Japanese disaster: the scale of the problems growing

Japanese disaster — this is definitely the number one topic. In the next three days, seismologists predict a new wave of underground beats at least seven points. The painting, which opened after the first wave, is truly horrifying.

If you go from Tokyo to the north, the disaster zone begins somewhere in the 120-130 km from the capital. Specifically, there was a small tsunami — only five feet, but even that was enough to turn the coastal street in a pile of ruins.

With every kilometer ride gets harder and eventually the road stops. Next — the desert of rubble. Occasionally there are people here. Most do not dare to come down.
"When did the wave, we ran out of the house. Once saw the tsunami rushed to the car and drove away from the shore and wave chasing us" — the woman said.

"It all happened very quickly. Seemed as if rising out of the wall of smoke. Everything was flooded. Meters depth was ten, not less," — adds man.
The conditions in which a lifeguard, as close to the fighting. Attack from the sea and from the ground continued for the third day in a row.

From here to the coast, two or three kilometers. That's it — right-of-way. Previously, there was a settlement, and now — just rubble strewn wasteland. Now no one is allowed there. Rescue work suspended, because what is coming next tsunami. You can see it when you look at the horizon.
Casualty data are constantly changing. Clear to all that the official figures do not reflect the real picture. Missing number in the thousands.
How to behave during an earthquake, the Japanese are taught from kindergarten. There is a saying — there is nothing worse than a tsunami. When there is a tidal wave, you need as quickly as possible to escape from the coast. But how then run away, if for you at a rate of ten-car rushing wall of water.
It's not even that hard to look for the dead. Just too many of them. Trying to find traces of their homes, residents sometimes find their neighbors in the position in which they were overtaken by the elements.
"Home, I could not go. Wife climbed onto the roof, until the evening to shout to her help. Now she is in the hospital. With her was another man, but he probably died. Generally there are many dead," — says Ivasadzi Hajime.
In the area of disaster duty volunteer fire brigade. They are alert to the threat of new tsunami watch, that in an emergency the people in the disaster area was not.
"Some houses miraculously survived, people try to go back there. Over in the house now elderly. They need help. Now comes the tsunami, and we have to evacuate everyone who is there," — said the commander of fire brigade Yukie Sato.
While no one can say about how much time and money will be spent on eliminating the consequences of the disaster. Moreover, that the scale continues to grow.


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The strength of the Japanese earthquake surprised seismologists

Earthquake of 8.9 magnitude on the Richter scale has become one of the ten largest on record and came to the place of the geological relief, where the expected smaller aftershocks.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake, which occurred on Friday in Japan, "hit the Top 10 of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, from the days when there were seismographs," — said seismologist Susan Houg of Geological Surveying and Mapping in the U.S. Pasadena. "It's bigger than any other earthquake in Japan in the past and more than expected for the region."

Geologists had expected the portion of the volcanic Pacific Ring of Fire, give rise to 8-8.5 earthquake magnitudes. "The power of the 8.9-magnitude was a surprise to scientists," — she said.

For an earthquake of this magnitude, you must have extensive, relatively straight line geological shift around, such as in Peru and along the eastern coast of South America. The earthquake, which occurred on Friday, there was a Japanese depression, where the Pacific tectonic plate slid under the Japanese plate.

Scientists do not expect such a strong earthquake, because the plate boundary is not flat and has a rather irregular. As reported by Lucille Jones of Geological Surveying and Mapping U.S. earthquake of such strength, requires the fault zone length of at least 482 kilometers.

Almost in the same region on Wednesday earthquake with magnitude of 7.2. Usually, in the case of major earthquakes, there are 5% chance that it will be followed even more earthquake. What happened was precisely the events that could occur with a probability of 1 in 20 cases.

Already committed, at least two additional earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 and above, and the researchers believe that this is not the end.

This earthquake was a "perfect storm for tsunami education," — said Houg — it was very strong and there was a very small depth. It was so close to shore, about 130 kilometers, that people on the beach did not have time to warn of an impending wave of 4.5 meters.

The magnitude of the Indonesian earthquake that spawned the tsunami in the Indian Ocean December 26, 2004, was 9.1. The strongest earthquake ever recorded occurred in the Chilean city of Valdivia — his strength is 9.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.


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