The Earth Moved

Just off the coast of Honshu today, Japan experienced its largest earthquake ever, and one of the largest in recorded history. After several days of smaller quakes, what is currently being called the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami is believed to be an 8.9 in magnitude. Aftershocks and tsunamis are expected to rock regions of the pacific rim for days, including tsunami warnings in California. You can read more here and here and here and all over the internet.

A few hundred miles away from the epicenter, Tokyo still received some damage and casualties. Some report that the shocks could be felt as far away as Beijing. The full scale of the damages, which will surely be ongoing, have yet to be assessed. Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world when it comes to earthquakes.

Capcom has branches in Osaka and Tokyo, both of which are on southern Honshu. If and how this will affect Rockman in general is unknown. For all of us Japanophiles, I’m sure our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Japan (even more than normally).

5 Comments to "The Earth Moved"

  1. Avegodro's Gravatar Avegodro
    2011/03/11 Friday - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to everyone affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

    I hope folks are okay.

    • ---'s Gravatar ---
      2013/03/28 Thursday - 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. I read a Science World article, and it’s bad. 🙁

  2. 2011/03/11 Friday - 11:15 pm | Permalink

    The title’s appropriate, too: apparently, the Earth’s axis shifted by 10 cm after that earthquake. 10 cm!

    This is a pretty impressive event, and we can tell right away that the Japanese were prepared: most buildings, including skyscrappers, have survived with little damage. It’s comforting to see once in a while groups of people planning ahead instead of merely reacting after the fact. 🙂

  3. RADIX's Gravatar RADIX
    2011/03/12 Saturday - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    For the most part, my friends on Pixiv are all right; I’m still worried, though.

  4. ---'s Gravatar ---
    2013/03/28 Thursday - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I too am a Japanophile, and have been wondering how this could affect the Rockman franchise. I hope that Rockman can survive these intense earthquakes and tsunamis.

    Then again, Japan IS the most prepared country for these desasters, as their buildings are made to withstand these disasters.=)

    Unrelated, how will this affect NINTENDO?

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