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Old 03-11-2011, 09:55 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Here's a pretty cool tsunami propagation map from the NOAA:
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They are reporting a 6.6 quake that just happened in northern Japan....
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Yep. After quakes I guess at Niigata, Nagano and Gunma. 6.6 still pretty high for aftershocks
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CNN is showing some pretty cool videos of how they build buildings in Japan, simulators of buildings shaking and standing.
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Here's a link to all the earthquakes/afterschocks for the past 7 days

Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days
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They are easily the best prepared nation in the world when it comes to earthquakes and if it had only been the earthquake they probably would have been ok, unfortunately no-one can prepare for a tsunami like that, it will be days before we have any idea of the toll it has taken.

I have a professional interest in this kind of area and although the footage was awful to watch it was good to see all of their training and preparation paying off in the response. It will be interesting to see how the response shifts into recovery in the next few days where I suspect they will show up how poorly the rest of us deal with disasters, hopefully we can learn a thing or two.
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Tsunami sweeps 3 out to sea on North Coast | PressDemocrat.com

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Surging waves swept three men out to sea Friday morning near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, where Coast Guard personnel were still searching for one of the men after his two friends got safely to shore, authorities said.

The missing man would be the first fatality on the North Coast as a tsunami generated by a huge earthquake in Japan continued its assault on the California coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard said he and his friends came to the coast to photograph the tsunami despite warnings from authorities across the state to avoid the area.

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^Some people are so dumb!
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I can't post links yet, but it's been reported that Fuji Heavy Industries has shutdown
8 of 10 plants, including all that build cars.
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Like seriously...dunno what to say

Seems like the Japanese are losing control of their nuclear reactors too
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I can't post links yet, but it's been reported that Fuji Heavy Industries has shutdown
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I believe I posted this link on page 2....

Edit, they had only closed 5 at the time I posted that. It appears they are up to 8 now.
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News just reported that they lost control of the nuclear powerplant and radiation levels are 1000x over a typical day.

Radiation 1,000 times normal at Japan nuke plant - World news - Asia-Pacific - msnbc.com
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^^ Oh crap, that isn't good!
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^^ Oh crap, that isn't good!
Not necessarily a major problem. If they lost power they don't have ventilation fans or charcoal filters which means normal radiation releases will be unfiltered.

I worked in a Nuke for 30 years.
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Not necessarily a major problem. If they lost power they don't have ventilation fans or charcoal filters which means normal radiation releases will be unfiltered.

I worked in a Nuke for 30 years.
Yeah, but sounds like the issue is loss of cooling - even after the control rods were dropped into the core - because during the tsunami water may have entered into various generators and cooling mechanisms and caused them to fail:

Nuclear Expert: "Fukushima Has 24 Hours To Avoid A Core Meltdown Scenario" | zero hedge
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