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    Japan: Tsunami kills hundreds after largest recorded quake

    Japan: Tsunami kills hundreds after largest recorded quake
    By REUTERS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    03/11/2011 17:48

    Thousands evacuated near nuclear plant; Foreign Ministry says 25 Israelis missing, issues travel warning; 4.4m. without power; 300 bodies reportedly found in coastal city of Sendai; fires ravage homes, structures.

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    TOKYO - The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked its northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path.

    Thousands of residents near a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, were told to evacuate as a precaution after the 8.9 magnitude quake, but the government said no radiation was leaking.

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    Up to 300 bodies were found in the coastal city of Sendai, media said. NHK television said the victims appeared to have drowned. The extent of the destruction along a lengthy stretch of coastline suggested the death toll could rise significantly.

    Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry announced that it has not heard from 25 Israelis in Japan following the earthquake.

    The ministry stressed that it may be difficult for the Israelis to contact their families because of the collapse of communications networks in Japan due to the quake.

    Foreign Ministry officials have also issued a travel warning to Israelis residing in Japan and other countries in the Pacific to stay away from areas close to the shore and obey instructions from local authorities.

    Tsunami warnings were issued across the Pacific but were later lifted for some of the most populated countries in the region, including Australia, Taiwan and New Zealand.

    Other Japanese nuclear power plants and oil refineries were shut down and one refinery was ablaze. Television footage also showed an intense fire in the waterfront area near Sendai, the city hardest hit by the quake.

    A major explosion hit a petrochemical complex in Miyagi prefecture after the quake, Kyodo said.

    Political leaders pushed for an emergency budget to help fund relief efforts after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked them to "save the country", Kyodo news agency reported.

    Stunning TV footage showed a muddy torrent of water carrying cars and wrecked homes at high speed across farmland near Sendai, home to one million people and which lies 300 km (180 miles) northeast of Tokyo. Ships had been flung onto a harbor wharf, where they lay helplessly on their side.

    The quake, the most powerful since Japan started keeping records 140 years ago, sparked at least 80 fires in cities and towns along the coast, Kyodo news agency said.

    A ship carrying 100 people had been swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo said. One train was derailed and another unaccounted for.

    In Tokyo, residents who had earlier fled swaying buildings jammed the streets trying to make their way home after much of the city's public transportation was halted.

    "I was unable stay on my feet because of the violent shaking. The aftershocks gave us no reprieve. Then the tsunamis came when we tried to run for cover. It was the strongest quake I experienced," a woman with a baby on her back told television.

    The tsunami alerts revived memories of the giant waves which struck Asia in 2004. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued alerts for countries to the west and across the Pacific as far away as Colombia and Peru.

    The earthquake was the fifth most powerful to hit the world in the past century.

    There were several strong aftershocks. In Tokyo, there was widespread panic. An oil refinery near the city was on fire, with dozens of storage tanks under threat.

    Around 4.4 million homes were without power in northern Japan, media said.

    "People are flooding the streets. It's incredible. Everyone is trying to get home but I didn't see any taxis," said Koji Goto, a 43-year-old Tokyo resident.

    NHK television showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted. Thick smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV showed residents of the city running out of shaking buildings, shielding their heads with their hands from falling masonry.

    TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks tossed around like toys in the water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed and cars were turning around and speeding away. "The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo. "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

    The US navy said its ships had been unaffected by the tsunami and were ready to provide disaster relief if needed. China offered to provide earthquake relief.

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    if an earthquacke like that would have happened in italy, greece, turkey or in the balkans, we would had to assist to an ethnic natural genocide of people.
    japan has high technologies and adequate structures.

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    anyway i've read in some of my past school books that in the month of march and in all spring time, there's an increasing pick of earthquackes (earthquakes happening) worldwide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julia90 View Post
    anyway i've read in some of my past school books that in the month of march and in all spring time, there's an increasing pick of earthquackes (earthquakes happening) worldwide.
    ??? What reason?
    That doesn't sound very logic to me.

    But I fear an even worse disaster with the 2 nuclear power plants.
    If they can't get them under control, a meltdown would be devastating.
    That happens if the temperature of the core gets so high, the core burns through the bottom into the earth. When it hits water, it will form steam and the entire core will explode into the atmosphere.
    With loads of radiation with it.

    Remember Chernobyl? That reactor was halted just in time.

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    Apparently there was an explosion in the Fukushima nuclear plant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hySCqORsEis

    This is terrible.
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    I posted about the catastrophe on Wa-pedia (my website about Japan) as soon as I heard the news yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    I posted about the catastrophe on Wa-pedia (my website about Japan) as soon as I heard the news yesterday.
    It is so shocking for me! I'm very concerned about it...

    You must be affected by this terrible catastrophe more than anyone else here in this forum. I hope everything is ok with your friends and relatives, a time to be strong now, I wish them all the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    It is so shocking for me! I'm very concerned about it...

    You must be affected by this terrible catastrophe more than anyone else here in this forum. I hope everything is ok with your friends and relatives, a time to be strong now, I wish them all the best!
    Fortunately everybody seems to be fine. But most of the people I know live in or around Tokyo or in Kansai, where the damages were quite limited.

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    This is terrible news, esecially with the situation of a nuclear meltdown.

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    All my comments on the events in Japan can be followed on Wa-pedia. I fear that it may just be the beginning of the problems.

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    Thanks for the link and the info, Macimo.

    There have been 3 explosions in Fukushima already... my thoughs are with those 50 brave persons who keep fighting to control the situation in the nuclear plant.

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    Here is an interview with CEO of Sony company, an eye opener at least for me, how Japanese folks cope with recent disasters, and in this light some insides about their culture.
    Go to March 20 chapter.
    http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn..../gps-episodes/

    My sympathy to them, and I'm sure they will rise from these disasters stronger than ever.

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    to build plants of nuclear energy in a sismic country is really stupid. a weird thing because japanese are one of the most very intelligent people in the world.

    i hope they can fix the all the problems in fukushima and all the damage is repaired.

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