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Old 03-12-2011, 09:23 PM   #106
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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. Thanks for posting. Hang in there help is coming!
Lots of people praying for everyone in Japan!

PS.
I just saw a local story here in Seattle on the news of a fire fighter who has traveled to disaster zones such as Haiti, New Zealand and New Orleans after Katrina. Now he is off to Japan. I mentioned this because he is using his own money to get there, support himself and even gave up vacation time as well to go help his fellow human beings in need. That's the human spirit we should focus on! We are all one big family right?
I know there are plenty of others doing the same!
God Bless them all!
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:52 PM   #107
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It's quite incredible how callous some people can be. I just stumbled across this site where there's a cartoon of whales surfing the tsunami and then high fiving each other with their flippers. Nevermind that a tiny, tiny percentage of Japanese people actually eat whale meat. Quite incredible.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:32 PM   #108
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Six FEMA "SAR" (Search And Rescue) dogs from Virginia Task Force were deployed today. The dogs sniff and dig through rubble to point out trapped humans.

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^ I was wondering about that--there's been lots of articles about UN officials putting together an international SAR team for Japan, but nothing I'd seen mentioned dogs, which are presumably perfect for this situation.


Now Japan's Cabinet Secretary is saying that, prior to yesterday's hydrogen steam venting/explosion, there had indeed been a partial meltdown in that reactor, and that they also suspect a partial meltdown in the second overheated reactor, which they just vented a few hours ago (without an explosion this time, apparently, though again some radiation was released).
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:19 AM   #110
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YouTube - 地震後の仙台空港の状況

the terminal at sendai airport.
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petrifying, heart-breaking, my god... how fragile we are...
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:02 PM   #113
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #114
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really shocking...

Satellite Photos - Japan Before and After Tsunami - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
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I think this is tsunami footage in Sendai, but I'm not entirely certain.

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^ I was wondering about that--there's been lots of articles about UN officials putting together an international SAR team for Japan, but nothing I'd seen mentioned dogs, which are presumably perfect for this situation.
Apparently the US has two teams that they deploy internationally and this is one of them (however I think more than that ended up in Haiti so I'm not sure how that works...perhaps they went on their own dime).
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really really interesting and informed article on the nuclear situation in Japan...

Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors. | Morgsatlarge – blogorific.
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Nuclear fears have led to most vending machines, grocery stores and supermarkets to have a shortage on bottled water, and bread. There are helicopters hovering over the city constantly, and some afterquakes still happening. It's bit better today than yesterday though. Tokyo is not exactly back to normal, but people are working and shops are slowly opening again. Because many nuclear power plants are down, there will be planned blackouts today. Pretty weird. I'm thinking of getting to high ground so I can get a good picture tonight.
I'm not too scared about the nuclear situation, it seems that within the circumstances, they have it somewhat under control.

Here's a photo I took from the emergency shelter in Kanuma.

It's a very strange situation to be in, things are a bit in limbo at the moment, I hope things will normalize sooner rather than later.

But anyway, so far, everyone is ok where I am.
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Nuclear fears have led to most vending machines, grocery stores and supermarkets to have a shortage on bottled water, and bread. There are helicopters hovering over the city constantly, and some afterquakes still happening. It's bit better today than yesterday though. Tokyo is not exactly back to normal, but people are working and shops are slowly opening again. Because many nuclear power plants are down, there will be planned blackouts today. Pretty weird. I'm thinking of getting to high ground so I can get a good picture tonight.
I'm not too scared about the nuclear situation, it seems that within the circumstances, they have it somewhat under control.

Here's a photo I took from the emergency shelter in Kanuma.

It's a very strange situation to be in, things are a bit in limbo at the moment, I hope things will normalize sooner rather than later.

But anyway, so far, everyone is ok where I am.
GPIII! Glad you're safe. That photo is really touching.

It's been a long time. . .(God Part III was one of the very first people I ever "met" on Interference when we were both looking to score tickets to the 2006 U2 show in Japan).
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GPIII! Glad you're safe. That photo is really touching.

It's been a long time. . .(God Part III was one of the very first people I ever "met" on Interference when we were both looking to score tickets to the 2006 U2 show in Japan).


Yeah, and ever since then, I've been fascinated with Japan. My third visit, although you could say it was a bad time to visit... But yeah, I'm good.
If I remember correctly, you lived in the Phillippines, or Fiji or somewhere else in the Pacific, right? Have you been affected?
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