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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby Speak1 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:22 am

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In fact, we're having an aftershock right now as I type this. These things just don't seem to stop.

I was on a train when the main quake hit and the system must be very good because they had the train stopped on the tracks in good order. I mean no screeching of whatever screeches when too much braking is done. Nobody was thrown from their seats. It seemed like any other emergency stop and the announcement that an earthquake was ongoing was almost as soon as the train was stopped. We could feel the shaking and see poles and lines swinging and it was quite clear it was very bad.

But a train is a very safe place to be when it's at ground level. And the railroad bed is built to be kind of "spongy" so there must be a kind of dampening affect, I guess.

I could go on and on about what's been happening to me since about a quarter to 3 this afternoon, but I am obviously not suffering nearly as bad as many others, so let me provide a link to a BBC page and they are running a live coverage on this link, if I do this correctly.

Live BBC coverage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

And I just checked and the link works if you wait for a bit.

I am going to provide you with the link for our JMA site here and this is in English and you will see the latest shake, and then you can hit the previous button up at the top and to the left and go back over the past hours and see how many shakes we've had. Eventually you will get to the image of the main quake at 2:46pm earlier.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/

You're going to see that the aftershocks seem to be hitting along a rather lengthy stretch along the coast. Not good.

Actually, though, the one at 2:46pm today was not the first one recently in that location. We had one up there in just about the same place (if not in the exact same spot) and that was 2 or 3 days ago. I don't really remember exactly because we have had a lot of shakes lately, but it was an oddish earthquake because it was felt quite a distance from the epicenter. But it was one that I could hardly feel that struck at 3:16 in the morning and I am not even sure why I woke up, but I still think it was the S waves that were just too weird. I noted that quake in our Moderator's Forum soon after it struck because it woke me up. And it was a really weird one and had me uneasy and now we have the disaster that Mother Nature has given us. Not nice, Mother Nature. Really, not nice!

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby deja vu on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:53 am

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Videos ... story.html


There are 8 videos on this page showing as it happened and after. Thirty foot Tsunamis throwing houses on to bridges. You see the images, but unless you have been through a powerful quake one can't fully comprehend just how devastating they are.

Our prayers for the victims and their families.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:43 pm

Seeing that live film clip showing the water just sweep all objects and anyone as an incoming tide across fields to the roadway--very scary how powerful that wave was. Then fire occurs in 2-3 spots, all before the 60s mark on the film.

The Pacific Tsunami alert system--does it activate before the tsunami? Did folks notice other strange signs in the sky or water that gave them a heads-up to leave for high ground?

It might be good to have some kind of dunes or plantings near shore after recovery and rebuilding to help slow water down.

I hope Canada and other countries come to Japan's assistance in 24h.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:02 pm

Canadians looking for information on relatives in Japan-toll-free number when calling from Canada:
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/11/17576741.html

Red Cross response:
The Canadian Red Cross is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to rapidly respond with emergency supplies and personnel if needed.

Canadians are encouraged to support Red Cross relief efforts by making a financial donation to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Donations can be made online at http://www.redcross.ca/helpnow, at your local branch office or by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111.

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=38375&tid=001

Impact of tsunami on other Pacific islands/nations:
Four nuclear power plants closest to the earthquake have been safely shut down, the U.N. atomic watchdog said.

Flash floods in western Indonesia killed at least 12 people and sent hundreds fleeing for safe ground.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii as residents brace for a tsunami after the massive earthquake in Japan.

Taiwan's central weather bureau said minor tsunamis reached Taiwan's coastline without causing any damage.

Marshall Islands disaster management officials downgraded an earlier tsunami alert to a "tsunami watch," after the massive quake hit off Japan.

Malaysia urged residents of Borneo Island to stay away from coastal areas, but said the country did not face the threat of a tsunami.

Russian authorities evacuated some 11,000 residents from coastal areas on Pacific islands before they were hit by tsunami waves unleashed by the earthquake.


http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2011/03/182_82906.html

United Nations has organizations on standby to help and they are contacting Japanese counterparts to assess needs:
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that its officials are in contact with their Japanese counterparts to see how it can help with relief efforts. The UN has also alerted the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), a global network of 80 countries and disaster response organizations under the UN umbrella.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Japanese authorities have shut down several nuclear power plants and have extinguished a fire at one of them. No radiation release has been detected so far, the agency reported.

The IAEA said it was seeking further information on the situation at the nuclear power plants and research reactors, “including information on offsite and onsite electrical power supplies, cooling systems and the condition of the reactor buildings,” and added that nuclear fuel requires continued cooling even after a plant is shut down.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has staff on standby across the Asia-Pacific region so that they can respond to calls for assistance. The agency’s depot in Malaysia has stocks of high-energy biscuits and emergency equipment in place.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37737&Cr=disaster&Cr1=

U.S. President informed of the Japanese tsunami and preparations for Hawaii and other US territories:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/11/earthquake-japan-and-tsunami-preparedness
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby alohasand on Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:15 pm

That rates up there or is stronger than the Haiti quake last year! News of other islands in the Pacific--

In Hawaii, a bridge that did not last through the surges:
'Tsunami resistant' dock breaks at Haleiwa harbor
By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 10:47 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2011

HALEIWA – The big wave never arrived. But a series of small and powerful surges – as many as 20 – pushed muddy water from the tsunami through the Haleiwa Boat Harbor early this morning.

When the water receded, some of the boats tied up in the inside basin were resting in mud. When the water rushed back, the boats rocked and rolled with the churn. On the fourth surge, portions of a floating dock buckled and snapped away from the embankment.

"Just a tremendous amount of water came in, and you could hear it," Paul Sensano, the harbormaster, said of the crumbling dock. "You could hear it crackling. Crack. Crack. Crack." http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/117819808.html#

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center defends evacuation
By Star-Advertiser staff
POSTED: 05:03 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2011

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center geophysicist Gerard Fryer defended the center's handling of this morning's tsunami.

"We called this right," Fryer said. "This evacuation was necessary. ... This was the right thing to do."http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/117797998.html#

Tsunami warning canceled for Guam
By Associated Press
POSTED: 02:56 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2011
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has lifted a tsunami warning for Guam, where no damage has been reported from the earthquake-spawned waves.

Evacuations notices for visitors and residents in low-lying areas were also lifted Friday, but officials say public beaches will remain closed until they can be checked for damage after daybreak. Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says all roads have been reopened.http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/117792663.html#
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby pretzels on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:52 pm

Kind of need courage to choose to take your boat out in the ocean when the wave energy is going towards shore. A good radio to keep in touch with people on land and warm gear and some calming techniques probably help.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:25 pm

Some context about the reactor situation in Japan--there is time to cool down the affected reactors.

Paul Morse 13 minutes ago
Japan reactor crisis no Chernobyl, Mac expert says
The crisis at a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant is serious but not as dangerous as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, says a leading Canadian expert in nuclear safety.

Pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is rising after Japan’s massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake knocked out primary and backup power to its cooling system.

Shutdown reactors remain very hot and must continue to be cooled to keep them from superheating steam and ultimately melting into radioactive slag if water levels fall to the point the reactor core itself is uncovered.

Because Japan is earthquake-prone, its 55 nuclear plants are built to very stringent seismic design requirements, said John Luxat, professor and NSERC industrial research chair in nuclear safety analysis at McMaster University’s Department of Engineering Physics. More importantly, unlike Chernobyl in Ukraine, Japanese nuclear power plants also have hardened containment structures over them. http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/500660--japan-reactor-crisis-no-chernobyl-mac-expert-says

Pacific Tsunami Early Warning Centre http://ptwc.weather.gov/ Link may load slowly. Map shows areas that received messages about possible tsunami action.
http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.2011.03.12.013940 See the amplitude of waves in places like Mexico and California. Christchurch NZ is also shown on the list.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:58 pm

Financial help pours in for Japanese disaster victims
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Members of the Los Angeles County urban search and rescue team prepare to deploy to Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
VANCOUVER — Just hours after a devastating earthquake hit Japan, Canadians have already donated thousands of dollars to help victims.

The donations totalled $77,000, as of Friday afternoon.

The Canadian Red Cross is reaching out online and through social media to raise funds for victims of the catastrophic quake.

Those wishing to make donations can call 1-800-418-1111 or go to the Canadian Red Cross' website.

People can also text the word ASIA, in all capital letters, to 30333. http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110311/110311_financial_aid/20110311/?hub=CP24Home

The sum raised today as reported on CP24, a news station from the Barrie, ON area north of Toronto.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby Speak1 on Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:33 am

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I've got a lot to post, but I'll start with what I just heard about ten minutes ago from NHK, but I didn't clearly understand what element it is they are stating they found evidence of in surrounding water.

I'm afraid that the details are coming in so fast of all sorts of things that I didn't catch which nuclear power plant they are worried about on this particular point.

What I am on about here is that the lady announced at NHK that some government type stated they were worried they have fuel rods melting. Not simply exposed, as earlier today we were hearing, but actually melting. The word melting was used.

On top of that we are still getting tsunami warnings and I'll give you a link to NHK below. They seem to run live breaking news in English and news in English at the top of the hour. Other times they are running the tsunami warning in various foreign languages.

LINK to NHK: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html

Oh yes, during that last news at the top of the hour at 2pm the lady said the death toll was at 651, although the last I saw the NHK page had 442 listed. I think the top of the hour news was an update the text hadn't yet shown.

Let me post this, but there is so much more to post.

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Postby deja vu on Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:27 am

An explosion at a nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, but a radiation leak was decreasing despite fears of a meltdown from damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

Government spokesman Yukio Edano said the explosion destroyed the exterior walls of the building where the reactor is placed, but not the actual metal housing enveloping the reactor.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/artic ... rises?bn=1


The Iodine pills will probably be distributed today to those in the affected area. Reports put the missing at 9,500 but I have a feeling that number is a lot higher. I haven't seen any reports about the missing tour boat and bullet train.


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