CNN iReporter Brent Kooi catches the earth moving and cracking beneath his feet as the quake strikes Japan. Ground shift, water seeps from the cracks, liquifaction. This we see here is land breaking up into segments. This land is supported by water it seems. Liquefaction is allowing the water to permeate the ground, and rise. Water levels are near the ground anyway near the coasts. Watch the video by CNN.
Some 20% of land in the Tokyo Bay area has been reclaimed. All of Mihama Ward in Chiba City is on Reclaimed Land; it naturally belongs in the sea. Chiba is Tokyo's breadbasket. A full quarter of Chiba's land is agricultural, making it the 2nd biggest producer of vegetables in Japan.
Somehow, Edgar Cayce's visions popping up. For those not familiar with this name - Edgar Cayce(1877-1945) has been called the "sleeping prophet," the "father of holistic medicine," and the most documented psychic of the 20th century.
"The Earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Etna area, then we many know it has begun."
The tsunami that hit northern Japan created an enormous whirlpool in a harbor off the east coast of that country. According to researchers, whirlpools aren't unusual after waves of this size. Based on eye-witness accounts and video in recent years, whirlpools probably occur with some regularity after large tsunamis, said Ruth Ludwin, a retired seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Whirlpools have a big impact on the human imagination," Ludwin said. "They're very notable and very frightening. But from the perspective of the geological record, they don't leave any particular sign that has been recognized so far."
Whirlpools happen because of the interaction between rushing water and the geology of the coastline and seafloor. "Obviously there is a lot of water that is being pushed around, and it is interacting with the shape, the bathymetry, near the coastline," she said. (Live Science)
Earthquakes in the region are common, because Japan lies along the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire — a narrow zone around the Pacific Ocean where a large chunk of Earth's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Roughly 90 percent of all the world's earthquakes, and 80 percent of the largest ones, strike along the Ring of Fire.
The Japan Trench has seen nine events of magnitude 7 or greater since 1973. The largest of these was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in December 1994, which caused 3 fatalities and almost 700 injuries, approximately 160 miles (260 km) to the north of today's quake. In June of 1978, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake about 22 miles (35 km) to the southwest caused 22 fatalities and over 400 injuries.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 231 miles (373 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo and 80 miles (130 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, according to the USGS.
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Tokyo Disneyland hit by 'liquefaction' after quake (TerraDaily)
The car park at Tokyo Disneyland was drenched with water-logged segments from the ground following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan's Pacific coast Friday, police said. It was earlier reported that a tsunami might have caused the inundation but police said the phenomenon was due to liquefaction of soil caused by the intense shaking of the tremor.
There were 69,000 people at the Disneyland and the adjacent Tokyo Disney Sea, built on a landfill in Tokyo Bay, when the quake occurred, a spokesman at the local Urawa police station said. "The visitors have been evacuated to safe places but there are many puddles due to liquefaction around the theme parks," he said. (TerraDaily)