An 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan caused fatalities, injuries and damage, then it triggered a ten-meter-high tsunami higher than many islands in the area when I walked into work this morning.
As we watch the images from live Japanese television, I can only think that Japan is one of the countries where you’ll have the best chance to survive earth quakes and natural disasters. If anyone can pull through it, it’s the Japanese!
The latest is that the tsunamis are sweeping across the Pacific, toying with island societies that are lower than the up to 10 metres standing waves. Let’s hope the alert and early warning systems are working and as many people are saved as possible. Here are some of the more shocking images:
I circled a bus to emphasise the scale of it
A person waving from her house to the helicopter
A maelstrom outside Japan. This is not the boat reported on.
Measuring the cracks.. These forces are enormous
So far it seems a lot of the countries in the Pacific have gotten off scott free, as the waves are scaling down with a maximum of 2m height in Hawaii (see wave map). You can watch the BBC Live coverage here.
Hang in there and hang onto something! You’re on our minds!