An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan today at 4.46pm AEDT, the largest ever suffered by Japan and among the world’s top 10. Thousands of videos are pouring in, as the country stands still in the middle of disaster.
Here’s a summary of all that is happening, from a round of home videos updating in real time to the emergency nuclear shutdown, going through giant whirlpools and giant waves of mud and flames taking over fields and towns in the northeast coast. And no, the supermoon really didn’t cause this. New Scientist has a good article on the causes and effects of the Japan earthquake. There’s also footage of the high rises in Tokyo swaying during the quake.