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March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

It’s been 6 years since the earthquake and a while since I’ve posted here. But I’ve started something new! I’m now running a science channel on YouTube, and my first feature science video is about megathrust earthquakes and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Check it out!

If you were in Japan at the time, what are some of your memories of the earthquake? Let me know in the comments section below.

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2012 Picture of the Week (21/52) – Solar Eclipse

Just 2 1/2 hours ago, I saw something that hasn’t happened in 173 years in Japan, an annular solar eclipse.  Where I live, I was in the path of totality, which was very fortunate.  Unfortunately, the forecast was for clouds.  Fortunately, the clouds were thin enough at times to be able to see the ring.  It wasn’t very bright, so it was possible to look at it without solar glasses, but only for a brief glance.  It’s still dangerous to look at it for any period.  However, the clouds had a few gaps, so we could use the solar glasses.  It was amazing!  I couldn’t take a picture of the total eclipse, as it was too cloudy for the solar glasses, yet it was too bright for my iPhone to focus on the ring.  All I got was a bright blob where the sun was.  But when the clouds cleared up, I used the solar glasses and my iPhone together to get some pictures.  This was my best picture, shortly after total eclipse.

Annular solar eclipse, shortly after totality.

Did you see the eclipse and take a picture?

[Edit: fixed the last annular eclipse date for Japan.  173 years ago, not 932.]

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