Mar 12, 2011

3-11-11: Japan's 8.9 Superquake and Tsunami, Tokyo Sways!

Haiti in 2010.  Japan in 2011.  What country is next?  West Virginia experienced about 4 quakes in the last year.  Indiana and Arkansas had quakes in early March.  Experts say the New Madrid Fault (Ohio and  Mississippi River states) is over due, and symptoms have been appearing of late.

Consider what a superquake and tsunami might do to the East Coast--New York, Baltimore, etc., that lie as low as these cities on the coastline.

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The town that drowned: Fresh pictures from the port where 10,000 people are missing after it was swept away by the megaquake

Obliterated: Where there was once a thriving town, buildings are now covered with mud in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi after the tsunami drowned the entire town
  • 10,000 people missing in Minamisanriku 24 hours after double disaster struck
  • Official death toll hits 574, but hundreds believed to be buried under rubble or washed away by waves
  • Explosion at nuclear power plant, but experts say reactor is not at risk
  • Number of people contaminated with radiation could reach 160
  • Region hit by repeated aftershocks, some up 6.8-magnitude
  • Rescue operation begins but some areas still cut off by road damage and flood waters
  • Force of quake shifts Japan 8ft to the East
Last night, the official death toll from Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tidal wave stood at 1,700 people – although it is feared the final total could rise sharply once a full picture of the catastrophe emerges.
In Minami Sanriku alone, 10,000 people could have died – more than half of the city’s population.
Utter destruction: Stunned local, lucky enough to survive, survey the appalling damage left by Fridays tsunami reducing a once-thriving coastal town to a desolate landscape of broken wood and twisted metal
Soldiers brought in to help with the rescue operation walk across debris and mud in Minamisanriku
houses that managed to withstand the force of the tsunami wave are clogged up with bricks and wood
Surveying the damage: Soldiers walk along a road past an iron girder that has been uprooted from the ground and a fire that is still smoking in Minamisanriku
Scale of destruction: A tanker has been washed ashore by the massive wave in Kamaishi City
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Apocalyptic: A lone cyclist makes his way through a debris-choked street in Miyako
Counting the cost: People walk past a car that has been washed into a wall in Miyako
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