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Kyubi - March 11, 2011 05:10 PM (GMT)
So it appears that last night, Japan was struck with an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the biggest in Japan's known history. Normally, stuff happening in another country might not strike you as deep, but seeing how I recently returned from studying abroad in Japan, I know a couple hundred people in Japan.

All the people I know were staying near the Osaka region, so it wasn't like they were anywhere near the danger zone, but you never know if any of the people I know went to that area during their spring break or something.

Pixellated - March 11, 2011 05:18 PM (GMT)
Aye, was watching on the news this morning, but the toll's risen to about 300 since then.

Coverage from BBC.

Google being helpful, and Google being helpful again.

The headline you won't be reading.

DanThe57 - March 11, 2011 05:53 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Mar 11 2011, 11:18 AM)


The headline you won't be reading.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/as...es.html?_r=3&hp



Not much I can say... besides the obvious about hoping they recover from this and stay safe.

dragonsteincole - March 11, 2011 06:01 PM (GMT)
Caught a snippet of this breaking news this morning getting ready for work, seemed pretty bad then. Got home and watched 30 minutes of coverage on the BBC website and genuinely felt shocked.

Pixellated - March 11, 2011 06:10 PM (GMT)

Master Shake - March 11, 2011 10:16 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (DanThe57 @ Mar 11 2011, 12:53 PM)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Mar 11 2011, 11:18 AM)


The headline you won't be reading.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/as...es.html?_r=3&hp



Not much I can say... besides the obvious about hoping they recover from this and stay safe.

Get ready to have your mind fucking blown.

Seriously, 8.9 on the Richter scale, 5th most powerful earthquake in recorded history and all that tall building suffered was a sway. Japan knows how to build a goddamn skyscraper.

The tsunami footage, however, put a knot in my stomach that still hasn't gone away.

Noir The Sable - March 11, 2011 10:39 PM (GMT)
東北地方の方を無事を心よりお祈りします。

Watching some of the the footage on Youtube and Japanese video sharing site NicoNico Douga from people who happened to have cams out during the earthquake, I'm actually rather surprised at how calmly a lot of native Japanese people handle all the shaking and the evacuations. I suppose I shouldn't be, as they've been setting up contingency plans, building codes, etc. to withstand such disasters, but I know that I'd be going nuts if I were in the 14th floor of an office building that's wobbling like a plate of lime jello.

...and then there are the dozens of utter morons in the comments sections who are going "Those japs deserved this because of pearl harbor/nanking rape/whale and dolphin hunting/being perverts/insert-reason-here". Gah. How long is it until we develop technology allowing us to deliver punches through the Internet?

csadn - March 12, 2011 01:48 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Noir The Sable @ Mar 11 2011, 10:39 PM)
How long is it until we develop technology allowing us to deliver punches through the Internet?

Become friends with a hacker -- he can provide you with the offender's home address, and then you can let nature take its course.

I grew up in the L.A. area, so this is nothing new for me -- in fact, at some point I need to create a Bug-Out Bag, in case Juan de Fuca lights off.

Retrogamer! - March 12, 2011 02:18 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (csadn @ Mar 12 2011, 01:48 AM)
I grew up in the L.A. area, so this is nothing new for me

This is the 6th largest Earthquake in recorded history, man. I'm pretty sure that warrants special consideration compared to the past in LA.

Also, I noticed on the BBC live feed that an expert has commented Japan is now calling it a 9.0 rated Quake with 1000+ deaths considered now. Aftershocks reaching 6.5 have been seen which have gone oddly unreported given 6.5 is still pretty freakin huge.

Anon Jaxun - March 12, 2011 02:27 AM (GMT)
This is pretty crazy, that's for sure. Hope it doesn't end poorly, or persists in being a downer.

Vayne - March 12, 2011 04:49 AM (GMT)
Apparently the quake shifted the Earth's axis by 10 cm and permanently moved the entire coast 2.4 metres. Wow...

DanThe57 - March 12, 2011 04:53 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Vayne @ Mar 11 2011, 10:49 PM)
Apparently the quake shifted the Earth's axis by 10 cm and permanently moved the entire coast 2.4 metres. Wow...

[citation needed]

Vayne - March 12, 2011 05:09 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (DanThe57 @ Mar 11 2011, 11:53 PM)
QUOTE (Vayne @ Mar 11 2011, 10:49 PM)
Apparently the quake shifted the Earth's axis by 10 cm and permanently moved the entire coast 2.4 metres. Wow...

[citation needed]

DanThe57 - March 12, 2011 05:27 AM (GMT)
much better

Calisto - March 12, 2011 09:13 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (csadn @ Mar 12 2011, 01:48 AM)
I grew up in the L.A. area, so this is nothing new for me

I'm sorry, but what? This is a large earthquake, which according to above posts, has shifted the Earth's axis, and all you can say is "Eh, nothing new"? With the following tsunami affecting quite a few countries? I feel genuinely sick thinking that this has happened, but glad that my friend wasn't currently visiting there at the time.

Pixellated - March 12, 2011 09:57 AM (GMT)
I really need to stop reading these things.

Noir The Sable - March 12, 2011 10:01 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Mar 12 2011, 04:57 AM)
I really need to stop reading these things.

...even though I'm only 1/4 Japanese, and the other 3/4ths stereotypically hate Japan, I still feel like giving someone a boot to the face now.

Pixellated - March 12, 2011 10:04 AM (GMT)
Here's some footage of the wave heading into San Francisco. Quite amazing to have travelled that far.

Footage from the Tokyo Tower observation deck, roughly 1Kft up. I love the guy at the start; "But it's safe".

Vayne - March 12, 2011 10:09 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Mar 12 2011, 04:57 AM)
I really need to stop reading these things.

As if we needed any more reasons to Hate humanity

Pixellated - March 12, 2011 10:17 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Vayne @ Mar 12 2011, 10:09 AM)
QUOTE (Pixellated @ Mar 12 2011, 04:57 AM)
I really need to stop reading these things.

As if we needed any more reasons to Hate humanity

HunteRS - March 12, 2011 10:32 AM (GMT)
>Facebook
Found your problem right there chief. It seems to be a, eh, concentration of fucktards.
Seriously, it amuses me no end that, were this to happen in Cali it would be 'THE GREATEST TRAGEDY EVER!!!! But because it happened to someone you were at war with 70 years ago it's 'payback'
Shit like this is why we're not living on the moon people.

Jeffk38uk - March 12, 2011 11:19 AM (GMT)
I would have said its Facebook and move on.

Doesn't look like its going to get it better as a massive explosion was seen at the nuclear power station at Fukushima.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219

Pixellated - March 12, 2011 11:40 AM (GMT)

Jeffk38uk - March 12, 2011 11:48 AM (GMT)
Heh, bad ad placement. But not as bad as the one in Battlestar Galactica.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1897987 (only place I could find it)

Noir The Sable - March 12, 2011 11:56 AM (GMT)

Korvaz - March 12, 2011 01:35 PM (GMT)

Noir The Sable - March 12, 2011 01:46 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Korvaz @ Mar 12 2011, 08:35 AM)
I really hope that's not accurate.

Korvaz - March 12, 2011 01:50 PM (GMT)
A relief. chances are busybodies are going to use this as a 'See! Nuclear power is baaaaad!!111' opportunity. For one, the reactor was built over 30 years ago, and safety standards have gone way up since then. That, and Japan err on the side of caution when it comes to situations like this. Better get your folks out then get Fukued.

Jeffk38uk - March 12, 2011 02:32 PM (GMT)
Nuclear Activists will always use any opportunity to say Nuclear power is baaaaad, and will use this incident as justification and saying we should go green.

Even tho I somehow doubt switching to water and wind power will be sufficient enough quantity to repalce our current global electricity usage without large environment shifts regardless.

Korvaz - March 12, 2011 02:38 PM (GMT)
Theoretically possible.

But so few points of failure would be a security risk and all that. Then there's building them, etc etc.

Also, if you're feeling generous, Donation site here.

J29 - March 12, 2011 07:18 PM (GMT)
Right, it would only require a solar panel the size of Texas.

Jeffk38uk - March 12, 2011 07:26 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (J29 @ Mar 12 2011, 07:18 PM)
Right, it would only require a solar panel the size of Texas.

I'm reminded of a movie in regards to a masssive solar plant, but it was in SPAAACE, and it was controlled by a power glove.

Master Shake - March 12, 2011 08:37 PM (GMT)
Holy shit.

From about 1:40 on is nightmare fuel. I would've pissed myself if I saw the ground doing that right in front of me.

csadn - March 12, 2011 09:32 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Retrogamer! @ Mar 12 2011, 02:18 AM)
This is the 6th largest Earthquake in recorded history, man. I'm pretty sure that warrants special consideration compared to the past in LA.

When I was living there, the assumption was "a 9.0+ was going to light up the L.A. Basin; death-tolls would run into the thousands, the subsequent rioting and looting would kill thousands more, the pyres from burning neighborhoods would be visible on satellite photos, and the economic disruption would cause a second Great Depression".
(They forgot about the tsunamis.)

What I'm seeing is: A culture which understands the risks, and has prepared for them, and is riding out the event rather better than the one I grew up in -- *that* is what deserves consideration, esp. in light of lesser quakes which have inflicted far worse on less-prepared cultures (Haiti).

And, on the lighter side of the incident:

http://gaijinchronicles.com/2011/03/12/still-got-it/

Kyrtuck - March 12, 2011 11:19 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Jeffk38uk @ Mar 12 2011, 07:26 PM)
QUOTE (J29 @ Mar 12 2011, 07:18 PM)
Right, it would only require a solar panel the size of Texas.

I'm reminded of a movie in regards to a masssive solar plant, but it was in SPAAACE, and it was controlled by a power glove.

Didn't the Transmetropolitan comic have most of the world's energy getting generated by giant solar panels on other planets in the solar system?

Anyway, I'm surprised no one brought this up, but: how many mangas and videogames will be put on hold because of this?! Not to mention all the hot porn they produce. Its amazing how much can come from a small islander nation, eh, UK?

Jeffk38uk - March 13, 2011 12:17 AM (GMT)
Given how the Tokyo government decided to pass a stupid bill which severely limits the freedoms of manga and anime publication, and another MP wanting again to ban violent videogames, who knows.

Calbeck - March 13, 2011 04:37 AM (GMT)
As for the idiots talking about "payback", I prefer to believe that trolls gonna troll. Not only is it more likely, but it also gives me less reason to find a clock tower and just start killing people on the off chance I'll nail one of these fucktards.

Pixellated - March 13, 2011 10:35 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Calbeck @ Mar 13 2011, 04:37 AM)
As for the idiots talking about "payback", I prefer to believe that trolls gonna troll.  Not only is it more likely, but it also gives me less reason to find a clock tower and just start killing people on the off chance I'll nail one of these fucktards.

Believing that they're trolling is simply treading over the good work of good, intelligent, hard-working trolls out there. Face it, these people have just been stupid, racist and blindly-patriotic.

Bump for before/after aerial photos. Extremely intimidating.

DanThe57 - March 13, 2011 05:10 PM (GMT)
according to someone, the pearl Harbor thing is actually a meme started by Seth mcfarlane. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/fam...ese-earthquake/

So on the plus side, that means the people probably do not actually think this. on the down side... they are still insensitive enough to keep this bad joke going.

Eastwood - March 13, 2011 08:43 PM (GMT)
What a conjurer.

I mean, he could claim it was a joke, but it'd be the first time a Family Guy writer came up with those in years.




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