Wednesday, March 14, 2012

COMING CRISIS ALERT: Swarm of quakes strike Japan and Pacific region, with potential for more -- March 14, 2012

Update: Seismic activity has calmed, and no major events have been observed. The alert has been lifted.

Update: Smaller quakes continue to take place off the eastern shores of Japan, although in lesser frequency. World monitors have also quieted down. The alert level has been lowered, but we are continuing to monitor the situation.

Update: Two more large quakes have struck the Pacific area, one of which has taken place off of Japan. After analysis, it appears that the quake patterns off Japan are now resembling those that occurred on 3/11. Because of this, we have raised the alert level under the assumption that events will proceed in a similar manner. We are not 100% certain if such an event comparable to 3/11 will occur, but felt warning people is necessary. If you are living off the east coast of Japan, or near a nuclear power plant, it is recommended that you have an emergency plan in place and keep tabs on incoming information regarding this situation.

Update: Aftershocks continue to pour in along the coast of Japan. Especially disturbing is the fact that aftershocks are piling near the same area where the 9.0 struck on 3/11. World seismic monitors are highly active; the planet is currently ringing like a bell. The alert level may be raised at any time, and we are keeping a close eye on the situation. If you have friends in Japan, it might be a good time to start telling them what's going on if you haven't already.

A swarm of quakes has struck in the Pacific region, particularly off Japan. The first of the Japanese quakes was measured as a 7.0 mag, but was later reduced to a 6.8. However, many stations in the area reported the quake as a 8.0 or 8.1 magnitude event. The second major quake was a 7.x+, but for reasons unknown, was removed from USGS servers (it still exists on Japanese monitoring sites, leading us to believe that it did, in fact, occur just seconds after the initial quake).

We are issuing an alert out of concern that this swarm may lead to another major earthquake event in the Pacific, or near Japan. During the 3/11 event, a similar swarm with two major quakes was the precursor to the 9.0 magnitude event and the subsequent tsunami that killed 20,000 individuals. Japanese scientists have also expressed concern as of late that Japan may indeed be gearing up for another major seismic event, Tokyo in particular.

Emergency instructions:

1. In the event of an Earthquake get outside of any buildings immediately. Watch for falling debris or wires, and head to designated emergency zones.

2. Do not, we repeat, do not return to your homes in coastal areas once the quake has subsided. Wait at least several hours, or better yet, for official instructions indicated that it is safe for you to return. Keep alert for any tsunami warnings.

3. In the event of a tsunami warning, run for higher ground. Do not stop to collect things. Do not stop to see if others are coming. Do not pause to think. You literally will have just minutes to head for higher ground in the event of a tsunami.

3. Stay close to a radio or television for further official instructions or information.

Stay tuned to the Coming Crisis for updates on this situation.