Tokyo, Japan – (zpz2010.com) – Japan lies in the so called Ring of Fire. An area of the Pacific Ocean which is highly susceptible to volcanic and seismic activity. Two days ago, Japan suffered a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Not much for its citizens. Northen Honshu, the country’s main island, has them every now and then. Besides lasting longer than previous earthquakes, no one seemed to notice anything different about this one other than it lasting a little longer than the others.
Two days later, disaster strikes. Japan’s largest earthquake struck with a 9.1 magnitude. Overeighty aftershocks with a magnitude of at least 5.0 have occurred since then; normal for a quake this size, according to seismologists. This earthquake is the largest in Japan’s history since records have been kept, which started in the early 1800’s. It is also the fourth largest in the world since records have been kept.
According to U.S. Geological Survey scientist, Brian Atwater, “The energy radiated by this quake is nearly equal to one month’s worth of energy consumption [in the United States].”
The quake caused a 23 foot tall tsunami which have caused several hundred deaths and injuries, sweeping away people, cars, boats, and homes. Tsunami there waves have reached Hawaii, although nothing major has been reported. So far in Japan, over 500 are still missing, and hundreds of thousands are stranded and without power.
President Obama has pledged to help Japan, and the Japanese Defense Ministry is sending troops to the areas affected the most. Currently over a thousand are feared dead. We can only pray that this is not the case, and that the missing will be found safe and returned to their families.
If you would like to help Japan, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the American Red Cross here: American Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami