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TOKYO — A devastating tsunami hit the coast of northeast Japan on Friday in the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake about 80 miles offshore. Television images showed waves of more than 12 feet roaring inland. CNN reported that air and land transportation was severely disrupted.At least 30 people were injured in the cities of Tokyo and Osaki, the Kyodo news service reported.The wave drew a line of white fury across the ocean, heading toward the shoreline. Cars and trucks were still moving on highways as the water rushed toward them. The floodwaters, thick with floating debris shoved inland, pushed aside heavy trucks as if they were children’s toys, in some places carrying blazing buildings toward factories, fields, highways, bridges and homes. The spectacle was all the remarkable for being carried live on television, even as the waves engulfed flat farmland that offered no resistance.The force of the waves washed away cars on coastal roads and crashed into buildings along the shore, The Associate Press reported. Television footage showed a tsunami wave bearing down on the Japanese coastline near the community of Sendai.NHK television transmitted aerial images of huge billow of flame rising from an oil refinery and flood waters engulfing Sendai airport, where survivors clustered on the roof of the airport building. The runway was partially submerged. The refinery fire sent a plume of thick black smoke from blazing spherical storage tanks. A television commentator called the blaze an “inferno.”Oil refineries were also burning in Tokyo, local television broadcasts showed.The images showed survivors in a home surrounded by water, waving white sheets from the upper floors of buildings. News reports said the earthquake had forced the Tokyo subways to empty while airports were closed and many residents took to the streets, desperately trying to leave the city.A second major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude was reported as aftershocks shook the region. Japanese media reported mobile phone networks were not working.Cell phone service was severely affected as residents rushed to call friends and relatives as aftershocks struck.
*hopes the people in our E-family that are out there are okay.*
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A new 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Nagano, Japan, at 10:59 a.m. Pacific time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake, which was originally reported as a 6.6 magnitude quake, was located less than 1 mile underground and was centered 29 miles north-northeast of Nagano and 122 miles northwest of Tokyo, and occured at 3:59 a.m. local time.
prayers and love go out to all in the wake of the quakes and tsunami's. Wherever you are, may you be kept safe, whole and protected.
Thirded but I have many friends there as well. Ive alreay sent out the emails, hoping to hear that they're ok and safe. I can only pray they are
I have a really close friend living near Nagoya, so I'm hoping she's alright. I don't know how bad her area got hit, but I'm worried sick all the same.EDIT: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/11/japan.quake/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1It seems the death toll is up to at least 200-300, in Sendai alone.
The tsunami that hit northern Japan today created an enormous whirlpool in a harbor off the east coast of that country. According to researchers, whirlpools aren't unusual after waves of this size.The tsunami was triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time. Video footage shows a boat swirling in the massive eddy. It's not known whether anyone was on the vessel.Based on eye-witness accounts and video in recent years, whirlpools probably occur with some regularity after large tsunamis, said Ruth Ludwin, a retired seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle."Whirlpools have a big impact on the human imagination," Ludwin said. "They're very notable and very frightening. But from the perspective of the geological record, they don't leave any particular sign that has been recognized so far."Whirlpools happen because of the interaction between rushing water and the geology of the coastline and seafloor, Ludwin said."Obviously there is a lot of water that is being pushed around, and it is interacting with the shape, the bathymetry, near the coastline," she said. [Album: Monster Waves]The first images and videos of post-tsunami whirlpools came out of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Ludwin said. But eyewitness accounts from previous coastal quakes suggest that tsunami whirlpools are nothing new. One was reported in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1775, Ludwin said. The Haida people of the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia have myths about a whirling wave of foam.Apela Colorado, Ludwin's colleague with the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network in Hawaii, has identified a petroglyph in southeastern Alaska that seems to show a whirlpool in the body of a sea monster. In an abstract presented at the 2006 meeting of the Seismological Society of America, Colorado and Ludwin describe the native myths about that monster. According to ancient tales, they wrote, the creature "inundates canoes, makes the salt-water boil, swallows fishermen, pushes fish into a cave, and creates a canoe passage by flopping across a spit."
There was a tsunami warning off the coast of oregon early this morning so I packed up my stuff along with some frends and we drove all the way to portland for a day. Luckily nothing hit the coast but I certainly wasnt going to take the chance. Still I spent hours in a Portland bar watching the reports and waiting for some word from the people I know in Japan. I found out that most of my friends over there are alright, emails abound and Im thankful that they werent hurt. However there were two that really effected me. A couple I knew in Sendai are missing and their daughter is all alone right now, luckily she had been out of town when it happened but Im worried about them. The other mail I got...it just stunned me to learn a long time friend's body had already been foundDisasters like this are horrific events that help humanity shine and overcome adversity but they're even more horrific when they effect you on some personal level.
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