COOK ISLANDS / NIUE /
  AUSTRALIA / FIJI / NEW CALEDONIA / TONGA / MEXICO /
  KERMADEC IS / FR. POLYNESIA / NEW ZEALAND / PITCAIRN /
  GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / ANTARCTICA /
  PANAMA / HONDURAS / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / PERU

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (1)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450864)

So far no warnings in effect for California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Keep watching though and err on the side of caution!

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (5, Informative)

sunspot42 (455706) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450938)

There's a warning out now for the West Cost of the US. Wave expected to hit between 7-7:30 AM PST. Only expected to be 3-4 feet high at this time. Avoid the beach.

http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/ [noaa.gov]

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (2)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450998)

correction, northern and mid cali are under warnings. I live on the 3rd floor of my apartment building, work on the 4th floor and park on the roof of my office, i think i'm covered, though i may have to swim home

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451098)

I was about to ask where you keep your car.

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (1)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450882)

Tsunami warnings, that is.

Re:Warnings for entire Pacific area in effect! (3, Informative)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451038)

Estimated travel times of tsunami through Pacific (mirrored/relinked from the media, since NOAA and especially the West Coast Center sites are being hammered right now):

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/bild-750254-190518.html [spiegel.de]

The big one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450842)

Earthquakes everywhere around the pacific. I'd be worried if I lived in california. It's been a long time since it had a big one.

Re:The big one (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450952)

Artist's impression [blogspot.com] of predicted Pacific rim seismic activity.

imgur album of some news screencaps (1)

nonsensical (1237544) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450848)

Mostly tsunami damage http://imgur.com/a/b29Uu [imgur.com]

Re:imgur album of some news screencaps (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450904)

Wave after wave, each mightier than the last

'Til last, a ninth wave, gathering half the deep

And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged

Roaring and all the wave was in a flame

Tennyson, "The Holy Grail"

(though I admit I copied the quite from "The Hounds of Love, by Kate Bush".)

Scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450872)

8.8 on which scale? I recall we abandoned the good old scale for something a lot more vague. Not mentioning which scale is used is what? To add to the confusion?

Nervous... (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450890)

Sitting here in a house near Seattle, near the water... Part of the NOAA site says there is no alert, part of the website says there *is* an alert - but the page with details is down. Waiting and watching...

Re:Nervous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451026)

So if you are actually concerned wouldn't it make sense to leave for higher inland now? 1) beat the crowds and 2) not be part of the crowds if people do panic? Realistically though you're looking at a few feet, so unless you're right on the beach, no problem.

Why would someone stay where they are if they are "nervous..." about a catastrophe striking that they can easily avoid by driving inland for a few hours?

Re:Nervous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451082)

Based on a quick google, It's about 4800 miles from Japan to Seattle. A tsunami travels at "hundreds of miles per hour through deep water". Therefore, I'd say you have 12-48 hours before it reaches Seattle. If there is a tsunami, you want to be at least 50 feet above mean sea level when it hits or several miles inland. I have no idea if a Tsunami can travel 4800 miles through open water.

Of course, a real expert probably has better information, and if your life is at stake, you want a real expert's information.

Insane! (4, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450898)

I am just outside Tokyo and the shaking here was insane. The building shook for about 2 minutes, then it died down, but very shortly later the after-quakes hit. Over three hours after the initial quake and the building is still shaking. Trains are shut down, so people can't get home.

Re:Insane! (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451074)

Be safe and stay well, man.

Not log10, 10^(11.8 + 1.5M) (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450922)

Hi,

It's a common misconception that the power of a mag 9 earthquake is 10x more than an 8, or 1,000x that of a 6. It's not. It's more like 31,000x stronger than a 6. If you've ever had the misfortune to experience a 6, you can appreciate that the energy released by these big ones are rather hard to contemplate.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/measure.php [usgs.gov]
        1 J = 1e7 erg
        1 PJ = 1e15 J
      Energy_petajoules = ( 10^(11.8 + 1.5*Ms) ) * 1e-07 * 1e-15

here's a picture of what this looks like [osuosl.org] , although ring size scaling has been reduced from the above formula to fit on the screen.

Re:Not log10, 10^(11.8 + 1.5M) (1)

hamster_nz (656572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451102)

Having just had the misfortune of recently experiencing a 7.1 @ 15km and then a 6.2 @ 7km can only say that it was the 7.1 that really made me crap myself. It feels like an endless amount of energy has unleashed under your feet. I just can't imagine what an 8.5+ would be like.

But the devastation of a tsunami makes our problems minuscule...

Re:Not log10, 10^(11.8 + 1.5M) (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451136)

Double blow for Japan. They lost those students in Chch.

Tsunami monitoring bouys (5, Informative)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35450934)

You can see live data from the Tsunami warning bouys here [noaa.gov] .

Japan's Largest Quake (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35450946)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_Japan

March 11, 2011 8.9 MW 2011 Sendai earthquake
November 15, 2006 7.9 ML 2006 Kuril Islands earthquake
June 12, 1978 7.7 Ms 1978 Miyagi earthquake
December 20, 1946 8.1 Mw 1946 Nankaid earthquak
September 1, 1923 8.3 ML 1923 Great Kant earthquake

Japan has had a large history of earth quakes, but this appears to be the largest ever recorded according to Wikipedia.
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_tsunamis_hit_japan_on_average_a_year#ixzz1GHSCzERb

This is the 5th largest earth quake in the last hundred years.

Chile 1960 05 22 9.5
Prince William Sound, Alaska 1964 03 28 9.2
Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra 2004 12 26 9.1
Kamchatka 1952 11 04 9.0
Offshore Maule, Chile 2010 02 27 8.8
Off the Coast of Ecuador 1906 01 31 8.8
Rat Islands, Alaska 1965 02 04 8.7
Northern Sumatra, Indonesia 2005 03 28 8.6
Assam - Tibet 1950 08 15 8.6
Andreanof Islands, Alaska 1957 03 09 8.6

Wisconsin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451030)

The hippies and union thugs occupying the WI state house are going to look rather selfish if they're still yelling when the body count rolls in. Actual suffering will overwhelm the simple greed that has dominated the news cycle for two weeks. Protest over.

Re:Wisconsin (0)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451090)

Oh, you've decided it's "use the tsunami to score political points" time, now, is it? Okay, game on. How about the House appropriations committee's current plans to cut 10% from the NOAA budget, 5% from USGS, and (I think) 100% of Corps of Engineers funding for flood control and coastal emergencies?

"Supermoon" on Mar 19 (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451076)

supermoon=syzygy at extreme perigee

Coincidence?

Re:"Supermoon" on Mar 19 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451130)

Coincidence? Most likely yes.

Now where did I park my car? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451086)

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/qy1/

It has to be done (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35451170)

http://xkcd.com/723/

Already seen one chick on TV credit facebook as a way people are communicating, so very sad.

Just in-- (0)

hattable (981637) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451174)

The Asian fob on the Telly reported it from japanistan - theorizing that Godzilla woke up again.

omg (1)

autospa (2003166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451210)

omg 9.6 may blow all Japan

FWIW, Taiwan seems to be okay... (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451216)

I've been waiting for news of the impact of the waves when they reach Taiwan. Looks like they've come but had no major impact. Yay for that, hopefully the same will be true of the Philippines. I have friends in Manila -- hoping that nothing major in Taiwan means the Philippines will be okay.

A race against time (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 3 years ago | (#35451250)

The city closest to the epic center probably only had 30 minutes between feeling the quake and the tsunami making land fall. It's very eerie to watch cars speeding away from the on coming waves, some only making it a short distance before they were swallowed up . I feel so powerless to see the destruction, as it is happening, and not being able to do anything about it.
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