Japan earthquake: before and after photos

Posted by: Phineas on March 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Want to see something impressive, in that “so shocking my brain almost can’t process this” kind of way?

Australia’s ABC News has before and after photos of areas in Japan devastated by the Sendai quake and tidal wave. Roll you mouse over the photos to see the difference, and then go donate some money to relief efforts.

By the way, the US Geological Survey has “upgraded” the quake from magnitude 8.9 to 9.0. To give you an idea of the force generated, the 6.7 Northridge earthquake that trashed Los Angeles in 1994 equaled the force released by the explosion of a 168-kiloton nuclear bomb. What was the equivalent for last Friday’s 9.0 temblor?

474 megatons. The largest warhead we ever deployed was the 9-megaton W53, and it would take 52 of those to match the power of last week’s quake.

Like I said, the mind almost can’t process it.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to “Japan earthquake: before and after photos”


  1. Frank Nitti says:

    not sure i know what to say after looking at those……..don’t think Japan will be the same in our lifetime. Just hope they find some way to slow that reactor down.

  2. Old Goat says:

    It boggles the mind to think of the destructive power of nature.

    The Island itself moved by 8-10 feet (depending on source reporting). Think about that. A whole island being moved by feet in matter of minutes.

    I agree that this is a massive blow to Japan, and its probably something that will change the country dramatically. They were in financial trouble prior to this, hugely in debt, and this will cost hundreds of billions.

    Then I think, when looking at this horrible mess, that our deficit for this year alone would make the cost for Japan’s rebuilding look cheap.