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8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by Nate, Mar 11, 2011.

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    Mar 11, 2011
  1. Nate

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    Reporting from Beijing and Tokyo The worst earthquake in generations struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, setting off a devastating tsunami that swallowed swaths of coastal territory and fanned out across the Pacific Ocean, threatening everything in its path.

    The 8.9-magnitude earthquake -- the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the biggest in Japan in 140 years -- struck at 2:46 p.m. local time, shaking buildings violently in Tokyo for several minutes and sending millions fleeing for higher ground.

    Over 50 people are believed dead, though that number is expected to rise dramatically as officials begin assessing the extent of the damage. Japanese media is reporting scores of people missing, likely buried under rubble or swept away by waves as high as 33 feet.

    Nearby islands are bracing for the tsunami and warnings have been issued for 53 countries including ones as far away as Colombia and Peru.

    Japanese television showed aerial footage of an ominous 13-foot muddy wave washing across land along the northeastern coast near the epicenter, which appears to have sustained the worst damage.

    Kyodo News reported that a ship carrying 100 people had been carried away by the tsunami.

    At least eight people were killed in Sendai, a city of 1 million in Miyagi prefecture closest to the epicenter. The city was struck by a wave 20 feet high, then another 33 feet high. A hotel collapsed and large ships in port were seen lying on their sides. The city's airport was flooded, and people could be seen on the roof of the terminal.

    In other locations, live TV coverage showed massive damage from the waves with dozens of boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. Cars could be seen futilely trying to speed away from the rolling wall of debris.

    A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture. Waves could be seen splashing into city streets and over bridges.

    Further south in Chiba prefecture, firefighters battled an out-of-control oil refinery blaze that spewed fireballs into the sky.

    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in a press conference called for people to remain calm and reported that the nation's nuclear power plants showed no signs of damage.

    "The government will make its utmost efforts to secure people's safety and limit any damages to the minimum," Kan said.

    All trains in Tokyo were stopped, and black plumes of smoke rose over the skyline. Tokyo Disneyland's parking lot was reportedly flooded and the tip of the Tokyo Tower was bent. Office workers rushed out of their buildings. Subways were halted, trapping commuters underground. In the nation with the world's third-largest economy, all airports were closed.

    "The train was rocking sharply back and forth," said Anthony Weiss, a 29-year-old from Florida studying Japanese in Tokyo who was on a train when the quake hit. "People covered their heads with their bags as dust and small debris fell. Something sprung a leak, as there was a lot of water on the platform."

    Many riders evacuated the train and headed for the archways, but not Weiss. "I stayed on because I was concerned about the roof and hanging lights and ventilation systems," he said. "Lights went on and off in the train. It felt a lot like the earthquake attraction at Universal, to be honest, but it wasn't stopping.

    "It was pretty scary," Weiss said in an e-mail to a friend. "It felt pretty strong. People were scrambling for the doorways. The aftershocks are continuing even now."

    People at Tokyo's Narita International Airport were told to evacuate buildings and head for the tarmac.

    "It felt like a jet had come too close to the window and everything started shaking and rocking, and there was a huge rumbling noise," said David Pierson, a 32-year-old U.S. Army helicopter pilot who was waiting for a flight to Newark. "All the signs started swaying and fixtures started popping out. When I saw the panic on people's faces, I made a move for the exit."

    The epicenter of the quake was 81 miles off the coast of Sendai, and it struck at a depth of 15 miles. The combination of its shallow depth and proximity to the coast made the temblor a "perfect storm for the tsunami generation" said Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena.

    Japan has a lengthy history of large earthquakes, and its buildings are well-girded to withstand damage. Observers said this could help minimize casualties.

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  3. chuchu59

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    i was just watching the latest news. quite devastating but could have been much worse if it were not japan, an advanced country.
     
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  5. petro

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    End of days. :icon_twis
     
  6. Mar 11, 2011
  7. chuchu59

    chuchu59 gambling addict CAG PABnonaccred

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    dunno if this is the cause but i am currently unable to log into ang mg or rtg casinos eg red flush, all jackpots, intertops and lucky club.
     
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  9. baldidiot

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    We have a couple of friends on tokyo - so far no contact from them :(
     
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  11. cpdnd31

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    Don't know if this will help. Google put up their a page to help people find info on people in Japan. So far over 6800 have been entered. Take a look may be info on friends there.
     
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  13. baldidiot

    baldidiot Experienced Member webmeister

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    Thanks! Have you got a link?
     
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  15. cpdnd31

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    no i saw on news they were showing where to go for info just try google.com search maybe japan?
     
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  17. Nate

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    I agree with Chuchu and Japan being advanced. No matter what man may build, Natures' wrath can be devastating.

    350 people dead so far. 550 missing. Been watching the CNN live streams on the Coast of LA and Oregon. Any news on whether these Tsunami's have touched shore elsewhere?

    Nate
     
  18. Mar 11, 2011
  19. felicie

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    I'm 30 miles n. of Malibu and our harbor turned from pretty blue to muddy brown and numerous whirlpools suddenly appeared and then were gone just as fast but that's all thank God. Our biggest quakes here have lasted 20 or 30 seconds and that seems like forever but can you imagine 5 minutes? :eek:
     
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  20. Mar 11, 2011
  21. rainmaker

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    I have recieved an e-mail from Golden Palace, great initiatives.



    TSUNAMI RELIEF

    Dear stian,

    A powerful earthquake hit of the northeast coast of Japan Friday. The 8.9 magnitude quake--the largest ever recorded--triggered a massive tsunami that wiped out whole buildings and has reportedly already claimed hundreds of lives. As aftershocks continue to rumble beneath the ocean, tsunami watches and advisories have been issued for major stretches of the Pacific, including the west coasts of North and South America--large waves have already reached Hawaii.

    With several communities in Japan devastated, and many others throughout the Pacific currently evacuating their coastal areas, the time to help is now. In addition to the purchase of the non-profit website, TsunamiRelief.com, GoldenPalace.com has already committed in excess of $100,000 to benefit those in need of assistance. We encourage our players to join us in our efforts to help in any way they can.

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    Visit TsunamiRelief.com to find a list of charitable organizations where you can make your donation to help in the relief effort underway in the wake of this terrible disaster.

    Any amount is appreciated.

    Golden Palace
     
  22. Mar 12, 2011
  23. baldidiot

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    Couldn't see it anywhere. We've heard from everyone now though and they're safe :thumbsup:
     
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  25. Nate

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    I see that GoldenPalace.com has purchased the domain for $10 000 and it lists a number of charities that you are able to donate to. It's odd for a Casino to do that, but if everything is above board - Kudos to them.

    Nate
     
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  27. baldidiot

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    It's good advertising for them, especially in light of all the weird stuff they do (eg: paying people to get golden palace tattooed on their face).

    That page could also be a powerful link for them (notice the link at the bottom of the page to golden palace) if it attracts a lot of attention / links.

    Not that I'm cynical or anything... :cool:
     
  28. Mar 12, 2011
  29. lots0

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    The folks at GP are, IMO, are honest...

    Even if... They have some rather strange marketing ideas, like buying an image of Jesus on a Grilled Cheese sandwich for $10K... my favorite. You must register/login in order to see the link.

    You gotta give them Kudos for trying something new and trying to help people...
     
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  31. Nate

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    Lol... Weird. It was actually a slice of toast with an image of Mary which they bought for 28k. Geez :)

    Nate
     
  32. Mar 14, 2011
  33. lots0

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    Golden Palace has bought all kinds of strange stuff, besides the Grilled Cheese sandwitch.

    A piece of chicken that looks like the Pope...
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    Alien Remains
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    And a host of other strange things... like toast and Cheese sandwitches and Human Fish... You must register/login in order to see the link.

    For a long list of strange purchases by Golden Palace
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  35. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

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    That is interesting and I'm going to look at my next grilled cheese in a whole new light. Wonder if it matters what kind of bread you use. I prefer sourdough. I think helping people is a great thing to do with proceeds from our deposits. Yes I do. :thumbsup:
     
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  37. rainmaker

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    Los Angeles, California, March 2, 2011 – Following a week of intense bidding, the auction for Justin Bieber's hair closed today with a final winning bid from GoldenPalace.com. The popular online casino spent $40,668.00 to lock down the teen singing phenom's famous locks with all proceeds going to support The Gentle Barn Foundation.



    Anyway, the tsunamirelief.com site is also a good thing.
     
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  39. felicie

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    The Gentle Barn Foundation is an animal rescue group. What are these write-offs? I mean I'm all into animal rescue but, well who owns this casino?
     

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