The world’s biggest earthquake

hit Asia on Sunday, killing more than 7,000 people in 6 countries. Update: Almost 10,000
Google news stories are here; NYTimes/AP is here.

“All the planet is vibrating” from the quake, said Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy’s National Geophysics Institute. Speaking on SKY TG24 TV, Boschi said the quake even disturbed the Earth’s rotation. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 8.9. Geophysicist Julie Martinez said it was the world’s fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964.

Wow.

Blog accounts closer to the scene from 2Bankok.com ; Indstapundit links to Malaysian bloggers Rajan Rishyakaran and Peter Tan, as well as Indian blogger Nitin Pai.
A discussion thread on Slashdot has tons of info.

Update: Jon Lebowsky points out “this is the second 8+ quake in a matter of days, the first being an 8.1 quake 305 miles north of Macquarie Island near Antarctica on December 23.”