12th March - Today's News: Japan EarthQuake Not Caued by 'Supermoon'

Just to clear this piece of nonsense up:

No, the "supermoon" didn't cause the Japanese earthquake

And for the record, it wasn't HAARP, Nibiru, an imminent pole shift or my kettle. It was caused by tectonic movements on a subduction zone in the most seismicly active region on Earth. And as indicated below, it may be just the latest in a series of events that begain with the 2004 Indonesian earthquake.

Now, the good news is:

Island nations spared as tsunami charges across Pacific

And Latin America escapes tsunami wrath

Although in the US, Oregon marina destroyed in tsunami's wake - but that seems to be the most serious damage outside of Japan.

But the very bad news is:

Huge blast at Japan nuclear plant with growing fears of a meltdown occuring. This is an ongoing situation.

Meanwhile, rescue and relief operations swing into action

The coast of Japan moved about 8 feet

Researchers have also created a near real time map of Japan aftershocks

The big quake is the latest in cluster that began in 2004 and as well as the Indonesian Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami includes the big quakes in China, Haiti and Chile. I've already been asked whether I think we're seeing an increase in such events. Clearly we are, but on the other hand, we cannot say that they are in any way unusual. Had all these quakes occurred a few hundred years ago we in Britain would have been entirely unaware of it. There does seem to be soime evidence that the Earth goes through brief phases of more active tectonic activity - and as likely done so since the very beginning. We shouldn't therefore be worried that these recent events are portents of bigger Earth changes. On the other hand, we should also be aware that further major quakes might occur for a few more years yet before things quieten down. One problem is that all the plate boundaries are, ultimately, connected. A big movement here can place pressure somewhere else and so on. The earthquake in Japan showed once again how far humankind is from controlling our environment. We live, as they say, in interesting times.

Comments

  1. "We live, as they say, in interesting times."

    "Geological time is now" - as used by some climbers (I first read it in Aaron Ralston's Rock & a Hard place).

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