Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11th Earthquake in Japan

Earthquake Location from USGS data

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Great Wave of Kanagawa (woodblock print, about 1820) with eerie similarities to the beautiful tsunami travel times map above.  In fact, that's what I thought at first I was looking at - a wonderful Hokusai print.  Ironic.

From: GMA "Filipino Internet News Service"

Some NOAA websites with information about the earthquake and tsunami:  NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center


  1. here's a map with video from the bbc:

    bbc and al jazeera both have good live coverage on their international websites.

  2. Oh my god! Thanks, Keith, for sending the link to those videos, which are really incredible. As I watched a couple of them, especially the one of the port Miyako, with the shipping containers being tossed around like children's blocks, I was wondering what chance a human would have against the strength of that wave, which it said was about 30 feet high and hundreds of feet across. Absolutely devastating. I was also struck by how many nuclear reactors and oil refineries were in the direct path of the tsunami, according to the map on the web link you sent.

  3. Check out this neat map - (dark blue are continents, probably not such a great color as it took me a minute to realize this was a small scale map, not a large scale map):

  4. Keith - what an awesome interactive map!

  5. thank you so much!