Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earthquake Moves Japan's Coast 8 feet; Tsunami; Radioactivity

Below is some information about the powerful earthquake on Friday, March 11, 2011 that struck Japan and sent tsunamis all the way to the northern US coast.  The quake struck at 2:46 pm local time (12:46 am ET).  The death toll may rise to over 1,000 -- and there are signs of radioactivity near Japanese nuclear power plants as the plants struggle to control the temperature of radioactive material.

CNN reports: The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

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  • 12:46 am ET: Quake strikes, sending tsunami and 30-foot wall of water across Japan.  
  • 8:07 am ET: Less than 8 hours later, the tsunami struck Hawaii almost 4,000 miles away with 7-foot waves / swells.  
  • Afternoon, ET: Tsunami brings 8-foot waves to northern California, about 2,400 miles from Hawaii.  

CNN reports: The tsunami struck the Hawaiian Islands shortly after 3:07 a.m. Friday (8:07 a.m. ET) -- less than eight hours after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off Japan, where nearly 300 people had been reported killed by early Saturday. The Hawaiian capital Honolulu is nearly 3,800 miles (6,100 km) from the epicenter of Friday's quake.
It brought six-foot waves to Maui, where harbors remained closed Friday night, and brought 8.1-foot waves to Crescent City, California...

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