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Friday, March 11, 2011

The earthquake in Japan; UPDATED

There was a massively powerful earthquake in Japan on Friday morning.
1. If the “nuclear emergency” at the power plant that is failing to cool its core gets worse, it will be the end of the renewed talk in the United States and elsewhere about the use of nuclear power, just as Three Mile Island ended the new construction of nuclear plants in the United States and Chernobyl slowed the progress worldwide.

2. At the dawn of the new millennium, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami and Katrina and now this earthquake-tsunami, the world is being reintroduced to the kind of feeling of powerlessness in the face of natural occurrences that characterized the human race from the dawn of time until the modern scientific era seemed to indicate we could control conditions that had formerly buffeted humanity.
Just flipping through my Twitter I've seen a story of a boat disappearing with over 100 people on it and of several populated islands being washed away.

Here's a video from CNN of the moment the earthquake struck Japan.

Let's go to the videotape.

And here are the tsunami sirens going off (which I understand has happened in several countries).

Let's go to the videotape.

Japan's construction is relatively strong against earthquakes but this was an 8.9 quake and there are apparently a lot of casualties.


Here's a picture of houses swallowed up by a tsunami in Japan.


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At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A terrible tragedy:



Note the boat:


At 5:13 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I read at telegraph.co.uk that the aftershock was 7.1, and that there was an earthquake in Hawaii as strong as 5.3.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

this would be a great time for isreal to get some good pr. i hope the emergency team that went to haiti shows up quickly.


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