**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?
Like I said, the mind almost can’t process it.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets )