Sunday, March 13, 2011

Earthquakes and the US Geologic Survey

Since experiencing first hand a significant earthquake in December I started to track earthquake activity in the Caribbean Region by going the University of Puerto Rico's website from their Mayaguez Campus. They have the Red Sismica website in Spanish and in English. My only complaint is that they are not consistent in how they update seismic activity. For example they put up an earthquake in the South Sandwich islands and not the 8.9 earthquake in Honshu, Japan.

On the other hand they do have an excellent link to the US Geologic Survey which lists all tremors around the world, and highlighting the most significant ones, those 6.2 and above, in red. See this map

The color tells the story. On March 11, at





MAP 8.9 2011/03/11 05:46:24 38.322 142.369 24.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN





What the news articles don't tell you precisely is that after the 8.9 quake, Japan had at least 19 significant after shocks on that day alone! Could you imagine? Some of these quakes have been up to 7.1 in intensity. The earth continues to shake and things have not settled down at all.

To add bad to worse, now they have a nuclear catastrophe on their hands.

Please pray for the Japanese people that God would spare them from any further damage and rescue all that are suffering. If you would like to help here is the link for the Red Cross

Another link leads to a long established missionary group called SEND which has been in Japan for over 50 years.

1 comment:

http://www.ehow.com/members/stevemar2-articles.html said...

The damage and destruction from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan looks massive from the images I’ve seen on television and the Internet! I hope the United States and other countries make substantial contributions to the relief efforts there.