Entire Japan coast shifted 2.4 metres

Often ignored facts:

Japan earthquake factbox: Entire Japan coast shifted 2.4 metres, earth axis moves ten inches

Also:

  • Tsunami waves that hit California earlier today washed three onlookers out to sea. Two have been recovered.
  • St Louis, Missouri media outlets report that city has moved an inch as a result of the quake.
  • Waves from the ensuing tsunami reached 32 feet high.

Read more: Vancouversun.com

In related news:

Fukushima nuclear reactor has exploded:

Fukushima, Japan – Nuclear Reactor Explosion – March 12, 2011

There is a possible meltdown. This is Japan’s first nuclear emergency. More at BBC.

Indonesia quake kills two, tsunami warning lifted

My brother just left for Batam this morning and it is least comforting to know that an earthquake occurred in Indonesia early this morning.

Indonesia quake kills two, tsunami warning lifted

(CNN) — A 7.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia early Monday, leaving two people dead and 37 injured, health authorities said, but warnings of a possible tsunami were soon lifted.

The quake struck about 1:02 a.m. Monday (12:02 p.m. ET Sunday), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was nearly 1,900 kilometers east-northeast of Jakarta, the capital.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake had “the potential to generate a destructive regional tsunami along coasts located within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicenter,” and Indonesia’s National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency warned of a possible tsunami.

No tsunami formed, and Indonesia dropped its warning. But before it was dropped, local TV reports in Gorontalo described panicked residents outside their homes. (Source: CNN)

He arrived at the hotel already. I hope things would be fine there. He’s going for some trip to help build schools or something. He said he was forced.