A helicopter above a bay on the east coast of Japan shot this video. It shows a harbor boat perilously close to the eye of a whirlpool. The tsunami that struck Japan earlier today created this whirlpool. That tsunami, in turn, was triggered by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake near Japan.
It is not known whether anyone was on board the boat.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.