An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's northeastern coast around 0546 GMT on Friday.
It caused a four-meter tsunami in the port city of Kamishi and its tremors shook buildings in the capital Tokyo, over 300 kilometres away.
Now Taiwan has issued a tsunami warning.
More incredibly dramatic video from the UK Guardian. (It won't let me embed it for some reason.) There is going to be massive loss of life and damage from this quake and tsunami.
"Japan's 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggers tsunami - video
TV pictures show a vast wall of water carrying debris and even fires across a large swathe of coastal farmland near the north-east Japanese city of Sendai, which has a population of 1 million."
Note: This quake comes right on the heels of a powerful X Class Solar Flare released by the Sun March 9 at 2323 UTC.
I left a comment a while back on another thread linking to an article on the possible connection between CME's (Coronal Mass Ejections) and earthquake and volcanoe activity. When I read about this solar flare the other day I wondered if there would be any large earthquakes to follow and now we have Japan. There was also a massive X Category Flare on Feb. 15 and then the Christchurch earthquake which struck seven days later on Feb. 22.
|A somewhat related article............................................Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:22 — McJ
A somewhat related and very interesting article postulating that cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes etc. are the earth's way of discharging electrical activity that is caused by solar activity such as CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections) from our Sun.
'Cyclones, Earthquakes, Volcanoes And Other Electrical Phenomena'
Interestingly, the two recent super storms (Vasi and the huge winter storm in North America), a cluster of earthquake activity, the eruption of Mount Kirishima in Japan and an increase in UFO sightings coincided with a massive CME. On Jan 31, 2011 "a massive coronal hole opened up on the sun, hurling another sledgehammer of charged particles in the direction of Earth. This was due to impact us sometime between February 2nd and February 4th".
This event also coincided with a new moon which he explains is significant.
"It gives us tremendous bombardment after that Moon moves out of the way, the first and second day after the New Moon. That's the condition that has been identified as being one of the leading causes of kicking-off major hurricanes and storms. What it does is: The Moon is interacting with the solar electric field. It's that CHANGE which causes the storms, and causes the environment around Earth to change, and thus affects Earth weather."
He also postulates that these electrical discharges cause lots of other phenomena and anomalies. Aurora activity would be the most notable I suppose but there are others including the sometimes reported "earthquakes lights." This proposed powerful electrical activity would also be affecting the living things on earth including human beings causing health affects such as migraines, arthritis flaring up etc. And it is interesting to note that it also coincided with the recent uprising in Egypt suggesting it may influence (ie. heighten) our emotional activity.
"So while we can't make any specific predictions with this knowledge, we can track the general exchange of cosmic electrical energy in our immediate environment. Human civilization is not exempt from this energy as the mass protests sweeping the Middle East can attest. This excess of electricity from the cosmos seems to translate into powerful emotional displays at the human level - both individually and collectively. "
Here is a link to a moon phase calender.