"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan quake dwarfs Long Beach 1933 quake

     Yesterday's  8.9 earthquake in Sendai, Japan, just north of Tokyo--ironically on the anniversary of the 1933 Long Beach quake I just wrote about here (their March 11 is our March 10)--and the 23-foot tsunami resulting from that quake--overshadow the statistics of the Long Beach quake.
     A story we need to be following now concerns the effect of the disaster on a nuclear power plant just northeast of Tokyo. The area is being evacuated. According to the Associated Press two hours ago, "The government declared a state of emergency at the plant. The quake triggered a power outage and when a backup generator also failed, the cooling system was unable to supply water to cool the reactor. The reactor core remains hot even after a shutdown." This makes a nuclear meltdown possible. Latest update
    Note: The Sendai earthquake is 8,000 times stronger than the recent one in New Zealand. 

    My final post about the '33 quake is below.


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