8.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Japan

Before going to bed, Y and I heard about the quake, fires and tsunamis in Japan. We are now watching NHK on the local PBS.

The damage which is still unfolding is terrible. We saw burning debris riding a tsunami wave as it over ran fields, homes and roads with people driving on them. We saw the oil refinery near our friend’s parents’ home burn savagely before it exploded. People are stranded in trains and away from home. Huge ships were lifted as if by Poseidon’s hand out of harbor onto pier and shore. Electricity is out in Tokyo and many other places. People are out in the streets moving about–much better sight than the extensive damage along the coast.

Upgraded magnitude to 8.8–the biggest recorded earthquake to hit Japan. Aftershocks are expected for the next month. Airports and trains are shutdown.

We hope for the best for our friends and all of the Japanese people.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

Reach him by email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu.


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