Nature has shown its ugly belly this morning, hitting Japan with an unparalleled earthquake measuring 8.9 on the richter scale. To date there have been 44 deaths, but more are sure to come, with up to 20 countries worldwide now on tsunami emergency watch, with 30 foot waves reported in Japan.
huffingtonpost: TOKYO – A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control.
If the central focal point of destruction was Japan, what can one say when the world is now put on emergency alert as shock waves begin to trickle and roar from one sphere to another and how interconnected are we really in peril at the slightest maladjustment within the contours of nature, never mind what man has to date been able to create- he is ultimately humbled by such sheer velocity.
The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.
A utility company in northeastern Japan reported a fire in a turbine building of nuclear power plant. A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific, including areas as far away as South America, the entire U.S. West Coast, Canada and Alaska.
And just when you think you understand the world, are able to travel at dizzy speeds over land, receive instantaneous reports of world going ons, use gadgets to remind people where and whom you are, there you are cowering for dear life as a slow motion capitulation dragging mankind thrusts at your very being.
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