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Old 03-11-2011, 05:00 AM   #31
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wow. just turned on the news. could this Tsunami potentially hit other countries as well?
there's warnings out for practically the entire pacific rim. i'm pretty worried about some of the low lying pacific islands at the moment.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:01 AM   #32
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Everyone's probably seen these already
tsunami striking Sendai town

tsunami striking Kamaishi port
Just awful.
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there's warnings out for practically the entire pacific rim. i'm pretty worried about some of the low lying pacific islands at the moment.
that can now be upgraded to the entire pacific rim including south america.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:04 AM   #34
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Terrifying. People on the coast of Japan essentially had no warning.
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wow. just turned on the news. could this Tsunami potentially hit other countries as well?
yep, they've issued tsunami alerts all over:

from the Guardian:

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A tsunami watch has been issued for the entire western coast of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border to Chignik Bay in Alaska
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Tsunami alerts have been extended to the following countries among others:

Russia
Papua New Guinea
Australia
New Zealand
Fiji
Mexico
Guatemala
El Salvador
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Panama
Honduras
Chile
Ecuador
Colombia
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Not necessarily, earthquakes/hurricanes are not bound to happen at any given instance. But once they have, it is guaranteed that there will be aftershocks.

I'm not saying that they shouldn't be reporting 'significant aftershocks' and noting them. It just seems like they've got no heart if they're sitting there saying 'and now it's 10', 'and now it's 11', 'and now it's 12', etc. etc.
Bear in mind that the Japanese reports vary from our own and likely give greater emphasis to the aftershocks afflicting localities throughout the nation (it's also likely that those afflicted have no power and are therefore unable to view our heartless newscasts).

But above all, it really seems as if you're looking for something to be righteously indignant about. I understand that we don't report on every dead puppy so as not to get us even more reliant on antidepressants than we already are, but reporting on the details of a catastrophe shows greater care and professionalism than cruelty.
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wow. crazy. stay safe everyone...
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it's just devastating and overwhelming beyond words...

and i'm amazed people have the energy and inclination to bicker in this thread actually, LuckyNumber7 i'm looking at you
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Bear in mind that the Japanese reports vary from our own and likely give greater emphasis to the aftershocks afflicting localities throughout the nation (it's also likely that those afflicted have no power and are therefore unable to view our heartless newscasts).

But above all, it really seems as if you're looking for something to be righteously indignant about. I understand that we don't report on every dead puppy so as not to get us even more reliant on antidepressants than we already are, but reporting on the details of a catastrophe shows greater care and professionalism than cruelty.
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it's just devastating and overwhelming beyond words...

and i'm amazed people have the energy and inclination to bicker in this thread actually, LuckyNumber7 i'm looking at you
same thing happened the day of 9/11 unfortunately, accept it was about 100x worse.
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Yeah, I'm sorry for even contributing to it at this point.

I have no frame of reference for what's happening, but I would never wish to. This is hideously awful and my thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives are literally being shaken to their core at this very moment.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:28 AM   #42
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worrying reports re. Japan's nuclear power plants...

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Kyodo News is reporting that a fire has broken out in a turbine building at Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi prefecture in the wake of today's earthquake.

9.53am: Some worrying news regarding one of Japan's nuclear plants from Justin McCurry:

According to Kyodo news, the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeast Japan has reported an abnormality after today's earthquake, the industry ministry said. The system to cool reactor cores in case of emergency stopped at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the plant, which is run by Tokyo Electric Power, Kyodo quoted the ministry as saying.
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Kiwi escapes Chch and Japan quakes - asia - world | Stuff.co.nz

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conflicting reports about how high this wave could be. it's going to hit Hawaii at 3am local time and the US West Coast around 7am. some dude on CNN said it could be as low as 4 feet but it all depends on how much the ocean floor moved and it could potentially be much stronger depending on if it gains momentum.

kind of a sick feeling not knowing what will happen. i feel bad for those in Hawaii and US West Coast who are probably sleeping right now and have no idea they're in danger.
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reports of a 4.5 earthquake in hawaii. that's probably not a good sign.
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