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Video of strong shaking from 8.9 quake outside supermarket

Video showing what an 8.9 earthquake feels and looks like taken outside a supermarket. Amazing seeing how strong the shaking is and how long it lasted. Super strong jolt at 0:44 and look at those trash can dance! I bet it must be hard to stand that's why most people are on the ground. I've been through the 94' Northridge quake when I was a kid and that was only 30'ish seconds and felt like forever, can't imagine shaking for over 3 minutes!

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Added: Mar-15-2011 
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Tags: japan, earthquake, 8.9, crazy, strong, shaking, chaos, disaster, godzilla, 2012
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  • Been in earthquakes, but never have seen one last as long and as strong as this one. This is absolutely terrifying.

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  • Nice work on the video tags

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  • Was just reading about the Richter scale. It's actually a measure of the amplitude of the shaking, so it doesn't take the duration into consideration at all. That might explain why this particular quake and tsunami was so destructive. A three minute quake at 9.0 on the Richter scale would release ten times the energy of a 9.0 that only lasted 18 seconds.

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    • Not quite correct. The length of time of the shaking is proportional to the distance away from the hypocentre - i.e. the closer to the hypocentre you are, the shorter (but more violent) the shaking.

      This is because different earthquake waves travel through the earth at different speeds.

      That was one of the problems at Christchurch - the hypocentre was extremely close to the buildings, so they got all the waves in one big jolt, instead of being spread-out over time.

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    • Good comment. Thanks for the info.

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    • Mercalli scale is more realistic for measuring earthquakes in a real world scenario ...but only seismologists or geologists really use that scale.

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  • Japan moved 8ft. west in this event.

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  • That was pretty intense! Such a terrible event followed by another,... now Tokyo is in evac to escape the radiation tsunami headed their way! Sorry no pun intended, I really do feel bad for Japan and it's people! This really does affect the world on so many levels...

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    • It's odd that so many of these comments are getting negative ratings even though they don't contain anything offensive. It's almost as if people don't want to read the reality of what happened. Why would "That was never ending" get three thumbsdown? Bizarre. My comment is that I've never heard of a quake last that long and also that must be what it takes to push a country 8 feet. Astounding. I am not religious, but this time I'm praying for the people of Japan. What a completely awful More..

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    • I'm with you on that brother! Religious or not, these people need our prayers and whatever help we can offer! Sad times...

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  • hmm, Chile. NZ, Japan ... California would round out a nice trifecta for the Pacific rim ... i hope I am wrong

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  • When I see some of these earthquake videos, I wonder if we're watching people who died in the ensuing tsunami. I can't even imagine the scale of this tragedy. I wonder what that supermarket looks like now.

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  • That was never ending

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  • heard a blast @ 1:38

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  • It's messed up that 2 minutes of shaking can fuck up an entire country and destroy lives. Poor Japan.

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  • WOW

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  • sometimes it happens to my neighbors car.

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  • God damn that was long

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  • Turn up the volume and you will experience one of the scariest real-time earthquake videos that I've EVER seen. This quake had some serious energy to burn. We need to do whatever it takes to help the Japanese survive through this hell.

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  • At least the guy that works in the meat section shaves his head

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  • This was one of the best videos I've seen that really gives you a sense of what it's like, when you watch it crank up your sub-woofer for the added "sensor" sound like when the movie "Earthquake" came out in the 70's. The guy at 1:52 coming out doesn't seemed to fazed by all this, looks more like he's wondering where he parked his car.

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  • Clean up in aisle 6 please.

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  • So sad to think so many people were about to be swallowed up by the Tsunami right after this. They had 30 minutes from the beginning of the shaking. They must have been barely coming to grips with what just happened when the Tsunami hit. One hospital was consumed up to the 4th floor and the nurses said they had no time to move the patients on the first 3 floors. This Hospital was 6 MILES inland and stiill it got them. Those poor souls could do nothing but watch as that awful black death consumed More..

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  • I was in Northridge in 94, too... It gave me motion sickness for the rest of the day.

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  • Holy shit , that was a long quake. I survived Loma Prieta and that was only about 2 minutes and was about 25 miles from the epicenter.

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  • oh man, how long is it:S

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  • Damn strong buildings in Japan. Not many seem to be badly damaged. Now all they need to do is make them Tsunami and Nuclear proof and they're all set!

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  • u know i admire the Japanese architecture engineering. an 8.9 earthquake and yet i havent seen ONE single house, apartment or building fall. all the devastation and destruction was caused by the tsunami. i must say if an earthquake of even level 6 occurs in Tehran there will be at least 5 million death and the town will be absolutely demolished. way to go Japan...

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  • Interesting there is little panic while the shaking is happening -- no one running out of the store or screaming. They must be well trained for these events.

    Does anyone know where this is? Hate to think it was all washed away 30 minutes later.

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