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Old 03-11-2011, 03:29 AM   #1
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8.9 Earthquake off the coast of JDM land ..ie Tsunami!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_...pan_earthquake.


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TOKYO – Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. There were reports of injuries in Tokyo.
In various locations along Japan's coast, TV footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.
Officials were trying to assess damage, injuries and deaths from the quake but had no immediate details.
The quake that struck at 2:46 p.m. was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 7.9.
The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii.
The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.
In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.
In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms.
The ceiling in Kudan Kaikan, a large hall in Tokyo, collapsed, injuring an unknown number of people, NHK said.
Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks. It also showed a glass shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo completely smashed by the quake and a weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.
Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.
Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan's Coast Guard has set up task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.
"I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong," he said
If you check out your news station, they're currently reporting a second Tsunami.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:55 AM   #2
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its scary news....and i feel useless not being able to do anything from here.

trying to get in touch with people there...
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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thats crazy..but at the same time its fascinating the power of the planet. i was just watching the video of the tsunami and its gorgeous in its own terrifying way. I feel sorry for the people who lost everything but , you just cant deny the power of Nature.

here are some video:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709850

Kioshi do you have family anywhere near there?
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:26 AM   #4
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just wait for the tsumami to hit hawaii and the western coasts of north america....weee!
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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just wait for the tsumami to hit hawaii and the western coasts of north america....weee!
i doubt it will be anything close to that in Japan, but still better safe than sorry. I hope peterpoop can outrun it in his turboed Yaris...now that would be an awesome movie
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:24 AM   #6
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interesting factoid: the tsunami wave/swell travels as fast as the jets that cross the pacific (about 180mph/300kph)
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:37 AM   #7
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interesting factoid: the tsunami wave/swell travels as fast as the jets that cross the pacific (about 180mph/300kph)
yeah..that might be problematic

but on land I would suspect it would be much slower because of all the obstacles.

just saw some new vids on bbc and the tsunami is really awe aspiring, I mean there is no way you can go against it. I saw cars being tossed like they were ping pong balls. There is a picture of a Belta smooshed under some concrete and mud
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:42 AM   #8
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PK, the Tsunami itself is the energy of the quake, it doesn't translate back into ground activity. The majority of the energy is in the big wave that is formed just as the swells hit the shallow shelf of a coast.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:18 PM   #9
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God be with the people of Japan and with the people that are on the path of this thing
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:40 PM   #10
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PK, the Tsunami itself is the energy of the quake, it doesn't translate back into ground activity. The majority of the energy is in the big wave that is formed just as the swells hit the shallow shelf of a coast.
I know but I was comparing the speed on open water and the one on the ground, even though the two are quite different . For sure the main swell will travel faster than anything but it will also dissipate the further it gets from the centre of the quake.Either way there is nothing to do but kiss your butt for good luck and ride it out.

here is a map from BBC showing the predicted size and reach of the tsunami:
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #11
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I have some friends in Japan...I'm still trying to get in touch. Definately, my thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #12
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One of craziest things I've seen on the news. Hope they recover quickly.

Closer to home, Santa Cruz just got the tsunami. Boats in the harbor are all over the place. Avoid the beaches.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:30 PM   #13
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I don't know anyone in Japan, but my thoughts are with them. The videos are horrific. I wonder if this affected the Toyota plant(s) where the Yaris is built.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #14
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Toyota Shuts Some Export Plants After Big Quake Hits Japan

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I wonder if this affected the Toyota plant(s) where the Yaris is built.
Yup. Almost specifically the Yaris interestingly enough.

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TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. have suspended production at plants in Japan today and were assessing damage after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast, triggering a tsunami and shaking buildings violently as far away as Tokyo.

The shutdown could affect exports to the United States of such cars as the Toyota Yaris sedan, the Scion XB and Scion XD, as well as the Honda Fit small car.


Toyota, the world's largest carmaker, said it evacuated workers from several factories in the quake zone. Toyota has two parts plants in northern Japan and it has 2 affiliates, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. and Central Motors Co., that assemble small cars in the region.

The immediate status of those plants was still being evaluated, Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett said. "We are still trying to get information from them," he said.

Widespread Damage

The quake struck at 2:46 p.m. local time off the coast of Sendai north of the capital, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The tremor also triggered a tsunami that flooded coastal areas. Television footage showed cars being washed down flood zones like toys and large capsized cargo ships tossed sideways and jumbled together and pushed inland.

Aftershocks, many strong, rocked the region for hours afterward.

Toyota is 1 of the few Japanese automakers with a large manufacturing presence in northern Japan, a region it wants to make a center for small car production. In January, its Central Motors subsidiary opened an new assembly plant just an hour's drive away from Sendai. That plant, with a capacity of 120,000 vehicles, makes the Yaris small car for export to the United States.

Toyota's Kanto Auto Works has another assembly plant in the neighboring prefecture of Iwate. That plant also makes small cars, including the Yaris sedan, the Scion XB and Scion XD for export. The Toyota parent company has two parts plants in the region as well.

"As for production from here out, we will make a decision after we get a handle on the situation," Corbett said, about when the northern plants would reopen.

Toyota plants near the company's headquarters in Toyota City, in central Japan, had resumed production as normal after brief shutdowns, Corbett said. There were no reports of injuries from those factories. Possible damage was still being assessed.

Honda and suppliers

Toyota was also confirming damage at its suppliers. Toyota Boshoku Corp. and Denso Corp., 2 of Toyota’s biggest parts makers, both reportedly suffered some plant damage.

Honda shut down 2 assembly plants immediately after the temblor, spokesman Keitaro Yamamoto said. Honda’s Suzuka plant in central Japan soon resumed production.

But the company’s Sayama plant, north of Tokyo and closer to the epicenter, remained shut down by late Friday evening. Yamamoto said Honda headquarters was having difficulty contacting its plants. The U.S.-bound Fit is among the cars produced at Sayama.

Yamamoto said the company was unsure when production would resume there.

At Honda’s r&d center in Tochigi prefecture, 1 person died and 30 were injured when the quake toppled a wall at the facility’s cafeteria. No other injuries were reported.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #15
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Terrible news.

They've closed all the beaches and the Great Highway in SF to keep people away from the waves but we should be OK.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #17
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Well my father in law is out there (US Marines) and we haven't had contact thus far, but I'm sure the boys are ok. Our prayers to all the ppl in Japan.
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+1 ^

don't worry just yet if you don't hear from ppl in a disaster area. You know the have no way of communicating so it'll take a while before you hear.

google has set up a people finder page for the people in Japan., if that helps any.

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en
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