Local news outlets now currently reporting a major earthquake near Japan within the last hour. Initial estimates place the magnitude at a whopping 8.9, and multiple tsunamis have already been reported coming ashore along the eastern coast of Honshu. All accounts are of massive damage.
Eight point nine on the Richter scale... Dang! That's making the Great San Francisco Quake of 1906 look like a minor hiccup.
Post by Dr. Feelgood on Mar 11, 2011 19:23:32 GMT -5
Are you sure it was the Richter? I've heard rumors of a new scale replacing it as the standard. : shrugs :
On the bright side: at least this time citizens along the coast were forewarned of the incoming tsunami. Gonna be a while before we get reliable numbers, but it's a safe bet it's made a huge difference.
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...And most of those still missing were likely swept out to sea and will never be recovered.
A few days ago seismologists upgraded the quake's magnitude from 8.9 to an even 9.0 on the Richter scale, officially making it the fourth-largest quake in recorded history, tying for that honor with the Kamchatka event of November, 1952.
It's amazing how it took hours for the news stations in California to do any substantial reporting on the earthquake / tsunami in Japan.. they were too worried about the tsunami surges in Santa Cruz... and then when the death toll was at 1,000 in Japan, they reported more on a single dude being swept out to sea in NorCal. California stations weren't the only stations to only do very conservative initial reporting on Japan either. The Philippines news station also seemed more concerned about the Filipino population in Japan, rather the event as a whole. I bet if Japan was a 3rd world country, the news medias would've been all over it like white on rice.
If I had a dollar for every time I've said "If I had a dollar" for something, I could probably buy myself that fleshlight I've always wanted.