An earthquake hit Japan, and the 5.5-magnitude catastrophe has left the country's Honshu Island shaken Friday. Although it occurred just off the small island, no tsunami warning has been issued by authorities.
The earthquake that hit Japan was strong, and it's 5.5-mganitude fervor- later downgraded to 5.2 by the Japan Meteorological Agency- was felt far and wide. The quake stuck in Ibaraki Prefecture at 4.0 magnitude, Fukushima, Saitama, and Tochigi all at 3.0 magnitude.
The lack of large-scale damage reports by the U.S. Geological Survey and others could be due to the location of the quake: it occurred at about 21 miles beneath the ocean's surface, 118 miles northeast of Tokyo. more >>
Nor'easter, the storm anticipated to hit the east coast this week, could cause even more damage in New York and Connecticut while the states still struggle to recover from Hurricane Sandy. However, the new storm, which promises 25-70 mph winds, rain, and snow, may miss New Jersey, which bore the brunt of the last storm.
The Nor'easter originated in the Gulf of Mexico, and meteorologists spotted the storm traveling steadily up the East Coast earlier this week. Some experts predict that it will hit areas that Sandy already did, causing additional damage in flooding.
"It's going to impact many areas that were devastated by Sandy," Bruce Terry, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service, told the Associated Press. "It will not be good." more >>
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Bible tells the story of Noah and his experience with the flooding of the entire Earth and how he was spared death through an ark God told him to build. But reading about something that happened thousands of years ago, or even just seven years ago in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina, could never compare to witnessing the devastation water is capable of producing in one's own backyard.
Nothing can prepare a human being for a 6-foot wave gushing down their street carrying what resembles gasoline from a tanker that could potentially burn the whole block down.
But for residents of Staten Island, N.Y., this is much of what we endured during the brunt of Hurricane Sandy this week. more >>
As much of the U.S. took part in the usual Halloween festivities last night, residents in the Northeast were still coping with the widespread damage caused by the monster storm that hit Monday. By mid-evening Wednesday, the death toll from superstorm Sandy had reached 72 people and about 6 million homes were still without power.
Financial experts predicted an estimated $20 billion in damage and $10 billion to $30 billion in business loss as a result of the storm.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared that Halloween trick-or-treating be postponed until next Monday, saying that it was too dangerous for children to participate in the tradition while floodwaters, downed electrical wires, power outages and fallen trees continued to be a problem, various news agencies reported. more >>
Ironically, Russell Crowe and the crew filming "Noah" have been delayed because of Hurricane Sandy this week.
The Darren Aronofsky-directed film following Noah in the colossal Biblical storm faced cancellations due to the intense storm system that hit the East Coast earlier this week.
A replica of Noah's ark sits in Oyster Bay, New York, while a much larger and elaborate replica is used for filming in Brooklyn, New York. more >>
Christian relief organizations began to provide food and shelter along the U.S. East Coast to people suffering in the devastating aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday. By nightfall, the region's death toll reached nearly 50 people and millions remained without power or mass transit.
"We all watched this unique 'superstorm' coming from far off, and could see the potentially devastating course," said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, yesterday. "Sadly, it seems that the worst fears were realized and millions of people are now hurting as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I'm not sure that there are words that can adequately describe the enormity of this massive disaster. We'll do all we can in the face of this catastrophe to offer emotional and spiritual care and the hope and compassion of Jesus Christ."
The team's chaplains trained in crisis-response deployed Tuesday morning from Charlotte with three mobile office units, and were scheduled to head toward northern New Jersey, southern New Jersey, and Philadelphia. After an initial assessment, additional chaplains will arrive from across the United States later this week, said leaders of the renowned evangelist's ministry. more >>