TOW#14: Guest Blogger
This is a post that I found very interesting. It is by Nicole Long and it talks about the earthqauke that hit Japan. She made this a very easy read and was able to appeal to the emotions by describing “The Horror In Japan.” (Click this link to see the original post with images.)
Here is the blog post:
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan today, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast are under a tsunami warning.
The quake hit about 80 miles off the coast of Japan’s most populous island. The wave carries everything in its path inland and people turn to an airport for dry land and wait for rescue.
At an oil refinery near the coast, flames abrupt out of control triggered from the quake.
People in Tokyo, 230 miles away from the quake even felt aftershock. Train stations shut down, while people panicked.
Although quakes are common in Japan, people who live in Japan say this quake is unlike any other they have felt before. Japan quake witness Matt Alt said “My wife and I stood outside and, basically we held on to the outside of our house, you couldn’t even stand up. We have never, ever felt anything on the magnitude, the literal magnitude, of what we experienced today.”
This is one of the most powerful earthquakes in the past 100 years. It is sending aftershock into many other areas and tsunami wave warnings along the Pacific, including Hawaii. At least 137 people were killed, 539 were injured and 351 were missing after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, according to the Kyodo News Agency, citing police.
[11:07 a.m. ET, 1:07 a.m. Tokyo] Additionally, between 200 and 300 bodies have been found in the coastal city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture following the subsequent tsunami that struck that area. The death toll is likely to rise as there are few casualty counts yet from the worst-hit areas.
[12:06 p.m. ET, 2:06 a.m. Tokyo] Radiation level rising in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant turbine building, Kyodo News Agency reports.
Today [12:20 p.m. ET, 2:20 a.m. Tokyo] Maui police have reports of a 9-foot wave hitting Lahaina Harbor, Maui County Civil Defense Agency reports.
With all the tragedy happening, it is very important that we keep an eye on the news to one let us know if we may be in danger and two see if there is anyway we can help the victims of this. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who have lost loved ones due to this quake.