The quake that has left Japan devastated was upgraded to a 9.0, making it the 5th largest of all-time. Moreover, the Japanese Meteorological Agency is predicting a 7.0 magnitude after-shock within 3 days. It’s worth noting, a magnitude 7.0 quake is devastating onto itself. Having it follow what just happened could be catastrophic, especially for Japan’s nuclear power plants.
Here are the largest quakes known to date:
1. Chile earthquake, 1960, Magnitude 9.5
2. Sumatra earthquake, 2004, Magnitude 9.1~9.3
3. Alaska earthquake, 1964 , Magnitude M9.2
4. Alika earthquake, 1868, Magnitude M9.1
5. Kamuchakka earthquake, 1952, Magnitude 9
6. Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011 Magnitude 9
Japanese police are now estimating the death toll could be as high as 10,000.
Related, the GE designed nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi No. 3 reactor is said to be at risk for explosion. At the present, over 5 million Japanese are without power and several million are deficient of adequate supplies of food and water. Temperatures should be mild in Tokyo tomorrow, hitting a high of 66. However, by Wednesday, it’s expected to be in the high 30’s to low 40’s.