"Japan's most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami.
Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude quake, which struck about 250 miles north-east of Tokyo.
A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant but officials said there were no radiation leaks. The death toll is unclear, but police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the port city of Sendai. Many more people are unaccounted for.
In Tokyo, even though it wasn't the epicenter, the quake was still felt very powerfully. The ground rolled and rumbled underfoot and you could hear the great skyscrapers creaking and cracking as they swayed.
The tremor, measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) at a depth of about 24km.
A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America."
The planet Uranus- significator of shocks, rebellion, and sudden, unexpected disruptions, enters the forceful and sometimes violent sign of Aries tomorrow morning in Tokyo. And the chart for this powerful ingress reflects not only today's massive earthquake-tsunami, but links up with Japan's 1889 'Meiji' horoscope, and the chart for the first nuclear chain reaction(12/2/42) as well.
|From Asia & Mideast|
The epic Aries Uranus ingress Ascendant and rising Moon at Tokyo are conjunct the royal star Aldeberan- eye of the bull. And Japan's 1889 chart(noon) Ascendant = 10 Gemini = Aldeberan. Astrologer Mark Lerner coined the term 'nuclear axis' for the degree area defined by the Aldeberan-Antares opposition at 10 Gemini-Sagittarius, as key charts for major nuclear events/developments tend to have planets near these two royal stars. Antares means 'rival of Mars'. (Mars at 9 Gemini conjoined Aldeberan when the atomic bomb devastated Hiroshima.)
Aldeberan is generally a favorable influence unless the power it bestows is abused- but perhaps the square from Mars(13 Pisces) to the Uranus ingress Moon and Ascendant(Tokyo) is a crucial factor. As Mars rules Aries, and is therefore the dispositor of Uranus in Aries, it's condition determines how Uranus(in Aries) will tend to manifest. (Transits from Mars are often triggers or timing factors in themselves.) Mars (force-violence) rose in Tokyo at the March 5 Pisces(oceans) New Moon that squared the local meridian(140 east). Furthermore, at the moment Mars first entered Pisces on 2/22/11 the Ascendant(Tokyo) was 26 Taurus, conjunct the most malefic star Algol- which suggests a violent, mass loss of life in Japan during the transit of Mars through Pisces, Feb. 22 - Apr. 1.
Japan's Feb. 12, 2011 solar return shows Uranus(28 Pisces) powerfully placed on the IC(4th house cusp) of weather; land and foundations. While return Jupiter- ruler of both the Ascendant and the 4th house, resides in the 4th square Pluto of extremes, crisis and upheavals.
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Solar return Uranus is tightly square the nation's 1889 Moon at 28 Gemini, significator of the people. Moreover, the 12/21/10 solstice eclipse on the red star Betelgeuse conjoined Japan's Moon, and the Lunar South Node('loss') is now crossing this same Moon. Interestingly, the 9/11 attack Moon was conjunct Betelgeuse, as was the Indian Ocean earthquake-tsunami Moon of 2004.