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8.9 Earthquake, Tsunami Strike Japan (Updated)

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Posted on Mar 11, 2011

A magnitude-8.9 earthquake centered 250 miles from Tokyo produced a tsunami Friday that could be seen washing buildings away. Several hundred people are estimated to have been killed in its aftermath.

The horrifying images were carried on television in Japan, where many people will surely die, and on CNN, where, according to outrage on Twitter, they elicited giggles.

BBC:

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Officials said the wave could be 10m (33ft), and numerous casualties are feared.

The quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles, shaking the capital.

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By Maani, March 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

surfnow:

My mother is one of the preeminent structural geologists in the world, and a former site specialist for the NRC and DOE, as well as a former coordinator for the NAS.  I will take her word over that of most people in matters like these.

Peace.

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By surfnow, March 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Maani:
I quoted from article . As I posted previously, check piece from Counterpunch.Com ,from 3-11.

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By Maani, March 12, 2011 at 2:49 am Link to this comment

surfnow:

“Acomparable quake and tsunami in Clifornia would likely have irradiated the entire US with 2 of its 4 nuclear power plants located on major fault lines.”

Although it is true that the four nukes in CA are near the San Andreas fault, you are not correct that even a major accident at one or more would “irradiate the entire U.S.”  First, the prevailing winds in the U.S. are always east to west, not west to east, so the radiation would be far more likely to blow out to sea (although also traveling either north toward Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canada, or south toward Baja and, maybe, Hawaii).  Second, it would depend on exactly what kind of accident occurred.  The situation in Japan is NOT like that in either Three Mile Island, nor like that at Chernobyl.  These were all very different accidents, with very different consequences and potentials for radioactive fallout.

Big B:

“Thanks for the words of wisdom, fatty. Are they from the christian bible, or the Hindu text that the bible was plagarized from?”

Actually, very little (if any) of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures were “plagiarized” from the vedas.  There were some “lifts” from other pre-Christian texts (e.g., the Code of Hammurabi), but not from the vedas.

Peace.

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By Shena, March 12, 2011 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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This footage is so damn hard to watch.Thousands of poor people swept away.Prayers to those who suffered and lost life or are injured.

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By samosamo, March 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

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Could be peter, but one I always think of, especially when
numerous events occur in short time spans in a relative locale, is
the gravitational effect of the sun when the earth is at perihelion
with possibly a couple of other planets aligned that could create
extraordinary pulls and pushes on the earth’s tectonic plates. But
the literature on the subject is really sparse so maybe it just
doesn’t happen at all since tidal changes aren’t that important.

One thing for certain, with the way we humans keep packing
ourselves in here on earth, it doesn’t take much to wipe out
more people in one fell stroke.

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By Arabian Sinbad, March 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment
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Despite the apocalyptic images of two related natural disasters, an earthquake and a tsunami, in Japan, it is unlikely that the loss of life would exceed tens of thousands based on the initial estimates of a little over one thousand reported thus far.

I cannot resist to make a comparison between this tragic event and that of August 1945, when the evil acts of men caused the killing of some quarter of million Japanese souls as evil politicians and military monsters in America dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

No matter how furious and destructive nature can be,
it will always be much benign than the evil and destruction misguided humans (animals) can bring over other humans!

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By Peter Knopfler, March 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

VERY SAD, here is my take a CME left the SUN on the 9th, hits earth, Earth Quakes and 3 Volcanic eruptions, probably more under oceanvolcanic activity. This is the Sunspot Maximum, that we have been speaking of. A few more quakes like this past one, we could witness a POLAR SHIFT at a Planetary alighnment, It is the SUN cycle, Solar Flares, CME!

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By gerard, March 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

A terrible loss.  Some of my friends there who were cooking rice for tomorrow’s breakfast, making sushi for someone’s obento, riding a train fromm Chiba into Tokyo, walking in front of the John Lennon Memorial Museum, boarding Shinkansen for Osaka may be dead or injured.  The world is so small that when one is hurt, we all suffer.

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By Big B, March 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for the words of wisdom, fatty. Are they from the christian bible, or the Hindu text that the bible was plagarized from?

Keep in mind, if even if there was a “god” that was responsible for all natural disasters and famines and plagues and car accidents and child molesters, it would not be deserving of admiration or fear. It would only be worthy of our distain.

All part of the cosmic plan. Bullshit!

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By fatty, March 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

god is mad at the whole world
“For nation will rise against nation,

and kingdom against kingdom.

And there will be famines, pestilences,
...
and earthquakes in various places.”

Matthew 24:7

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By fatty, March 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

god is mad at the whole world
“For nation will rise against nation,

and kingdom against kingdom.

And there will be famines, pestilences,
...
and earthquakes in various places.”

Matthew 24:7

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By surfnow, March 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Great piece on Counterpunch.com today, which you will not likely see anythime soon on CNN. A comparable quake and tsunami in Clifornia would likely have irradiated the entire US with 2 of its 4 nuclear power plants located on major fault lines.

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By California Lemon Law Attorney, March 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment
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Prayer be with those who lose their loved ones

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By TDoff, March 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

WOW! I wonder what ‘Reverend’ Pat Robertson’s going to say the Japanese did to cause his ‘christian’ ‘god’ to punish them like this?

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By rollzone, March 11, 2011 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

hello. the building codes have saved numerous lives.
this is not the peak of natural disasters predicted to
occur (around December of next year), and gradually
taper back to more normal occurrences. next year will
be worse, and preparedness for relief should be our
priority. no more Katrina s.

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