While it’s true we do not focus on world news here, it is impossible to overlook the devastation ongoing in Japan due to its historic proportions. I thought some of our readers might be interested in some of the information I pulled up throughout the evening Friday.
This article on the UK Daily Mail includes a good deal of updated information (as of early Saturday, March 12), with many pictures and several videos; click the image of the article to read it in its entirety:
Our friend Sandra Crosnoe found a video on YouTube taken by a fellow living in what was formerly a part of Tokyo Bay as the quake was happening.
Reportedly there were volcanic eruptions in Russia occurring at the same time as the Japanese quake.
There has been an increased amount of seismic activity (formerly/http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/) in the Pacific recently; on February 22 there was a 6.3 quake in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 150 people, just seven months after the September 2010, 7.3 quake. A map of the Australia Region shows ongoing activity. I had looked at a tectonic plate map at that time, noting that a fault line runs directly through the island group.
With the quake in Japan, I looked once again at a plate map. I had no recollection that Japan and America sit on the same tectonic plate.
This Wikipedia page lists all of the known earthquakes in recorded history, with the default view listing the events by date. Some of the columns include a small button that allows the viewer to sort by order, including the column listing magnitude. The quake in Japan, now known to have registered at 9.1, is the fourth largest quake in record history. A review of the seismic activity map to which I linked above (in the Pacific) shows that the aftershocks are continuing to register in the 5 – 7 magnitude range. The devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia was 9.3.
This article on CNN reports preliminary evidence that the quake may have caused a shift of the main island of Japan by as much as 8 feet. In some areas the waters from the tsunami are not receding. Currently, the biggest concern is the explosion of a nuclear reactor nearest the site of the quake. This article on R3publican has a video about the explosion in their report on the quake.
Considering the amount of seismic activity in the Pacific and that Japan is on the North American plate, I am wondering how the upheaval might impact America’s west coast, especially the very active area around the San Andreas fault.
In the meantime, these kinds of questions pale in comparison to concerns over the devastation in Japan and my prayers go out to the people affected there.
Shelli Dawdy is first and foremost the mother of three children whom she has taught at home via the classical method since removing her children from school in 2001. During her early years as a homeschool mother, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. Born and raised in the Iowa, Shelli and her husband moved to the state of South Dakota in 1997, attracted to its more limited government and friendly tax environment. In 2006, Shelli and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when her husband’s employer offered a new position. She took a break from work and politics for a time, recognizing the need to focus solely on her childrens’ schooling with two now of high school age. Distressed by many things she was witnessing on the national political scene and disillusioned about the Republican Party, she decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, she networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. She was involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009. Recognizing that activism should generate on the local level, she founded Grassroots in Nebraska in March of 2009. The group’s mission is a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. While the group has held several tea party rallies, it’s focus is to take effective action. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. While working to build up GiN throughout 2009, she was asked to work as writer and producer of the documentary film, A New America, which lays out how Progressivism is responsible for how America has moved away from its Constitutional roots. You can see more of her work on Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) and StubbornFacts