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Old 03-11-2011, 05:14 PM   #76
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Earthquake in Japan - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

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Old 03-11-2011, 05:24 PM   #77
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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:

Mount Rainier Volcano Lahar Warning System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

Local News | Take note, Northwest: Offshore quake here would create a tsunami like this | Seattle Times Newspaper

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.
Thanks for all the info.! Ya, it's making me very nervous too!

It's very upsetting and my heart just goes out to all those people....
I can't imagine the terror and panic they must have felt/feel. They live on top of each other too, it's the most densely pop. country in the world I believe.
I freaked out last night when I saw this happened. I just returned a few days ago from Seoul S.Korea. I was in the neighborhood...it's very close to Japan.
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This photo killed me (not graphic)...
 

CNN slowed down some video of a small fishing boat that was floating through the streets of a town on the tsunami wave. You could see there was a guy in the wheelhouse. He probably survived.
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'Godzilla' is trending on Twitter.

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I was hoping that this would prevent douchebags from being all "lol japan is weird" on the internet.

Too much to hope for, I suppose.
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:50 AM   #83
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I am in Japan now and has been for two weeks.

The country has been at a virtual standstill (at least here in the east) until a couple of hours ago, when the trains started running again.

I was stuck in a small town for 18 hours and had to sleep in a high school gymnasium, with small bits of rubble dripping from the ceiling throughout the night...
Quite an experience.
Back in Tokyo now, and many shops are shut, and not as many people are out on the streets as usual.

Everyone is a bit shaken, no pun intended.
All eyes are on the nuclear plant in Fukushima now, apparently it has started leaking small amounts of radioactivity.

I'll post some updates later.
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there's been an explosion at the power plant.
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there's been an explosion at the power plant.
Yeah looks like things are getting serious at the nuclear plant. Reports on CNN said the roof blew off one of the reactors. The evacuation radius has been extended to 25 km. It sounds like no one knows for sure how things are going to turn out.

"This is a situation that has the potential for a nuclear catastrophe. It's basically a race against time, because what has happened is that plant operators have not been able to cool down the core of at least two reactors," said Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington."

Nuclear agency: Explosion at Japanese plant - CNN.com

Scary stuff.
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What's going on with this nuclear reactor?

Harry Shearer will no doubt not be pleased.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:37 AM   #87
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The powerplant leak was just a matter of time , if the reactor isn't watercooled (seriously,no pun intended) it overheats, its terrible. Plus the aftershocks are so heavy , somethings gonna break eventually. Makes you feel so sad... Like they need any more trouble than a Earthquake and Tsunami .
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I am in Japan now and has been for two weeks.

The country has been at a virtual standstill (at least here in the east) until a couple of hours ago, when the trains started running again.

I was stuck in a small town for 18 hours and had to sleep in a high school gymnasium, with small bits of rubble dripping from the ceiling throughout the night...
Quite an experience.
Back in Tokyo now, and many shops are shut, and not as many people are out on the streets as usual.

Everyone is a bit shaken, no pun intended.
All eyes are on the nuclear plant in Fukushima now, apparently it has started leaking small amounts of radioactivity.

I'll post some updates later.

wow.. hang in there be safe. Glad you are ok and thanks for coming in and posting.. I guess the internet and cellular services are still working.. thank god for that.
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I am in Japan now and has been for two weeks.

The country has been at a virtual standstill (at least here in the east) until a couple of hours ago, when the trains started running again.

I was stuck in a small town for 18 hours and had to sleep in a high school gymnasium, with small bits of rubble dripping from the ceiling throughout the night...
Quite an experience.
Back in Tokyo now, and many shops are shut, and not as many people are out on the streets as usual.

Everyone is a bit shaken, no pun intended.
All eyes are on the nuclear plant in Fukushima now, apparently it has started leaking small amounts of radioactivity.

I'll post some updates later.
Sounds unreal, but I'm glad you're well, and best wishes for everyone in the affected areas.

This is the worst thing you'll see all month. How goddamn heartless and stupid can people be?
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Sounds unreal, but I'm glad you're well, and best wishes for everyone in the affected areas.

This is the worst thing you'll see all month. How goddamn heartless and stupid can people be?
It still surprises me that I am surprised how stupid people can be.

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