Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tsunami Power

Yomiuri News:

The massive M9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011. It laid waste the world's deepest breakwater and carried with it a momentum equal to that of 250 jumbo jets flying at 1,000 km per hour!

The colossal two-kilometer-long breakwater at the mouth of Kamaishi Bay was 20 meters thick, at depths of as much as 63 meters with its top rising 8 meters above the water's surface to protect the port. It was recognized by Guinness World Records as the deepest breakwater in the world, but it was obliterated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami. Many of the coastal levees - the final line of defense between the breakwater and the shore - were swept away by the tsunami as if they were pieces of cork.

Another 10-meter-high levee at Miyako that stretched along 2.5 kilometers had been nicknamed 'The Great Wall of China’ by the locals, an apparent reference to their belief that it would protect them. However, the powerful tsunami breached the levee within moments and destroyed the city transforming it into a muddy swamp. The town is now covered with fishing boats, and its damaged houses stick out of the gray mud.

There were some traces of seawater from the tsunami found at places as high as the 37.9-meter point.

"The wave’s power was far beyond our predictions.” Tomoya Shibayama, professor of ocean engineering at Waseda University, confessed. “The whole country needs to revisit its disaster measures."

What is scarier than this?

There is a larger tsunami warning sounding out for those who do not want to know God!

No matter what the situation might be -- God promises to look after those who flee to Him.

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence:
and his children shall have a place of refuge

(Prov. 14: 26).

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