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Old 03-11-2011, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Massive 8.8 Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Warnings Issued

Massive quake hits Japan - CNN.com

I hope all SLU members in Japan and their families are safe.

The earthquake was 8.8 and hit 230 miles from Tokyo.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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8.8? oh dear

Tsunami hits Japan after 8.8 magnitude earthquake - Telegraph
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It's been upgraded to 8.9 now :/ There's some crazy footage on CNN International right now.
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Wow...devastating. Live video of tsunami at Al Jazeera English: Live Stream - Watch Now - Al Jazeera English
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Japan Earthquake: 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits, 13-Foot Tsunami Triggered

It sounds like a terrible disaster
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am really worrried about eku and yure.
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My thoughts are going out to all those who have been hit with this

Been watching some of the Ustream feeds... the damage is awful.

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Tsunami expected to go all the way to Hawai, could reach USA coast. Fortunately Japan is built to resist against earthquakes.
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Sendai is basically completely underwater Do we know where our Japanese members reside?
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Over 4 million people in the Tokyo area are without power, and cell networks are not functioning. It is going to be incredibly difficult for people to communicate.
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A quake of this magnitude is probably a megathrust quake like the one in the Indian ocean in '04. There will almost certainly be large aftershocks.
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Just woke up to this, I understand there is a Pacific coast-wide Tsunami alert. I hope you are all okay and my thoughts are with you - please don't take any chances and stay safe!
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Yayy for the 5m seawall.. we are still here and the main tsunami is past ...

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we have about 20 min to decide to go somewhere... phhhht we woke up after the earthquake and doubt we can get a taxi to come here now
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Google has set up a person finder site in both English and Japanese:

Google Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake
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it was too late to leave LOL... so what else was there to do..
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A quake of this magnitude is probably a megathrust quake like the one in the Indian ocean in '04. There will almost certainly be large aftershocks.
Something I always wonder about is how people can be sure the earthquake experienced is the 'main' quake and not a foreshock for something even bigger?
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Also, tsunami sirens are going off in Honolulu.
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http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/

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Something I always wonder about is how people can be sure the earthquake experienced is the 'main' quake and not a foreshock for something even bigger?
There have actually been several in recent days - this is the worst so far. I'm not sure exactly how they determine which is the main quake, but sometimes aftershocks can be even worse.
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it was too late to leave LOL... so what else was there to do..
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