Huge Quake and Tsunami Hit Japan
By MARTIN FACKLER and KEVIN DREW @ the New York Times
TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century. The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America.
There’s a lot of raw footage of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on You Tube, and it’s absolutely riveting. (Note: As you might expect, the language is not always safe for work.) You know what I find particularly amazing? The fact that so many of those homes/stores/office buildings remained structurally sound during the initial quake. The Japanese sure know how to build ’em.
ETA: Holy crap, take a look at this page. Basically, Japan has been getting aftershock upon aftershock ever since The Big One. We should definitely keep the Japanese in our prayers.
ETA 2: While I knew that a certain LJ acquaintance was an ESL teacher in Japan, I was not aware until just now that she lives on the coast near the epicenter. Now I’m really worried. No one on LJ has heard from her; indeed, I understand her family has reported her missing. Gulp!