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  • Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC, an earthquake measuring 8.9 struck only 80 miles off the coast of Honshu, Japan.
  • For a country that is frequented with earthquakes, and is the most earthquake ready, an 8.9 is just off the chart. The numbers of casualties so far is unknown. Tsunami warnings were issued for at least 20 countries. Huge walls of water some 30 feet  tore across the countryside about 250 miles NE of Tokyo, uplifting cars, trucks, and buildings. Japan has declared a state of emergency as this may well be the greatest disaster they have seen in over 100 years.

    The Oregon Coast, as well as that of California and Washington state all have issued Tsunami warnings. The Oregon coast is expected to see 6-7 foot waves between 8-10am. Sirens were used to warn those in low lying areas to evacuate early Friday morning.

    The ripple effects from such a large quake have far reaching effects. Shortly after the 8.9 quake in Japan, other faults around the Pacific experienced heightened activity as well. Other areas that experienced quakes following that in Japan are Hawaii, California, and Alaska. Japan itself though has experienced over 80 aftershocks many as strong as 6.5-7.1 magnitude.

    The Japanese people are going to need some serious assistance to stabilize, and rebuild. Scientist in Japan say they had no indications that this quake was coming. So we all need to keep this in mind as we go about our daily lives, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest. We are over due for an earthquake of similar magnitude, and I guarantee we are not near as prepared as the Japanse were.

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