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Beer shortage in Japan

Just showing that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have had effects on every facet of life in Japan, the breweries in Japan may not be able to keep up with summer demand this year.

he ground under the Chiba plant in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, was liquefied by the earthquake. Production was halted until Monday, and has yet to reach pre-earthquake levels.

Asahi Breweries’ plants in Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures were also damaged. The company has resumed production of its mainstay Super Dry brand at the Ibaraki plant but is only able to use three of its six brewing lines.

If the current production levels continue, Asahi representatives said they expected a maximum 30-percent drop in production capacity.

Kirin Brewery suffered damage at two plants in Sendai and Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture. It expects production capacity to drop by about 20 percent.

Obviously there are way more important things than beer at a time like this, but as I said above, it just goes to show that the earthquake and tsunami are having effects in every facet of life in Japan.

New Zealand earthquake splits new fault line into earth

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand (which somehow resulted in no deaths and just two serious injuries) ripped a new fault line into the earth according to MSNBC. 

Canterbury University geology professor Mark Quigley said what “looks to us that it could be a new fault” had ripped across the earth and pushed some surface areas up about three feet (a meter). The quake was caused by the ongoing collision between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, he said.

"One side of the earth has lurched to the right … up to 11 feet (3.5 meters) and in some places been thrust up," Quigley told National Radio.

"The long linear fracture on the earth’s surface does things like break apart houses, break apart roads. We went and saw two houses that were completely snapped in half by the earthquake," he said.

Roger Bates, whose dairy farm at Darfield was close to the quake’s epicenter, said the new fault line had ripped up the surface across his land.

"The whole dairy farm is like the sea now, with real (soil) waves right across the dairy farm. We don’t have physical holes (but) where the fault goes through it’s been raised a meter or meter and a half (3 to 5 feet)," he told National Radio.

"Trouble is, I’ve lost two meters (6 feet) of land off my boundary," he added.

Check out video from the Associated Press of damage from the earthquake (including the fault line like something you’d see out of a cartoon) below:

Strict building codes in New Zealand are being credited with the small amount of injuries and no loss of life despite the severity of the earthquake.

How your computer can help with earthquake detection

This. Is. Awesome.

From NPR

Newer models of laptops manufactured by companies like Apple and Lenovo contain accelerometers — motion sensors meant to detect whether the computer has been dropped. If the computer falls, the hard drive will automatically switch off to protect the user’s data.

"As soon as I knew there were these low-cost sensors inside these accelerometers, I thought it would be perfect to use them to network together and actually record earthquakes," geoscientist Elizabeth Cochran of the University of California at Riverside says.

Check out that story. It’s pretty cool. If my computer had that (I have a cheap HP), I would definitely sign up for that. Even though I don’t recall there ever being an earthquake of the size necessary to detect (4.0) in the Albuquerque area.

chilean earthquake shifted city by ten feet

The massive earthquake that hit Chile a few weeks ago has had some pretty dramatic effects, not just on the cities and towns in Chile, but also on the earth itself.

NASA scientists said that the massive earthquake might have shifted the earth’s axis and slowed down the days ever so slightly; though other scientists say that just isn’t possible, or even if it is, it is unverifiable.

But one thing that does seem to be verifiable is that the earthquake shifted the city of Concepción by 10 feet. And that wasn’t it.

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and across the continent from the quake’s epicenter, moved about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) to the west. Chile’s capital, Santiago, moved about 11 inches (28 cm) to the west-southwest. The cities of Valparaiso and Mendoza, Argentina, northeast of Concepción, also moved significantly.

Kind of puts things in perspective.

video from during chilean earthquake

This is amazing. the Chilean TV station Terra TV was in the middle of filiming something for the Viña del Mar music festival when the massive 8.8 earthquake struck Chile. It is some amazing video, even if I can only understand a few words (them saying to be calm, etc.).

Watch the video here.