Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Online media resource: USGS currently lists 30 earthquakes off the coast of Japan, just today

Update: Apple has just announced that it will delay the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan, previously schedule to be available there starting on March 25, Reuters is reporting.

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

In a blog post Kevin Rose relays an e-mail from a friend who works for Apple in Japan. He reports that despite the disasters there the Apple retail store remains open:

Why? Because with the phone and train lines down, taxis stopped, and millions of people stuck in the Tokyo shopping district scared, with no access to television, hundreds of people were swarming into Apple stores to watch the news on USTREAM and contact their families via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The young did it on their mobile devices, while the old clustered around the macs. There were even some Android users there. (There are almost no free wifi spots in Japan besides Apple stores, so even Android users often come to the stores.)
Original Post:

The U.S. Geological Survey keeps an online database of earthquakes that make a very good reference tool for online journalists. The page recording the earthquakes for the Asia Region currently lists 30 earthquakes for March 15th alone -- that's today, of course.

The largest quake so far recorded today is a 6.2 after shock off the east coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island, and home to Tokyo. Two other earthquakes today have registered 6.0.