Friday, March 11, 2011

Massive Earthquake In Japan leads To Tsunamis And More Tsunamis To Come..LIVE BBC COVERAGE INCLUDED

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck North Japan in the middle of the afternoon and a massive tsunami followed on its heels. First, the earthquake...

"A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.
Japan's meteorological agency said that within two hours, large tsunamis washed ashore into dozens of cities along a 1,300-mile stretch of the country's eastern shore — from the northern island of Hokkaido to central Wakayama prefecture.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the quake caused "major damage in broad areas" but nuclear power plants in the area were not affected. The government prepared to send troops to the quake-hit areas.
"This is a rare major quake, and damages could quickly rise by the minute," said Junichi Sawada, an official with Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency."

Here is the very latest tsunami news. Hawaii and the entire Pacific basin are under the gun...

HONOLULU – "Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific are bracing for a destructive tsunami after a massive earthquake struck in Japan.Tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas were being evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves were expected to hit at 3 a.m. Friday.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center widened its tsunami warning beyond East Asia late Thursday to include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean.
A lesser tsunami watch was issued for the entire western coast of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border to Chignik Bay in Alaska."

I want you to click on this post's title for the LIVE, yes live, coverage of the disaster from the BBC. Again, you'll need your sound on. If your TV is on, go to MSNBC or CNN for wall-to-wall jaw-dropping coverage with images that will sear into your brain. But for the live coverage from the Beeb, the title click is a good step one. Take a moment to say a prayer for those severely affected. Let's hope Hawaii will be spared. The tsunami warning has been expanded to cover the entire Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii and the west coast of the continental United States of America.

I'll have a baseball post sooner or later. It doesn't seem that important right now at 5am EST. This news affects people's lives. Baseball doesn't. Thanks for popping in and as always, BE WELL.


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