March 11, 2011

Catastrophic 8.9 Quake, Tsunami Level Northern Japan

Our language lacks the words to convey the scope of the devastation.

Oh. My. Word.

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Authorities said at least 35 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter.

A utility company in northeastern Japan reported a fire in a turbine building of nuclear power plant.

U.S. servicemen at bases in Japan are accounted for and safe and are gearing up to render assistance if asked. The tsunami racing across the Pacific is supposed to hit Hawaii in less than 2 hours from now with waves roughly 2 meters high.

Please pray for those affected.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 11, 2011 08:07 AM

So far, no major problems in the US, Japan however is a different story. All US folks okay, and bases okay, but out in town it's pretty bad in some places. Estimates are possibly 1000+ dead. Tsunami alert is cancelled as of now for Japan.

Posted by: Old NFO at March 11, 2011 06:18 PM

Heard at least one town of about 10.000 is gone completely, thousands of people unaccounted for just there.
Trains full of passengers missing too, possibly thousands more.

And of course the MSM are quick to try to reap political capital for their anti-nuclear, pro-AGW agenda by claiming "several nuclear reactors are melting down" and "it's caused by Global Warming", the sickos.

Posted by: JTW at March 14, 2011 05:24 AM