Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan overnight and it was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them measured more than magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Much of the damage, though, was caused by a massive Tsunami which brought waves of more than 23 feet high ashore.

While there is a Tsunami warning here in the Bay Area, it’s anticipated that the surge will only be 1-3 feet, far less than the waves that hit Japan overnight. Evacuation orders have been issued along the entire West Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska.

From the Associated Press:

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

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6 Comments on “Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?”

  1. Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next? « Kreuzer's Korner…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. One Op Says:

    In a moment, the human race can be wiped of the face of the earth by natural causes, yet we create and carry out our own plans to destroy. Sad, sad, sad
    Many times I wonder what we are, and what good are we.

  3. Honeydog Says:

    *OneOp*, those were some deep words…. Reminds me of that Movie, “The Day After Tomorrow”. Really makes you stop and think (and not sleep too well for a while). Just watching the News Footage of the unbelievable and unmatched power of this Tsunami scares you to death. You can’t help but wonder what is going on deep underneath this Earth that we all walk on top of and live upon, and it’s very frightening when we realize how such Acts of Nature are becoming more frequent. I just can NOT imagine being suddenly hit by something so massive and so powerful, and it makes you want to stop complaining about all the little insignificant problems in your Life and Thank God you are just safe and sound where you are.

  4. zelda Says:


  5. One Op Says:

    Zelda, I have heard of the Andreas fault line in California. I wonder if it runs all
    the way to Japan, under the sea. I suppose we all have something disastrous under us no matter where we are. yipes!

  6. zelda Says:

    There is a fault called the Cascadia fault that is the major one where I am,,,,,,,,,,there are many fault lines we don’t know about as well.The St. Andreas……….runs up the coast as well. They found another fault in lake Washington in the Seattle area quite by accident while looking for debris . That means it weakens the major faults of course.
    I have been trying to find out if the town I am in has an earthquake plan but so far I can find nothing in place from the city or any where so Monday I am phoning the Mayor who is a friend of mine and talking directly to him about this and a potential tsunami in this area. We are the first of the San Juan Islands and can get cut off or wiped out quite easily…… way to escape to higher ground given the few seconds we would have to do so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I need the Mayor to tell me more than that. We are very poorly prepared here…… could very well be that this whole Island would sink,,,,,,,,After I post this I am going to look at a site that shows the “new map” after a quake and see what it says about where I live.SOMEBODY should have SOME information………if not it will send steam from my ears and tough questions for mayor Maxwell from me will nail him to the wall.I am direct..polite..and ask those we elect to do their job or get out.
    A few years ago I asked a council member friend what she knew and she said she had no idea,,,,,,then I did not follow up like I should have.
    Citizens need to be pro active about things like this,,,because nine times out of ten those elected don’t do the job.

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