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Japan - Largest quake in area in 1000 years

33-foot wall of water surges inland

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11 Mar 11 - The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck Japan today generated a massive tsunami, a 10-meter-high (33 feet) wall of water, that surged inland for about six miles (10 km) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast, sweeping everything before it - people, cars, boats, houses, trailers, greenhouses, warehouses, nothing escaped.

Reports tell of hundreds of people killed or missing, but when you look at these videos you can't help but believe that the casualties will run into the thousands. The amount of destruction is almost incomprehensible.

It was the biggest earthquake in that area in at least 1,000 years, said geologist Dr. Jody Bourgeois during a phone interview this morning. Bourgeois,  who teaches sedimentary geology at the University of Washington, happened to be in Japan at the time of the quake.  The shaking lasted for three minutes, said Bourgeois.

According to U.S. Geologic Survey records, it was the strongest earthquake in recorded history to hit Japan. The previous record was an 8.6 magnitude earthquake on October 28, 1707. Worldwide, it was the 5th largest earthquake since 1900.

I fear that this is just the beginning. As we head into the coming ice age, I expect earthquake and volcanic activity to increase to their highest levels in 11,500 years, along with ever larger and destructive tsunami (tsunami is both singular and plural). Let's pray that I'm wrong.

Video with dramatic footage of tsunami:

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Thanks to Cam McNaughton for these links






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