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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Japan 2011 earthquake causes iceberg 'calving'

The massive 3/11/2011 Japan earthquake and its ensuing tsunami were so powerful that they broke off huge icebergs thousands of miles away in Antarctica, according to a new study.

The ‘calving of icebergs’ is when a huge chunk of ice breaks off from a glacier or ice shelf. The tsunami, which originated after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of the Japan, was so powerful that it broke off massive pieces of ice from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica, thousands of miles away.

The earthquake off the coast of Japan caused massive waves to explode out from its epicenter. Swells of water swarmed toward an ice shelf in Antarctica, 8,000 miles (13,600km) away, and about 18 hours after the earthquake, those waves broke off several chunks of ice that altogether equaled about two times the surface area of Manhattan, New York. According to historical records, this particular piece of ice hadn't budged in at least 46 years before the tsunami came along.

Icebergs have been reported to ‘calve’ following earthquakes before, including a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which struck Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb 22, 2011. However, the new finding marks the first direct observation of such a connection between tsunamis and iceberg ‘calving’.

“We knew right away this was one of the biggest events in recent history.” Brunt, one of the observers said. “I think it's pretty cool.”                                   (Source: LiveScience)

God is in control of all the earth and nothing is surprising to Him!

(Then the LORD answered Job...) Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.  (Job 38: 29,30)
(Job replies...) I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  (Job 42:2)

Be aware of the Creator God for He is aware of you!!