As if the first earthquake and tsunami wasn't bad enough, yet another earthquake has shaken Northwestern Japan.
The total death toll from the March 11th/11 magnitude 8.9 earthquake, the fifth largest recorded in history , followed by a deadly tsunami, remains unknown at this time. Although over a thousand deaths are already known to have occurred, the potential loss of life is staggering, Over 10,000 people are known to be missing from a single town alone.
To complicate things further, at 10:26 Sunday, Mar. 13, --a new 6.2 magnitude earthquake has occurred in Northeastern Japan , this time closer to Tokyo.
In addition, and almost unbelievably, damaged nuclear plants threaten to melt down A partial meltdown of one reactor may already be in progress, with more than serious consequences. A vast area has been evacuated with almost 200,000 people moving out. A total of three nuclear reactors were damaged when cooling systems and backup systems were disrupted by earthquake damage. Is another Chernobyl disaster in the making, or has it already occurred? It is unknown.
Are more of these devastating earthquakes to come? With more than 150 aftershocks recorded, it is likely, but this too, is simply unknown.
What is known is that the tragedy continues to unfold before the eyes of the rest of the world, with possibly the worst yet to come. Even the earth itself was moved on it's axis reportedly 10cm (4") and the big island of Japan has been moved approximately 2 meters. (~8 feet) by the 8.9 magnitude quake.
What does such a major shift mean? Is the whole Pacific "Ring of Fire" on the move? Will the tectonic plates continue to move once they shift, or with pressure relieved, wait another 50 years?
There are many questions without answers but one thing is for sure.
Clearly the astounding power of nature cannot and should not be underestimated.Is the earth's crust being affected by a super-moon effect that has not yet peaked? Will the center of gravity of the earth itself change? Will the magnetic fields on the earth be changed by this relative change? Will the magnetic poles move, or even switch polarity?
Only time will tell. Meantime, hang onto your hats. The earth is on the move.
*At Incoming Bytes we offer our most sincere condolences to the families of those lost in this horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.