Massive, deep underwater 8.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

Overnight, almost 450 miles beneath the Earth’s surface, and 8.5 magnitude earthquake occurred. Although this is one of the largest Earthquakes in the last couple of years, due to its extreme depth, no tsunami could have been triggered.

This morning, it seems as if there is not extensive damage and no fatalities have been reported.

What triggered the earthquake?

A bit over two weeks ago, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake also shook eastern portions of Japan, due to this earthquake’s depth, intense shaking was felt on land.  Also, over the past few weeks, there has been some volcanic activity in and around Japan, possibly acting as a warning sign that a large earthquake could occur in the near future.

We’ll keep you posted on any more news from Japan over the coming days.

Japanese Tsunami of 2011 anniversary

Exactly four years ago today a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern coast of Japan creating a massive wall of water measured at 38 meters in Miyako, Japan that spread across the Pacific killing a man south of Crescent City, California and over 15,000 in Japan alone.  The tsunami was one for the record books and triggered more awareness for tsunamis at the same caliber as after the Boxing Day Indonesian Tsunami of 2004.  Now that four years have passed since the monster waves swept over the sea walls of eastern Japan it seems as if more and more people have forgotten what destruction these massive forces of nature can do.  Although the Northeast is not known for tsunamis there is always the possibility of a tsunami anywhere that borders a large body of water such as the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.  Unlike in Indonesia, in Japan there were tsunami sirens and automatic alerts, this is likely one of the reasons that Japan had many, many less fatalities than in the Indian Ocean region.  It is always a good idea to be aware of all possible natural disasters that may occur wherever you are.

Stay safe!