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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

All's Quiet On The Far East-ern Front

So… today, March 11, 2015, is the 4th anniversary of the 9.0 Magnitude earthquake that, at a depth of 32 kilometers, at 2:46PM, shook the northeastern part of the main Japanese island of Honshu, spawning some deadly tsunami waves. It also helped cause the near catastrophic multiple meltdowns at the Dai-ichi nuclear power generation facility in Fukushima-ken.

All-in-all, a pretty bad damn day, week, month, year, etc.  

An earthquake… one of the most powerful (on record) tremblers ever, so I decided to take a look at the Japan Quake Map, which lists every single damn earthquake in and around the Japan-area since March 11, 2011.

I wanted to see how many earthquakes occurred on March 11, 2015. 

Okay… I don't know if Japan Quake Map is broken, but there was exactly ZERO earthquakes on March 11, 2015. Zero. Like the WWII Mitsubishi aircraft. Zero.

Did you know that since March 11, 1011, the Japan Quake Map notes that there have been 3,383 earthquakes?

That's an average of 845.75 earthquakes a year, which essentially comes down to 2.32 earthquakes a day, on average.

Granted there were far too many for me to count on that magic March 11, 2011, which helps blow the average out of the water… but I think it was something like 78 that day… which about 75 of them being the massive aftershocks following the 9.0 magnitude big on that actually occurred at 2:46PM…

So… think 78 earthquakes is bad? Try 148 the next day… everything from 4.9's to 6+… that's just crazy. Can you imagine your body parts (think naughty bits) jiggling pretty much non-stop for two days?

Hell… I didn't even bother to examine how many occurred in the immediate thereafter…

So… for 2015's March 11… we had zero earthquakes.

I decided to look at the previous week's activities and found only six earthquake:

March 6, 2:55AM, 4.6M, depth of 218km;
March 6, 6:02AM, 4.5M, depth of 26km;
March 6, 8:06AM, 4.8M, depth of 59km;
March 6, 8:59AM, 4.7M, depth of 20km;
March 8, 8:16AM, 4.3M, depth of 56km;
March 8, 7:35PM, 4.7M, depth of 30km.

March 8th was the last earthquake? What the heck is going on? Nothing? It's a nice nothing if that's all that is not happening.

Seriously, though… why is it so quiet on the earthquake front?

Are the giant catfish sleeping, or perhaps extinct from overfishing (see HERE to see what the hell I am talking about)?

Is it the calm before the proverbial storm?

Or is Mama-san Nature just allowing the people a peaceful opportunity to remember? 

You can check out the Japan Quake Map yourself, right HERE. Like I said... it goes back to March 11, 2011, and shows you the explosive power via range of effect of each and every single earthquake (not the pissy 2.0M's or weak ones like that that we don't feel) since that date... just wait for the fourth earthquake on March 11, 2011... it's like the greatest fireworks display you've ever seen on your electronic media.

You can thank your lucky stars you didn't feel it for real. For those that did... ganbatte kudasai. 

Thanks for the reminder, Vinny.
Andrew Joseph
PS: The image above, is an ukiyo-e print by the great ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) that shows a tanuki (raccoon dog-like creature) using his testicles to smack the earthquake-causing catfish on the head with his testicles. I love Japanese mythology.


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