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Japan Earthquake: The aftershocks are intensifying again


In an unusual and unfortunate turn of events, the aftershocks in Japan are increasing in intensity.

As I reported in previous blog entries, the laws of seismology state that the “chance” for an aftershock should decrease by half each day following the initial major quake. In addition the current laws of seismology state that the intensity of the aftershocks should diminish rapidly as well.

This event is changing the way seismologists look at earthquakes of this magnitude. They will have to rewrite their laws after the event in Honshu Japan to make an exception for earthquakes of this magnitude.

Yesterday Japan experienced a lull in the aftershocks. Only 1 registered at 6.0. I wrote that Japan was experiencing a “silver lining” in an otherwise devastating situation. Today I am eating my words as the Honshu earthquake event breaks all the laws of seismology.

We are only 14 hours into the day and already they have experienced 3 aftershocks of 6.0 or greater.

A closer look at the aftershocks reveal that they are happening at extremely shallow depths of around 10 kilometers. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more tsunamis.

In addition, the nuclear power plant problem has gone critical reaching a level 6 nuclear catastrophe, just short of the Chernobyl disaster.

So this is another night where the Japanese people cannot sleep, fear more waves of devastation, and fear for their lives from a new danger, radiation poisoning.

Itia (Abroad)

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