8.9 Earthquake – Japan
Largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan. Friday, March 11, 2011 at 02:46:23 PM at the epicenter
On the main island of Honshu, a devastating 8.9 earthquake laid waste to 1300 miles of the Eastern coastline. Hundreds are injured, missing, or dead. For comparison, an 8.9 earthquake is the equivalent of a 336 Megaton bomb. The largest thermonuclear weapon ever tested was the equivalent of only 50 Megatons. The area was blanketed by more than 19 aftershocks with a majority over 6.0 on the richter scale. The resulting Tsunami caused severe damage. It hit Hawaii at 03:30 local time and California has closed many beaches for fear of more damage.
To make matters worse, the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the area went into a heightened alert due to unresponsive attempts to cooling.