A massive 8.9 quake and huge tsunami have struck northern Japan, triggering a wider tsunami alert around the Pacific rim.
2036: A contact in the Philippines reports that 19 provinces in north Luzon are on high alert. Tsunami waves have already reached the vicinity and more waves are expected to hit. No reports of casualties.
With a dam reportedly having broken in Fukushima prejecture, washing away homes, and Japanese authorities monitoring the nuclear plants, one question arise: Do we still want to go ahead with a 100-storey tower, nuclear power plants and more dams of our own in Malaysia?
A tsunami warning is in effect for Japan, Russia Taiwan, Yap, Philippines, Marshall Is., Belau, Midway Is., Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston Is., Solomon Is., Kiribati, Howland-baker, Hawaii, Tuvalu, Palmyra Is., Vanuatu, Tokelau, Jarvis Is., Wallis-futuna, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Mexico, Kermadec is, Fr. Polynesia, Pitcairn, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru.
1730: A contact in the Philippines says they are on a Level 2 alert there and the critical watch-out period is between now and 7.00pm (Malaysian/Philippines time).
The tsunami is also expected to reach Hawaii at just after 3.00am (Hawaii time)/9.00pm (Malaysian time)
Over in Japan:
Inside one home when the quake struck:
Alert at 6.30pm:
WEPA40 PHEB 111030
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 006
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1030Z 11 MAR 2011
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…
WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
… A WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT …
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / WAKE IS. /
TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /
POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
NAURU / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / KIRIBATI / HOWLAND-BAKER /
HAWAII / TUVALU / PALMYRA IS. / VANUATU / TOKELAU / JARVIS IS. /
WALLIS-FUTUNA / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / COOK ISLANDS / NIUE /
FIJI / NEW CALEDONIA / TONGA / MEXICO /
KERMADEC IS / FR. POLYNESIA / PITCAIRN /
GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / ANTARCTICA /
PANAMA / HONDURAS / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / PERU
THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME – 0546Z 11 MAR 2011
COORDINATES – 38.3 NORTH 142.4 EAST
DEPTH – 24 KM
LOCATION – NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
MAGNITUDE – 8.9
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
DART 21415 50.2N 171.8E 0845Z 0.27M / 0.9FT 52MIN
WAKE US 19.3N 166.6E 0928Z 0.39M / 1.3FT 14MIN
NAHA OKINAWA JP 26.2N 127.7E 0901Z 0.25M / 0.8FT 60MIN
SAIPAN US 15.2N 145.7E 0916Z 0.65M / 2.1FT 30MIN
TOSASHIMIZU SHIKOKU 32.8N 133.0E 0753Z 0.92M / 3.0FT 68MIN
OMAEZAKI HONSHU JP 34.6N 138.2E 0818Z 1.42M / 4.6FT 56MIN
DART 21419 44.5N 155.7E 0716Z 0.40M / 1.3FT 20MIN
DART 21413 30.5N 152.1E 0659Z 0.76M / 2.5FT 32MIN
HANASAKI HOKKAIDO J 43.3N 145.6E 0657Z 2.79M / 9.2FT 76MIN
DART 21401 42.6N 152.6E 0643Z 0.67M / 2.2FT 40MIN
DART 21418 38.7N 148.7E 0619Z 1.08M / 3.5FT 06MIN
LAT – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
NOTE – DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.
SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED
WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND
SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.
A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY
SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM
ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND
THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.
FOR ALL AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
CHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION… THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.
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Nor does it look much like ‘containment’
That doesn’t look controlled at 0:47
This is sad, my hearts goes for the people in Japan. The nuclear in Japan can cause havoc if anything happens. Does it mean that the end of the world is coming sooner than we think? It’s about time to do good and pray for forgiveness for all the sins we all have done.
“It’s about time to do good” Your God omniscient or not? I think most popular concepts of God include sufficient wisdom and all-seeing-ness that waiting until things looked bad to start doing good wouldn’t earn you many ‘heaven points’. I don’t think you can cram for the heavenly exam. Look out for havoc all over northern latitudes if Japan has a nuclear problem. Nuclear energy is being promoted as the saviour of cold, wealthy northern countries. The truth of the matter is that they are unsustainably (in the face of fossil fuels running out / their owners demanding a reasonable… Read more »
GOD must be angry!!!…with so many destructive events earthquakes, cyclones unfolded recently between the period 2010/early 2011…these must be the pointers of many more worse things to come. UMNO … take heed…all the money in the world will not save you…
Everyone in the PAC-Fleet knows that thing was welded to the pier!
Are you planting hidden script to have your head icon show up in my Opera browser? I found your head icon intruded my browse illegally.
No hidden script. It’s just the favicon icon for the website that appears on the opened browser tabs like other website’s.
That is strange, your favicon also appears in my website main page tourmalaysia.com, not just your website.
I can take screen shot to prove that funny thing.
I cannot find way to remove your head icon from my browser whenever I go to my travel blog.
See the proof your favicon appears in my website.
Very strange. Which version of Opera are you using?
Could you please try on a different PC/laptop because I don’t see the same problem on Opera 11.01 here.
Chrome is fine without showing your icon in tourmalaysia.com tab.
I’m using opera 11 (latest). Will try in another PC later, and update it later.
I tried to reproduce this on Opera version 11.01. I opened up two tabs, one for this blog and one for tourmalaysia.com
The favicon for this blog only appears on the browser tab of this blog and a different icon (Opera default?) on tourmalaysia.com
Could you try on a different PC/lap top and see if you have the same problem?
Does anyone else have similar problems with the favicon?
Some browsers can exhibit funny behaviours when websites behave oddly. Your tourmalaysia.com, for example has neither a (modern way) link rel=”shortcut icon” in its pages, nor a (old way) /favicon.ico – it actually returns some weird User-Agent-sniffing nonsense (it has Vary headers to that effect).
If you either include a link rel=”shortcut icon” (just copy Anil’s from his page source, but point to your own shortcut icon) or put a /favicon.ico on your own webserver and make sure your weird software that sniffs User-Agents doesn’t interfere with it. The first option is probably easier and its more modern / ‘standard’.
Thanks for the clarification, Sean.
The funny thing is I tried to reproduce the problem using the latest Opera browser on my side, but the tourmalaysia.com tab looked fine and did not display the favicon for my blog.
Maybe the OS plays a role too…?
If they don’t find a way to cool down that nuclear power plant there is really going to be trouble coming up besides what already happened! Yikes!
Is Penang ready for the BIG ONE??? LGE….regarding all those slope developments and the property price priming…….maybe time to wake up After the condolences have died down for Japan, it maybe wise for Penang to seek help from the Japanese, the best people prepared for earthquakes, and advise Penang on its development….and be prepared for earthquake eventualities… Remember 2004…and jangan lupa lupa like Mahathir.. Penang is only 15 mins to Acheh… Be prepared……never think it could not happen here… After Christchurch, Tokyo…it could happen anywhere …including Penang…..and its high rises and condos are not built to withstand earthquakes….. Jangan tunggu… Read more »
click here to watch live video footage of tsunami hitting japan
BBC World reported 200 to 300 bodies were found on the beach with waves over 8-10 meters high. Meanwhile Hawaii in the pacific region on full alert, is begining to feel the tsunami waves too.
When the days are sunny and blue sky, and suddenly these earthquakes striking in more frequencies all over the world. It makes us wonder why life has to be so disastrous. Why so much of ‘wake up calls’ such as these calamities.
Even if we are now in the end times, I would rather be more positive for better times ahead, than to dwell on pain, sorrows and inevitabilities. Surely there is a humane way to influence our future destiny, for the better.
My sympathies to NZ and Japan.
Mayan calendar say 12 December 2012 if you believe it
Ya, but different calendars are calculated differently. Maybe 2012 is an approximate date. Could be slightly earlier or later…not that I’m staking my life on predictions.
Has this also affected our Internet connectivity? I’ve been getting a lot of dropped connections for the past few minutes.
Anil Can you initiate a discussion on the affordability of housing in malaysia from young people. The government is allowing those belwo 35 with monthly income less than RM3000 to undertake 30-year 100% loan. However, based on my calculation below, there is a downside: Let’s do a simple maths here: Monthly salary 3,000 Less: EPF (330) Less: SOCSO (5) Less: Income tax (51) – single status Net take home pay 2,614 With 2,614 a month, one will need to carefully budget to take care of the following fixed commitments: 1. Housing loan repayment. Present BLR is 6.30% but lets assume… Read more »