Earthquake, tsunami devastate Japan

An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit northern Japan, causing massive damage.  Then came the tsunami, which sent a 30-foot wall of water three miles inland, killing untold numbers.  The tsunami also traveled at 500 m.p.h.–as fast as a airplane–hitting Hawaii and America’s west coast.  Marinas and boats were damaged, but, as of this moment, I have heard no reports of American deaths.

Now fires have broken out in Japan, and–what really has people worried–nuclear power plants are releasing radiation and at least two are in danger of meltdown.

Lord, have mercy!

UPDATE:  25-year-old Joey Young from Crescent, California, was taking pictures of the incoming tsunami when he was swept out to sea and drowned.  Another California man with a history of heart problems was found dead on his boat.

Japan earthquake, tsunami said to kill hundreds; little impact on Hawaii, other islands.


Quake hits California

No reports of major damage or casualties, but an earthquake hit Baja California, near the Mexico border.  The quake was felt throughout southern California.  It registered 6.9 on the Richter scale.  The one that devastated Haiti was 7.0. See Strong 6.9 quake jolts Baja California, Mexico –

Can any of you out there give us a report?

Horrors in Haiti

Just 750 miles from the U.S.A., the people of Haiti are enduring more horrors in the aftermath of the earthquake:

Tens of thousands of people are facing a second catastrophe tonight as they struggled for survival on the devastated island of Haiti.

With no food, no water and no shelter, aid agencies were in a desperate race against time to save the victims of the earthquake.  Witnesses described gutters running with blood and children sleeping among heaps of dead bodies after becoming separated from their parents.

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via Haiti earthquake: 16 Brits missing as horrifying new pictures reveal extent of destruction | Mail Online.

UPDATE: Now looting has broken out, and gangs of young men with machetes are fighting over food. See this. Local authority has ceased to exist. Disaster is followed by anarchy, which can be even worse.