There are many actions mother nature can inflict to grind travel to a halt, wind, ice, turbulence, lightening … but today Mother Nature unleashed one of the most unpredictable and devastating actions in Japan, a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
While this earthquake caused mass transit in Tokyo to stop entirely, something that almost never happens and caused Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND) to temporarily cease operations … the earthquake wreaked unimaginable havoc on Sendai Airport (SDJ), in the Miyagi Prefecture, 166 miles north of Narita Airport.
As today’s deadly earthquake triggered multiple seismic events, and tsunamis spanning the Pacific Ocean, a wall of water engulfed Sendai Airport. Following the tsunami passing Sendai Airport the airports roadways were completely submerged, the ramp and taxiways were underwater and nearly the entire runway lay under water and mud. The devastation of the tsunami was felt not only outside the terminal, but inside as well, as much of the building lay submerged, forcing those at the airport to flee for the roof and await being rescued.
The sight of an entire airport’s terminal appearing to be rising from a lake, with planes scattered like children’s toys is a reminder of how powerful Mother Nature is and how fragile our existence is.
Below is news footage of Sendai Airport as the water rushes through the airport and following the tsunami as the airport sits as an island in the middle of the water. .
I’ll skip the “Happy Flying” as it’s not appropriate for this post.