A massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the people of Japan. An 8.9 on the scale makes Friday’s earthquake the 7th largest in recorded history.
GatewayPundit reports the aftershocks as follows:
So far there have been 18 aftershocks: 8.9, 6.4, 6.4, 6.8, 7.1, 6.3, 6.3, 5.8, 5.9, 6.3, 6.1, 6.1, 5.9, 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.9, 6.2
As if the earthquake wasn’t enough immediately following was a 24 foot high tsunami which took hundreds of lives and swept about 6 miles inland destroying everything in its wake.
(The aftermath of that earthquake struck California doing an estimated $15 million worth of damage in one harbor. Officials said it was the worst tsunami damage that California has seen since 1964 when an Alaskan earthquake caused a tsunami that killed 17 people along the West Coast.)
An explosion then rocked through Japan’s 40-year-old Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor plant in Fukushima. 20 kilometers around the site (about 13 miles) were evacuated. The reactor has about 1000 times the usual amount of radiation around it currently.
The blast raised fears of a meltdown at the power facility, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, as officials scrambled to contain what could be the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. Japan’s nuclear safety agency said it was rating the incident a 4 on the 1 to 7 International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), less serious than 1979’s Three Mile Island, which was rated a 5, and Chernobyl at 7.
After the earthquake and tsunami and possible nuclear meltdown the people of Japan are now trying to cope with massive whirlpools. At least 1 boat was destroyed by the whirlpools but it is unknown if anyone was on the boat.
In fact, the main island of Japan has been moved 8 feet and shifted the Earth on its axis.
“At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass,” said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).
The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours alone with 141 of those registering a 5.0 or above.
Later it said 9,500 people in one town were unreachable, but gave no other details.
Yahoo News shares the following information about the devastation:
An explosion shattered a building housing a nuclear reactor Saturday, amid fears of a meltdown, while across wide swaths of northeastern Japan officials searched for thousands of people missing more than a day after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The confirmed death toll from Friday’s twin disasters was 574, but the government’s chief spokesman said it could exceed 1,000. Devastation stretched hundreds of miles (kilometers) along the coast, where thousands of hungry survivors huddled in darkened emergency centers cut off from rescuers and aid.
The scale of destruction was not yet known, but there were grim signs that the death toll could soar. One report said four whole trains had disappeared Friday and still not been located. Another said 9,500 people in one coastal town were unaccounted for and that at least 200 bodies had washed ashore elsewhere.
BusinessInsider has current coverage on death tolls here.
Here are a collection of videos and images from numerous sites regarding the damage.