A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan earlier this morning eastern time, triggering a huge and devastating tsunami wave in the country and also across the Pacific Ocean. The epicenter was located 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan and about 234 miles northeast of Tokyo. The quake occurred at a depth of 24 kilometers and was the 5th strongest earthquake on record since 1900. It is also the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japan.
As of this report, 137 fatalities are confirmed with another 531 people missing. The death toll is expected to rise throughout the next few days and even weeks.
Numerous aftershocks have continued to rattle the epicenter zone through the day and a tsunami wave has progressed across the Pacific Ocean, reaching Hawaii and the west coast of the United States, where tsunami warnings were posted.
Capital Region residents learned of the news early this morning as news stations began to cover the devastation with continuous coverage. Several status updates on Facebook along with tweets on Twitter helped news spread quickly. Many folks were obviously immediately concerned about friends and family in Japan and on the west coast.
Aaron Gillies of Syracuse, New York had this to say earlier this morning…
“Dude, this is bad, my bro lives on west coast, god help us all..”
Margaret Strauss talked about people not heeding tsunami warnings…
“People make me crazy, watching live feeds & I see people gathering on shore. One thing I know for sure about tsunamis, u don’t go down to the beach!”
Jessica Johnson of Schuylerville, NY reported what conditions were like in Hawaii…
“I have lots of friends in Hawaii. Sirens are going off hourly. One ran out to buy water and said it’s crazy in the stores, etc.”
Talk of the SuperMoon theory that has been widely circulated on the internet over the past several weeks also flared up once again. Many theorists believe that the March SuperMoon has an impact on increased disasters and catastrophe on Earth. Read more about the SuperMoon here.
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