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March 14, 2011

Intelligent design

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was built to stand.

A typical nuclear power plant is designed to withstand earthquakes of the magnitude that only occurs once every 10,000 years.

Not sure about the designs tolerances of the foundations, however.

Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the entire planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).

Update: One Earth day is now 1.8 microseconds shorter.

And>: Satellite imagery from before and after the earthquake and tsunami. Whole communities have been erased.

Bad news: Normally, earthquakes are attended within days by an aftershock in the range of one magnitude smaller. In this case, it would be a 7.9.

''That's a monster again in its own right that is capable of producing a tsunami and more damage.''

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 14, 2011 08:04 AM