11 March, 2011

Some World Events

As I'm sure you've heard/seen/read by now, there was a massive earthquake in Japan. The 8.9 magnitude quake on the Richter scale hit at 2:46 PM local time, and there are tsunami warnings in countries all around the world around the Pacific Basin, including along the USA California coast and and the state of Hawaii.


Gosh. I can't imagine what it's like to go through a quake that big. The videos and images are terrifying--all the fire and flooding and cities being destroyed.

If you're in Japan, stay safe. If you know anyone in Japan, then I hope they're okay.

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Have a safe, secure, peaceful weekend, everyone!


-----The Golden Eagle
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32 comments:

Amy said...

I cannot imagine living through a quake that big either. I worry about the destruction to people's homes, businesses and land.

The natural disasters and weather phenomenon that happen around the world and in our own country year and year are terrifying and unbelievable.

It was great of you to write this post.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Terribly frightening. I’ve been busy checking my blogging buddies in Japan this morning and so far they are all okay.

I lived at the epicenter of a 6.6 quake and it was indescribable, I can’t even fathom one this size. And then followed by a tsunami.

W.B. said...

When I heard about this, I was horrified. I cannot imagine what it must be like for people to live through such a devastating event. :(

mist of the blossom rain said...

There was a tsunami alert on the Google homepage when I logged on this morning, that's how I found out about it. I hope they recover soon, and not to many lives were lost.

Tere Kirkland said...

Saw this on the weather channel this morning. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, and their homes. I can't imagine what it would be like to experience a quake this big, much less the tsunamis that follow.

At least with tsunamis there's often some warning, but an earthquake is so sudden, and this one was so devastating. Thank you for blogging about this.

Edith F. said...

I used to live in earthquake country. Even tremors are frightening. Unless you've felt them, it's hard to imagine what seems like the WHOLE WORLD shaking. I am greatly concerned for the people of Japan right now. :(

Yes, Golden, thank you for blogging about this.

Jules said...

It seems to be a devastating situation and I do not want to think about being near such an event.

Try to have a good weekend Golden.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Pk Hrezo said...

You, too, Eagle. Have a great weekend. :)

Claire from Points of Clair-ification is in Japan and she tweeted about it right after it happened. Technology is pretty cool that way.

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely a horrifying situation.

Lydia K said...

Yet another reminder for us to be so thankful for so many things. My heart goes out to the people of Japan.

Old Kitty said...

This is such a catastrophe! It's awful. :-( These poor poor people!! Awful.

Have a safe weekend too, Golden Eagle! take care
x

The Words Crafter said...

The tragic thing was that their building codes are extremely strict as far as earthquake safety. Their building survived that part. The tsunami, however, was another story.

They're all in my thoughts and prayers...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The power of this thing makes me feel small and powerless and I'm only watching it on TV.
I'm sure it will be days before we know the scope of the damage and losses.

Jai Joshi said...

I heard about this almost as soon as I woke up this morning and it's been on my mind all day. I'm so sorry for the people of Japan and all others affected. I hope the rescue efforts are going smoothly.

Jai

Clarissa Draper said...

Thank you for your kind words. I talked to my mum today and she's okay but she hasn't been able to contact any of her sisters or her mother. So, that I don't know yet. They live in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

AllMyPosts said...

Yeah,

My people in Japan are safe. That's a good news.


Well, Hope and pray that everyone should move-on and keep going on

with warm regards
http://arandomarticle.blogspot.com

Paul C said...

What a graphic image of the event and the potential repercussions on the coastlines around the world.

Heather said...

My heart goes out to those in Japan. They are in my thoughts. I can only hope they're able to get the nuclear plant under control. That would be unthinkable if they couldn't.

The Golden Eagle said...

Amy: I worry about it, too.

Quite. There are so many natural disasters, not to mention horrific events caused by people, happening all the time.

I didn't want to leave this open--I felt I had to mention it on my blog.

Holly: I did that, too. It's strange; before I started blogging events like an earthquake would have been horrible, but I didn't know anyone who actually lived in those parts of the world. Now I do.

A 6.6 magnitude quake must have been very scary! I've been through one minor earthquake, but that's all.

W.B.: Neither can I.

Emily: That's how I found out as well.

I hope so, too.

Tere: First an enormous earthquake and then tsunamis--one right after the other. I can't imagine what it would be like to feel the ground shaking and then have water rushing in from the coast.

True. With tsunamis, there are signs the water's coming--but earthquakes happen unannounced.

Of course.

Edith: I've been through a tremor, but it was small--I've never experienced something like what you're describing. It must be extremely nerve-wracking.

Jules: Neither do I.

You too!

Pk: Thanks. :)

I agree! People can make sure others are all right so quickly with Facebook/Twitter/email, which must be a huge relief for many.

Charles: I hope Japan doesn't have the massive aftershocks some people are predicting--it would just be more disaster on top of already-horrible circumstances.

Lydia: Exactly. The USA is relatively quake-free compared to some places, and I'd be surprised to find that an 8.9 ever happened in the country.

The Golden Eagle said...

Old Kitty: It is. :(

Thanks!

The Words Crafter: Thankfully, they are. It could have been so much worse if their buildings weren't so strong . . . but water has so much force.

Mine as well.

Susan: I agree. I can't imagine what it's like to actually be there--and not just seeing things on a screen.

Jai: I hope they are, too.

Clarissa: I do hope they're okay!

Abhishek: I'm so glad to hear they're safe. :)

Paul: I agree--there's so much potential for aftershocks affecting things all around the world.

Heather: And mine as well.

It would be a huge disaster--did you hear they were forced to release gas from one of the plants because of heat buildup? They say the amount of radioactive material is "tiny" but I don't want to think about what will happen if they're forced to release more.

Regina said...

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. There is just so much devastation. I couldn't believe my eyes watching that footage, I couldn't believe that it is even possible. Great post!

Robert Guthrie said...

We humans are small.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I can't imagine the terror the people in Japan have been going through. I pray for their safety.

Jayne said...

The news is truly terrifying. I live in such a moderate country - I cannot imagine what it is like knowing your home-land can be prey to such natural disasters.

Tony Benson said...

I don't have many earthquake experiences, and all have been mild with no property damage. Even so they were terrifying. We take it for granted that the ground beneath our feet will always be there. To have that basic expectation shattered is hard to come to terms with. To have lost family, home and more... I can't begin to imagine what they're going through.

Michael Offutt said...

The footage from the tsunami was terrifying.

The Golden Eagle said...

Regina: It is hard to imagine--all that water just sweeping in and carrying away so much.

Robert: And helpless, when it comes to disasters like this.

Sharon: I can't imagine it, either . . .

Jayne: It must be scary, to never know when something like that will hit.

Tony: Me, neither.

Michael: Just to see on a small screen was terrifying--but to be on the ground in Japan . . . gosh.

Elena Solodow said...

Such a scary thing. My heart goes out.

Michelle in a shell said...

Hi there, thanks for following my blog.

On a related note, natural disasters are terrifying! ESPECIALLY Tsunamis/earthquakes where there is practically nothing you can do.

Robyn Campbell said...

The world events have been staggering. A double punch in the gut to Japan. Praying...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. thanks for coming over to follow me - appreciate that.

Your graphic here is superb .. but the events as they've been unfolding are quite horrific and mind-boggling to even contemplate .. a truly unimagineable situation ..

With thoughts for them, and all the best to you .. Hilary

kangaroobee said...

Yes it's really scary to look at and must be terrifying for the Japanese right now. All they have is a scrap of hope. Makes you count your blessings!