SUMMARY: Stunning photoIf anyone in the agility world hasn't already seen this photo of the Japanese tsunami about to engulf an agility field--well--here it is.
(Photo bigger with credits here. )
The quake itself registered 8.9. Unimaginable. When the Loma Prieta quake hit in 1989, I was about 9 miles from its epicenter. It rocked us hard. (I previously posted about it.) Difficult to stand up or walk comfortably, although hard to know because most of us were diving under our desks or tables. The Richter Scale is logarithmic--each full number indicates a magnitude 10 times stronger. So--the Sendai quake was 100 times more powerful than Loma Prieta. Really, I can't imagine. It gives me chills. What a disaster.
Consider that the largest earthquake ever recorded (on a seismograph) registered 9.5. And the largest that's likely to ever occur in California is probably around 8. The quake that devastated Haiti? 7.0.
That 8.9 is really. Really. Overwhelmingly big.
And seeing that tsunami sweep across the countryside towards an oh-so-familiar-feeling dog agility field--wow. Brings it all home to me, for some reason, in a way that none of the other photos can.