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Mag 8.9 Earthquake In Japan  
User currently offlineSMOLT From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10680 times:

14 minutes ago A big earthquake of mag 7.9 has just struck Japan. Braking news:
Now quake continues. Severe damage is expected North of Japan.

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User currently offlineSMOLT From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10687 times:

My audio speaker and cd rack has fell down. I have to go to the hospital to pick up my mother. All railroads and highways are stopped. 6m of Tsunami is expected.

User currently offlineSMOLT From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10679 times:

Scared to be honest. Report says a buiding is burning. Severe damege I'm afraid

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3098 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10670 times:

Stay safe out there!

User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3304 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10663 times:

Reuters and CNN have banner headlines regarding a massive earthquake in Northeastern Japan. Photos showing dozens of cars in the water and reports of numerous aftershocks. Major tsunami warnings have been issued by the Japanese government according to CNN International. 8.8 quake is now being reported by the US Geological Survey.

Tsumami "watch" has been issued for Hawaii and Guam, as well as the Marshall Islands.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110311

[Edited 2011-03-10 22:23:07]

[Edited 2011-03-10 22:26:06]

[Edited 2011-03-10 22:28:58]

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4394 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10645 times:

Yea aftershocks right now in Atsugi.

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8736 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10626 times:

USGS has revised their report to 7.9. Japanese news is reporting 7.8.

Numerous reports that tsunami of 6-8 meters' height has struck various parts of the NE coastline of Honshu. Bridges, coastal roads, and possibly seaside structures of various sizes have been wiped out.

If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3304 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10618 times:

CNN International is now reporting major fires in Tokyo's port areas. Tsunami appears to have hit Japan - this is the first wave according to CNN. The 8.8 magnitude quake was centered 80 miles offshore from Sendai, Japan.

A magnitude 6.4 aftershock has also just been reported by the USGS according to CNN

[Edited 2011-03-10 22:48:22]

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2881 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10612 times:

CNN is showing video of boats, cars, power lines, and even buildings being swept away by the tsunami. Looks really bad.  

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8736 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10595 times:

Some immediate YouTube footage of the tsunami:


Inside some guy's apartment in Tokyo:


The ubiquitous tsunami warnings appearing on Japanese television:


For anyone who doesn't get NHK World, you can watch their live feed here:


[Edited 2011-03-10 23:00:07]

If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlineSMOLT From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10568 times:

God! My house is located in 500km south of the epicenter but roads are severely dameged. Firefighters and ambulance silens are heard here and there. Reports corrected the magnitude was 8.4. Right now aftershock is quaking

User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3304 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10566 times:

NHK feed to CNN International is reporting that major airports in Tokyo and all over northern Japan have been closed, as have the bullet-trains and all major public transit systems. This is truly horrific. Prayers to the Japanese people.   

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8736 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10548 times:

Already seen photos of people having to walk on elevated train platforms in Tokyo to be evacuated.

This area off the NE coast of Honshu is highly seismically active. In the five years I lived in Japan there were at least three significant earthquakes (6.5+) in this area I can remember offhand. Just in the last week there have been four temblors over magnitude 6 in this same region, including a 7.3 earlier this week. Fortunately this is one of the most sparsely populated parts of Honshu.

If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10522 times:

Fox is reporting 8.9, ocean has pulled back.

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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10475 times:

Sendai airport is completely flooded. Passengers are waiting for rescue on the roof of the terminal.

Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2340 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10463 times:

Such massive destruction from the tsunami, and it's only growing. My prayers go out to the people there.  

User currently offlineSMOLT From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10394 times:

Paths around my house is partially liquefacted and stopped. Some electric polls are inclined by 30 degree. This is far from the epicenter by 400-500 km from the epicenter. Hundred of thousand workers in the Center of Tokyo metropilitan are stopped and can not go home because all trains are stopped. (Going home difficulties) A petrolem Tank and Steel rifinery is burning. Is not someone you know of in Tokyo?

User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3304 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10382 times:

Updated information on the initial quake and aftershocks from the USGS does not look good. LOTS and LOTS of 6.0 and greater aftershocks.

Source: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquak.../recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0001xgp.php

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4394 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10339 times:

Trying to drive back home from Atsugi to Yokosuka and traffic is mad heavy on the side roads since tollroads and rail are closed.

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2600 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10298 times:

Watching it on TV now. Sky News are reporting one confirmed death in Tokyo but from the images I am seeing of the waves hitting a rural area including lots of farm buidings, I can't see how anyone in the path of those waves would have a chance. This is massive, obviously.

Somewhat 'luckily' for those in Hawaii, they have about 5 hours before anything is likely to hit.

It will be interesting but sad to see how this pans out.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10286 times:

What's up with the Pacific Plate I wonder.. Crazy earthquakes. Absolutely horrible.

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10259 times:

Thoughts and prayers for all our Japanese members, and others who may be affected by tsunamis. We are thinking of you.

I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 650 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10259 times:

Good luck to everyone affected.

Seems that Hawaii is under a tsunami warning. Friends in HNL say the sirens are going off.

Thoughts and prayers all around.

Don't you want to hang out and waste your life with us?
User currently offlinelorm From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10251 times:



Hawaii - http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=hawaii.2011.03.11.073148

Widespread Pacific Area Warnings - http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.2011.03.11.073000


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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 28849 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10237 times:

Just woke up and switched on Sky News couldnt believe what I was seeing. Thoughts with the people of Japan it looks as if this may be alot worse when we get the final information on damage and loss of life.

25 Aaron747 : Sirens went off here in Honolulu at 22:00 - tsunami wave heights of up to 6-7 feet have been deemed possible locally. This is not good for low-lying c
26 VonRichtofen : Just saw some of the aerial footage of the Tsunami hitting some farmland, crazy how the water just doesn't stop. Eerie. My brother lives in Taiwan, an
27 F9Animal : OMG... I have been watching the news since it started. This is sadly going to be a huge death toll. I am so sorry for all of you in Japan, and I wish
28 fca767 : It says a warning for Peru! Does this mean i should warn my friend in Peru? I cant see online any news in peru about warning people
29 JBirdAV8r : This tsunami footage coming in is some of the scariest footage I've ever seen of anything. I've never seen such a wall of water.
30 oa260 : The Red Cross in Geneva has said this Tsunami is higher than alot of some Pacific Islands! A
31 airkas1 : I'm following the situation on the news and from what I've seen so far things look pretty bad. Best of luck to all A.nutters affected by this.[Edited
32 stlgph : if anyone from Japan would be willing to talk on an american tv news program - hit me up with a pm.
33 JoKeR : The might of mother nature, incredible! Very sad day for Japan, wishing you all strenght and speedy recovery. Sympathies from Serbia.
34 ACDC8 : Just unreal watching that water and debris just flood the farmland like that ... absolutly amazing.
35 JBirdAV8r : Tsunami watch now upgraded to tsunami WARNING from Point Conception, CA, to OR/WA border.
36 VonRichtofen : Ok I got a hold of my brother in Kaohsioung, Taiwan. He says he hasn't heard any local tsunami warnings yet, though CNN is saying anybody in Taiwan sh
37 NZ107 : Kaohsiung is on the opposite side of the island to where the tsunami will hit first but it's hard to know any more as the tsunami could still affect
38 mandala499 : WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT GUY DOING AT 1:06????? Driving below the waterline! Taking a huge risk if you then see 2:15!!! Had he drove 1:15 later where he
39 Post contains images wilco737 : My thoughts go out to all people in Japan and around the globe being affected of this earthquake. I just read a short report from a colleague of mine
40 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Thank you SMOLT for your live reports. My sympathy to all the people in Japan who have been affected by this tragedy. Some parts of Japan were not hi
41 jessbp : Just caught the news this morning. 8.8 must be one of the biggest I've heard of. The sight of that s Tsunami is truely terrifying. The sight of the re
42 gocaps16 : Finally made it home and found no damage to our Japanese house. Since my house is above ground, we have a view of Tokyo some 45 km away and we can see
43 Post contains images wilco737 : Good news that you are safe and your home as well. Keep my fingers crossed!! wilco737
44 mal787 : I am in the Solomon Islands at the moment , hotel security and my employer want me ready to evacuate my hotel at 23 .00 local , and head for higher gr
45 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Keep trying, insist. You should be able to get through international phone lines. Maybe land line will be easier than mobiles. I had to wait a while
46 Aesma : So, I've been watching Sky News and France24 for three hours. News on the French channel come several minutes after Sky News, it's like they're watchi
47 MadameConcorde : Look at the map. French Polynesia is much much further South from the Hawaiian Islands and New Caledonia is off the Australian coast (Brisbane). If t
48 Aesma : Well, apparently in the 60's a Chilean quake caused a tsunami that killed 140 people in Japan, so those things are dangerous across the ocean.
49 cpd : About the most awful thing I've witnessed. And the oil refinery blaze / explosion was massive. We were watching NHK television. The devastation is ter
50 Aesma : So, they can't cool a nuclear reactor at the moment, that's not good !
51 mal787 : A ship in deep ocean water Is LESS likely to feel the effects of a Tsunami ,than a small South Pacific or any small island. So in due respect , so goo
52 bananaboy : Thinking about former colleagues on Pride of America. She should be on her way to Honolulu at present - hope all are safe. Just heard on the BBC that
53 gocaps16 : NRT reported damage to the terminal. Runway was closed early so Yokota AB was accepting massive diversions. I did see a Delta 744 flying over Atsugi N
54 Post contains links MadameConcorde : The Big Island has all the volcanos, especially the Hilo side. So maybe not related to Japan earthquakes. There are still constant very powerful 5.++
55 Post contains images ogre727 : My best wishes to everyone who might be affected...
56 allrite : I was planning to see the Tohoku area and Hokkaido for the first time when we fly to Osaka in a bit over a week. I wonder now how the railway lines, h
57 Post contains links MadameConcorde : A most interesting Narita aIrport related thread on PPRuNe with some interesting links. http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/4...e-tsunami-japan-closes
58 Post contains links lorm : Another update from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.2011.03.11.113257 Midway Island DART buoy is r
59 Post contains images FatmirJusufi : What a frightening earthquake! Watching Al Jazeera live on YouTube. My thoughts are with all those affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
60 Baroque : A very big bugger and right in just about the worst place for tsunami formation. Puts a very sober edge to trying to warn of tsunamis near the epicent
61 Post contains images Mir : Sendai airport. Holy crap. Best wishes to Japan and everywhere else in the path of the tsunamis. -Mir
62 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Powerful aftershocks still. Latest registered by UGS is a 5.9. Awful. MAP 5.9 2011/03/11 12:12:53 38.052 142.542 21.6 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, J
63 Post contains images wilco737 : WHere are all the airplanes there?! Nothing at the gates or washed away somewhere somehow?! wilco737
64 na : Good Lord, those pictures arriving from Japan look worse than what I remember of the Christmas 2004 tsunami. And the latest news, that the cooling sys
65 joshrice : The pictures are horrific. Thoughts with everybody affected, in Japan and around the Pacific.
66 Post contains images EDICHC : Thoughts are with all those in Japan and the Sendai area in particular from a Christchurch resident. Cant help but think of the Japanese patients of m
67 Baroque : The sequence a bit earlier of the flood coming in past the airbridges was one of the few times I reached for the word awesome. Hope the recovery plan
68 HT : SDJ has relatively little traffic. Might have been lucky to have no a/c parked at the time desaster struck ... -HT
69 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Posted on PPRuNe Narita to reopen. Departures only. http://english.kyodonews.jp/ Hawaii airports closed due to tsunami warning | KHON2 Hawaii's News L
70 Post contains images wilco737 : Man, this is so tragic and not over yet... This shows us how small we are compared to Mother Earth and how powerful she is... I really do hope it won'
71 Baroque : So if the emergency cooling systems works as advertised you are going to recant and declare them safe?? So far it looks like very robust designs. Ah,
72 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Meanwhile we are expressing our sympathy and support for the people of Japan in these tragic hours conspiracy nuts are brawling about Haarp Top Secret
73 Quokka : My thoughts go out to those who have experienced this latest natural disaster. It is bad enough to experience the destructive power of an earthquake w
74 jessbp : My very basic understanding of plate tectonics is that the faultmoves once the stress that's built up becomes to great. After the stress is released,
75 EDICHC : The actual magnitude can, surprisingly, have less bearing than you may think. Other factors that are almost as important are the depth of the quake,
76 sw733 : As someone who loves Japan and all the people I have met there (and I was there just a few weeks ago), I wish you all the best! CNN is reporting up to
77 gocaps16 : 200-300 bodies found floating in Sendai. RIP to those.
78 EDICHC : Sounds like the whole Pacific plate is really on the move. I don't mean to be alarmist but as jessbp says... Which is along the lines of what I was t
79 Baroque : Other than being near plate boundaries the Christchurch and Chilean earthquakes have nothing to do with the Japan quake. The Christchurch quake was we
80 EDICHC : I am sorry to say that this will just be the beginning, better be prepared for a much higher number of souls lost. Requiescant In Pace
81 Silver1SWA : In terms of the number of annual large earthquakes world-wide, things are rather normal or on a normal pace. What IS different is that major quakes h
82 EDICHC : I think you mean quakeS. The two faults involved (Greendale and the as yet unnamed Halswell-Lyttleton fault) are not knowingly linked. Worryingly is
83 na : So far safe? Well, latest news do not support that. The cooling system is now only running on batteries, capacity reported as "a few hours". Then, if
84 sw733 : I agree with this 100%. Haiti, Chile, Japan, China, NZ...all places with large populations.
85 Quokka : Thank you for the additional information on how and why earthquakes of different magnitudes may be equally or more destructive depending on various f
86 EDICHC : NZ only has a population of 4million and of those only a quarter of live in the South Island. Although to be fair the Feb 22 quake was only 10km from
87 Post contains links Marcus : You can find the live feed of NHK News on this link.....just bear with the 30 second ad....this is in Japanese only.... http://www.ustream.tv/channel/
88 caliatenza : same here. I love Japan and its culture and even though ive never actually been to Tokyo city, i still love Narita with all my heart.
89 EDICHC : Oh yes I quite agree with you there. I think the tsunami will claim far more poor souls than the actual quake will. Its just that the media keep goin
90 Baroque : Indeed. The relationship of the pair of the beasts to the Alpine fault is far from clear. I guess you have seen the wall built across the Alpine Faul
91 sw733 : Yeah I guess NZ didn't really fit on the "large population" list with China and Japan! But, it's a very advanced country that garners lots of attenti
92 EDICHC : I hope you are right after over 5,000 quakes/aftershocks here since September. I haven't in actual fact, not in person, and I don't think I will in t
93 Post contains images lhr380 : Been watching this as much as possible since I heard about it at work (Thank you Boingo and an iphone with skynews live on it) Really devastating news
94 futurepilot16 : My brother in law happens to be one of those idiots. He also believes the world is ending in 2012 and believes that the two moons seen in China last
95 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Latest update received from QM2: Queen Mary 2 is en route to Nagasaki, all guests and crew on board are safe. Still some very powerful aftershocks MAG
96 Post contains links sw733 : Just saw that a JR East train running on the Senseki Line is "unaccounted for". Yikes...I am having visions of the train in Sri Lanka that was wiped o
97 BN747 : That Sendai Airport photo is mind-blowing. It's just the luck of the draw that it struck at a period of complete down time..but still, 300 people take
98 Post contains links MadameConcorde : I find these conspiracy theories to be an insult to all those who have perished and/or who will have to withstand hardship and will suffer for months
99 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : THE WORST QUAKES IN HISTORY 1. Valdivia, Chile, March 22, 1960 (magnitude of 9.5) 2. Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA, March 27, 1964 (9.2) 3. Sumatr
100 tugger : So with all that sea water washing over the farm fields, what will that do to the soil? Will it greatly affect it due the salt content in the water, o
101 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : • "The Earthquake was preceded by an X class solar flare and a significant hit of the Earth by a Coronal Mass Ejection - reported by nasa - http://w
102 sw733 : The NASA website you link to mentions nothing of any connection with the earthquake...
103 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Check this link. http://www.weatheraction.com/displayarticle.asp?a=325&c=5 Still some very powerful aftershocks. Update time = Fri Mar 11 18:42:1
104 seb146 : Horrible for the people of Japan. We in the Bay Area are still getting waves of the tsunami. 11AM Pacific time, CEC harbor destroyed and many boats in
105 sw733 : Yes, and his "quote" uses the link you provide, which not only does not have that quote, but mentions nothing of the earthquake at all. "The Earthqua
106 Post contains images gatorman96 : No, Piers Corbyn (whoever that is) made that quote and connection, not NASA. I had a massive bowel movement minutes before the earthquake, maybe that
107 sw733 : That was my thought, but he attributes it to NASA, and since he clearly is using such word play to try to prove a point and citing sources that shoul
108 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Try this link http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News031011-xclass.html also this link http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today.html More 6.0+ aft
109 D L X : 6.6 in Nagano and Niigata according to CNN.
110 sw733 : How many times are you going to quote this same link that still has nothing to do with any earthquakes and still does not even have the word "earthqu
111 futurepilot16 : I think it was two suns.
112 Mir : I really hope it was just a down period at the airport. The soil is going to be screwed for a bit, but I don't think it's that big a deal in the big
113 Yellowstone : What does CEC stand for?
114 D L X : It's the airport code for Crescent City. The airport however was not affected, to my knowledge.
115 JBirdAV8r : Lots of crackpots attribute lots of jacked up stuff to NASA. Remember....correlation doesn't imply causation.
116 Post contains links MCO2BRS : Apparently some people are not heeding the warnings, and are getting themselves into very dangerous situations. I have no sympathy for anyone who stan
117 oa260 : Upto 4 passenger rail trains missing sadly according to latest reports and upto 1000 missing or dead.
118 Mir : The airport's right next to the ocean, but it's on a little bluff, so it should be fine. -Mir
119 Aaron747 : Hard to say if these are aftershocks or part of the overall swarm that may be instigated by destabilization of the region. An expert on Japanese TV w
120 Post contains images airtrainer : Best wishes for all the people involved in this tragedy.
121 Mir : I'm no nuclear engineer, and while I have a basic understanding of how nuclear plants do their thing, much of it is still PFM to me. But I thought th
122 EDICHC : Sounds exactly like the 6.3 quake that hit Christchurch, rather than being an after shock of the Sept 4 7.1, was located nearly 60km away and on a di
123 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I hope foreign countries will contribute a lot of aid and helpers in Japan the same they did for Haiti. It would be unfair that they did it for Haiti
124 D L X : Haiti got all that aid because they truly need it. Over a year later, and they are still living in tents, worrying about disease in Haiti. I know the
125 aloges : Even if you shut the reactor down, i.e. fully insert all control rods, some activity still remains. That activity results in enough heat to melt the
126 futurepilot16 : Haiti got the Aid because they needed it. last time I checked, japan had the 3rd largest economy in the world and if i'm not mistaken, the 2nd highes
127 JBirdAV8r : Make no mistake though...we, and any other country in a position to, will be helping Japan. Are you sure that's not just speculation? I've not heard
128 Aaron747 : Japanese NIMBYs were just waiting for something like this. There is already heavy opposition to any further plant construction. Could very well be.
129 HOONS90 : My thoughts are with the people of Japan. Incredibly tragic situation and incredibly surreal.
130 na : Rightfully so. Building Nuclear powerplants in notoriously dangerous areas like the Japanese coast is pure nonsense and will be payed back one day. M
131 na : Just read a second nuclear powerplant is in trouble now, radiation 1000 times above normal level. 45000 people to be evacuated.
132 Post contains links F9Animal : This video is just incredible. I seriously get goosebumps looking at it. It gives you an idea of how strong the quake was, and how powerful the earth
133 okie : From what I am gathering the Tsunami washed ashore and drowned/shorted the emergency/backup generators that were there to run the emergency cooling p
134 Silver1SWA : I have never seen that before, but always wondered what it would look like. The fact that the area is landfill explains it.
135 Mir : I get that, but I'm curious as to what the difference is between the state that the plant is in now (reactor shut down but still hot), and the state
136 Post contains links MadameConcorde : URGENT: Concerns of core partially melting at Fukushima nuke plant TOKYO, March 12, Kyodo The core at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's No. 1 reac
137 gocaps16 : I have a question for your weather folks here. After the first tremor yesterday, I notice it started to snow while the temperature was 52F. I hear thi
138 Post contains links NZ107 : Eek, wouldn't want to be around there. What a horrible situation. Just remind them not to use water to cool it down directly.. http://www.youtube.com
139 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Still plenty of quakes in the area - some higher than 6.0 MAP 6.8 2011/03/12 01:47:16 37.588 142.682 24.8 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN MAP 6.2
140 JBirdAV8r : No chance of that. Chernobyl was an explosion in a reactor that had NO containment. Nuclear fuel was blown all over the place, exposed the reactor co
141 MadameConcorde : Thank you for explaining this. Latest Queen Mary 2 update: QM2 arrived at Nagasaki this morning. The port authority advised that the port will remain
142 kiwiandrew : Sorry for going off topic , but you have piqued my curiosity . How do you sail to Beijing ? Isn't it quite some considerable distance inland ?[Edited
143 Post contains links Aaron747 : Absolutely stunning video from inside the departure hall of Sendai Airport as the ocean came ashore with the main surge of the tsunami: http://www.you
144 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : This is a video of Tokyo skyscrapers swaying during the earthquake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xlUnl5jnIk&feature=player_embedded Is this for
145 Post contains links tugger : What's amazing that apparently the island of Honshū moved 8 feet closer to North America. http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...ke.tsunami.earth/ind
146 Aaron747 : It's by design. Japanese engineers were some of the first to design building foundations with a rolling bearing to allow the entire structure to ride
147 Post contains links alberchico : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219 Jesus Christ are we talking about a potential Chernobyl here ???
148 Post contains links Springbok747 : I don't get this whole deal of the US having to fly "coolant"..I mean seriously..why they hell would you fly water (which is the coolant) to the nucle
149 EDICHC : Classic example of liquefaction, the same effect dumped 200,000 tonnes of silt on Christchurch streets 3 weeks ago. True but if you have nuclear fuel
150 oa260 : Hopefully the explosion that just happened is not serious , its certainly very worrying .
151 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : explosion at Fukushima plant - video http://www.twitvid.com/LICNU Japan quake: 'Explosion heard' at nuclear power plant An explosion has been heard fr
152 Post contains images EDICHC : Saw this relayed on TVNZ and Sky News here, singnificant explosion easily visible from some Kms away from the plant....looks like the worst fears are
153 Post contains images MadameConcorde : There seems to be a big flash of light seen in the video before we see any smoke, lightening the sky. Like a big shockwave. This looks like a serious
154 thediplomat : Very very worrying.
155 Post contains images L410Turbolet : You should see the hysteric media in Germany/Austria, where the anti-nuclear stance is sort of a state religion. Deutsche Welle is talking to some Gr
156 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Vocabulary on the Beeb link has now changed. Huge blast - massive explosion - huge pall of smoke. Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant A massive ex
157 JBirdAV8r : I think I've seen that it's been confirmed that Sec. Clinton misspoke. I am wondering if we're sending engineers to help from US companies like Babco
158 aloges : If you must have a pro/anti nuclear power flamewar, can you at least show the decency to start a separate thread for it? People might want to read the
159 DocLightning : How are you on A.net, then? Anyway, at this point, the initial shock was over 24 hours ago, I believe. If there are any relatives you want me to call
160 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Sky News: the Japanese government are now confirming a leak of nuclear material. See video on Sky News page http://news.sky.com/skynews I hope there w
161 thediplomat : sky news reporting Japanese authorites confirms radiation leak from the plant
162 gocaps16 : 3G still works after the quake. Everything is up and normal, media is saying power may be lost in the Tokyo area, (for those who have power) but so f
163 EDICHC : Have you seen the video? It does not look like a steam explosion as there is a brief but very bright flash of light before a vast pall of smoke. Also
164 lhr380 : It wont. Chernobyl was active when it blew up, this plant is shut down. I have been listening to the news since I woke up and every specialist that h
165 JBirdAV8r : I have seen the explosion. A flash of light means there was some sort of chemical reaction but that doesn't mean it was not a steam explosion. It may
166 EDICHC : 25 km exclusion zone now around the Fukushima plant, according to Sky News. While this reactor is of a different type from Chernobyl, there is one iss
167 Post contains images aloges : If this is what you mean: it looks like condensation caused by the shockwave. That wave travels faster than the debris blasted away by the explosion,
168 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Reuters: Radiation leaking from quake-hit nuclear plant http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110312
169 EDICHC : No, it was not that I did see the pressure wave you are indicating though. Just before that there was a smaller and very brief flash of bright light
170 JBirdAV8r : That's true, but you can rest assured this plant's safety is on the top of the government's "to-fix" list. If necessary, assets can even be flown in
171 Post contains links DocLightning : I am praying that this is just a precaution. But Reuters is reporting that the roof blew off the containment building. If there has been a core breac
172 aloges : While that is of course serious, I haven't yet heard detailed information on the contamination. There are many different radioactive materials, few o
173 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Fukushima Power plant Nr 1 Google Map http://maps.google.com.au/maps?cid=17060867344567820820 The evacuation zone around both Fukushima nuclear power
174 Post contains images JBirdAV8r : I just went outside and it is indeed extremely cold. Am I in Hell? That's not good. Not the worst thing that could happen, but it's not good. Even if
175 EDICHC : This is on a much bigger scale. I left the UK to come and live in NZ a few days after the huge blaze at the Buncefield fuel depot in England. Flying
176 EDICHC : 25 km radius from the plant according to Sky News AU/NZ
177 Post contains images aloges : I must disagree. An RBMK reactor doesn't even have a containment and it is moderated by flammable graphite - neither of which apply at Fukushima. The
178 EDICHC : Thanks for being so understanding. Apologies if I come across a bit strongly but as an acute service healthcare worker here in Christchurch NZ this i
179 stealthz : Not wanting to make light of this disaster as it is undoubtedly a tragedy of horrific proportions, and my thoughts are with the people of Japan. It se
180 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Conspiracy theorists are now saying that the explosion at the Fukushima plant is due either to a HAARP or Stuxnet attack. Sad to see that such people
181 EDICHC : Sadly this happens at times like this, just like looters and the nutter here in NZ nicknamed the moon-man who is scaring many folks here, claiming th
182 Post contains images DocLightning : Reuters, BBC, and CNN all reporting 20. Yes. And I'm running the place. The IAEA says even they don't know what's going on at this time.
183 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Some interesting/useful information here: Nuclear Crisis at Fukushima http://allthingsnuclear.org/post/378...886037/nuclear-crisis-at-fukushima
184 JBirdAV8r : No problem at all! I think it's a good mental exercise for me when my viewpoints are challenged in a respectful way--makes me justify my thinking. I'
185 DocLightning : If the reactor vessel was breached, and that same breach caused the explosion of the containment building that we just saw, then all that radioactive
186 aloges : We don't know about the integrity of the reactor vessel - it may have been compromised, it may be intact. The same goes for the containment building.
187 racko : According to German TV authorities now say that a nuclear meltdown is "highly likely". Fuck.
188 Post contains images Baroque : He also said: Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares. and In
189 aloges : I think one meltdown is quite bad enough - how many would you require to call this a disaster-inside-a-disaster?
190 Baroque : One meltdown would be bad, but do we know there has been a meltdown, and how uncontained was any meltdown if there was one? If the US SoS thinks that
191 aloges : The state of emergency that the Japanese have declared is pretty unequivocal. The growing exclusion zone around the plant, sending people back as far
192 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : For those who understand Japanese there is a live NHK feed here on Ustream. All in Japanese. No translation or sub titles. http://www.ustream.tv/chann
193 Post contains links MadameConcorde : A different footage of the nuclear plant explosion as seen from a distance. On this footage you can clearly see the shock wave going vertical before t
194 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Fukushima explosion: radioactive core appears intact Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a press briefing that the pressure vessel that houses th
195 Mortyman : Japan has apparently changed it's position and moved 2.4 meters according to CNN The earths axis has moved 10 cm...
196 EDICHC : I'm surprised it's as little as 2.4m, the Sept 4 quake in NZ moved some parts 4m. Apparently according to Fox News the earth's rotation has increased
197 MadameConcorde : A 6.4 quake in the area being reported by UGS MAP 6.4 2011/03/12 13:15:42 37.261 141.175 37.5 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN MAP 5.8 2011/03/12
198 Post contains images Baroque : So NZ and Aus are not as far apart in time as they were then? However a major slip on the Alpine fault is not going to change that aspect very much h
199 Post contains links speedygonzales : Brave New Climate has a good writeup about the situation in the nuclear plants that is not filled with nuke-phobia and sensationalism: http://bravenew
200 Baroque : Thanks Speedy. Much of what happened remains a bit obscure, but it does not seem to be the disaster that some are on about. One might wonder if, for
201 jessbp : BBC is reporting that the explosion was of hydrogen gas that built up. They also report that the Japanese government says that the reactor is 'unlikel
202 RayChuang : Maybe this could the opportunity to dismantle the 40-year old powerplant and replace it with a modern liquid fluoride thorium reactor built to the la
203 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Meltdown "most unlikely," nuke industry rep says (CBS News) The explosion at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan destroyed a building that houses a re
204 jessbp : That seems to be the consensus for the BBC's experts. They did say that the reactor type was old and probably due for retirement anyway. Nhk world is
205 jessbp : Update. The IAEA lists this accident at a level 4. That's lower that three mile island apparently! So at least a little good news in the awful disaste
206 F9Animal : There is just not enough information being shared. Are there actual people in the plant now working on this? If so, are they wearing protective equipm
207 Aesma : Maybe the confusion lies in the fact that a nuclear power plant usually has several reactors ? So if there is too much contamination/damage due to th
208 Airport : I just love how on Twitter, you can see thousands of average, everyday people who probably haven't taken a science class in the last 5 years suddenly
209 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : URGENT: Cooling system fails at Fukushima No. 2 plant TOKYO, March 12, Kyodo The cooling system failed at three reactors of the quake-hit Fukushima No
210 DocLightning : *sigh* There already wasn't enough time in the day. I agree. And that alone is raising fears. TepCo is doing a really good job of seeing to it that J
211 Aesma : Apparently it's SOP everywhere not to give much information to the public about such things.
212 Post contains links MadameConcorde : From NASA: Image from our Terra satellite today shows extent of flooding around Sendai, Japan, after the tsunami. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/ima
213 thediplomat : This alone would be all over the news channels on a 24 hour (less 150 micro seconds) basis. It shows you how much of a disaster the whole sendai eart
214 jessbp : True enough. Getting past the fukushima issues, the scale of the this disaster is staggering. Reports on BBC now concerning 9500 people missing in ju
215 MadameConcorde : Another 6.0 just listed by USGS. MAP 6.0 2011/03/12 17:19:24 36.573 142.645 4.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN This isn't going to help. Still so
216 Aesma : Just saw this. The town is just gone.
217 Post contains images AeroWesty : Wow, just wow. I was traveling most of Friday, missed a lot of the live TV news, and am just catching up. Thanks for all of the links to the YouTube v
218 JBirdAV8r : While you are certainly right, remember that Chernobyl continued to operate after Number 4 blew...and the last one was shut down sometime in the mid-
219 L410Turbolet : Those white buildings are a hospital and it has been reported that the tsunami waves reached as high as 4th floor.
220 okie : His comment was "Flooding" with sea water which would indicate a last ditch approach. He did not however indicate what in the world his source for th
221 Mir : The coolant in the primary loop isn't seawater. The condenser might use seawater to turn the steam off the primary loop back to water, but that water
222 JBirdAV8r : I never said it was, that would be light water. But seawater IS used as part of the coolant system. Running seawater directly through the core would
223 na : The Japanese authorities are very shy, strangely shy to tell anything in regards to death toll or the real condition of the two troubled nuclear plan
224 kiwiandrew : Has it occurred to you that they simply have no idea of the death toll yet .... it has only been a couple of days , based on the much smaller earthqu
225 ZANL188 : Probably boron and perhaps some equipment
226 Post contains links NoUFO : Same happened in 1999 when there was a level 4 (some scientists say level 5) accident at the Tokai JCO reconversion plant killing three technicians a
227 DocLightning : No they are not. Reactors are NEVER cooled with seawater. Introducing saltwater into a reactor leads to rapid corrosion and ruins the delicate appara
228 DocLightning : Now Reactor 3 is also having cooling issues. Coolant pumps have ceased to operate at that reactor and they are looking for a way to get water into tha
229 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Good article here. Tells how a complete meltdown could occur at Fukushima plant. Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario at Fukushima Power Plant
230 TheCommodore : The back up generators also failed, all 8 of them !
231 Post contains links MadameConcorde : The Tsunami center has upgraded the earthquake to 9.1 while the USGS is keeping it at 8.9. There are still some very powerful quakes in the area that
232 L410Turbolet : Gotta love conspiracy theorists. Did it occur to you that there are perhaps more important things on their list right now, you know like saving the s
233 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : One Fukushima plant operator confirmed dead. TEPCO press release Press Release (Mar 13,2011) Impact to TEPCO's Facilities due to Miyagiken-Oki Earthqu
234 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Japanese Red Cross Society Emergency Relief > Japan / Earthquake and tsunami http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002063.html Family link
235 gocaps16 : USSAID (U.S. Rescue Team) has arrived at Misawa Air Base to assist with the SAR operation. Japanese Government has request assistance from the U.S. Mi
236 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Excellent detailed infographics of the Fukushima plant and all the different reactors. The Crippled Japanese Nuclear Reactors Japanese officials were
237 NoUFO : Conspiracy theorist? Why do you think does the government employ a press corps? To keep the public informed and be it "only" the own public so people
238 Post contains images MadameConcorde : What bothers me most in circumstances like this are all the false news that are being spread by the conspiracy theorists and all doomsday cult geeks o
239 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Update link sent by Paolo Nespoli, ESA astronaut, now on board the International Space Station. Japan's space station mission control damaged by quake
240 tomrob17 : excellent news article thanks for sharing!
241 Aesma : Yes of course, something that was very worrying (and the EU invested billions to make Ukraine stop it, and now in a new sarcophagus, I just learned i
242 Post contains links Mortyman : The Shinmoedake volcano in Japan has woken up again. The authorities has sent out a level 3 warning ( scale is 1 - 5 ) Experts are not sure if there i
243 MadameConcorde : Just spoke with Japanese F1 buddy over the phone. He is in Osaka. Nothing happened there. All normal. Many parts of Japan did not get anything. I hope
244 zalemam : Condolences go out to all the families that have been affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami.
245 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Japan Earthquake: before and after Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:00pm AEDT Aerial photos taken over Japan have revealed the scale of devastation across dozens of
246 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea A 60-year-old man has been found on the roof of his floating house nearly 10 miles
247 Mortyman : Death toll is now 1353
248 racko : Apparently the news about a third nuclear power plant was a false alarm, the radioactivity they measured had travelled there from Fukushima. Don't kno
249 Silver1SWA : The region will definitely be very active for a long time. Here in Southern California and Baja Mexico, the area around last years 7.2 is still getti
250 EDICHC : Madame C is always a very reliable and trustworthy source of information. I would trust her far more than I would some news networks. Not surprising
251 TheSonntag : I just donated some money for the victims. My deepest sympathy to the Japanese people. Lets hope the nuke plant situation gets contained and the victi
252 Post contains links AeroWesty : The New York Times put up an interactive page of satellite images today, where you can compare before and after shots of various towns hit by the tsun
253 gocaps16 : JNN News is reporting a 5 meter tsunami expecting on the Eastern Coast of Japan. All Tokyo Electric users, will be experiencing 3 hours of power outag
254 Post contains images JBirdAV8r : There is an extremely heartbreaking picture of a young woman sobbing amidst the destruction on the front page of foxnews.com. It's difficult to see. "
255 mirrodie : SMOLT began this thread and I see he;s been out of touch for a while I hope he is OK as well as fellow users there. My thought go out to you. I was sp
256 HT : & Any news on the wherabouts of those (up to) 4 trains ? I never heard anything (positive or negatie) about it again ... -HT
257 Aaron747 : Un-******-believable footage of the tsunami surge going through a town in Miyagi prefecture. At first it's just a little water, then it becomes a mons
258 Post contains images VonRichtofen : I watched that video almost in disbelief. The power of a tsunami is truly staggering. God how those people must have felt watching their town be near
259 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Second Blast - Fukushima Reactor 3 Building Explodes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIZKlaEZMLY Video taken from a Japanese media channel. Don't even
260 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Could it get even worse? Radiation fears rise as second explosion rips through Fukushima nuclear plant By Richard Shears Last updated at 8:23 AM on 14
261 EDICHC : Prego! As a number of US aircraft carriers are nuclear powered, I would think that in addition to good ol' geiger counters all crew would also be iss
262 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Southern Oregon Tsunami Damage An ongoing collection of images documenting the effect of Japan's 8.9 earthquake generated tsunami that struck the Oreg
263 D L X : I think he's probably okay because of this: He's a long way from where the tsunami hit. I imagine (and hope) that he's just busy as are all Japanese
264 gocaps16 : Despite the epicenter, the WHOLE country is affected right now due to gas shortage and food. Where I live, majority of the gas stations are closed du
265 EDICHC : Pretty much the same thing happened here in Christchurch. In the less affected areas, panic buying set in for a little while. Petrol, bread, bottled
266 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Japan Utility: Nuclear Fuel Rods Fully Exposed Again Published March 14, 2011 | Associated Press TOKYO -- A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troub
267 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Quite a scary view of the tsunami http://gizmodo.com/#!5781566/this-is...son-video-of-the-japan-tsunami-yet
268 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Bfreaking news. Meltdown alert at Japan reactor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12733393 Scary.
269 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Important information. PLUTONIUM (MOX) FUEL AT THE REACTOR #3 Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 Fukushima reactor receives MOX FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) Tokyo Electric Po
270 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Japan's nightmare gets even WORSE: All THREE damaged nuclear reactors now in 'meltdown' at tsunami-hit power station By Richard Shears Last updated at
271 Post contains links srbmod : With this thread at 270 posts, a new thread has been started and can be found here: Mag 8.9 Earthquake In Japan, Pt. 2 (by srbmod Mar 14 2011 in Non A
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