A mammoth 8.9 earthquake hit Japan last night, and a Tsunami Alert is in effect for anyone with Pacific Ocean coastal property.
The quake went down off Sendai, Honshu in Japan, maybe 80 miles from the coast. It shattered the Miyagi Prefecture, and even managed to blow up an oil refinery. 288 people in Japan are known to be dead, and many more are missing. They also had a nuclear reactor cooling system fail.
Japan is in a state of emergency, currently. Thousands of people are being evacuated away from the area around the failing nuclear power plant.
Japan was then struck with a 4 meter high tsunami. Places with tsunami alerts include the Phillipines, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Kids in Oregon coastal areas are getting a Tsunami Day off from school.
Hawaii must be a fun place to be right now, as the tsunami is expected to hit there around 3 AM Aloha time. It's one of the few times you should be thankful that a policeman wakes you up in the middle of the night. Hawaii has widespread evacuations ongoing. They also have that cool air-raid siren going, like the one they use in Japan when Godzilla arrives.
I can't say if this earthquake was caused by the upcoming Supermoon, but those who do say so have a pretty good piece of evidence to argue with.
No worries here on Cape Cod, as we are far from the Pacific ring of fire that spawns all these earthquakes. We get minor earthquakes now and then, but we haven't had a major one since Colonial times.
Locally, we have a day of rain coming. A very slow moving front has been soaking everything just west of us. Notice how it didn't rain much yesterday? It poured all day from about Worcester west.
That gets to us today, and we should get rain at some point today. It could be a lot worse, though, as most of the rain is going south-to-north by us to the west. As the front moves offshore, that rain should cross over us for a spell.
If you have interests inland, you may want to keep an eye on the rainfall. New England had a lot of snow this winter, and much of New England drains through Massachusetts. River flooding is a huge concern.
5:30 AM Radar, courtest of the NWS.