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Had any other populous country suffered the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, tens of thousands of people might already be counted among the dead. So far, Japan’s death toll is in the hundreds, although it is certain to rise.

Communities along Japan’s coastline, especially in areas that have been hit by tsunamis in the past, tend to be the best prepared. Local authorities can usually contact residents directly through warning systems set up in each home; footpaths and other escape routes leading to higher ground tend to be clearly marked.

In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, Japan, especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s, built concrete seawalls in many communities, some as high as 40 feet. In addition, some coastal towns have set up networks of sensors that can sound alarms in every residence and automatically closed floodgates when an earthquake strikes to prevent waves from surging up rivers. Ports are sometimes equipped with raised platforms.
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Awesome! Engineers save the day yet again
Edited by ALiShaikh - 3/11/11 at 1:34pm
     
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I suspect this thread will be flooded by rants over Japan.
It usually happens with threads about China.


It's good to hear they are prepared for such events
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Maybe other parts of the world that are prone to natural disasters should take heed.
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Engineers are credit to team!
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Check your PM box Enf, a simple yes or no please....
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thats a relief!
if your on a major fault line, you'd better have all your buildings/bridges up to code.
engineers save the day again!

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Check your PM box Enf, a simple yes or no please....
i got ya bro
yes
Edited by Enfluenza - 3/11/11 at 1:43pm
    
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thats a relief!
if your on a major fault line, you'd better have all your buildings/bridges up to code.
engineers save the day again!
Come on man, you are killin me
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Man what the heck is this world coming to. My thoughts are with the Japanese people, and give those engineers a pat on the back!
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Setzer View Post
I suspect this thread will be flooded by rants over Japan.
It usually happens with threads about China.


It's good to hear they are prepared for such events
There is a reason why it gets flooded with rants when it's China related.

Japan on the other hand...
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