May 202012

2 large earthquakes struck around the planet last night and today. Last night shortly after 10pm (EDT), a 6.0 earthquake hit Northern Italy followed by another 5 earthquakes ranging from 4-5.1 magnitude in intensity in the same area. 7 were reported killed along with significant structural damage was reported. A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu, Japan at half past 3 AM (EDT) today followed by 4 additional quakes in the 5+ magnitude range. There was also a smaller swarm of tremblers ranging in size from 2+ to 3+ in the Baja, California region.

Tonight we also have the special treat of a full solar eclipse tonight beginning around 9pm (PDT) which will unfortunately be missed in the Eastern U.S. but seen to some degree by almost everyone else.

Jul 302011
Map of Fukushima Prefecture.

Image via Wikipedia

The quake epicenter was 184 km (114 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan at a depth of 27 miles. Massive flooding is also occurring in Fukushima and Nigata provinces as a result of torrential rains hitting the area. Approximately 200,000 people have been forced to take shelter with 3,000 homes suffering flood conditions. Over 24 inches of rain has fallen in Fukushima prefecture alone in the last 72 hours.