Theodore's World: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan; Tsunami Slams Coast; Warnings Issued For Entire West Coast

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March 11, 2011

8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan; Tsunami Slams Coast; Warnings Issued For Entire West Coast

8.9 magnitude as it’s being reported. Not just big, but one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history.

CNN just reported the wall of water that hit northern Japan was 24 feet high

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has put in place a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific,
including Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii and Australia.

*Update* So far there have been 18 aftershocks: 8.9, 6.4, 6.4, 6.8, 7.1, 6.3, 6.3, 5.8, 5.9, 6.3,
6.1, 6.1, 5.9, 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.9, 6.2


Tokyo ( CNN World ) — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Friday, triggering tsunami warnings and sending people fleeing out of buildings in the capital.

Its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds
gathered in the streets and tried to reach relatives via cell phone

OMG look at this one, this is where it hits land and is taking out buildings like they are nothing at all.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Prayers for all the people there and our troops too which are stationed in Japan. As of this post Fox said 32 people are dead in Japan and they expect more to be found.

As I am working on this post they just announced on FOX that the Pentagon announced that ALL of our service members in Japan are accounted for and they are all safe. Thank you God! The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan. They evacuated a couple of the Marine bases there according to Fox just now.

Prayers for our friends in Hawaii and California!!! We lived in Calif. for so many years and then we met a lot of people in Hawaii all the years we went there to work on Magnum P.I. so some extra prayers for all our friends as well.

RAC and Sean that you all know that come to this blog live in Calif . And then we also have many people we know from living in Calif. allmost 30 years.

There is a Tsunami Warning the entire coast of Calif. Tsunami warning sirens in Hawaii trigger evacuations while coastal residents from Southern California to Oregon move to higher ground.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:55 AM


Don't forget us Chrissie, we're here too and we're 7 miles from Laguna Beach. No warnings but could be a good day for the local surf crowd.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at March 11, 2011 08:34 AM

Thats an awful long way for a Tsunami to travel. Eddie's right a good day for the Surf Crowd. These poeple do nothing but spread fear. From Japan to California has got to be close to 4000 miles thats an awfully large amount of energy to make it all that way.

Posted by: Mark at March 11, 2011 08:48 AM

Let's hope it doesn't hit the West Coast. Tsunami's pick up energy as they travel so it could reach the Coast but hopefully it will just be some big waves for the surfers.

Posted by: BobF at March 11, 2011 09:59 AM

This is an extraordinary earthquake. There will be a high casualty toll and massive damage in Japan. I hope the Pacific plates aren't becoming active.That would increase the chances of earthqukes along the US west coast.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at March 11, 2011 10:26 AM

Prayers for those in Japan and for their family members in the U.S. or wherever they may be. It's hard to imagine being in the U.S. on business or school and not being able to contact family or to make arrangements to get back.
So much of the infrastructure is out of commission right now. Frightening images.

Posted by: Jim at March 11, 2011 01:36 PM

Eddie, omg no never would I forget about you and Terry. I had been working on the post for your birthday on the 13th and for some reason I must have thought I put your name in this post as well.

I am so glad you are ok there. You live in such a beautiful place Eddie and close to the water too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:07 PM

Mark, yes it is a very long way. It made it to Calif. and apparently boats were the only thing damaged somewhere up near San Fran area I think not positive of the city name.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:10 PM

Bob, it is amazing how far this thing has gone, so many miles. But like you said it picks up energy along the way.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:12 PM

Tom, I wonder if there will be an earthquake soon in Calif. like you said if it messes with the Pacific plates.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:15 PM

Jim, your right, and they just had a man on Fox calling in from Japan and he said immediately in Japan they shut down all the transportaion like the commuter train so there are a lot of people stuck too where they were when this happened and can't get home as well.

The count is now up to something close to 1,000 that died. so sad.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2011 04:18 PM

Hope things will get better

Posted by: Fresno DUI Lawyer at March 11, 2011 04:26 PM