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Old 03-11-2011, 08:39 AM   #46
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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
Totally.

And I for one AM interested in the aftershocks. I know nothing about quakes having only ever lived in the midwest but I would think the aftershocks are extremely dangerous, since the initial quake could weaken a lot of structures, and have people coming out of buildings and milling around, exposing themselves to more danger from collapses and falling debris during aftershocks.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:57 AM   #47
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Christ, this is just terrifying. Seeing those massive container crates swept away like lego bricks ...makes you realize just how fragile we are against nature. I've been to Japan and they are the most disciplined and organized people on the planet - they'll pull through this. My thoughts go out to them.
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This is so devastating.

Still waiting to hear from friends in Hawaii as to how they fared. I live in BC (suburb of Vancouver, so I'm considerably inland), but my parents live on a small island right off the coast, so they could possibly be affected.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:33 AM   #49
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Another terrible disaster in such a short time
My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:42 AM   #50
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Aftershocks always happen as a result of an earthquake. It is the way of nature. I don't know why they think it's a good idea to sit there and count the aftershocks. It doesn't mean anything.
The 8.9 quake was itself an aftershock of a recent, smaller quake.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:47 AM   #51
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They have now had more than 30 aftershocks. That is unbelieveable. Many of those aftershocks would be considered substantial earthquakes on their own. So sad. the footage is very hard to watch, especially the video of the massive wave going over the farmlands.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #52
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I don't really want to derail this thread any further, but I really cannot believe that the issue of reporting on aftershocks is being criticized. It is an essential part of the story. Either you report on the full story or don't report at all.

That said, the images from Japan are frightening. My thoughts are with all affected.
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The whirlpool thing is crazy. The whole situation is so overwhelming, I can't fully take it all in. Any one of those aftershocks would be a substantial earthquake, plus the tsunamis, whirlpool, burning refinery, the condition of the nuclear power plant.... Dozens of disasters all at once.
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Still waiting to hear from friends in Hawaii as to how they fared. I live in BC (suburb of Vancouver, so I'm considerably inland), but my parents live on a small island right off the coast, so they could possibly be affected.
Do you guys have signs for Tsunami Evacuation Routes posted along the coasts like we do here in Washington?

I've always wondered how big or close to the coast an earthquake would have to be to cause an issue in Puget Sound itself. When the warnings are for the Washington coast, Seattle isn't at risk. Maybe some big currents in some of the waterways, if I understand correctly.

Just awful, awful and awful.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:41 PM   #55
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If anybody knows any JETs who are currently living in Japan and who you know FOR A FACT are okay, could you please let me know...

A) Their names
B) Their locations (in Japan)
C) Their home countries
D) How you know that they are okay

I am working at the Japanese Consulate General in Chicago, and we are trying to confirm who is/isn't okay. Post here or on my profile; no PMs. I will be happy to delete profile comments, in the interest of privacy, as soon as I get them. Just let me know.

Thank you x 99999999999999999999999999
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Awful, devastating news. Feel really bad for the people of Japan, especially near the epicenter in the Sendai area.
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I've been in an 8.0 earthquake and its no joke. So sad and devastating. My thoughts are with everyone in Japan.

We've got Tsunami goin on here on our coasts right now but doesnt seem too bad at the moment.
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My clients visiting Guam said they are freaked out but safe.

Very sad and scary.
It astounds me that Japan has any infrastructure capable of surviving their earthquakes, and the people are so resilient.
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BBC is reporting initial damage to U.S. west coast--docks damaged/boats sunk.
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Do you guys have signs for Tsunami Evacuation Routes posted along the coasts like we do here in Washington?

I've always wondered how big or close to the coast an earthquake would have to be to cause an issue in Puget Sound itself. When the warnings are for the Washington coast, Seattle isn't at risk. Maybe some big currents in some of the waterways, if I understand correctly.

Just awful, awful and awful.
I can't recall seeing any, but I'm sure they're around the coastal areas. I often drive through an area that's at high risk for landslides, so I've always been aware of those areas in case of an earthquake or avalanche, but this is obviously quite different. We haven't had to think about something like this in my lifetime (that I can remember).

I haven't heard any further updates about what's happened on our coast, but I've been swamped at work for the last hour. I sent a text to my dad early this morning, but he hasn't responded yet. I know he'd call me as soon as he could if there was anything happening there, so I'm assuming it's okay.
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