View From Space of Tsunami Impact, Plus Some Rain in the Forecast - NBC Bay Area

View From Space of Tsunami Impact, Plus Some Rain in the Forecast

This clip starts with some really remarkable imagery from NASA showing how the eastern Japan coastline was inundated by the devastating tsunami. This false color image shows snow in shades of blue to the left side of the screen while I've highlighted the affected areas using red arrows to show the distance traveled inland by the ocean water. Also remarkable (but not surprising for an 8.9 quake) is the fracture distance along the fault - nearly 250 miles long and 100 miles wide, or roughly a little further than the distance from San Francisco past San Luis Obispo. Lastly, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy has estimated the 8.9 event shifted the planet on its axis by 4 inches. Incredible. A reminder you can donate to relief efforts in Japan by texting 90999 on your cellphone $10 donation or by visiting Now - our forecast. We'll see the trailing edge of a strong weather system drop into the Bay Area later on Sunday which means we'll see an increasing chance for rain in the North Bay later in the afternoon, spilling southward across the rest of the Bay Area by evening. We'll probably see some lingering showers into early Monday before things dry out again for the afternoon. Another round of rain appears due later Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and don't forget the weekend time change - clocks move forward an hour. - Rob Mayeda