Today’s earthquake in Virginia has prompted—no doubt about it—such headlines as “East Coast’s Wake Up Call” and “East Coast’s Brush With Disaster,” but I’m taking a more light-hearted look at today’s seismic event.
My reaction and the reaction of many other East Coasters can best be described as Gomer Pylesque. Sitting at the kitchen table with my kid, I suddenly felt the house vibrating as if hit by some kind of low frequency or bass sound waves; the house really shook, but not violently, just a gentle whoom whoom whoom type thing. I’m used to feeling a little tremor once in while when the quarry sets off some ANFO so I just waited for it to pass, and waited, and waited, then the realization that we were actually having an earthquake dawned on me. I was like, “Shazam! That’s an earthquake!” Knowing that no one was hurt [at the time of this writing] I can say that it was truly an amazingly funny moment.
I know all you earthquake veterans are unmoved by all this, and that you evacuated buildings and took precautions as soon as the first tremor hit, but we East Coasters have never experienced the earth moving beneath our feet, moved by a force that no one but God could ever command or control. We were truly stunned and amazed.
That was fun, but I’ll end on a more serious note. Now that we all recognize that we too are vulnerable, let’s take time to learn what our West Coast brethern already know. Let’s learn earthquake safety protocols and let our elected representatives initiate code changes to construct safer buildings and secure our infrastructure against future events.
If you felt today’s earthquake, report it to the USGS.
A special note to Jim Nabors: we miss you, hope you’re doing well our friend.
Ahhh, now I think I’ll go turn on the TV and watch some earthquake coverage. Good night.
Foreign observers are noting with curiosity and wonder that the Japanese people in disaster-plagued areas are not looting for desperately-needed supplies like bottled water. This behavior contrasts sharply with what has so often happened in the wake of catastrophes elsewhere, such as Haiti, New Orleans, Chile, and the UK, to name only a few. Most people chalk up the extraordinary good behavior to Japanese culture, noting the legendary politeness of Japanese people in everyday life.
Everything she knows is gone; a home, friends, family, civilization; what will she do now? How will she survive? Stunning photo and time for some introspection on our part, not to mention a little help.
Japanese parliamentarian Marutei Tsurunen says the current nuclear crisis will cause Japan to “reappraise” its policy on nuclear energy:
Tsurunen told YLE, “We have relied on nuclear power for the generation of electricity and now we face a crisis. This demands a complete reappraisal of policy on nuclear energy. Now we know it can be dangerous especially because of the tsunami factor.“
Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident the Sydney Morning Herald reports:
The effects of the radioactive plumes from the problematic nuclear reactors have spread further afield, with US government officials telling reporters crew members on the deck of USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to about a month’s worth of radiation in one hour when the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailed through the Pacific.
Hawaii, the US west coast and points between are bracing for a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
The earthquake is now being called “historic,” the fifth largest in history.
Japanese casualties are said to be about 3 dozen and climbing.
KHON in Hawaii is live, anticipating about a 6 ft. tsunami shortly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people during this time of tragedy and destruction.
Tremendous outpouring of anger by Twitter users at a CNN anchor that reportedly laughed and giggled while reporting the tragedy in Japan.
Stars and Stripes is reporting that USS George Washington, anchored at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was moved away from the pier by the quake. Crew noticed the water level had dropped by 6 feet. The ship was moving so much, it felt like they were underway.