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Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:05 am

8.9 earthquake and tsunami 250 miles from Tokyo.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

Tsunami warnings across the Pacific.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:17 am

This planet is a magnificent bitch sometimes, and man--do I have a hard time figuring her out. Relatives of a close friend who live in Okinawa--a tiny little island in southern Japan--are all okay. How can a place be so relatively close to the epicenter and not be torn to bits like the northern half of Japan?

Hoping for the best for as many as possible. About an hour and a half until the waves hit LA.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:41 am

Strange stuff. Here's a massive whirlpool just a little ways off shore.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/ ... nhk?hpt=C2

Hawaii got 6-7 foot waves.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby rrnate » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:22 am

Hmm, I wonder if this is going to effect my planned trip to American Samoa next week.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby exPatBearla » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:31 am

TheBookPolice wrote:...Relatives of a close friend who live in Okinawa--a tiny little island in southern Japan--are all okay. How can a place be so relatively close to the epicenter and not be torn to bits like the northern half of Japan?


The fault line runs north-south, and the tsunamis travel at 90º to the fault line, i.e. East-West. Okinawa is south of the epicenter so it avoided the worst.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby snoqueen » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:48 pm

Waves have already hit the coast of Oregon.

The biggest earthquake since record-keeping began? Wow.

Japan has some of the best seismic-protection building codes in the world (for newer buildings) and it will be interesting to see how they held up. Older buildings are the most vulnerable, as seen in the Kobe quake where whole neighborhoods just collapsed.

Some of these pictures look like Galveston after the hurricane -- like nothing is standing.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby KidCapitol » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:15 pm

It puts all the modern day movies with CGI to shame because it is real.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby KidCapitol » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:20 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:This planet is a magnificent bitch sometimes, and man--do I have a hard time figuring her out.

On the one hand it could be pay back for the destruction humans are doing to nature.
On the other maybe some natural "disasters" happen because it's a living planet and would happen anyway without humans being here.
But the reason why we think it's so terrible and devastating is because there are populations there with structures and other stuff.
If there was nobody there, cars, buildings etc. then it wouldn't be bad at all.
We never hear when things like this happen to non-populated islands.
We have way too many people on the planet and it does need a natural cleansing every so often.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Dangerousman » Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:42 pm

KidCapitol wrote:On the one hand it could be pay back for the destruction humans are doing to nature.


Humans don't destroy nature, humans are no less a part of nature than the earthquake and tsunami. All that humans have ever done, or ever will do, is insignificant in end.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Remember_Me » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Pat Robertson is hard at work as we speak preparing his statement.

Soon we'll all know why this terrible tragedy occurred.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Dangerousman » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:42 pm

Remember_Me wrote:Pat Robertson is hard at work as we speak preparing his statement.

Soon we'll all know why this terrible tragedy occurred.


Well at first I thought it would have been God's revenge for Justin Bieber, but after further consideration that can't be it because Justin Bieber must be God's revenge for something....
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby rabble » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:44 pm

See what happens when an educated population isn't allowed to carry concealed weapons?
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Dangerousman » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:32 am

rabble wrote:See what happens when an educated population isn't allowed to carry concealed weapons?


What???
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Nick Berigan » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:24 am

I'll help you. I think it's called a joke.
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Re: Huge earthquake in Japan

Postby Stella_Guru » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:02 am

KidCapitol wrote:On the one hand it could be pay back for the destruction humans are doing to nature.

"History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man, Godzilla!"
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