On Friday, March 11, 2011 a magnitude 8.9 earthquake near Honshu, Japan generated a Pacific-wide tsunami. Over 100 aftershocks occurred with most of magnitude 5 or 6; several were of magnitude over 7. Officials report 1000+ fatalities and as many injuries. The tsunami wave in northeast Japan was 23 ft high.
This video shows much of a town being swept away by the tsunami flood waters.
Here are two videos of cars and ships being wrecked by the tsunami.
Here is a helicopter video of the tsunami washing away buildings in Sendai, Japan.
Here is NOAA’s animation of the propagation of the tsunami across the Pacific ocean. It traveled at 500 mph.
Here’s a link to New York Times satellite photos showing the tsunami devastation.
Drag the slider bar in the middle of each photo back and forth to see before and after pictures.
These videos and pictures give a very tiny glimpse of what Noah’s Flood was like. It’s not hard to imagine how earthquakes all over the world (“all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened” Genesis 7:11) could easily cause global flooding.
What was Noah’s Flood like? The only eyewitness report is the record of Noah and his sons in Genesis (Gen 10:1).
During Noah’s Flood, the “fountains of the great deep burst open” worldwide for five months. It took five more months for the waters to recede and then two months for the earth to dry.
Tsunamis were being generated for 5 months! And it took the waters 5 more months to recede! The waters for Japan’s tsunami have already receded. Five months of tsunamis and five more months to drain off the land indicates the enormous magnitude of Noah’s Flood.
I expect towering tidal waves hundreds of feet high washed across the continents. Horrific hypercanes pounded earth with 300 mph winds, raining 10 inches or more per hour.
Post-flood geological adjustments continued for centuries. The oceanic, atmospheric, and geological upheavals of Noah’s Flood defy imagination. The Flood destroyed the world (2 Peter 3:6).
May we all learn the lesson from Japan’s tsunami that Jesus expected people to get from tragedies. When His disciples asked Him the reason for tragedy, He replied, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
Soli Deo Gloria.
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Saturday March 12, 2011 A.D.
Read my March 2011 Bible-Science column
The Genesis Code.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him. Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the surface of the water. And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:11-24)