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Yeah so the J in my user name stands for Japan... I was lucky as I live in the southern part of Japan (Kobe) so I didn't feel much of anything.

You guys are right about the preparedness though. One of the things the company I work for does is test scale models of buildings on a huge vibrating test stand for earthquake certification. Furthermore, within like 5 mins, even though I live well away from the epicenter, there were tsunami warnings and siren bells blaring over the town. It was all very efficient.

I do feel for the people that live in or near Toyko though. Just Scary...
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What's the damage in Tokyo like? Is it wrecked?
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Originally Posted by Steffek View Post
Want to be freaked out watch this. Shows how there was going to be a major quake between the 11th and 15th of this month in 1 of 5 citys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7QAZ...layer_embedded

Yea, the sound is a bit messed up, but it is freaky.
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Yeah so the J in my user name stands for Japan... I was lucky as I live in the southern part of Japan (Kobe) so I didn't feel much of anything.

You guys are right about the preparedness though. One of the things the company I work for does is test scale models of buildings on a huge vibrating test stand for earthquake certification. Furthermore, within like 5 mins, even though I live well away from the epicenter, there were tsunami warnings and siren bells blaring over the town. It was all very efficient.

I do feel for the people that live in or near Toyko though. Just Scary...
Japanese engineering is unbelievable. The broadcast we are getting in the UK shows most buildings still standing. The worst seems to be the floods.

The Turks got Japanese engineers to help rebuild better designed buildings after our earthquake. I hope they help Japan back however they can.
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How is it you consider the Chilean earthquake a 'catalyst'?

I'm just curious because the quake itself is the result of plates releasing energy when built up to a point it has to release. The earthquake is just the result of that released energy. It can't be a catalyst...
The point is not about the Earth releasing energy but now it affects the Earth's axis. The axis of the planet directly correlates to our seasons and the rise and fall of ocean levels around the globe.

Every time a major earthquake happens it shifts the Earth's axis by a few inches. What makes the Chilean earthquake interesting to geologist is how effective the earthquake was at shifting Earth's figure axis vertically.

Long story short, what does this all mean? Imagine the south pole shifting vertically, that would result in the melting of the south polar caps and effectively changing the location of the north and south poles.

Maybe not in our life time but if major Earthquakes keep shifting the axis vertically the US may be the new north pole in our distant future.
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Freaking jesus...

8.9 degree is one massive piece of an earthquake, if it's not the strongest ever registered in that area, it is very close.

I feel sorry for all the victims and their families...


Google has enabled a tracking program to help them:

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/
   
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anyone got any info on the nuclear power plant? i dont trust the BBC
watching it via : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

unfortunatly im stuck behind a Baracuda filter so if u post links post the info as well.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steffek View Post
Want to be freaked out watch this. Shows how there was going to be a major quake between the 11th and 15th of this month in 1 of 5 citys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7QAZ...layer_embedded

Yea, the sound is a bit messed up, but it is freaky.
whoa.
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anyone got any info on the nuclear power plant? i dont trust the BBC
watching it via : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

unfortunatly im stuck behind a Baracuda filter so if u post links post the info as well.
Quote:
It was not immediately clear if there was a risk of a radioactive leak as a result of the fire at the plant operated by Tohoku Electric Power. Miyagi prefecture was one of the areas worst hit by the tsunami.
Kyodo also reported that an emergency core-cooling unit had been activated at Fukushima nuclear plant, without giving further details.
Earlier Friday Prime Minister Naoto Kan had said no radiation leaks have been detected from Japan's nuclear power stations after the massive quake struck the country.
Four Japanese nuclear power plants closest to the epicentre of the quake have been safely shut down, the UN atomic watchdog said Friday.
The quake struck just under 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, one as strong as 7.1.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...n-Onagawa.html


was also just on BBC
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