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Online Resources for Japan Earthquake Information

Early today, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of northern Japan, spawning aftershocks and a tsunami that swept across the region. That’s the same strength as the Earthquake that hit Chile last year and was powerful enough to knock the whole planet out of its original orbit, something that in turn may have altered the time of night and day on Earth. We do not know the full consequences of this severe Earthquake yet, but below you’ll find som serious – and continuously updated – information sites on the Japanese catastrophe.

Tracking the Tsunami

CNN Live Blog: CNN is tracking all the events surrounding the earthquake and tsunami with a live blog. It’s currently providing up-to-date information on all the news coming out of Japan as the country tries to address the impact of the natural disaster.

Reuters Live Coverage: Reuters is providing a live, minute-by-minute resource for people to get all the latest news on the Japan earthquake. It’s tracking events in Japan, as well as those elsewhere around the Pacific as the tsunami continues to travel toward shore.

BBC Live Blog: The BBC is also offering a live blog to give people the latest information on the tsunami. In addition, the publication is offering a “wave map” for people to track its progress.

Japan Meteorological Agency: Those with loved ones in Japan will want to go to the Japan Meteorological Agency Web site. It has up-to-date information on warnings, forecasts, and other key information on current conditions around the country.

NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Page is being updated often with information on the latest warnings and information on where the tsunami is headed.

Hawaii Red Cross Twitter Page: The Hawaii Red Cross is using its Twitter page to detail information on the impact the tsunami is having on the state. It’s also linking to local news stations that have live feeds covering the impact around Hawaii.

Map Visage Google Map: A Google Map has been created to provide a visual depiction of where the tsunami is headed. Each marker on the map provides the estimated arrival time for the tsunami, based on NOAA estimates.

U.S. Geological Survey: The U.S. Geological Survey is providing constant updates on earthquakes and aftershocks erupting in the Pacific. It’s providing exact locations for the earthquakes, a map for users to see where they are, and more.

Twitter: As with previous natural disasters, Twitter is becoming a top resource for people to find out what’s going on around the world. The tsunami hash tag is proving to be one of the best ways to cull information about the event.

The Weather Channel: As one might expect, The Weather Channel is all over the tsunami coverage, providing information on when it might hit the United States, maps showing arrival times, and the latest news surrounding the earthquakes.


For friends and Families

Google Person Finder: Google has launched its Person Finder for the Japan Earthquake. People can input information about someone or search the service to see if any information is available about someone who might have been impacted by the tsunami. The resource currently has 7,200 records, but it’s growing quite rapidly.

NTT Docomo Safety Response: One of Japan’s mobile-phone providers is allowing people to input a loved one’s mobile phone number into a search to confirm the safety of that person. Think of it as a “message board” of sorts.

KDDI Disaster Message Board: Similar to NTT Docomo’s service, the KDDI Disaster Message Board lets people place messages on its service to find out about a loved one’s condition. That person’s safety can then be confirmed via mobile phone or on a PC.

Softbank Message Board: Softbank’s Message Board mimics KDDI’s service, allowing people to post a message to loved ones, which can then be viewed on the person’s mobile phone. They can respond from that device to confirm they’re safe.

Japan Shelter Map: A Google Map has been created, listing lodging places for people who have been affected by the tsunami to stay the night.

Hawaii State Civil Defense: Hawaii’s State Civil Defense released a list of evacuation centers and refuge sites for citizens. In addition, the page features other information that might be of use to those trying to find loved ones.

Red Cross Shelters: The American Red Cross has a Google Maps application on its Web site, allowing users to find its shelters around the U.S. According to its Twitter page, evacuation shelters are currently open in Washington, Oregon, and California. This map will help folks find those locations.

American Red Cross Donation Page: The American Red Cross has launched a donation page for victims of the tsunami and earthquakes. The Web page lets users donate as much as they’d like from the secure form.


General Information

Google Crisis Response: Google is providing an outstanding resource on its Crisis Response page, listing organizations tracking the earthquakes and tsunami, as well as maps and the latest news surrounding the horrific event.

Red Cross Tsunami Checklist: The Red Cross Tsunami Checklist has been updated to provide information on preparedness and tips on what to do after a tsunami has hit.

Prime Minster of Japan and Cabinet Page: This page delivers several outstanding links and informational guides on the country’s response to the tsunami and earthquake.

Red Cross Twitter Page: The Red Cross’ Twitter account is providing resources for people to learn more about the tsunami and earthquakes. It also lists a number that people can call to find information about loved ones who might have been affected by the event.

Red Cross Newsroom: The American Red Cross’ Newsroom page is providing updated information on the tsunami. It also has basic data about the earthquakes.

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: NOAA has offered up several visual depictions of the tsunami and its impact around the Pacific. It includes a wave-height model, a view of the Pacific Ocean floor, and much more.

NOAA Center for Tsunami Research: NOAA has also added an event page to its site for the impact the Honshu tsunami had. The page includes a graphical display forecast, hazard assessments, and research services for those that want to learn more about the event.

NOAA Tsunami Informational Page” Those looking to learn more about tsunamis, including how they originate, the history of tsunamis around the world, and how people can prepare for them, can check out the NOAA Tsunami Informational Page. It’s a fine resource for all-things tsunami.

NOAA Tsunami Fact Sheet (PDF): Aside from an online resources, NOAA also has a PDF document offering insight into tsunamis and the impact they’ve had around the world. It also discusses the tsunami warning system, Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis stations, and much more.


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Scientists Gather Around Katla, Volcano Giant Close To Eruption

A sudden grouping of earthquakes at and around the volcano Katla in Iceland during the past 24 hours is cause for concern. Approximately 50 earthquakes have suddenly popped around the region, according to the Modern Survival Blog. The most alarming is that the last 6 have rumbled right beneath and within the Katla volcano caldera  itself – the most caldera quakes in one day since this author began monitoring the Icelandic volcano 7  months ago. International geologist is now setting up new equipment in the area.

“If that wasn’t enough cause for concern, earthquakes are also rumbling around the volcano that erupted last April (Eyjafjallajokull), the one that shut down European air traffic for several weeks.”


A few weeks ago, Eyjafjallajokull began showing signs of activity once again, the activity being new earthquakes. Having been mostly quiet since the eruption ended early last year, Eyjafjallajokull may now be indicating that it has more in store for us, the blog reports.

However, of greater overall concern is the Katla volcano.

The Katla Eruption of 1918

Reason being, it has the potential to explode with up to ten times the force of that of its neighbor, Eyjafjallajokull.

“The last Katla eruption was during 1918, 92 years ago, and is way overdue for its next wake-up call.”

The average time between explosive Katla eruptions has been 52 years since it erupted in 30 AD. Katla has erupted 38 times since.

Since May, 2010, approximately 132 earthquakes have rumbled within the Katla caldera.

The concentration of these earthquakes appear to be located in three general areas, as shown in the following image.

The largest concentration looks to be near the eruption of 1755, with nearly an equal number located near the eruption of 1918. There is also a build up of quakes along the northeast rim.

“We know that it is only a matter of time before this volcano blows its top. The explosion could be the biggest we’ve seen in a long time around this planet. Katla has exploded with a VEI 5 in the past (that’s pretty big).”

According to ModernSurvivalBlog.com,  new detection equipment has been installed around the Katla; Eyja region.

“If accurate, this could explain some of what we may be seeing. My own experience tells me that newly installed systems (any industry) take a while to tweak out issues. We’ll see how this plays out. Apparently just days ago, new, more sensitive seismometers (and more of them) have been brought online having been installed around Katla and Eyja, and financed by the British Geological Survey. The reason for the British funding for the new seismometers and software is to give better clues and more advanced warning before Katla does eventually go ka-boom. Even they know its history.”

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Is The Earth Moving?

The Modern Survival Blog has made an interesting observation; it seems like the one of the earth’s seven major   tectonic plates are moving! As we have pointed out separately – both here at the Econotwist’s and at MSB – something strange is going on deep down in the planet’s lithosphere. One thing seems clear; there are major forces at work.

“Just seven hours after the 6.7 earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 struck at New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, some 4,600 miles away on the other side of the “Pacific Ring Of Fire” – the Pacific tectonic plate.”

Modern Survival Blog

As the graphic above illustrates; it seems like one of the tectonic plates that covers the planet is about to make a move. A record numbers of earthquakes have been recorded this year, and some of them unusual strong. At the Modern Survival Blog they’ve started chartering the earthquakes. The pattern it shows, is stunning!

What’s going on at the Pacific tectonic plate?

Yesterday a strong earthquake shook at Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, was followed by a swarm of earthquakes.

The Modern Survival Blog has looked at the number of earthquakes in the region of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, going back about a month, and writes:

“It looks like on average there has been about one relatively small earthquake every three days, more or less, with the occasional two earthquakes in a day. That is until 18-July when a strong magnitude 6.7 struck the region. Since then there have been many numerous after shocks, many of which are impressive in magnitude, as high as 5.8 as of this post.”

“What makes this even more interesting is that just seven hours after the 6.7 earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 struck at NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, some 4,600 miles away on the other side of the ‘Pacific Ring Of Fire’, the Pacific tectonic plate. Then, just 31 minutes later, boom, a magnitude 7.3 struck at nearly the same location. Wow, there are serious forces at work here.”


The blogger have plotted the location of the earthquakes, illustrating the distance between them while also showing the direction of movement of the Pacific tectonic plate. It seems like one side popping in Alaska may have stressed the other side such that it also needed to move in New Guinea.


It may be coincidence, the MSB continues.  “But something tells me otherwise…”

“Does it feel like to you that there has been increasing earth movements lately? It does to me. I’ve previously reported on the statistics of magnitude 5.0 and higher with regards to historical occurrences, and the frequency of occurrence is definitely up so far this year, 2010. We will see how the rest of the year averages out, while I expect to do a new analysis during early August.”

Here at the Econotwist’s Blog, I’ve separately made many similar observations, and also raised questions about what might be going on.

Specially the story about the many rare deep water fish that’s been surfacing lately, is an interesting related piece.

Related by the Econotwist:

Earthquake Frequency Up 133% In 2010

The Earth: A Danger Zone

Katla Could Be 100 Times – Not 10 – More Explosive Than Eyjafjallajokull

More Mysterious “Monster Fish” Comes To Surface

Low-Oxygen Zones In Oceans Worry Scientists

Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth

Mother Earth On Crack

New Aftershock of 6,1 Hits Haiti


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