“Just hours after a 5.9 magnitude quake hit Washington D.C., San Francisco weather guy Sal Castaneda tweeted, “Hey east coasters: welcome to our world and what we live with everyday in California. Stay Safe.” Hey, Californians: Shut up and let us wallow in our abject terror.
Californians can’t get enough of snickering at how quaintly hysterical we East Coasters became after our earthquake today. A report from a waiting room in Santa Barbara, via Twitter: “CNN is on going on and on about the east coast earthquake. People here are laughing.” LA Weekly wrote of the quake, wrote, “Even by L.A. terms 5.9 is a rocker.” Even by L.A. terms—because, you know, Southern California invented earthquakes.”
First video: Damage at a restaurant in Japan following a strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake Friday morning. The earthquake lasted about a minute and triggered a small tsunami warning for coastal areas in North Japan.
9 P.M. (PBS) Nova “Japan’s Killer Quake”
Earthquake early warning for central Japan - NHK no evident shaking on live shots - @RodrigoEBR
UPDATE: New quake was not even strong. Was magnitude 4.6 - NHK
How the quake shifted Japan
Images from NASA’s Terra satellite show the coastline of Japan’s Honshu island in the area around Sendai before and after Friday’s earthquake. The left image is from Feb. 26, and the right image is from today. The images are color-coded to reflect surface composition rather than what the eye would see. The “Flood” label helps you gauge the extent of the flooding caused by the tsunami that followed the quake.
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