Japan hit by 8.9 earthquake w/tsunami

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  1. Trebuchet

    Trebuchet Senior Member

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    Earthquake and tsunami affects 1300 miles of Japan's coast. Fifth largest earthquake ever and with tsunami it will probably be one of the largest or the largest in terms of cost in lives and property.

    Berkley seismologist says cali residents near water should probably get out.

    4,000,000 buildings around Tokyo without power, several power plants on fire.
     
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    Here watching NHK television ported through China Central TV. First time I have seen such uninterrupted porting, so this must be well above average.

    The Sendai airport is right on the coast, and it looks pretty messed up (by tsunami water). NHK is showing tsunami wave heights in more distant areas but I cannot read the Kanji.

    AFAICT the regional nuclear plants are still online, with no detected leaks. A lot of trains have been stopped, including bullets. There is one petro refinery burning but it is ??? east of Tokyo??? If get this correctly it was lit via a reptured transport pipeline. That is quite distant from the EQ center.

    The USGS 'pager' disaster estimator robot is putting this (excluding tsunami effects) as $USD 1 to 10 billions damage, with a lot of 'room' on the upside. Richter 8.4 (could be 8.9) quakes are rare (happily) and this one was quite close to high population and physical structure.

    Meanwhile, one of the prediction sites Earthquake predictions, long term forecasts

    called for a 4.1 to 6.1 within 500 km within a few days. We'll see later on if they call that a successful predicition.
     
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    Sendai has population of 1M... city center is 5 mi from sea..
     
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  4. JeffyJosephNorCal

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    Just announced the Tsunami warning now for the entire West Coast & Canada..
     
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    "Warning sirens sounded across Oahu just before 10 p.m. local time. Waves of up to 2 meters above sea level could hit Hawaii just before 3 a.m, or about 5 a.m. Pacific time, Chip McCreary of the the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told reporters."

    Tsunami warning includes Hawaii - latimes.com
     
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  6. Trebuchet

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    I did not see one airplane at the airport, assuming most got swept away. Hope amm0bob is an early riser and sees the news in the morning.
     
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    Now all of the South American pacific coast, WoW!
     
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    JeffyJosephNorCal Formerly JeffyJosephNCa

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    My friends and family are in all areas affected, this will be a long night...
     
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    quote:
    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A tsunami watch has been upgraded to a warning north of Point Conception along the California coast, according to the National Weather Service.

    Waves are expected to be more than 1 meter high.

    South of Point Conception, the upgrade is to an advisory. Waves are expected to e 1 meter or less.

    Any boats in harbors will likely sustain damage.

    Experts say if a tsunami takes place, it will occur sometime between 8-9AM Friday.

    In Hawaii, officials say a wave could hit at 2:59AM Hawaii time (4:59AM PST). "


    SoCal Tsunami Warning: SoCal Tsunami Warning Issued - ktla.com
     
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    amm0bob is going to be pissed if after taking is boat out just a couple days ago due to a prior tsunami scare he misses this one and it damages his boat! :confused:
     
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    It looks dreadful. Soo much damage and probably loss of life.

    There are reports that a nuclear plant is in trouble too now :(
     
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    Reports are that there is a fire in an aux turbine building, but not in the reactor building itself. The reactor is in emergency shutdown. :eek:

    No radiation leakage reported. :boom:
     
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  13. priuscritter

    priuscritter I am the Stig.

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    please don't take this the wrong way, because i have the utmost sympathy for these people affected, but this is priuschat, so i think the question is fitting: does anyone know if the Toyota plant that produces Prii has been affected?
     
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    number of dead up to 300, and an entire passenger train along the coast is unaccounted for.
     
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    the US Navy 7th fleet has been sent to Japan for relief efforts.
     
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    Toyota City is well on the other side of the country and unlikely to be affected.
     
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    Thank goodness we have the lead time to get some things done before it hits... Gary said it was nuts at the marina, but it's good now.

    My prayers for the folks in the path of the water.
     
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    Damages will be worse than Christchurch last month. The video footages are truly scary. Thoughts and prayers to Japan and everyone in the path of tsunami.
     
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    Good to hear you're aware of the situation amm0bob. I just watched a waterfall of automobiles being swept over a seawall, just an unbelievable sight. Let us know what Gary says when the tsunami hits.
     
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    I just heard Rush Limbaugh say the Prius and Nisson Leaf plants are in the tsunami area.
     
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