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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by milquetoast, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Huge earthquake and its aftermath (tsunamis, landslides,etc) hitting Japan hard. Pretty scary, especially considering how much more prepared they are compared to Vancouver. Since it hit a developed country, there's a lot of live coverage and footage available. You can see the waves overwhelm all the infrastructure :(.

    Live feeds:
    http://www.justin.tv/hdvideo#/w/952123376/7 (Japanese)

    Earlier clips:

    Pictures: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/11/world/asia/20110311_japan.html?ref=asia#1

  2. joey

    joey Guest

    is there a tsunami warning for BC?
  3. Lorry

    Lorry Guest

  4. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Initial wave estimated arrival times:
    • Alaska/British Columbia border - March 11 5:38 am PST
    • Langara Island, British Columbia - March 11 5:43 am PST
    • North tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia - March 11 6:26 am PST
    • Tofino, British Columbia - March 11 7:06 am PST
    • Prince Rupert, British Columbia - March 11 7:11 am PST
    • Washington-British Columbia - March 11 7:12 am PST
    • Bella Bella, British Columbia - March 11 8:12 am PST
  5. Jenn

    Jenn Guest

    Frantically trying to reach family over there :( can anyone get through?
  6. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

  7. vapor6

    vapor6 Guest

    holy @*%#..
  8. Rosi

    Rosi New Member

    if you can't get a hold of them and they are currently in the area of Japan that got hit you can contact Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, they have an office in Japan that can keep you posted 1800 387 3124.
  9. ethos

    ethos Guest

    :( the death toll must be crazy.....any news on the tsunami advisory? i heard it won't really affect british columbia.
  10. Rosi

    Rosi New Member

  11. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Upgraded to an estimated 9.0-9.1 magnitude.

    Can't believe there are people "payback for pearl harbor" on twitter and facebook. I am embarrassed for humanity.

  12. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    In response to the earthquake in Japan, Shaw will provide free calls to Japan for subscribers with a Shaw home phone until further notice. Shaw has also unscrambled TV Japan so Japanese speaking subscribers with friends and relatives in Japan can watch news of events unfolding on channel 514 until March 17.
  13. Jenn

    Jenn Guest

    Thanks all :) received an email letting me know they are safe and sound. good luck to those still trying to reach loved ones.
  14. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

  15. joey

    joey Guest

  16. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    ^Read that earlier but it sounds overly optimistic to me due to the large number of unknowns. He makes a lot of assumptions that have been proven wrong. He also makes factual errors such as calling it the Richter scale and when comparing the relative magnitudes. Admittedly, these mistakes are common but it dampens how much faith I have in his information especially when he prefaces his post by saying how other articles have been erroneous.

    The relative magnitudes between Mw 9 and Mw 10 is not simply 10^(10-9) = 10. It's 10^1.5(10-9) ~ 32. See the equation below.


    Regardless, I agree that the media has been exaggerating the situation. CNN and other western media are the culprits. Updates directly from TEPCO are much better.

    I found the Scientific American article to be a more realistic assessment: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fukushima-core

    Edit: for something more positive, check out these translated tweets from Japan
  17. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

  18. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Telus announced today it is offering free texts and voice calls to Japan. The free texts apply to Telus customers, whether or not they have a texting plan.
  19. abc

    abc Guest

    Free calling to Japan through April 2 on your Mobilicity phone. For peace of mind, connect with loved ones affected by the recent disasters in Japan.
  20. daybird

    daybird Guest

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