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Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« on: March 11, 2011, 07:12:18 AM »
Just initial reports so far. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/11/japan-earthquake

Largest quake in 140 years.
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 07:41:35 AM »
Gosh, that looks very bad.

I wonder whether our west coast will feel any effect.

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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 09:06:42 AM »
 :o Unreal. Train missing, ship missing, nuclear power plant evacuation! My gawd.

Pic of huge whirlpool looks amazing, but cannot get vid to go, must be overloaded

Found it @ YouTube, look closely. A boat @ around 10-11:00 within the whirlpool.
Camera goes out, comes back and zooms it looks to be @ around 7:00 o'clock.  :o in less than a minute!


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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 09:23:39 AM »
Here's a tsunami time-travel map.

The Guardian says the US west coast expects waves by 11 a.m., so judging by that map, they will arrive at Vancouver Island, at least, sometime earlier.

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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 09:35:09 AM »
Google Crisis Response page

Gosh, I'm still thinking about that poor boat caught in the whirlpool! Will it get sucked down?
ETA - http://www.thestar.com/videozone/952329--japan-tsunami

Doesn't even look like water!
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 09:56:33 AM »
Waves will have started hitting the BC coast in the last hour - 50 cm, which doesn't sound too bad. That video at the Star is terrifying.
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/03/11/tsunami-warnings-bc.html
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 01:57:05 PM »
I hope nobody was on that boat.  :o

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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2011, 03:24:09 PM »
Some boats were crushed in northern California: the town had been evacuated and they had feared worse:
 
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Boats+crushed+tsunami+wave+California+coast/4425219/story.html
 
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2011, 04:10:13 PM »
As some of you know, I have a neurotic obsession with earthquakes. I found this cool app called Quake Watch which tracks every quake of 1.0 or more everywhere in the world. You'd be stunned how many quakes happen everyday of 2.0 and 3.0 and higher.

About 2 weeks ago, I started noticing 5. and higher, even 6es, rocking the coast of Honshu, the epicentre of today's quake. I thought that place must be in a constant state of chaos. But, traditionally, smaller quakes tend to relieve pressure, mitigating the possibility of a big one.

I was stunned last night when I saw, just before I fell asleep, 8.9.

This earthquake has technically lasted weeks.

However it is a testament to Japanese governance that no nuclear plant has blown. It's more than likely that, had this happened in California, KABOOM.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150214/if_the_same_magnitude_quake_had_hit_california_we_could_have_been_nuked

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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2011, 06:24:38 PM »
A new quake has struck in central Japan. 6.6

Pressure is rising at the nuke plant, there is no power and their backup generators are fritzed. So there is cause for concern if they can't ease the pressure out, radiation will leak out.

Some radiation has leaked/State of emergency *gulp*
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2011, 06:59:27 PM »
It's now been upgraded to a 9.

And the USAF is flying in coolant for the plant.

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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2011, 07:32:10 PM »
USGS world earthquake map for the past week.  You can zoom in and see all sorts of activity in Japan, different magnitudes.  But what is also striking to me is that it looks like a lot of smaller earthquakes happened around the Ring of Fire in the past week:
 
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/
 
Also a lot in the 8-30 days time period.  But I don't know if that is unusual, maybe not.  http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/
 
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2011, 07:46:43 PM »
There was a 7.2 earthquake on March 9 near Honshu, Japan:
 
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0001r57.php
 
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Re: Japan: huge earthquake, tsunamis, Asia-Pacific repercussions
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2011, 03:22:13 PM »
While walking today I saw and heard a flock of Canada Geese coming home.
I thought about this Article/Japan has moved and Earth's axis has shifted

And I wondered if this would effect migrating birds or the great whales. I just don't know. I'm also confused with - Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a   millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology   professor Andrew Miall.

But the Chilean Quake also shortened the day by 1.26 millionths of a second. And so did the 9.0 Indian Ocean Earthquake by 2.38 microseconds  So what are the effects when all this is combined?

This quake and the great 9.0 were Subduction quakes and that word now gives me the heebie jeebies. Oh and get this from that link - Subduction zones have also been considered as possible disposal sites for nuclear waste, where the action would carry the material into the planetary mantle,   safely away from any possible influence on humanity or the surface   environment, but this method of disposal is currently banned by   international agreement.[5
Not a scary thought, nope, move on.
 
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