As you have already heard, a super massive earthquake hit earlier today about 60 miles off the coast of Japan. You can find news updates at the usual news sites, but here are some picture galleries from Japan. The pictures of the earthquake’s aftermath are stunning – extreme evidence that we are at the mercy of nature’s whims.
Pictures from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan today:
NationalPost.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
TheAtlantic.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
Boston.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
Cleveland.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
HuffingtonPost.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
DailyMail.co.uk: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
Telegraph.co.uk: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
BBC.co.uk: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link & link)
TheGlobeAndMail.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
Yahoo.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
ABCnews.Go.com: Japan earthquake & tsunami pictures (link)
As if our world needs any more disasters after the Haiti earthquake, it seems that there was a massive earthquake in Okinawa, Japan today. The epicenter is the Ryukyu Islands, about 50 miles off Naha, in Okinawa. Check out the USGS information.
TOKYO, Feb. 27 (AP) – (Kyodo)—A strong earthquake jolted Okinawa Prefecture early Saturday morning, the Japan weather agency said.The 5:33 a.m. quake registered lower 5 on the Japanese intensify scale of 7.
The Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warning off the main Okinawa island.
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck off southern Japan early Saturday, and Okinawa’s seashore was evacuated after Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning.The Japanese agency predicted 3-foot waves following the quake, which hit just east of Okinawa and Ryukyu, south of Japan’s main islands. Tsunami waves also were expected on the islands of Amami and Tokaro.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and the Tsunami Warning Center in Oahu said waves generated by the earthquake were not expected to be destructive.
Update:@BreakingNews First tsunami waves minor; warnings lifted for all but Okinawa; advisory in effect for several islands
Hey California. I know times are tough right now. The State is out of money. IOUs are being issued. The unemployment rate is close to 10% in several areas. LA just paid $1.4 million for MJ’s memorial service, and citizens have raised a whopping $17k to help pay for it. NorCal is especially distressed. Some cities are even declaring bankruptcy. And with water becoming a premium these days, some people believe that a California drought will eventually wreak havoc for the entire country, as California produces nearly a third of the US food supply. In the end, many people are wondering how the country will recover if California cannot. After all, California is the 8th largest economy in the world. The last thing that California needs is a major natural disaster. Let’s all hope and pray that the recent spike in tremors along the San Andreas fault is nothing to worry about.
Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California’s San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.
Tremor episodes persist today. Though the frequency of tremors have declined since 2004, scientists are still concerned because they are still at a level that is twice as high as before the 2003 quake. (Breitbart.com)
Short on money. Short on water. An economic crisis. And now you’re telling me that there are signs that a big earthquake is on the horizon for California? Jeez. This does not sound good for any of us.
The tremor activity remains about twice as high today as before the San Simeon quake (6.5 mag in 2003), while periodic peaks of activity have emerged that started to repeat about every 50 days and are now repeating about every 100-110 days.
“What’s surprising is that the activity has not gone down to its old level,” Nadeau said. The continued activity is worrisome because of the history of major quakes along this segment of the fault, and the long-ago Fort Tejon quake, which ruptured southward from Monarch Peak along 350 kilometers (220 miles) of the San Andreas Fault. (ScienceBlog.com)
Gosh. Talk about doom and gloom. I think tomorrow I’ll write something really positive about California. But for now…I don’t know about you, but I’m going to send all my positive thoughts to California. They could really use the positive energy these days.