Earthquakes near Japan 2011 in visual form

Being a geologist I am in near constant awe of geologic processes. I will never fail to watch really cool earth science, especially if it’s in the territory of “hard rock”, such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

Some nice people decided to make a video with all the volcanoes that erupted during 2011. This video concentrates around Japan.

What you see below is a rather boring data dump, but done in a way you can wrap your head around, should you so choose.
Each earthquake is accompanied with a slight “thump” relative to its size.

“What about the rest of the world?” you ask. Here’s the same technique, Earthquakes across the entire globe 2011 (YouTube)

Meanwhile, over in Japan

We’re not entirely sure what the folks in Japan who authorized this particular sale were thinking when they signed off on having these signs produced, but I’m sure that no one in the room spoke English.

If only we could have sat in on the meeting where the marketing team for this Osaka department store came up with the idea for their “Fuckin’ Sale,”.

The Perfessor

A Japanese baseball game fight

Ann Coulter says “Radiation is good for you.”

Yeps, you read that right, Right-wing talking and Fox News Resident Crazy Person, Ann Coulter is trying to put forth some fuzzy-science pseudo-mumbo-jumbo “factoid” about Radiation bing good for you as some bizarre spin on how the Japanese problem with their Nuclear power plants is no big deal.

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So you think you have snow

Yes, I too am sick of the snow that we have gotten over the past month or so (and I understand that more of it is on its way). So when I first saw the image to the right, I figured that it was Photoshopped. Much to my surprise, it wasn’t. Yep, this is a real road in Japan, and yes, that is real snow.

Apparently, this region regularly gets 35 feet of snow. Here are some more photos.

Check out how they go about clearing the snow.
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No really, where do you live?

Several years ago I heard that when someone in Japan gives you their business card, the card has, on the back, a map of where on the block their building is located, because the numbers simply don’t go in order over in Japan. I never really understood that, until now.

OK, all clear now?

The Perfessor