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    Default 8.9 earthquake hits Japan - 5th largest since 1900.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,1950058.story

    Sending prayers that way! I can't even imagine...

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    Death toll as of now -- 29.

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    Hawaii orders evacuations in tsunami threat; Japan Death toll rises to 32
    Hawaii ordered evacuations from coastal areas due to the threat of a tidal wave set off by Friday's earthquake in Japan as a tsunami warning was extended to the whole of the Pacific basin, except mainland United States and Canada...The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warned that the tsunami is currently higher than some Pacific islands which it could wash over.

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    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/11/ma...-for-huge-wave

    Quite sad. :-(

    Live Coverage Video http://www.kitv.com/video/27157579/detail.html

    Live Wire in Hawaii http://livewire.kitv.com/Event/Hawai...ami_March_2011

    Hawaii Tsunami Zone Maps http://www.kitv.com/news/27157605/detail.html

    http://www.kitv.com/news/27156696/detail.html

    And another one at http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03...strikes-japan/ with quote:

    Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" -- an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur, including the one that triggered the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 nations.
    I remember seeing a documentary several months ago showing the bottom of the ocean floor with gigantic wall, either the floor sunk or the wall went up. It was so huge and steep, quite impressive.

    Can't wait to see the documentary for today's quake, quite fascinating how dramatic the crust can shift in an instant.

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    Horrible footage. This might be the spur it takes to set up more early warning systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HewenttoJared View Post
    Horrible footage. This might be the spur it takes to set up more early warning systems.
    Quake Warning System Alerted Tokyo
    ...As an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's northeastern coast Friday, the world's first early warning systemódeveloped by the country's meteorological agencyódetected the quake's shockwave near the seismic center and sent off the warning message, which appeared on national television and radio as well as mobile phone screens...


    West Coast under tsunami watch after Japan quake
    ...The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says a watch is in effect for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia...

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    Those poor people. The videos of the tsunami flowing across the fields with cars driving on roads in the direct path were particularly horrifying, to me. T & Ps for the people affected and the people who have friends and loved ones in the area and who don't know whether they are okay.

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    This is kinda creepy, i rad this the other day, and now this happens today!!!!!
    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/ast...ause-chaos.asp

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    The video footage is unbelievable, anyone know how much warning their new early warning system gave them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMonk View Post
    "...anyone know how much warning their new early warning system gave them?"
    "... The window of time from the announcement of an Earthquake Early Warning until the arrival of the main tremors is very short, i.e. a matter of seconds (or between several seconds and a few tens of seconds). In areas that are close to the focus of the earthquake, the warning may not be transmitted before strong tremors hit..."

    "...the system is designed to send out the warning only if the intensity of the quake is lower 5 or stronger on the Japanese scale. (The scale has three levels for each number, so there's lower 5, 5 and upper 5.) Friday's quake was 7 on that scale, and the system sent out the warning message 8.6 seconds after it detected the very first shock wave."

    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1GIvcrTpa
    Last edited by cameron_405; 03-11-2011 at 09:31 AM. Reason: (added info)

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    They just said it could be the single most expensive natural disaster in history. Horrible.

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    Here is the text for the US Tsunami Warnings that are still active.

    TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 12
    NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
    852 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

    THE TSUNAMI WARNING IN THE WESTERN ALEUTIANS HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED
    TO AN ADVISORY.

    ...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
    AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION
    CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

    ...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
    AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO
    POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA...

    ...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED FOR THE COASTAL
    AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
    OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO ATTU ALASKA...

    RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
    A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE
    TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE.
    PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
    INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS
    ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
    - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO
    HIGHER GROUND.

    - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF
    THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

    MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY

    LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL
    ------------------------ ----- ------ ------- -----------
    ADAK AK 51.9N 176.6W 1443UTC 03.4FT/01.04M
    SHEMYA AK 52.7N 174.1E 1130UTC 05.1FT/01.56M
    DUTCH HARBOR AK 53.9N 166.5W 1414UTC 01.7FT/00.51M
    NIKOLSKI AK 52.9N 168.9W 1341UTC 01.9FT/00.58M
    SAND POINT AK 55.3N 160.5W 1521UTC 01.2FT/00.36M
    KING COVE AK 55.1N 162.3W 1512UTC 02.1FT/00.64M
    LANGARA POINT BC 54.2N 133.1W 1403UTC 00.8FT/00.23M
    CHARLESTON OR 43.3N 124.3W 1533UTC 01.8FT/00.55M
    LA PUSH WA 47.5N 124.4W 1524UTC 01.7FT/00.53M
    NEAH BAY WA 48.4N 124.6W 1539UTC 00.5FT/00.17M
    PORT ORFORD OR 42.7N 124.5W 1519UTC 01.7FT/00.53M
    SOUTH BEACH OR 44.6N 124.0W 1544UTC 00.7FT/00.22M
    WESTPORT WA 46.9N 124.1W 1545UTC 00.9FT/00.26M
    PORT ALEXANDER AK 56.2N 134.6W 1536UTC 01.0FT/00.32M
    ARENA COVE CA 38.9N 123.7W 1614UTC 02.8FT/00.87M
    CRESCENT CITY CA 41.7N 124.2W 1538UTC 03.4FT/01.04M
    MONTEREY HARBOR CA 36.6N 121.9W 1550UTC 02.4FT/00.72M
    SAN FRANCISCO CA 37.8N 122.5W 1619UTC 01.6FT/00.49M
    NORTH SPIT CA 40.8N 124.2W 1630UTC 03.1FT/00.95M

    TIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENT
    AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
    IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
    VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).

    TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK TWO TO THREE HOURS AFTER
    INITIAL ARRIVAL ALONG THE NORTH AMERICAN COAST.
    FORECAST TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WCATWC WEB SITE
    WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV.
    THE TSUNAMI IS NOW IMPACTING THE BRITISH COLUMBIA...
    WASHINGTON... OREGON... AND CALIFORNIA COAST. THE IMPACT IS
    EXPECTED TO CONTINUE AND POTENTIALLY INCREASE FOR THE NEXT
    SEVERAL HOURS.

    PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
    MAGNITUDE - 8.9
    TIME - 2046 AKST MAR 10 2011
    2146 PST MAR 10 2011
    0546 UTC MAR 11 2011
    LOCATION - 38.3 NORTH 142.4 EAST
    - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
    DEPTH - 12 MILES/20 KM

    TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD
    INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. WARNINGS INDICATE THAT
    WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFUL
    CURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE
    INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

    TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
    STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE
    WATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION
    IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY. CURRENTS MAY BE
    HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS... BOATS... AND COASTAL STRUCTURES AND MAY
    CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

    PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/
    BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
    WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AT
    WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PTWC.

    THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 60 MINUTES OR SOONER IF
    THE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT
    UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE
    WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

    PZZ530-CAZ034-035-529-530-006-505>509-002-001-ORZ021-022-002-
    001-111822-
    /O.CON.PAAQ.TS.W.0006.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
    COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING POINT CONCEPCION
    CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER
    852 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

    ...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
    AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION
    CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

    PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO
    HIGHER GROUND.

    TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD
    INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF
    WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
    TIME. ESTIMATED TIMES OF INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL FOR SELECTED
    SITES IN THE WARNING ARE PROVIDED BELOW.

    SAN FRANCISCO-CA 0808 PST MAR 11

    FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS SEE
    WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV

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    Just a few things just reported within the last couple of minutes....

    The nuclear power plants appear to be safe. There is concern for one where refrigerant didn't disperse as expected and they've evacuated the town as a precaution. BBC says that they are the most modern and well-maintained plants in the world. Sensors for quakes apparently worked as expected shutting down plants and triggering safety measures in less than one second. They are the most sensitive sensors known to man. A train derail almost ten miles from a plant shut it down immediately a couple of years ago. Fascinating.

    This is a disaster of epic proportions. They just said pilots reported seeing around 1800 homes being swept away under a fast rushing wall of water; no way to get a grip on casualties because of the devastation.

    Sixth largest earthquake in recorded history of the Earth. Eight thousand times more energy than the one that hit New Zealand recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOKC View Post
    Just a few things just reported within the last couple of minutes....

    The nuclear power plants appear to be safe. There is concern for one where refrigerant didn't disperse as expected and they've evacuated the town as a precaution. BBC says that they are the most modern and well-maintained plants in the world. Sensors for quakes apparently worked as expected shutting down plants and triggering safety measures in less than one second. They are the most sensitive sensors known to man. A train derail almost ten miles from a plant shut it down immediately a couple of years ago. Fascinating.

    This is a disaster of epic proportions. They just said pilots reported seeing around 1800 homes being swept away under a fast rushing wall of water; no way to get a grip on casualties because of the devastation.

    Sixth largest earthquake in recorded history of the Earth. Eight thousand times more energy than the one that hit New Zealand recently.
    Pressure is rising in reactor 1 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Clinton says US is flying in coolent(water). Their also talking about releasing pressure into the atmosphere. It doesn't sound too good right now. Hopefully, the engineers can solve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    pressure is rising in reactor 1 at the fukushima nuclear power plant. Clinton says us is flying in coolent(water). Their also talking about releasing pressure into the atmosphere. It doesn't sound too good right now. Hopefully, the engineers can solve the problem.
    yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesseda View Post
    This is kinda creepy, i rad this the other day, and now this happens today!!!!!
    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/ast...ause-chaos.asp
    That's freakin insane!

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    So some interesting details coming out from the aftermath of the massive quake.

    The Earth's rotation axis was shifted by 25 centimeters from the event. What does this mean? Nothing right now. The changes are extremely minute for and will eventually cause for the removal of a single second from a day centuries down the road (it will be accumulating by the millionth of a second per year). The other impacts these events have is changing amount of sun a location gets and the speed of the Earth's rotation. However, all very small amounts that we won't notice. The 8.8 Chile earthquake did something similar.

    The other change, the main island of Japan moved roughly 8 feet from this quake.

    So far it looks like over 200 aftershocks have taken place with many still 5.0 or higher.

    *grabs tinfoil hat* ... So that has been Chile, New Zealand, and now Japan around the ring of fire. Seems to be one main area missing from that without a major quake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venture79 View Post
    Seems to be one main area missing from that without a major quake.
    This is a very scary hint. Yellowstone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    This is a very scary hint. Yellowstone?
    Wow, I hope not in my life time! I think he was referring to the San Andreas Fault in California.

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    Fortunately for Yelllowstone, when it blows not very many people live around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyrick View Post
    Wow, I hope not in my life time! I think he was referring to the San Andreas Fault in California.
    Pretty much. Anywhere from Alaska through Mexico hasn't had a major quake for some time. Just seemed interesting how the major quakes are working their way around the ring. Not saying it is likely to happen, but there are plenty of studies suggesting the west coast faults have pressure building up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    Fortunately for Yelllowstone, when it blows not very many people live around it.
    When that thing blows, I don't think it will matter if you live by it or not. The amount of ash that would be put in the air would have us in a nuclear winter for at least a decade.

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    The amount of ash that would be put in the air would have us in a nuclear winter for at least a decade.
    What would that be like - what temperatures do they think that would put the world at? I realize the sunlight and temperatures needed for crops would be vastly diminished and people living on the edge would be toast. What percentage of the world's population would likely survive, and where? What is the speculation?

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