Japan Earthquake: the Planet is Bleeding

Japan earthquake: the planet is bleeding

Really scary! Here is a computer model of the maximum wave ampliture of the tsunami caused by the massive 8.9 earthquake today in the shores of Japan. This model has been created by the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research.

Japan earthquake: the planet is bleeding
High resolution picture

Massive earthquake hits Japan


This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global bathymetry map image released on March 11, 2011 shows features of the ocean floor depth (or bathymetry) from a NOAA ETOPO-1 dataset. The image shows the entire Western Pacific basin. Notice how abruptly the Japanese islands rise out of the ocean. Other coastal Asian areas have much more gradual slopes. The islands and mountain ranges throughout the ocean, visible in this imagery, also affect the tsunami travel time and speed. In the open ocean, tsunamis can travel at speeds up to 500 mph (800 kph). This momentum is what creates such a destructive force as the wave moves inland. Tsunami waves rolled thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean after a massive earthquake off Japan and washed ashore in Hawaii early March 11, 2011, but the tourist hotspot appeared to escape major damage. As sirens blared and Hawaiian authorities rapidly evacuated low-lying areas, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported wave changes at Waianae Harbor at around 3:24 a.m.


8 thoughts on “Japan Earthquake: the Planet is Bleeding”

  1. Psolord

    I’m really sorry for what happened to Japan. My condolences to the families that lost loved ones and wish everyone quick recovery. 🙁

  2. Komar

    Rip to all …sad so many Human casualties..

    And also a nuclear powerplant wich is collapsin’ or even worst…

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R .. (also..have to check my NBC suit…And ammunitions for my ak-101…)

    “Life Is a bitch”

  3. wteSmithy

    The animation certainly shows the power of the earthquake and the affect of the tsunami. You could hear a pin drop when this happened on that morning in horror of the unfolding events.

    My regards go those affected by this tragedy. I hope the situation starts to improve for those affected.

    And stop the sick jokes – if you were there you wouldn’t be saying those horrible comments. Don’t post at all if your going to be disrespectful.

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