For an earthquake of that magnitude, it hasn't wrecked as much havoc as it could have. The blessing lies in that it hits not the most populated area of Tokyo but Sendai instead. Yes, the tsunami caused financial damages insofar that a lot of farmlands are wiped out. Hopefully, as of now, it is not one that rivals that of the 2004 tsunami! Death tolls have climbed to 1598 (Monday) with 9500 unaccounted for in one city. It's total destruction in some areas in Sendai and nearby cities.
I remembered back when I was a child, there was a Japanese tv series titled "The Sinking of Japan" (A movie was later made in 2006, I believe). We love it so much so we were glued to the tv whenever the series was on. When I saw what happened to Sendai this afternoon (a city I had once visited), instinctively, THE SINKING OF JAPAN came to mind. Yes, I spent an afternoon following the news and images. Clearly, seeing it on the news is a vast difference from experiencing it live. The one … more
Now that the Japanese Yen has skyrocketed to an all time high against the US$, what are the raminifications for the world at large? Japan is after all the 2nd largest economy in the world for the majority of the last few decades, until recently overtaken by China. Japanese have a great deal of investments (direct or indirect) in the world. Japanese also holds a lot of treasury bills. This has the world at large trembling with fears as to what the Japanese would do … more
The recent earthquake and tsunami reminded me of an ancient Azetc word I learned from a Mexican friend a long time ago called OLLIN. When the earth trembles and the big storm invade, the ancient Aztecs describe this tremendous power of Nature in a single word OLLIN, which also means to move and act now with all of your heart. When a natural disaster happens, it is like Mother Earth's signal to tell us to move and act now wholeheartedly in following our sacred paths without … more
I just saw this video someone took from their apartment. It gives you an amazing and extremely eerie, point of view example of the quake unfolding. Gave me chills the first time I watched it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oQVPfQu50yY Apparently, Japan's emergency warning system detects P-waves, and then alerts people on on their computers before the bigger S-waves arrive. They also do … more
As if an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a 23 foot tsunami were not enough the people of Japan now have to deal with the potential fallout from a massive explosion that has rocked the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is not yet clear whether massive levels of radiation have been released into the atmosphere. This powerful blast has the potential to exacerbate the problem many times over and put millions more people at risk. Please join me in praying that this turns out not to be … more
Exactly a week after the 9.0 magnitude and tsunami in northern Japan, I found myself landing in Shanghai, a city which is a mere 2 hours flight from Tokyo. Flights, I was told, are full for those trying to get out of Tokyo. It's a hectic exodus for many foreigners who study, live or vacationing in Japan. Foreign companies are chartering flights to get their staff out, no matter what the cost is! So, the potential danger? Radiation! Yes, we heard … more
8.9 Earthquake in Japan and Asian Tsunami
Across the Pacific By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
An 8.9 earthquake ( Richter scale) hit Honshu, Japan earlier today . There was tremendous
devastation everywhere. The last major event of this size in Asia was on
12-16- 1920 in Gansu , China. 200,000 people died in the Gansu earthquake.
The actual loss of life in Japan may not be known for weeks. The biggest
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca 8.9 Earthquake in Japan and Asian Tsunami Across the Pacific An 8.9 earthquake (Richter scale) hit Honshu, Japan just hours ago. There was tremendous devastation everywhere. The last major event of this size in Asia was on 12-16-1920 in Gansu, China. 200,000 people died in the Gansu earthquake. The actual loss of life in Japan may not be known for weeks. The biggest concern in Japan right now is the impact on nuclear power plants in the country. Reactors … more
The 2011 Sendai, Japan earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. It was located off the east coast of Tohoku, Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 miles). Originally a 7.9, it was upgraded to an 8.8, then again to an 8.9 by the United States Geological Survey.
The earthquake occurred on 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Honshu, Japan. It presented a possibility of triggering tsunami in the area as well as in Yoshi, Japan. The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds huddled together and tried to reach relatives via cell phone. Its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said. A 7.7 aftershock was reported 30 minutes following the initial quake. As a result of the quake, smoke could be seen rising from a building in Tokyo port while Shinkansen bullet trains stopped and Haneda Airport suspended operation after the quake struck.
More than 4 million buildings lost power, and many buildings caught fire.
The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Japan's pacific coast and various other countries, including Russia, Guam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Nauru, Hawaii, northern Marinas and Taiwan. The tsunami warning issued by Japan was the most serious on its warning scale, implying that the wave was expected to be 10 meters high. A 0.5 meter high wave hit Japan's northern coast.