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Japan earthquake: updates

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Levina, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Levina

    Levina NONconfirmist Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Japan earthquake: tsunami strike Fukushima coastline after 7.4 magnitude quake





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    Firefighters and others watch the port to check the water level as a tsunami warning is issued following an earthquake in Soma Credit: AP
    22 November 2016 • 2:23am
    • 7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Japan
    • Tsunamis of up to 90 centimeters recorded
    • 1.4 metre tsunami hits Sendai
    • 1 metre tsunami at Fukushima nuclear plant
    • Residents ordered to evacuate from coastal areas
    • Depth of the quake recoreded at 10 km
    A powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese coast on Tuesday sent residents fleeing to higher ground and prompted worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami five year ago.

    Lines of cars were seen snaking away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately. The warning was lifted nearly four hours later.

    The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami in 2011, killing some 18,000 people.


    There were reports of minor injuries and damage, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo, 150 miles southwest of the epicentre.


    NHK also showed one person's video of water rushing up a river or canal, but well within the height of the embankment. It was eerily reminiscent of the 2011 disaster, when much larger tsunamis rushed up rivers and overflowed, wiping away entire neighbourhoods.

    On Tuesday, tsunami waves were recorded along the coast. The highest one was 1.4 metres in Sendai Bay. A tsunami advisory was eventually lifted at 12.50pm local time.

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    The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture Credit: AP
    The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said there were no abnormalities observed at the plant, though a swelling of the tide of up to 1 metre was detected offshore.

    The plant was swamped by the 2011 tsunami, sending three reactors into meltdown and leaking radiation into the surrounding area. The plant is being decommissioned but the situation remains serious as the utility figures out how to remove still-radioactive fuel rods and debris and what to do with the melted reactor cores.

    Plant operator Tepco said a pump that supplies cooling water to a spent fuel pool at the nearby Fukushima Dai-ni plant stopped working, but that a backup pump had been launched to restore cooling water to the pool.

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    Vehicles make a line as they flee following a tsunami warning in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture Credit: AP
    Naohiro Masuda, head of TEPCO's decommissioning unit, said he believed the pump was shut off automatically by a safety system as the water in the pool shook.

    He said decommissioning work at the destroyed Dai-ichi plant had been temporarily suspended because of the earthquake.

    The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.9.
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    Tsunami waves were filmed surging up the Sunaoshi river in Tagajo city after a quake of magnitude 7.4 shook Japan’s eastern coast, prompting evacuation warnings:

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    The good news is, so far no serious injuries and death have been reported. I dont know how the Japanese people do it, they have been successfully rebuilding their nation after every natural (and otherwise) disasters. Touchwood!

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  2. Grevion

    Grevion Professional Think TROLL ELITE MEMBER

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    :( My best wishes with the brave people of Japan.
    They are the definitely the most adapted people to such natural calamities. Really brave and wonderful people.
     
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    Hellfire Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    I am always impressed by their sense of discipline even in face of probable death. See the perfect traffic sense being followed. In India, we would have had four rows of cars and some trying to climb on top of the one in front!!!!!!!
     
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    Vyom Captain STAR MEMBER

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    I have friend there... Moron slept through the earth quake thinking it to be just a tremor. :blink: Apparently, he got to know it was was big one when I called him up asking if he was alright. :facepalm:
     
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  5. Levina

    Levina NONconfirmist Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Exactly my thoughts.

    Prolly he is very used to the tremors. I'm sure it happens often in Japan.
     
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    Vyom Captain STAR MEMBER

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    Yes, Ordinary Japanese are not even bothered.
     
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    Nilgiri Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    The warrior code from the Samurai is inbuilt and hardwired in their society. It gives them natural resolve and fortitude I haven't quite seen anywhere else in the world. No tantrums or panic, it is what it is, deal with it etc.
     
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    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    True, though in my opinion nobody has a resolve or fortitude that quite matches Israelis.

    Anyhow, I wonder who told the Japs it's a good idea to build a freaking reactor near a fault line, inside an inundation zone, at sea level. Seriously hope everything works out ok there.
     
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    Darth Marr Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    What did the Japanese ever do to deserve this from Mother Nature ?
     
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    One word to describe the Japanese, "Disciplined". Guess had it been India, all sort of Panic and blame game would have already been initiated.. So many times natural disaster have struck Japan, yet the Japanese have rebuilt the nation like repeating the story of Phoenix.
     
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    nair Die hard Romeo Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    I had the same feeling looking at that picture..... If this happened in India, it would have been 5 lane high way with all cars honking.....
     
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    Gessler Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    They built their homes around a region with very active plate tectonics, which both lead to earthquakes & active volcanism....the Ring of Fire.

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    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain THINK TANK

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    Jews in particular , Israelis will contain Christians and Muslims too.

    Look at all the concepts in science. Everywhere. Even while giving Nobel prizes , you can bet at least one will be a Jew.
     
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    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Yup, between the persecution suffered by Jews for centuries, and the harsh desert + tough neighborhood they live in, it breeds a certain degree of resilience, toughness and fight that can't be copied artificially. And their resolve is such that no amount of Arabs could defeat or uproot them from that land, not to mention they turned that barren desert into such an advanced and wealthy country that leads in most fields of intelligence and knowhow.
     
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    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Yea, I am aware of the Ring of Fire (I also technically live in it/by it). But they could at least avoid putting reactors in inundation zones and at sea levels even if there's not much they can do to put it out of the reach of seismic events.
     

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