Tuesday, March 15, 2011
2/27/10 Bio-Bio, Chile. Magnitude 8.8
9/4/10 Christchurch, New Zealand. Magnitude 7.1
2/22/11 Christchurch, New Zealand. Magnitude 6.3
3/11/11 Sendai, Japan. Magnitude 9.0
Anybody notices a pattern here? Three corners of the Pacific Ocean have been struck by severe and deadly earthquakes in the last year. Guess which corner is long overdue for a major one of its own?
Friday, March 11, 2011
Our sympathies go out to the people of Japan who just suffered an 8.9 earthquake and devastating tsunami destruction in the aftermath. The videos are terrifying, even when filmed from hundreds of feet in the air by helicopter. No Hollywood special effect can match the horror victims must have felt when the giant walls of water came crashing down on them.
Living in SoCal we are acutely aware of the perils of living in earthquake territory. School children undergo regular earthquake drills. There are annual mock earthquake readiness practices conducted by the safety officers and hospitals. Yet when the real thing happens, I wonder how prepared we will really be. Can anyone really be ready for destruction on such a large scale as we're witnessing in northern Japan? Here's a page from the Huffington Post on how to donate for earthquake relief.