Huge 8.9 quake plus tsunami - Japan

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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:18am PT
djews-

Here's Fujisawa on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujisawa,_Kanagawa
Tsujido is in the western end of the city.

They definitely got hit by the earthquake same as Tokyo and they are in the red zone for the tsunami. How they did all depends on whether they got away from the coast in time.

The Japanese tsunami sirens go off immediately and loudspeakers throughout the town would have told people to rush to higher ground. The only problem is that they would have had less than an hour's warning after the quake hit.

I'd be hopeful. If there's any country in the world where you would have a good chance of surviving such a disaster, it is Japan.
Anastasia

climber
hanging from an ice pic and missing my mama.
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:24am PT
djews,
Google has activated a person finder page to help people locate their love ones.

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

Sending my best,
Anastasia
djews

Social climber
sylacauga, alabama
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:26am PT
Thank you all so much for this information...it is my 2 nephews that live ther and I am very worried.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:26am PT
hey there say, thaDood and anastasia and jan, thanks...

i will share the link with some others i know...

thank you all...


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:38am PT
hey there say, djews... i am worried about two dear freinds, too, in the "red" zone...

i will be praying for yor family, too...

well, nite all, for now... i got to get a boy from
school tomorrow, and i need to sleep or i can't drive well...
djews

Social climber
sylacauga, alabama
Mar 11, 2011 - 05:45am PT
neebee,
thank you for the prayers your family and friends are in mine also...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Mar 11, 2011 - 07:02am PT
This appears to have been a massive rupture zone, hundreds of kilometers long potentially. The rim of fire has been restless this past couple of years.

Heart goes out to those folks. That could easily be California. These are the sorts of emergencies where I am happy to see the US military give assistance.

DMT
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Mar 11, 2011 - 07:03am PT
Wow. My mom just got home from Tokyo the day before yesterday; she was looking at nursing homes from her father. I have loads of relatives in and around Tokyo and Kyoto, and Im feeling pretty awful not necessarily for myself - these are people whom I only meet once a decade or so - but for the way my mother and grandfather must be feeling (or will, when they wake up)

djews

Social climber
sylacauga, alabama
Mar 11, 2011 - 07:43am PT
Wanted to let everyone know...I got word from my family and they were hit but have escaped and are safe for now.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Mar 11, 2011 - 09:00am PT
Hang tight Hawaii, its coming! I see some video of an entirely exposed reef at Diamond Head. This sort of drain and surge behavior is what got so many in Sumatra and Thailand, eh? Be careful my friends. What goes out always comes back.

DMT

ps. So far it doesn't look too bad for the islands.
D.Eubanks

climber
Mar 11, 2011 - 09:05am PT
Many thoughts and prayers for you Japan.



Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 11, 2011 - 09:26am PT
Good news about your family, djews! We just got a report that the U.S. airfields at Yokota and Yokusuka bases outside of Tokyo are up and running and essential supplies are being flown in through there since Narita is closed.

One good thing is that the Japanese prime minister announced earlier in the day that Japan would accept help from anywhere in the world. The previous government refused to do that after the Kobe earthquake and many died unnecessarily while foreign rescue teams were caught up in paperwork at the airport. This government is determined not to make the same mistake.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 11, 2011 - 09:35am PT
2nd wave is hitting Hawaii now; waves are about 2' high but the VOLUME OF WATER means people need to take care in coastal areas. Kahului harbor (Maui) saw a 5' wave; 2nd wave there was a 7' wave. No word from Hilo (which took heavy hits in 1946) yet.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 11, 2011 - 09:54am PT
Having Jan in Okinawa and Guido in New Zealand (OK, he may actually be in his moms basement in Calif. dreaming of the South Island, but I'm going at face value here) which just got rocked, makes the work a smaller and more personal space for sure.

Thoughts and well wishes for everyone in those spots.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:10am PT
Guido's wife, Nancy, posted a link to this video on her F.B. page:

http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/raw-videos-2-monster-tsunami-slamming-japan

PRETTY AMAZING!
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:20am PT
Thanks everyone for your good wishes.
It's been a nerve wracking day to say the least and a very sad one too.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:26am PT
An interesting look at the quake activity so far this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYdMIKhLT1Y&feature=rec-LGOUT-real_rn-2r-2-HM
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:31am PT
can anyone explain why they are happening on the west pacific and not closer to the US?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:45am PT
No. They cannot. At least not with any degree of assurance. But clearly many are worried it will pick up here too. Keep in mind there are rift zones and spreading centers, between N America and Japan.

Here check this out, a simplified map showing general plate motion.



Notice how Japan is getting the Pacific plate essentially head-on; its diving beneath Japan. The Pacific plate is the oldest of ocean plates. The farther the ocean crust is from a spreading center the older it is. The older it is the colder it is. The colder it becomes the heavier it becomes and it eventually slips beneath Japan, in big lurches of course. It is going back to the firey cauldron from whence it came, the world's greatest conveyer belt system. A cycle of Pacific Ocean rocks erupting from the spreading center and then slowly lurching across the Pacific basis to Japan to eventually be consumed takes roughly 200 million years, give or take (lol).

Notice South America suffers a similar situation because of the spreading center off its coast, the Nazca plate? That spreading center used to be off the coast of California too and that spreading was responsible for the creation of the rocks in the Sierra, in the Montana and Idaho batholiths and down in Baja, as well as the coast ranges all the way from Baja to Alaska.

A good part of the US portion of that old spreading center was consumed under the edge of North America, because as you can see N America is in motion too. Once the N America overrode the spreading center the nature of the plate boundaries changed from head on clash to oblique angles. For reasons too complicated for me to try to type (as I am a lay person anyway), the old spreading center converted into a transverse fault - the San Andreas.

There is still some head on subduction off the coast of NorCal north of Mendocino, as well as all of Oregon and Washtington as the map clearly shows. Juan de Fuca. Its there, along that coast, where we might expect to see a similar sort of quake like the ones in Chile, Sumatra and Japan.

If the entire Juan de Fuca were to rupture all at once, it could produce a quake of similar magnitude to the one in Japan. There are raised shore lines along Washington and Oregon that suggest magnitude 8 quakes occur roughly every 300 years. Its been about 300 years since the last one....

That's not to say the entire Pacific plate in motion won't cause the San Andreas family of faults to lurch - very well could. But the mechanisms involved are very different.

The North American continental plate and the Pacific Plate are no longer in head-on collision mode. They are traveling sorta in the same direction now, the difference in that direction is manifest by the San Andreas.

Back in the day, Jurassic, that is... California was much more like Japan is today.

DMT
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:54am PT
interesting Ding, thanks!.. Ive been seeing a lot of theory on this-but as you point out, its all in art form thus far. With the under cutting of tectonic plates, one could theorize that Japan may end up tilting vertical????Much like the sierras???
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