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    It's really like a disaster movie. One thing after another. And they keep getting aftershocks so they are always on edge for something else to happen. The only consolation is the Japanese are as well-prepared for this kind of thing as anyone can be. I wish there was more I could do to help.

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    If you watch the "Today Show" or anything on MSNBC, you'll see interviews with Americans living in Japan. They are saying the aftershocks are quite enormous.

    According to CNN, the quake moved the Japanese coastline by 8 feet and shifted Earth on its axis. Pretty powerful stuff.

    March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST
    Japan tsunami aftermath

    (CNN) -- The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.
    "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
    Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).
    The temblor, which struck Friday afternoon near the east coast of Japan, killed hundreds of people, caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.



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    The quake was the most powerful to hit the island nation in recorded history and the tsunami it unleashed traveled across the Pacific Ocean, triggering tsunami warnings and alerts for 50 countries and territories as far away as the western coasts of Canada, the U.S. and Chile. The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours -- 141 measuring 5.0-magnitude or more.
    The quake occurred as the Earth's crust ruptured along an area about 250 miles (400 kilometers) long by 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, as tectonic plates slipped more than 18 meters, said Shengzao Chen, a USGS geophysicist.
    Japan is located along the Pacific "ring of fire," an area of high seismic and volcanic activity stretching from New Zealand in the South Pacific up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America. The quake was "hundreds of times larger" than the 2010 quake that ravaged Haiti, said Jim Gaherty of the LaMont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
    The Japanese quake was of similar strength to the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia that triggered a tsunami that killed over 200,000 people in more than a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean. "The tsunami that it sent out was roughly comparable in terms of size," Gaherty said. "[The 2004 tsunami] happened to hit some regions that were not very prepared for tsunamis ... we didn't really have a very sophisticated tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean basin at the time so the damage was significantly worse."
    The Japanese quake comes just weeks after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on February 22, toppling historic buildings and killing more than 150 people. The timeframe of the two quakes have raised questions whether the two incidents are related, but experts say the distance between the two incidents makes that unlikely.
    "I would think the connection is very slim," said Prof. Stephan Grilli, ocean engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island.
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    maybe it's just me, but it seems like everyone is bring pretty quiet on the nuclear situation..

    i mean, maybe i'm just expecting more news about it??

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    yeah its not right or smart to make light of Japan's suffering. Even though she's a rich nation, experienced in earthquakes and rebuilding. that doesn't lesson the pain, damage and suffering or costs anymore to them. a lost life whether its in destitute areas like Haiti and southeast Asia or Japan is still a life forever lost with the same value imo.

    and lets face it, the world needs Japan so the world should be trying to help in whatever way.

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    Brighthouse cable has tapped into the a Japanese news channel. We are able to see 24 hours live news. It is mind blowing.!!!

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    yeah its not right or smart to make light of Japan's suffering. Even though she's a rich nation, experienced in earthquakes and rebuilding. that doesn't lesson the pain, damage and suffering or costs anymore to them. a lost life whether its in destitute areas like Haiti and southeast Asia or Japan is still a life forever lost with the same value imo.

    and lets face it, the world needs Japan so the world should be trying to help in whatever way.
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    Don't know if this has been posted but here are satellite images before and after tsunami:

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    Japan earthquake: Years of preparation no match for Japan's magnitude 8.9 earthquake - latimes.com

    Earthquakes dwell deep in the Japanese imagination.

    No country may be better prepared for a major earthquake than Japan. Seismic standards for construction are among the strictest in the world. From a young age, Japanese learn to dive under desks to protect themselves in a quake. The nation has a state-of-the-art tsunami warning system.

    That preparation undoubtedly saved many lives Friday, when a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off Japan's main island, shaking buildings in a large swath of the country and sending a 30-foot tsunami onto a populated stretch of coast.

    But an uncomfortable truth may emerge from this quake, which killed hundreds of people and caused damage that could mount into the hundreds of billions of dollars. The lesson is that there's only so much that disaster preparedness can do. At some point, humans — even those in an affluent society with 21st century technology and peerless infrastructure — respond to deeper need to panic or flee.

    The scenes from Japan captured the almost incomprehensible power of one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. The tsunami swept away houses, cars and ships like so much debris in a storm channel. Roads split apart; buildings buckled. And faces registered the shock and bewilderment of people whose disaster training vaporized in the violence of the moment.

    "The people in my office were frozen," said Shinji Tanaka, who works at an information technology company in Tokyo. "Nobody had any idea what to do."

    Every year, Japan observes Disaster Prevention Day to commemorate the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, which killed more than 100,000 people in and around Tokyo. That disaster, along with the 1995 quake in Kobe, which killed more than 6,000 people, are as drilled into Japanese memory as World War II , and discussed far more openly.

    In August, the annual drill was built around a scenario in which a major earthquake kills 25,000 people and destroys 550,000 buildings, an assessment based on a 2003 projection by the Central Disaster Prevention Council.

    "For every Japanese, there's the fear of the big one," said Yasunori Ando, 27, a magazine editor who was visiting India when this week's quake struck Japan. "The Hanshin [Kobe] earthquake wasn't in such a populous area, but the big concern is it will occur in Tokyo or Nagoya. You live with a constant fear. Nobody knows if it will come tomorrow, in a year, 10 years or 100 years, but many Japanese know it will come."

    The preparations have become part of the culture. Most schools and offices keep helmets handy, as well as first aid kits. Disaster training begins early and can include sessions in earthquake simulators that mimic the effect of a major quake on a building.

    Disaster supplies such as reflector blankets, collapsible water containers and hand-cranked cellphones are easily found in convenience and department stores. Neighborhoods are organized with water storage facilities. Parks, shrines and temples are designated as congregation points in case of disaster.

    Not all of that preparation came into play Friday. It appears that the tsunami hit too quickly for any warning system to help. Although some people could be seen wearing helmets, most lacked the time or presence of mind to put them on.

    And in a country where minor earthquakes occur daily, some people didn't initially recognize the gravity of the situation.

    Others did precisely what they had been taught not to do. Videos captured terrified people bolting out of buildings while heavy debris was crashing onto streets and sidewalks. A woman in a grocery store tried to steady a shelving unit that threatened to collapse on her. Office workers stood in place, dumbstruck.

    In other ways, the foresight paid off. High-rise buildings could be seen swaying like trees in a strong wind, the intended result of engineering that allowed them to flex in a quake. Tanaka, the IT worker, said that though people initially froze in his office, they soon were jolted into action.

    "I got under the desk," he said. "We followed the orders of the person who had been appointed for this sort of thing. We do drills about once a year."


    Chieko Yoshida, 26, was in her sixth-floor office in Tokyo when the quake hit at 2:46 p.m.

    "We thought it would stop but it didn't," she said. "We all realized that this was different. I turned on the TV on my cellphone and saw that the epicenter was close to Iwate and other areas up north. That's when we heard the security and maintenance staff tell us not to go outside because it was dangerous. Apparently that's common sense. We didn't know, though, because this is the first time we've had such a big earthquake.

    "When it hit," she added, "it passed through my mind that this could be the big one. What can you do? There's nothing you can do about it. It's an act of nature. There will be more."

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    I keep hearing there's some kind of Nuclear nightmare going on in the country. Are they cooling reactors or is something else going on?

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    Gosh so many homes and lives destroyed by this. So awful.

    Last I heard the nuclear plant situation was better. Nothing leaked out but with the aftershocks and the plant overheating something could still happen so people are either evacuated or waiting to be evacuated. I wouldn't want to wait to be evacuated, it could be too late by then.
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    Here is a list of charities if you guys wish to help out.

    Disaster in Japan: How You Can Help - Natural Disasters, Tsunami, Good Deeds : People.com

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    Am I the only one who senses that the Japanese government is downplaying the seriousness of the nuclear reactor explosion?

    Maybe it is just me.
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    Without knowing how serious it is, I'd have no way of saying if it's being downplayed or not. Maybe it's just because the word nuclear has scary connotations?
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    Chernobyl was denied as dangerous for a number of days
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    That's probably what kind of worries me.

    Btw, wtf is up with Bill Nye the Science Guy? He is all over CNN explaining nuclear shit. I thought he was dead.
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    Japan says partial meltdown likely at 2nd reactor

    Japan says partial meltdown likely at 2nd reactor - Yahoo! News

    TOKYO – Japan's top government spokesman says a partial meltdown is likely under way at second reactor affected by Friday's massive earthquake.
    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that radiation at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima briefly rose above legal limits, but it has since declined significantly.

    Three reactors at the plant lost their cooling functions in the aftermath of quake and tsunami because of a power outage.
    Some 170,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the area within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the plant.
    The plant is 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of Tokyo.

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