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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan and Triggers a Massive Tsunami

I just saw that Japan, where I spent my early childhood, was just rocked by a huge earthquake.  It registered 8.9, which is the largest in Japanese history.

Here’s a vid from an American who teaches in Japan, it’s a personal account basically:

From the Guardian:

The most powerful earthquake recorded in Japanese history. The tremors were the result of a violent uplift of the sea floor 80 miles off the coast of Sendai, where the Pacific tectonic plate slides beneath the plateJapan sits on. Tens of miles of crust ruptured along the trench where the tectonic plates meet. The earthquake occurred at the relatively shallow depth of 15 miles, meaning much of its energy was released at the seafloor.

As sad as it is that upwards of (EDIT) 350 people have died, over 1,000 missing.  Hopefully the moving Tsunami that is heading toward other parts of the world won’t cause too much damage.  But, we may be in for more.

The tsunami moves across the Pacific at a speed of 500mph, with waves expected to reach the island of Fiji and Cairns in Australia at 3.28pm GMT. From then, waves are due to reach Acapulco in Mexico at 7.59pm, Chile at 10.55pm, Ecuador at 11.31pm, Colombia at 11.47 and Peru at 12.33am.

Read more from the BBC here.