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Japan earthquake: before and after photos

Posted By Phineas On March 15, 2011 @ 2:01 pm In Japan,Tragedies | Comments Disabled

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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 [1] 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 [2] some money to relief efforts.

By the way, the US Geological Survey has “upgraded” the quake from magnitude 8.9 to 9.0 [3]. 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 [4]. The largest warhead we ever deployed was the 9-megaton W53 [5], 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 [6])


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URLs in this post:

[1] before and after photos: http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

[2] donate: http://www.redcross.org/

[3] 9.0: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usc0001xgp/

[4] megatons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_scale#Richter_magnitudes_examples

[5] 9-megaton W53: http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/nuclear/multimeg.html#U5

[6] Public Secrets: http://pubsecrets.wordpress.com