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Default Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, & Nuclear Disaster
by Suzy 03-11-2011, 07:08 AM

Big earthquake in Japan - around 8.8. Spectacular footage on TV from a helicopter of a tsunami sweeping across fields from the ocean in slow motion, filled with debris (including people, buildings and cars).
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:20 AM   #2
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Just heard about this half an hour ago. It's amazing how much power water actually has.

Any death toll figures yet?
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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This is looking quite bad. I would expect deaths, but hopefully they will be minor.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:29 AM   #4
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First news I heard when I woke up.. The people are completeley suprised so I don't even wanna think about death count
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:40 AM   #5
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From a BBC video there's at least 1 dead, probably many more, especially those who were caught in cars and trains.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:40 AM   #6
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All the countries around japan have a tsunamy warning now. Even Russia and Australia
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:46 AM   #7
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One reported dead so far. Though, watching that footage of the tsunami, the people on the ground did not get much warning.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:52 AM   #8
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It looked like a lot of oil mixed with the wave as well (presumably from the oil refinery). They just issued a tsunami warning for Hawaii.
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No warning for the west coast of the US thus far, hope it stays that way.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:10 AM   #10
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News is getting worse, looks like it will affect the whole of the Pacific region.

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Old 03-11-2011, 08:10 AM   #11
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New Zealand got a warning too..
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:11 AM   #12
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There's a tsunami warning for Kuril islands here too, coming in 15 minutes from now.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:12 AM   #13
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Whoa, the same area just received a M7.2 earthquake two days ago, with minimal damage, but that turned out to be just the beginning...
I am afraid that there might be a large number of casualties. While the area's not as populated like Tokyo or southern Japan, it's still rather populated. The city of Sendai, located just 130 km/ 80 miles west of the epicenter, has a population of ~600000 and is the largest city around. Heard that 10 meter-high waves were reported just a few miles from there, so odds are that a large number of causalties would be from there. The coast isn't very populated, but still there are a few large fishing ports dotted along the coast, which should be heavily damaged.
Edit: Looks like that there's some damage and one fatality way down in Tokyo, 400 km south-west of the epicenter. This doesn't looks good...
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:15 AM   #14
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5 deaths confirmed now

---------- Post added at 09:15 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:14 AM ----------

Now 8 confirmed
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:36 AM   #15
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ok, as of 5 minutes ago the entire west coast of the US is under tsunami watch/warning including Alaska...that means me. Looks like its time to head for higher ground for a bit.
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