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Old 03-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #61
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All I've read is that there was heavy traffic along the roads in Oregon with their evacuations, and that they were evacuating one or two of the Washington coastal counties as well.

When you drive out near Mt Rainier, there are evacuation signs around there, too. It freaks me out to think about it blowing its top.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:42 PM   #62
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The 8.9 quake was itself an aftershock of a recent, smaller quake.
That's not how it works.

Once a quake becomes bigger than a previous quake it becomes the main shock and the previous ones become foreshocks.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #63
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Just saw this little blurb on the BBC website. If this is even a little bit accurate, its just mind blowing....

The power of the earthquake off north-east Japan shifted the earth's axis by nearly 10in (25cm), Earth-issues.com reports, citing the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
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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.
Clearly you were not awake as it was happening. Nor are the rest of you who are criticizing me for saying what I said.

They're showing video of potentially thousands of people dying pretty much live on TV and all they have to say is updating us on an aftershock count.

Aftershocks are something you can calculate, because they are 100% going to happen. They obey laws of nature and physics.
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Just saw this little blurb on the BBC website. If this is even a little bit accurate, its just mind blowing....

The power of the earthquake off north-east Japan shifted the earth's axis by nearly 10in (25cm), Earth-issues.com reports, citing the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
This stuff freaks me out.
I remember both the recent Chilean earthquake and the 2004 Sumatran earthquake also affect the Earth's axis.
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Heard from everyone I was concerned about. Several of my friends in Hawaii "slept" in their cars because they were evacuated to higher elevations, but they're fine and are headed back to their places shortly. In BC, the waters rose a little bit where my parents are, but so far it's been nothing to be worried about.
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Heard from everyone I was concerned about. Several of my friends in Hawaii "slept" in their cars because they were evacuated to higher elevations, but they're fine and are headed back to their places shortly. In BC, the waters rose a little bit where my parents are, but so far it's been nothing to be worried about.
Glad your friends and family are ok.

I am so heart sick for all those people affected by this.

Cori, how did you hear about the evacuation sign around Rainer?
That's freaking me out since we are on the ring of fire too.
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Jeannieco, I think the signs are up over the general Tacoma-Mt Rainier area.

Wow, there are a ton of aftershocks on this list:

Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days

It just looks like a constant stream of aftershocks from the Japanese area.....and Arkansas......
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Cori, how did you hear about the evacuation sign around Rainer?
I saw them while driving around the Mt Rainier area. I think they're common around any of the active volcanoes - likely St Helens and Baker as well, although I can't say with 100% certainty that I've seen them in each area.

They have evacuation drills once in a while in the towns surrounding Rainier.

Think back to St Helens - the ash cloud went east, but the mudslides/lehars (I think that's the right word) are what caused the destruction, and they flowed down the other side of the mountain. People need to know to evacuate if the volcano is in danger of erupting, although I believe there's only so much that can be done to predict the area of destruction.

Edit: There's tons of info online, but this page has a picture of one of the road signs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_R...Warning_System

And finally, from the Seattle Times: "Take note, Northwest: Offshore quake would create a tsunami like this." ugh.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...threat12m.html

I mean, for as long as I've lived here, I've heard that The Big One is a "when" and not an "if." But still - ugh. It makes my stomach hurt to think about either of these disasters happening.
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Wow, there are a ton of aftershocks on this list:
Worst aftershocks since Tremors 2
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I hope Bono is ok.
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Yes, this is surely the time and place for that joke.
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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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a handful of people swept out to sea on the us west coast while watching the tsunami.

damn, people are stupid.
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