8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by deja vu » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:34 pm

Japan should be using his model for the sea wall as an example of what to do. Unfortunately the image on the Globe & Mail looks like the other place just rebuilt what was there, rather than looking at better models.

True, if it hits under ones house it's not going to help.

Does Rebar in the cement make any difference in a quake?
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Post by Speak-Ez » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:03 am

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I found a May 14th story (last year) about the town of Fudai that Speak1 wrote about above.

The article has very good pictures and I'll quote about the last third below the link.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z1ooRQfuIF
The concrete structure spanning 673 feet (205 meters) was completed in 1984. The total bill of 3.56 billion yen was split between the prefecture and central government, which financed public works as part of its postwar economic strategy.

On March 11, after the 9.0 earthquake hit, workers remotely closed the floodgate's four main panels. Smaller panels on the sides jammed, and a firefighter had to rush down to shut them by hand.

The tsunami battered the white beach in the cove, leaving debris and fallen trees. But behind the floodgate, the village is virtually untouched.

Fudai Elementary School sits no more than a few minutes walk inland. It looks the same as it did on March 10. A group of boys recently ran laps around a baseball field that was clear of the junk piled up in other coastal neighborhoods.

Their coach, Sachio Kamimukai, was born and raised in Fudai. He said he never thought much about the floodgate until the tsunami.

'It was just always something that was there,' said Kamimukai, 36. 'But I'm very thankful now.'

The floodgate works for Fudai's layout, in a narrow valley, but it wouldn't necessarily be the solution for other places, Fukawatari said.

Fudai's biggest casualty was its port, where the tsunami destroyed boats, equipment and warehouses. The village estimates losses of 3.8 billion yen ($47 million) to its fisheries industry. One resident remains missing. He made the unlucky decision to check on his boat after the earthquake.

Wamura, who died in 1997 at age 88, left office three years after the floodgate was completed.

At his retirement, Wamura stood before village employees to bid farewell: 'Even if you encounter opposition, have conviction and finish what you start. In the end, people will understand.'

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by CielOnTap » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:40 am

In Toronto, the JCCC will host a panel this week to discuss the lessons and issues in disaster management learned from last year's earthquake. http://jftor.org/whatson/20120315JFIPanel.php
There are upcoming fundraising events this year at the JCCC.

Re: Fudai's past mayor's book-I remember seeing an article about the mayor and his reasons for constructing that seawall last year. That long-ago investment came through for the residents. Was it that town's floodgates that still needed nudging to close though? That might need a fix.
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Post by deja vu » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:05 pm

One thing that can not be forgotten is the Human factor in this tragedy. You can rebuild infrastructure, but it's not so easy for the victims to recover. They will need a lot of help for a long time. Closure will be a dream for many when they lost so much that day. I read that the number of suicides increased after the disaster. It's sad, but shows that the human toll is higher than just the lost souls that died that day.
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Post by CielOnTap » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:07 pm

Memorials were held to mark the loss of lives in Japan's March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
In Japan-The Emperor and the Empress attended the Toyko memorial service with Japanese Prime Minister Noda:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120312a2.html

In Paris, France:
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/s ... _category2

In Toronto, Canada:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/114 ... emony?bn=1
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2 ... body_text6
The item is about the Fukushima 50, workers who were at the reactor site and had insufficient information about what what happening to them or around them as they worked.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by manga2read » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:06 pm

After the anniversary services and stories subside, the press here in North America have not been keeping us updated about the reactor situation, what the current state of power rationing is and whether most of evacuated survivors have some kind of residences to return to.

So the Japanese Prime Minister promised to continue reconstruction, etc. What is being done by the government as of today? Are there budgeted amounts available for temporary housing or is the Diet discussing that matter?
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by deja vu » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:29 am

Nerves are rattled enough and the 1st anniversary was just days ago. News that the double whammy hit again would not
help the situation.


http://www.japantoday.com/category/nati ... east-japan
A small tsunami hit Japan’s northeastern coastline on Wednesday, officials said, after a strong earthquake rocked the region a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.

The 20-centimeter wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck around 210 kilometers off Kushiro prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents before it hit land.
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck off the coast of eastern Chiba at 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake registered 5.1 in northeastern Chiba, 4 in Ibaraki and Saitama prefectures and 3 in Tokyo. The epiccenter was at a rather shallow 10 kilometers below the sea surface. No tsunami warning was issued by the agency.
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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by Speak1 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:46 am

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That second quake the JapanToday site wrote about I think they meant 5+ on the Japanese scale in Chiba. Not 5.1, as we don't have any rating like that on the Japanese scale. We have 5-, a simple 5, and the 5+. Well, it goes from 0 to 7, with plus and minus being added to the 5 and the 6.

That second quake was a pretty good shaker, by the way.

Thought it was cute that on CNN they wrote about the one up north that created the little tsunami, but didn't write about the second one down in Chiba that was much higher on the Japanese scale. Actually, the JMA site stated -- let me just quote the whole of what they wrote. It was rather strange and so I got a screen shot. This was after the one in Chiba.

"Seismic intensity correction has been made. Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, this earthquake has caused no damage to Japan."
Now isn't that the darndest thing!? The Japan Meteorological Agency has on their staff somebody who can see under the ocean and into the Earth's crust and can tell an earthquake hasn't harmed the planet. Strange business there! Mighty strange.

Anyway, that second earthquake which CNN didn't care about was a heck of a lot more worrying than the first.

You might still be able to watch the CNN video here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world ... hpt=ias_c2

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by smitty » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:32 pm

When one reads about a taller strong walls to the sea, in the case of Japan. Then one has to think about how tall that wall of water was, for it is beyond belief or understanding.

Also one should tak a look a Holland with its many attempts with secure walls to ward off the sea, but it seems slowly Holland is moving the businesses to roads to farmer further back Due to the failures almost time after time.

To also incourging farmers to do all their growing in hot houses. Possibly why so many from Holland have moved to Canada & possibly the USA to also South America.

A bit differently, I will admit, but many from China are paying millions of dollars for Condo suites for their daughters or sons going to University in B.C., to also be looking around for a home for themselves & possibly their line of business.

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Re: 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan - VERY BAD!

Post by deja vu » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:22 am

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



While there has been speculation where some of the debris that is washing up on Canadian/US shores is coming from, there is no doubt about the latest item.

The large ship was lost that tragic day, and it's lucky that no one was on board at the time. Now the Canadian Government will twiddle their thumbs while they decide to tow or not to tow.


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