Honshu earthquake tore gash in the Earth 150 miles long, 50 miles wide

March 11, 2011JAPAN –  A massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan Friday was the strongest quake in the area in nearly 1,200 years. David Applegate, a senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards for the U.S. Geological Survey, said the 8.9-magnitude quake ruptured a patch of the earth’s crust 150 miles long and 50 miles across. He said the earthquake, which also spawned a massive tsunami that hit Japan before racing across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States, likely caused tens of billions of dollars in structural damage in Japan. Laura K. Furgione, deputy director for the National Weather Service, said the tsunami first hit Hawaii early Friday morning. An 8.1-foot wave destroyed piers and docks in Crescent City, Calif., later Friday sweeping at least 4 people out to sea.  –AP
  • 2010 Chilean earthquake- shifts earth’s axis 8 cm
  • 2011 Japanese Honshu earthquake – shifts earth’s axis 25 cm
Earth Axis shift – Initial results out of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology show that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Japan yesterday shifted Earth’s rotation axis by about 25 centimeters. INGV’s report, which came hours after the devastating quake, is equivalent to “very, very tiny” changes that won’t be seen for centuries, Canadian geologists say. Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology professor Andrew Miall. “Ten inches sounds like quite a lot when you hold a ruler in front of you. But if you think of it in terms of the earth as a whole, it’s absolutely tiny; it’s minute,” he said.  –Montreal Gazette

NASA image- (Left) before the quake and (right) the 8 feet movement of the Japanese coastline east

My report and warning for Japan issued on Feb 4: Japan upheavel

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54 Responses to Honshu earthquake tore gash in the Earth 150 miles long, 50 miles wide

  1. Kia says:

    Could the Earth’s mantle slip?

    Thank you


    • Kia – The more instability and geological deformation we have on the planet; the more the chances of such an unthinkable incident increases because such large quakes can do two very dangerous things to the planet, besides crack a polar ice mass- They can reduce angular momentum or they can exaggerate the planet’s axis of inclination. Yes, the crust could slip over the mantle, possibly from a ‘lurch event’ where the planet crust is heaved forward in excess acceleration of the mantle from a large violent quake under the ocean.


  2. Jamie says:

    Don’t mean to sound stupid but what is the depth of that rupture?…or is it even possible to measure at this time?


  3. Laura says:

    Ok Alvin… help us understand in layman terms. HOW do they know this ALREADY?


  4. Rick says:

    OK, well on top of things. Just don’t loose perspective (Japan has had multitudes of scale 8 earthquakes in the past, nothing new), cross reference and keep monitoring and coupling (scientific) info on your site. It’s beginning to be usefull to even turn sceptics around me… Keep up the good work.


  5. Prayerwarrior says:

    all these devastating events and many more are but minor warnings leading up to a great warning


  6. Blaze says:

    I thought that it has been more than 300 years since they’ve had an 8 or above.


  7. Lisa says:

    “At the area near the epicenter, the North American plate, on which part of the Japanese archipelago lies, slips under the Pacific plate. The temblor was likely triggered when the North American plate snapped upward, releasing the accumulated strain.”
    Could this affect us? The world graphs with the exception of Florida and a couple of others are almost if not solid black.


    • There would be some agitation across the Pacific and Cascadian region if any. We’re almost flying blind with the world’s seismometers now indiscernible. Typically, in such cases you look for areas that could alleviate the most stress along a boundary as stress points.


  8. Kathy says:

    I’ve notice that British Columbia (where I live!) hasn’t had any big quakes along it’s coast in a while. Do you think we could be in for a quake soon because of this major quake in Japan?


  9. Lorraine Ridge says:

    So this crustal shift has already happened? Did we have a lurch with Japans earthquake as we did with the Indonesian earthquake and subsequent tsunami?


    • Not yet, and you’ll know about it when it happens because the stress will rip a large portion of the planet where the force is concentrated to pieces. Land, wind, lava and water will be expelled forward in the reaction. Imagine today’s tsunami wave x 100.


  10. David Freeman says:

    Will the speed up of the rotation by 1.6 ms and the tilt of nearly 4 inches cause any worldwide climate changes? Or is that negligible geologically speaking?


    • I think its negligible but if the quakes starting cascading…the dynamics of the planet could start shifting. Multiple rocket launch failures —-Rocket launches will have to move closer to the equator and the escape velocity of the planet will change will be some obvious clues.


  11. penny says:

    Truthfully, IS this the beginning of a major global catastrope, and with all the volcanos erupting plus the ash from the Japan Nuclear plant effect our climate this yr? Do you think we are leading up to an ARMAGGEDON?


    • No, but I think this is the begining of massive geological change that is going to transform the face of the planet we call Earth. We have never before fully comprehended the forces of nature and how that they are inordinately superior to human devising and manipulation of the environment for quick profit and gain. We’re about to learn some very tragic and painful lessons in this regard.


      • Jamie says:

        “The outspoken governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, told reporters Monday that the disaster was “punishment from heaven” because Japanese have become greedy.”

        We all have…………now comes the ‘bill’ due. As I am looking at mine I can see that nothing that my money could buy was worth the sale of my soul.


  12. Deb Bledsoe says:

    Kathy made a comment about British Columbia. I too, am from BC and am wondering the same thing. The San Andres Fault goes up the west coast, mostly on land and then it swings out (west)into the ocean around lower Oregon and continues north up the outside of Vancouver island. We have not had a major earthquake and I am wondering if we need to be as concerned as the folks in California? Since the fault runs on the outside of the Island and the Island has a mountain range between it and the Mainland (City of Vancouver) should the folks on the mainland be concerned? Thank you for your information.


  13. Steve says:

    Some questions. First, was this Japanese 9.1 “merely” the Earth saying either “Boy, my pants are too tight now! Better loosen!” or “Whoop! Gotta burp. Hang on a second…”? Or passing gas? Or that one side of its bum is falling asleep and so it has to “change sides” in its seating position? And each relieving act is followed by something loud with a large release of energy. Pardon my crude examples.

    The question I’m trying to form is that isn’t this a “common” thing in nature? And once the pressures are “fixed,” Earth normalcy can set in. However, if these normal, pressure-relieving occurrences happening now are happening a lot more frequently, is that, too, necessarily a herald of unnatural Earth woe? I haven’t yet read your book.


    • Steve, unfortunately it’s not normal and we when look at the aggregate picture- it becomes easy to see why. Look around the world and every governmental branch of science has its own separate department. I’m sure you’re familiar with the parable of the 5 blind men and the elephant. While I’m not being critical of the studious and academic nature of our seasoned science professionals who have devoted their lives to warning the public about potential dangers to life and limb, I’m saying you have to study the planet as a holistic system- not in pieces as a mechanical clock to make a proper diagnosis. That’s why science will never reach a consensus on what is happening to the planet. Look at the disarray around the globe on the climate debate issue. Large quakes have happened before in Earth’s recorded history…but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a case where two massive quakes in a 13 month span tilted the planet’s axis by a total of 33 cm. 2010 was a record year for volcanic eruptions, the most I’ve documented in recorded history. Terrestrial planets are ruled by thermal forces of fire not ice or water unless they’re geologically static. Quakes do more than shake the ground; they excite magmatic pressures- which raises thermal and gas pressures. When you increase thermodynamic properties, you accelerate a system towards the spectrum of disorder. It reaches a new chaotic state that is not only irreversible but it is also alien to its former state. Planetary inclinational tilts don’t reverse and massive faults don’t repair themselves- instead, they are further manipulated by geological forces to push the planet towards greater catastrophism.


  14. Steve says:

    Is the cause of this earthquake possibly associated with the subject of this headline: “Piers Corbyn: Massive Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Were Triggered by Solar Action.”


    • No. My readers know from my posting that we all saw this building before any solar action was reported. If that was the case, we can also predict solar action by studying movements in the ground. 1 + 2 = 3 does not mean 4 – 2 is 1


  15. TIM says:

    first post and first let me say thank you for a very refreshing site. i love coming here and geting the real story about what is going on in the world. i pray for the folks of Japan my god help them. my question , i live right on the mississippi river in Iowa. we have been keeping our eye on the New Madrid fault line. i has been very busy south of us. do you see this area coming to life soon ? i mean i know you cant say for 100% what will happen but we do resepct you thoughts on this subject. thank you


    • Thanks for finding us Tim. Some 200 quakes occur along the New Madrid each year and it is no doubt one of the most dangerous faults in North America. Being in Iowa, you are outside the octo-radius of the states which converge along the fault’s circumference Will there be an eruption? Definitely, we just don’t know when…it will likely come from a stressor and could involve the shifting of the North American plate or a quake in S. Eastern Canada. This is an enormous fracture and has a turbulent and very violent past seismic history. A quake could also strike the region with little or no warning. As what’s happening around the globe with major quakes intensifies, become a little more aware of the region. I always say, live in awareness not fear.


  16. TIM says:

    thanks for your reply. i dont sit and dwell on the fact that these things are getting more and more every day. i keep a back pack loaded with supplies where ever we go just in case. every one should always have a way to make good water if you want to survive .


  17. ed bailey says:

    Sir, I thank you for your work and better than normal information. My question for you is my concern about the Yellowstone caldera. I don’t particularly like where I am living (salt lake) and the proximity to what is described as a severe threat to life on north America. Do you think there will be another huge eruption and do you think it will give any warning.


    • Yes, Ed I do believe Yellowstone will erupt but during the latter half of these earthchanges. I think the point of escalation of events will be so common by then, that everything will be on a hair-trigger. We’ll know because events will start sweeping across the globe in rapid succession. Yellowstone is particularily vunerable to the North American plate sliding over it. Tectonic plate agitation is increasing and will continue to do so as planetary conditions tilt toward more events. I think the warning will come from tremor swarms but we also need to watch what is transpiring with tectonic plates globally. The problem with the swarms is that they have been commonplace at Yellowstone and geologists may think the next big episode is one more casuality of the volcanic boy crying wolf.


  18. ed bailey says:

    And thanks again! I will follow your site.


  19. Seth says:

    Quick question for ya man with the large earthquake that happened in Japan shifting the crust, would that mean that North American Plate will within a few months; or however long it takes for the crusts to move; aggravate the Yellowstone Volcano from shifting the direction toward Japan? Then in the end all situations of things to come if the New Madrid Fault goes next and the plate moves back toward the east coast to cover things up really make things a bit crazy? Which even if the Madrid Fault wouldnt have been a violent eruption at first, I had seen a video about the Gulf area of the states generally being very weak non compact rock. Would it be possible for the oil spill seeping into the states and possibly into the fault lubricating the area making it much more likely to be a violent act? Dunno just kinda adding possibilities together and this was just a off the wall possibility ive thought of. Great site by the way keep the info coming man!


  20. Steve says:

    Forgive me if this has been asked before, but, what is the reason for these dramatic Earth changes now and in the near future? I’d speculated in a recent post but don’t know if you’re saving that information for those who purchase the book. Thanks.


    • Steve, this involves many interfacing systems and the dynamics of their complexity. It’s impossible to adequately sum up in the brevity of what these post replies affords. However, I can tell you what it is not causing it. It is not the work of some maurading planet or because the Earth is eclipsing the galactic plane.


  21. Steve in WV. says:

    With all the quakes and aftershocks (over 4000) happening in New Zealand, Is there a chance that the earths crust could rip there and swallow up Christchurch?


    • The danger for the North Island is the potential ignition of a volcanic firestorm, including a Taupo reawakening. The danger for the South Island is a fracture of the land mass from plate shifting. These are possibilities if this crisis reaches an omega trigger. I can find similar scenarios for nearly every continental land mass on the planet including Antarctica, so no one should live in fear or alter their living plans. There will be plenty of signs ‘if‘ anything like this ever did happen.


  22. S.Prakash says:

    Dear and RespectedEditor,
    Kindly consider to give me an opportunity!
    Please permit me to share my findings and the timely warning to the world of seismologists but continuously neglected and ignored . I am ready to submit my findings for the entire regions of the world for the year 2010. Kindly consider to form a panel of experts to analyze my findings. Please consider. Expecting your kind help and reply. Your valuable help certainly benefit and service to the entire humanity.

    Scientists and seismologists have the mind set that there have no connection between the regional weather changes and the respective regional quakes.However, every individual regional weather changes are followed by the specific regional individual quakes.It is quite possible to predicts quakes scientifically and precisely based on the regional weather changes.The M8.9 have not come any all of a sudden but it had the process since Jan.1 this year. I warned twice this catastrophe event – one on Feb28 (M>5) and another on March 8 (M>6) but no scientists and seismologists belonged to countries badly affected by quakes heed my appeal. My latest warning on Mar.8 in response to the 1000mm rain in Science garden in Luzon, northern Philippines.

    With the series of recorded weather changes – heavy rain in Japan, South Korea and Northern Philippines, heaviest snowfall in more than a century on South Korea’s east coast and in Japan and the explosion of Kirishima Volcano, Kyushu (Location: 31.931°N, 130.864°E), I continuously warned the Seismologists worldwide about the possibilities of strong quakes with the specific location eastern coast of Honshu and north of Philippines. But no one take interest.

    The onset of any regional weather changes set a time scale of advancing the regional quakes usually within 15 to 30 days. However, in a very few cases the time scales and magnitude do vary substantially as a consequence of local site geology and other factors. For other regions too I warned timely, but no one take care.

    Here I just attached the tabulation of the list of series of recorded weather changes around Honshu , Japan that culminated into devastating quakes and tsunami.

    1. Jan.1, 2011 Heavy rain and snow in Japan

    Minami Torishima (24 18N 153 58E 92mm); Matsue(35 27N 133 04E ); Tottori(35 29N 134 14E)
    2. Snow storm hits Japan
    Jan 2, 2011
    TOTTORI, Japan, Jan. 1 (UPI) — A New Year’s Eve snowstorm blanketed parts of Japan with up to 43 inches of snow whipped by winds up to 63 mph89 centimeters (35 inches) of snow had piled up in Yonago as of 5 a.m. Saturday, the most since measurements were started in 1940.
    More than 100 centimeters (about 43 inches) had accumulated in parts of Aomori, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures with similar amounts expected in the Tohoku region.
    Winds of more than 100 kph (63mph) were registered in parts of Kagoshima and Aomori prefectures. The winds also were expected to push waves near 20 feet high in western Japan and close to 30 feet in some parts of the north.
    3. Jan.28, 2011 Japanese Volcano Erupts
    Kirishima Volcano, Kyushu (Location: 31.931°N, 130.864°E) site of the currently active Shinmoedake crater, straddles the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in southern Kyushu, Japan. Kyushu is the most southerly main island of Japan.
    4. Feb 12,2011 Heavy rain in DPR Korea
    Changjon, (38 44N 128 11E 341mm); Gangneung (37 45N 128 54E 61 mm); Uljin (36 59N 129 25E 56 mm) and Donghae Radar (37 30N 129 08E 50.3 mm)

    5. Feb.14, 2011, heaviest snowfall in South Korea:

    The heaviest snowfall in more than a century on South Korea’s east coast. The worst weather has been in Gangwon province. Weather experts say there will be more snowfall in the area in the coming hours.January was the coldest since the 1960s.

    In Gangwon on the eastern coast, one city recorded 80cm (2.6 feet) of snow in a single day – the heaviest fall in 24 hours since records began there back in 1911.

    6. Feb.18, 2011 Heavy rain in Tokyo ,Japan(35 41N 139 46E 76.5 mm)
    7. Feb.24, 2011 Heavy rain in Japan, Oshima (34 45N 139 22E 64mm.
    8. Feb.28, 2011 Heavy rain in:
    South Korea
    Seosan (36 46N 126 30E 51.5 mm); Icheon(37 16N 127 29E56 mm);Yeosu(34 44N 127 45E 79 mm);Gunsan
    (35 59N 126 42E 57 mm);(35.06N 127.23E 53 mm) and (35.43N 126.70E 56 mm)Masan (35 11N 128 34E 54 mm) ,Tongyeong(34 50N 128 26E 61 mm );Jinju(35 12N 128 07E 67 mm) and Seongsan (33 23N 126 52E83 mm)
    Japan: Izuhara (34 12N 129 18E 55 mm)

    Feb.28,2011, Heavy rain in Japan :
    Nagoya(35 10N 136 58E 54 mm); Omaezaki(34 36N 138 13E 160 mm); Oshima (34 45N 139 22E 88 mm) and Hachijojima (33 06N 139 47E 55 mm)

    9. March 8, 2011 Philippines (North)
    Science Garden (14 38N 121 01E 999.8mm)

    March 2-8, 2011 Volcanic Eruption:
    Bulusan Luzon 12.770°N, 124.05°E.

    At least in this juncture, I request the world of seismologists consider to study the relation that ‘Regional Weather Changes are Precursor to the Regional Quakes’.In the entire regions of the world, each and every form of regional weather changes are followed by respective regional quakes in a repeatable manner and the happenings of earthquakes in a given region have a recurrent pattern.

    Just a week long careful analysis is enough for the scientists and seismologists to understand the relation that exist between the regional weather changes and the subsequent regional quakes.

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  23. Salako babatunde kurz says:

    I realy appreciate ur effort on bringin such infomation to d awareness of peopl around the globe. I’m from the western africa, and i like to know maybe we should be expectin anything of this nature soonest.


  24. L.Matsuura says:

    I live in Japan, Kanto area, approximately 200 ~ 250 km. from the devastated area. I experienced the earthquake at a magnitude of around 7.9 the day it occurred. I am not an expert in Geophysics and I am having trouble grasping the gravity of these occurrences. The Japanese experts have informed everyone that the next big earthquake will be within the next 10 years near Kanto, Chiba area. This earthquake will have the same magnitude as the Honshu earthquake and cause the same amount of devastation. Currently, one of the nuclear plants near my area is being shut-down. I would very much appreciate your expert advice/insight regarding Japan`s next earthquake.


    • I don’t think it will be 10 years before the next big earthquake L.Matsuura. Your country and your culture has been a flower to the world. Either two things will happen- either another large earthquake will cause more volcanoes to erupt or the eruption of a massive amount of volcanoes will signal approaching geological upheavel. I think volcanism should be monitored very closely as I have said a month before the March 11 earthquake that Japan had entered a new period of geological upheaval. If you watch events closely, you will see the signs of an escalation of events and in the back of your mind, in a worst case scenario, you have to prepare yourself for the future potential of leaving the islands if events take a turn for the worst in the future. Don’t lose any sleep over events now…and live in awareness of your surroundings; not in fear.

      May blessings and peace always illuminate your path and please stay in touch,


  25. Mary says:

    Thank you for your take on things. I am curious are you aware of the seismic implications of sub sea and sub permafrost methane hydrate deposits? There has been alot of experimental drilling around Japan and ALOT of other places, for example the Gulf of Mexico (Leg III JIP {Joint Industry Project} GOM) The vast deposits of methane hydrate on our little rock spinning through space are thought by some scientist to have played a catalyst role in mass extinction in the geological record. Methane is currently escaping from perforated permafrost in Russia, and methane hydrate is currently dissociating by the teragrams at Bush Hill in GOM to name a couple of places. Hydrate deposits cooccur with mud volcanoes often. Vast impermeable layers of fire ice holding back gas reserviors as big as the rigel field definitely would seem to have seismic implications. (Especially since oil companies drill though ancient hydrate layers with only partial understanding of the phenomenon they are messing with.) There was a methane hydrate research and development act, enacted in America back in 2000. Worth learning about for anyone who is unaware of the nature and unimaginably vast amounts of methane hydrate under our icecaps and ocean floors.


    • Mary thanks for the informative post. It contains some great information for our readers. I wrote about frozen methyl hydrates in my book and the dangers of it exsolving as with the sublimation of permafrost- in both cases; we’re looking at nightmare scenarios with the massive release of CH4. An Oceanic Anoxic Event was believe to have been a culprit in the Permian mass extinction.


  26. joy says:

    We are unfamiliar with dramatic weather or natural disasters here in the UK but even here the changes in climate and weather are disernible. All I know is I have been dreaming of earthquakes for a year, particularly in california.


  27. samg2000m says:

    There’s a nice real-time map of the earthquakes happening in japan at http://earthquaketrack.com/v/japan/recent


  28. B A Potgieter says:

    And now these fools want to come and do Fracking in the Karoo of South Africa for gas.
    Fracking is going to cause serious Earth quakes in this part of the world. Mother Nature is not liking at what we are doing to Her and she is now really taking revenge and worse still to come very SOON.


  29. what can we do?

    the anonymous venetian


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