EARTH IN REVOLT  1:41 am March 11, 2011

8.9 Quake Hits Japan (Live Video Feed)

by Ken Layne

Yikes … also, Wonkette’s Jack Stuef is going to Japan tomorrow (really! for his “week off”).

Good luck everybody!

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Hola wonkerados.

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MittsHairHelmet March 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

2011 has been quite a year.

straighteight March 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

The tsunami footage is terrifying.

[redacted]byreality March 11, 2011 at 2:10 am


Gopherit March 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

It's not every day you see a dozen houses burning as they float away on the ocean. Surreal just doesn't cover it.

BeWoot March 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

Wow. Great footage. And this is going to put Jack in Japan ahead of Wycliffe Jean. That's pretty cool. (Will he be live-blogging the aftershocks?)

phishsbrevity March 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

Ironic that I was given a South West ad before the video started? "Need to get away?"


SayItWithWookies March 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

Holy shit — it looks like a huge amount of water (carrying debris and a big boat) are washing onto agricultural fields. Is that a tsunami? 8.9 is immense as far as quakes go.

Fare la [redacted] March 11, 2011 at 4:32 am

EDIT: 7th largest ever recorded

OC_Surf_[re-acted] March 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

Coming my way at 8:00 …I am going SURFING!!!!!!!!!!!!

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

I'll take my car to work, you'll take your board…

Come here a minute March 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The sea is foaming like a bottle of beer.

[redacted]byreality March 11, 2011 at 2:07 am


I hope Jack can be safe (first) and send us a liveblog while he's there (second) so we and our small minds can rank on it.

Numerous airports in Tokyo area are closed for now. Jack may not be going anywhere.

[redacted]byreality March 11, 2011 at 2:14 am

New wave coming in right now. I'm watching at .

Tsunami warning issued for Russia, Guam, Wake Island and Taiwan.

phishsbrevity March 11, 2011 at 3:22 am

Ironic that I was given a South West ad before the video started? "Need to get away?"

chascates March 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

OMG! Glenn Beck was right!!11!!

phishsbrevity March 11, 2011 at 3:35 am

Good god! Someone found out that they're grandfather dies halfway around the world in a disaster that's barely an hour old. What a world we live in.

arihaya March 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

God saves Japan,,, hopefully nothing terrible happens.

I still need my steady supply of Hentai.

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:07 am
bumfug March 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

This is totally fucked. I was living in Alameda (right next to Oakland, on SF Bay) in 1989 and that wasn't shit compared to this. I really feel for these poor bastards, especialy since I sent my last money for the week to for Wisconsin. Not that I'd give ten cents to the Red Cross after the way they've fucked around in Haiti.

BarackMyWorld March 11, 2011 at 3:37 am

Alameda? Is that where they keep the nuclear wessels?

bumfug March 11, 2011 at 3:58 am

There's Alameda Naval Air Station where, I believe, Jim Morrison's dad was stationed. I don't know if they have nukes but it wouldn't surprise me.

BerkeleyBear March 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

Nice Chekov. Can you do something from the Cherry Orchard next?

proudgrampa March 11, 2011 at 6:29 am

Wow. My wife and I were living in Fremont and working in Palo Alto in '89. They closed all the bridges that day (though my wife got through just before they shut down the Dumbarton Bridge). It took me 8 hours to get home that night via Hwy 237.

Good times.

But I am sorry for the Japanese. They have sustained a lot of damage.

BerkeleyBear March 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

I moved to berkeley in 1990 and lived in the bay area until 98. The scars that quake left all over the region were pretty amazing to witness (and I grew up in Southern California, so I thought I knew from destruction). When I think of what something this size would do there, I just shiver.

[redacted]byreality March 11, 2011 at 2:44 am

Update: Tsunami warning issued for Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Mexico.

BarackMyWorld March 11, 2011 at 3:37 am

Tide comes in, tide goes out.

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:09 am
nounverb911 March 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

Hope everyone comes through okay.

Jack, if you make it over, go to Daiwa at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo for breakfast, you won't regret it. (Just get there before 7am otherwise the line is two hours long).

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

Sounds like what happened when Milwaukee got its first Krispy Kreme location (2001 or '02 — cannot remember, for sure).

imissopus March 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

Holy fuck, the aftershocks are above 7, that's just insane. If only the Japanese had loved Jesus more…

karen March 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

Are you kidding? The Japanese have every damn religion covered, they practice them all to avoid any issues!

MinAgain March 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hell, Christchurch named the city after Jesus, but that didn't stop the earthquakes from coming.

cheaphits March 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

This hit the same time as one of the strongest solar storms ever was hitting the earth.

Which may only coincidental, but then again…

imissopus March 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

And that volcano in Hawaii has been blowing up for a couple of days…

I'm going to stop snarking on Glenn Beck.

arihaya March 11, 2011 at 6:13 am

Hawaiian volcano is erupting?

~cough~ Bobby Jindal ~cough~

donner_froh March 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

Not to worry. Once the tsunami hits Hawaii it will extinguish the volcano.

GlowneyHouse March 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

Volcano? Hawaii? Please don't tell me Xenu is involved!

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

I'm an O.T. IX, & I can say, definitively, this is not the case.

smokefilledroommate March 11, 2011 at 3:25 am

This brows for Jack and all affected.

ShaveTheWhales March 11, 2011 at 3:43 am

Holy shit. 8 point fucking 9? At least the epicenter was kinda in the boonies (to the extent that there are any boonies in Japan).

bumfug March 11, 2011 at 3:59 am

Fuck, there's a tsunami watch out for L.A. and Ventura counties! Glad I'm a couple of miles inland.

OC_Tsunami_Surf_Serf March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

The beaches from Dana Point to Long Beach need some clean-up from January's rains…lemon meet lemonade.

[redacted]89048 March 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

Should help flush out those icky dead sardines, too.

Fare la [redacted] March 11, 2011 at 4:42 am

This is the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japanese history.


That's a country whose entire field of architecture is built around surviving not just an earthquake, but the next earthquake.

chascates March 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

BBC has a live video feed:

Some airlines are canceling flights into Tokyo so Jack may be stuck here.

proudgrampa March 11, 2011 at 6:39 am

Jeez. Just caught the picture of the whirlpool with a ship trapped in it. I have never seen anything like that before!

Negropolis March 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

'Tis Godzilla's Revenge! Either that, or Lil' Kim's eathquake machine.

Seriously, though; this is horrible. The only silver lining is that this struck so far to the north. You center this thing near Tokyo, and Japan would have been through for a few years.

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

Li'l Kim? I would have figured, maybe, B.I.G. rolling over in his grave after catching word of Making the Band

Texan_Bulldog March 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

Crap…maybe the apocalypse is coming. Sorry, Wisconsin, you had your 15 minutes in the spotlight. There's a shiny new object to fixate on now.

PsycWench March 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

Seriously, I am glad to have Facebook now. One of my students is doing a semester abroad in Japan and has posted that he's fine. I'm sure that type of posting is taking place all over. In earlier years everyone would frantically call friends and relatives, making it impossible to get through. I remember a terrible half-hour on September 11 trying to reach my sister who flew frequently for work back then; luckily she was fine.

LibrulEleet March 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

If Obama was really born in Hawaii, he would do something to stop the tsunami!!1!!1!!

GuanoFaucet March 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

Palin's latest tweet: "Japan, you're through. Have u no 恥?"

horsedreamer_1 March 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

Finally, Daisuke has perfected his Gyro-ball.

Oblios_Cap March 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

Godzilla and Mothra are going at it again!

Seriously, that is some scary looking footage. I was watching it on the BBC before work.

littlebigdaddy March 12, 2011 at 5:43 am

Wasn't Godzilla created out of a nuclear accident? Just sayin…maybe we should rethink this whole good nukes energy policy.

Steverino247 March 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

Today, we are all turning Japanese.

Redhead March 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

"also, Wonkette’s Jack Stuef is going to Japan tomorrow"

I think you mean WAS, Ken. Word is the ceiling in the airport collapsed and air traffic is grounded…

MinAgain March 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

That CNN International site is an abomination.

Sorry about your vacation, Jack.

Doktor[redacted] March 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

Jim Fucking Clancy on CNN gives me hives. Grrr.

natoslug March 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

We're on Tsunami watch here in Humboldt, but so far nothing exciting has happened. If one hits Arcata, we're in for a massive toxic patchouli slick polluting the coast. Sorry about that, rest of California and southern Oregon.

sezme March 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Why does God hate Jack Stuef?

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