argest earthquake in 140 years. A 33 foot tsunami almost immediately inundated the area, with the above photo showing the neighborhood of the Sendai Airport. This tremor occurred in the general area of a quake two days ago which registered at 7.3. The energy release difference between these two earthquakes was around factor of 250. For details on how to make these calculations, go to my 14April2010 posting.
The prefecture just south of Miyagi (where Sendai is located) is Fukushima, which saw the above tsunami. The crucial factor is that there is at least one nuclear powerplant now in jeopardy.
Hawaii Tsunami from Amsterdam. The result was a 2 foot tsunami, and people actually were disappointed. Shame! My problem today is that I'm watching everything on CNN from my room at the Sheraton Grande Sukhamvit in Bangkok, and have an early morning flight to Narita Airport (that's a photo taken just after the earthquake), which is currently closed. A year ago I was at the Bangkok Shangri-la and got close to being stranded here when the red and yellow shirt fight shut down the airport. This time, I don't know when the next flight can be taken to Japan.
Youtube clip from Kona, which largely faces the earthquake.
By dawn, there should be a clear sense of any damage. In the meantime, chances are that the decision of the State government to call for evacuations might have actually saved lives in Hawaii.