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#1 soloz1

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:36 AM

Awaiting anticipated tsunami to Hawaii. A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit east coast of Honshu, Japan. Wishing luck to the others who received a tsunami warning.
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UPDATE: GUAM TAIWAN HAWAII are on tsunami watch....

Edited by soloz1, 11 March 2011 - 03:07 AM.

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...Man, if I lived on Oahu, I would've dropped in on Pineapple by now. On Molokai. Via Kayak. ...Fuck, we're depending on you guys to defend us from 3DBBQ, get your shit together already.


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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:47 AM

Well... Good luck...
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#3 Y-Brik

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:44 AM

Praying dude. How is Singapore, Australia, and California looking right now?
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:31 AM

Rest of the world's disasters: serious shit happens.
Japan's disasters: LOL, our infrastructure and preparedness is awesome!

Good luck to everyone.

Edited by Daniel Beaver, 11 March 2011 - 08:31 AM.

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#5 ahtanie

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:10 AM

Singapore's safe from the tsunami, thanks for asking.
All the best to those on tsunami watch!
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#6 ricochet

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:37 AM

A very close friend of mine is in Hawaii on business this week and they informed me last night of the tsunami. They said the damage isn't as bad as feared, but I am still shocked. Good luck to all who are in the middle of this.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:57 PM

Isn't there a MAG-LEV train and a ship still missing?
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 04:07 PM

Isn't there a MAG-LEV train and a ship still missing?


Even more importantly, what is the status of the life sized Gundam?



Seriously though, the few bit's I've read about the earthquake sound pretty bad. I guess they're having trouble cooling down one of the nuclear reactors, which sucks.
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#9 soloz1

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 04:44 PM

Ricochets right minimal damage in Hawaii thankfully. :P And yeah... I servived!
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...Man, if I lived on Oahu, I would've dropped in on Pineapple by now. On Molokai. Via Kayak. ...Fuck, we're depending on you guys to defend us from 3DBBQ, get your shit together already.


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Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:58 PM

I heard they are really shaking things up in Japan.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:09 PM

I heard they are really shaking things up in Japan.



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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:55 PM

Fuck, a nuclear power plant just blew up.

Poor Japan.
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#13 soloz1

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 02:11 PM

Fuck, a nuclear power plant just blew up.

Poor Japan.



Yeah.... It's gonna take awhile for me to eat sushi again.
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...Man, if I lived on Oahu, I would've dropped in on Pineapple by now. On Molokai. Via Kayak. ...Fuck, we're depending on you guys to defend us from 3DBBQ, get your shit together already.


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 11:05 PM

I may sound dumb, but why are there fires because of an earthquake and a tsunami?
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#15 taerKitty

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 12:48 AM

Earthquakes mean broken pipes.

Broken pipes mean leaking gasses, spilled fuel, and no water to fight fires.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:21 AM

Here is the deal with the nuclear plant:

Basically, the lack of backup electricity from outside the plant shut down the pumping system.
This means that they couldn't pump water through the reactor to cool it.
What they've now done is allowed sea water to flood into it in a last ditch effort to cool the reactor.
If the reactor melts down, it will melt through its concrete containment and through the earth down to the water table.
When it hits the water table, that water instantly turns into steam, and will cause a massive explosion, throwing fallout everywhere.

Even if the sea water does work, it will corrode the pipes. This means they'll have to build a containment dome ala Chernobyl at the very least.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:24 AM

This might sound stupid. But in my opinion I think that people should try to develop more technology that protects people against earthquakes and Tsunami's. A bended gate that is tall as a skyscraper, but with no holes should be able to protect you say on the coast or in an area. I think that we already got an Earthquake thing developed though. For buildings there are springs that are underneath the building where if the plates shift in an earthquake the building moves a bit to the right.

Anyway I hope everyone is doing fine out there.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 10:02 AM

This might sound stupid. But in my opinion I think that people should try to develop more technology that protects people against earthquakes and Tsunami's. A bended gate that is tall as a skyscraper, but with no holes should be able to protect you say on the coast or in an area. I think that we already got an Earthquake thing developed though. For buildings there are springs that are underneath the building where if the plates shift in an earthquake the building moves a bit to the right.

Anyway I hope everyone is doing fine out there.


It has already been done. Japan has the best technology for natural disasters like the recent one. Flexible buildings, early detection systems, an annual earthquake/tsunami drill, etc. They are constantly using new technology to impove infrastructure. The porblem is that a quake followed by a tsunami will cause havoc regardless. In an earth quake the best place to be is an open area outside, but in a tsunami you want to be high up in a building( which most can withstand the water). Many people ran outside to saftey, not knowing of the pending tsunami.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 03:58 PM

Here is the deal with the nuclear plant:

Basically, the lack of backup electricity from outside the plant shut down the pumping system.
This means that they couldn't pump water through the reactor to cool it.
What they've now done is allowed sea water to flood into it in a last ditch effort to cool the reactor.
If the reactor melts down, it will melt through its concrete containment and through the earth down to the water table.
When it hits the water table, that water instantly turns into steam, and will cause a massive explosion, throwing fallout everywhere.

Even if the sea water does work, it will corrode the pipes. This means they'll have to build a containment dome ala Chernobyl at the very least.


This is entirely wrong, aside from the fact that sea water was used after previous pumping systems failed. Please don't spread fear about nuclear reactors, there is no major risk involved here. The reactor is already cooled and the pressure is vented. Chernobyl won't happen, and there won't be an explosion.

Here's a source.

Best of luck to the people in Japan
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#20 Daniel Beaver

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 05:56 PM

If the reactor melts down, it will melt through its concrete containment and through the earth down to the water table.


No.
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#21 bennorco

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:18 PM

Earthquakes mean broken pipes.

Broken pipes mean leaking gasses, spilled fuel, and no water to fight fires.


Thanks, and I hope everyone's recovering ok in Japan.

Edited by bennorco, 13 March 2011 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:45 PM

Rest of the world's disasters: serious shit happens.
Japan's disasters: LOL, our infrastructure and preparedness is awesome!

Good luck to everyone.


Don't forget about the people there

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 11:54 PM

This is entirely wrong, aside from the fact that sea water was used after previous pumping systems failed. Please don't spread fear about nuclear reactors, there is no major risk involved here. The reactor is already cooled and the pressure is vented. Chernobyl won't happen, and there won't be an explosion.

Here's a source.

Best of luck to the people in Japan


Thanks for that link, there's been a lot of bullshit about how Japan is going to be "10 times worse then Chernobyl" (in a fallout sense, not a general disaster sense) going around and it's nice to read about what is actually going on.

Edited by VelveetaAvenger, 13 March 2011 - 11:55 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:31 AM

Earth's day length shortened by Japan earthquake

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:50 PM

I also heard on CNN that the earthquake moved island 8 feet.
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