The staggering 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan March 11 sent a thirty foot tall tsunami raging up to six miles inland, with diminished waves reaching all the way to the Pacific Islands and the shores of North America. In Japan, thousands are dead, and the devastation is stunning. On Thoughts from Kansas, Josh Rosenau reflects that due Japanese diligence may have spared millions of lives, noting “the earthquake in Haiti last year, which was 100 times weaker, killed 230,000.” On Observations of a Nerd, Christie Wilcox recounts her experience in Hawaii, from watching the disaster unfold on television to waiting for the “eerie tsunami sirens” to wail. And Greg Laden screens a collection of videos showing the initial havoc in Japan.
- Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building
codes on Thoughts from Kansas
- Watching the ripples of the #HItsunami on Observations of a Nerd
- Tsunami/Quake Videos on Greg Laden’s Blog