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Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan Sending Debris to America until 2018

Updated on March 21, 2015

Great Wave off Kanagawa

I love this block print from the Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, but water can be both destructive and life giving.
I love this block print from the Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, but water can be both destructive and life giving. | Source

Scientists in geology and meteorology reported in early 2015 that the debris from the 2011 hurricane/tsunami in Japan would continue to send debris across the Pacific Ocean until 2018. As with debris already washing up on US West Coast shores, Americans will find refrigerators and other large and small items left by the ocean currents.

Information Highway also Affected by Earthquakes

For a planet well-connected by the Internet, i-Tablets, and Smartphone technologies, Earth still experiences a disturbing rash of inaccurate news reports. This includes reports from and about the Japanese Ground Zero in March 2011 and subsequent weather - and nuclear - disasters..

Example: The SNAFU that irked me most was a news report relayed by associates in Michigan to me on 3/13/11 that was 180° opposed to the report I already had in Ohio on 3/12/11.

On Saturday 3/12, the local TV broadcasts, online news, and daily papers in my state presented a photo of the Japanese nuclear power plant during a hydrogen explosion. On Sunday, I was relayed news reports from Michigan stating that scientists were being polled about the potential of an explosion, but that none had occurred. I had already seen actual photos of the mishap. So, what really happened?

Conspiracy Theorists had a macabre party over this phenomenon of differing stories and he-said, she-said, it-said. I'm very sorry about the Japanese disasters that occurred from 2011 - 2015 and am dismayed with inaccuracies reported too many times. Whom do we believe?

Japan incurs many earthquakes, including 366 of them from March 2014 - March 2015.

House floating after the 2011 Sendai earthquake, photo taken March 14, 2011.
House floating after the 2011 Sendai earthquake, photo taken March 14, 2011. | Source

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Reporting Inconsistency

The information connection around Earth is like the maturing brain's white matter that increases with age, making numerously increased logical connection, growing all the time. However, to many readers, the additional of new information is overwhelming or confusing.

In the case of Earth, someone seems to have cut connections or filled them with misfired info packets. The resulting turmoil could serve as a distraction if a hidden agenda were planned for application. Thus, conspiracy theorists are validated in wondering about the actual facts of famous disasters like Roswell 1947, the JFK assassination, and a load of others.

This all recalls the conspiracy theories of the Cold War that told us the worldwide UFO phenomenon was a political ploy applied to distract nations and cover government actions best kept secret from the public in America.

Related current theories hold that Climate Change is the same type of ploy; but ice caps really are melting and the water is not all evaporating - it's dumping itself on the USA, at least, as continuing snow, flooding rains, and their aftermath every winter.

Additional conspiracies may sprout in the public mind amidst the mis-reporting of information by the media about Japan in the future. Renewed alarm flowed across Facebook about solar flares, sunspot activity, the numerological meaning of the date 11-11-11, the notion of the world's end in 2012, radioactive material flinging itself from Japan to the US, and several other ideas. Interestingly, the predicted power black out at the 2012 London Summer Olympics hit Ohio instead - wrong place, but it did occur.

All this could be a matter of media opponents attempting to get their news stories on the air first; so, they go with partial or incorrect information.

rescuers working overseas to help victims of natural disasters.
rescuers working overseas to help victims of natural disasters. | Source

How "Bad" Was the 2011 Earthquake?

Within about 12 hours, I heard several differing Richter Scale values placed on the Japanese earthquake of 2011: 4.9, 7.2, 7.9, and 8.8, and 8.9. I think the highest number may be correct.

The AP reported an aftershock of 6.2 on Monday March 14. The nuclear plant at Fukushima Dai-ichi is in danger of meltdown as of Monday as well.

Readers and viewers are/were confused by differing reports and subsequent corrections in the news, even by the respected Associated Press (AP).


The death toll is not completed yet, but at least 2,000 human bodies (dead) washed up onto the coastline of Miyagi Prefecture on Monday morning, March 14, after the Friday seismic event. One total eventually reached over 15,880 deaths (related earthquake list below, accurate as of October 2013).

This is the northeast coastline of Japan and it is cold. I watched footage of tsunami flooding with its water and black sludge icing fields of crops like it was frosting a German chocolate cake. The sea took the people's food away. Fortunately, as soon as news of the quake and tsunami reached the Midwest, the Endtime Joseph Feed the Hungry Program out of Indiana and Ohio packed a large ship full of food and sent it over. Other groups and organizations also responded.

Clean up and reconstruction will take years to complete. We have seen that already in New Orleans after Katrina (autumn 2005) and more recently in Haiti.

Map of the Sendai Earthquake

Map of the Sendai Earthquake 2011 and aftershocks until March 14, 2011.
Map of the Sendai Earthquake 2011 and aftershocks until March 14, 2011. | Source

Sample Day of Earthquakes in Japan

March 8, 2015:

2 earthquakes today - level 4.7

9 earthquakes in the past 7 days

55 earthquakes in the past 30 days

366 earthquakes in the past 365 days

Contemporary Earthquakes In Japan

  • March 7, 2014 - March 8, 2015 - 366 total earthquakes - 6.7 level was the largest.
  • December 7, 2012 - 7.3 rating on the Moment Magnitude Scale
  • January 1, 2012 - 6.8
  • July 10, 2011 - 7.0
  • April 11, 2011 - 7.1
  • April 7, 2011 - 7.1
  • March 9, 2011 - 7.2
  • March 11, 2011 - 9.0 -- Tohoku, over 15,880 deaths confirmed.
  • March 11, 2011 - 7.1
  • March 9, 2011 - 7.2

Major Swath of Disaster in 2011

Tohoku, Kamikita District, Aomori Prefecture, Japan

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Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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Sendai Japan:
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Near epicenter of earthquake on March 11, 2011 local date.

Tokyo, Japan

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    • philipandrews188 profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi Patty!

      LOve your article. As usual, it is well written and very very informative. It inspires me a lot. Thanks.

    • Ross Harrison profile image

      Ross Harrison 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Patty, great article!

      The truth is often one of the first casualties of any disaster, and it has proved to be so again in this one. I too have been very disappointed with the (sometimes) blatant and outright sensationalist headlines and reports from the western media. This disaster is so big that it does not need any sensationalizing!

      Just over a month on and the bodies are still being recovered, up to around 13 or 14,000 now, with the same number still missing. I guess we will never recover all of the bodies...

      I hope you don't mind, but I have taken the liberty of linking to this article from a few of mine in which I discuss my own experiences of this earthquake.

      Best wishes,

      Looking forward to more of your writing.


    • HealthyHanna profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      You have done a good job of compiling the information. Thank You.

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      Francisco Sloan 

      7 years ago

      new video

    • sligobay profile image


      7 years ago from east of the equator

      There is a terrible irony that the Japanese people were the only target of the use of nuclear power as a weapon and that they accepted nuclear power to fuel their successful economy which has now failed in the face of natural disasters. These people from this small nation now stand patiently waiting for a nuclear disaster to unfold. The Internet compensates for the misinformation of the news media.

    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      The media people in my country, the Philippines, aren't exempt from your careful observation about most media misinformation in their news reporting. Although I have no known close relatives in that part of Japan, I was so sacred about the news over the tsunami alleged to reach as far as my country and now, the radiation. I live in a town almost surrounded by water. Thank you, Patty, for all the effort you make in posting this hub. Somehow, I'm being educated by this.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I agree, lobonorth. I liked the organization at the shelters in Japan, though. I noticed that each person received a brand new, large duffel bag full of supplies and linens; along with a sturdy clot and fresh bedding. I think there were not enough of these shelters, though; also a confusion in a disaster.

    • lobonorth profile image


      7 years ago

      I enjoyed the Hub and think you make some excellent points. I think that disasters, by their very nature, will always overwhelm us and find us scrambling to deal with them. The power of the tsunami was just as much a shock to the Japanese as it was to the rest of the world - perhaps all the more so since they've lived through it. Confusion, even over the facts, is one of the regrettable but inevitable outcomes of natural disasters. The greater the disaster, the greater the confusion - that's what helps make it a disaster.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the new comments!

      I read an interview with a woman in Japan that was 5 yrs old when Hiroshima bomb dropped and she was a fe wmiles away, but still irradiated. She had some problems physically from it. She said she does not want to sound cold, but feels the radition in northeast Japan is no comparison to the that of Hiroshima in WWII.

      I hate what was/is happening then and now.

    • ahostagesituation profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for this one. I think the media's doing a pretty amateurish job of covering the news, but I'm not one to vest too much in what I hear in the media anyway. I'd be happier if I could get a hold of my friend there, but one of my friends here is a student from Japan, and says his family is okay. I talked to him last night, and he says that his family is roughly 7 hours by car from the epicenter and they are without running water, but are fine. We are told the joke of "earthquake-proof" buildings here in California. Japan as the most earthquake ready country should wake us all up in California. If I live through it I'm supposed to respond in two areas--my hospital and my congregation. Hmmm...wonder which one I'll pick. Thanks for the article!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thank you for the information. ALSO...thank you for including a link on how to help pets in Japan. Unfortunately many people forget all the animals that are affected by disasters as well. From an animal lover....I appreciate that you included it.

    • crystolite profile image


      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Good article you have in here about the destruction that took place in Japan,i really felt for them and i always remember them in prayers.

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      Olojo Oluwasgun 

      7 years ago

      Good job patty.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales


      A brilliant hub on such a sad time for so many people.

      I cannot begin to comprehend what they are going through.

      Take care


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      Purple Perl 

      7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      I love that block print too. Patty, thanks for giving an update that is so informative on the worst natural disaster in recent times. And thanks for the link-How To Help Pets In Japan. I was looking for info on Japanese pets in the wake of this disaster.

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      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub well written and I have been finding the news reports on this shocking disaster confusing too.It is very hard to gage just how bad the Nuclear side of it is.Some experts seem freaked out while others play it down like it is all ok.Nobody seems to know what to expect.One thing for sure those people over there are going through hell and my heart goes out to them.

    • Jeremey profile image


      7 years ago from Arizona

      As always your articles are a worthy source of good information. One of the better hubs regarding this unfortunate event I have read so far. My prayers go out to all those affected.

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      7 years ago from United States

      My prayers and thoughts go out to the ppl in Japan.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Did anyone see K-19 with Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford? Those Russian nuclear submarines were parked underwater around St. Petersburg and the radioactive materials never detroyed. They have been leaking into the sea and ocean for 50 years.

      Where is the radiation from Japan going to go?

      Nuclear power is a orblem in itself. And now thjat scietists have nearly harnassed a bit of anti-matter for short periods of time - we'll soon be cancelling ourselves out (like Jeff Bridges and his computer counterpart dark side in TRON Legacy) unless we stop.

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      7 years ago from singapore

      i know, now the magnitude has been revised to 9.0 on the richter scale. thanks for sharing.

    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      7 years ago from Michigan

      The differences are horrible. Yahoo posted an article that said the volcano was erupting. That picture was 2 years old and so was the story, yet the were running it like it was happening now.

      One radio station said that there was never any damage on 3 mile Island nor was there anyone hurt in Chernobyl.

      Why are they down playing it on one hand, yet misleading on the other? It is causing mass confusion, fright and in some cases panic. I try to see all the sides before making any decisions, but not everyone is like me.

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      Sun Pen 50 

      7 years ago from Srilanka

      First of all Thanks for good research and bringing truth out.

      But do you know that there are many different facets to truth. They need not agree. And... Truth can hurt too... especially to a nation that already has beaten very badly.

      Telling and propagating one facet of truth for the sake of the truth (only of that facet) or for gaining a first may not be the need of the hour. let us help the victims... dead homeless, jobless and the whole Japanese nation. The best facet I see is Japan has been very badly hit and priorities are cleaning up, feeding providing shelters and other basic essentials. rebuilding, reconstruction of not only the infrastructure but the economy as a whole. The leaders of the nation have a responsibility of keeping the spirits of the people, keep their friends, and not to scare away the help.

      Thanks for a great hub, voted up and awesome.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I think this is the worst whatever any country experienced of natural disaster. I always admire and acknowledge, whenever there is a disaster, American is always the first with not help but full and huge help. I know America done does not always everything right but in cases like that should be recognised. Yet those states who always point the finger at America and paint it the worst nation, I am sure, they hardly or never make an effort. Yet most of the disasters occur in those countries.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Patty, I think you are right, news stations want to be first to broadcast this news even if it just part of the story or some wrong facts .Thanks for all those great links to help the people and pets of the earthquake and tsunami .

      Awesome and vote up !!!

    • Radioguy profile image


      7 years ago from Maine

      Very well done and nice to see a common sense approach look at this tragedy.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      moncrieff - One never knows is a government is telling everything. The videos are so powerful, though. Thanks for reading.

      Darlene - I am blown away by all the different figures reported on this one and cannot imagine what happened, really. I watched the Google News and feeds for quite a while and compared them with the news in Ohio and Michigan. Then I started seeing corrections and retractions. I remember when Gabby Giffords was shot, they said she was dead immediately and had to take it back.

      Someone told me once if you want to know what happens in US for real, check the BBC and Canada. Thanks for posting, Darski!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Dear Patty, your right this is shameful, I wrote my hub hours after it happened and yes I just researched from the facts as they unfolded right away. I published my hub with a 8.9 earthquake and a 14 foot Tsunami, and got a video clip and some news story to to break the information. After that the story started to unfold in a larger scale, to include nuclear power plant, explosions and the rest. However then yesterday I read there were over 10,000 that had died and that was only the beganning of the search. I love the great reporting you do, I always come back to you to get the truth and the real scope. We are still praying for all and thank you my friend. Love & peace darski

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      7 years ago from New York, NY

      People say that Japanese government is lying about the real damage from the explosion at the nuclear plant. I don't know. I liked that Youtube video, too. Yes, the news are devastating.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I like the YouTube footage so we can see what is actually up! Thanks for visiting.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Patty for this excellent coverage of the tsunami. You're a pro.

      voted up and very useful


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