View Full Version : Godzilla Redux

03-14-2011, 07:36 AM
Friday's tremendous earthquake off Japan's coast has triggered the normal responses. The American media is busily hyperventilating over what it claims to be the greatest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the Japanese have mounted a highly-organized disaster relief program, and the U.S. military is on the scene providing the rapid, massive relief that is literally beyond the capability of any other entity on earth.

Ronald Reagan is providing a massive amount of help. No, it's not the Gipper himself, but the nuclear carrier USS Ronald Reagan and a host of other Navy ships, about which more in a moment.

The enormity of the quake is measured on the Richter scale. The January 1994 Los Angeles quake -- which collapsed highways, toppled buildings, and took about 33 lives -- was measured at 6.7 on that 1-10 scale. The latest information from the Japanese meteorological agency's re-measurement of the quake rated it at 9.0, the largest ever measured in Japan.