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Terrible watching the news about Japan. In one coastal town alone there are more than 10,000 people missing. Looks as though some people have definitely been exposed to radiation.

I don't know how reliable this Wikipedia excerpt is, but it is very chilling, if true. I've googled for most of the towns quoted and they mostly have populations in the tens of thousands. If the information is even half right, the scale of the disaster hasn't even been hinted at in the news reports.

There are reports of "whole towns gone" from tsunami-hit areas in Japan, including 9,500 missing in Minamisanriku;[47] Kuji and Ofunato have been "swept away ... leaving no trace that a town was there."[48] Also destroyed was Rikuzentakata, Iwate, where the tsunami was reportedly three stories high.[49][50][51] Other cities reportedly destroyed by the tsunami included Miyako and Yamada, Iwate, and Sōma and Minamisōma, Fukushima and Onagawa, Miyagi.[52][53]

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Nice to hear from you Yonza. smile.gif

Officials have been quick to make announcements about safety but I think it's just too early to tell. The horror of its totality is still revealing itself and with aftershocks and another major tremor predic ted, the situation is far from stable yet.

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I don't know how reliable this Wikipedia excerpt is, but it is very chilling, if true. I've googled for most of the towns quoted and they mostly have populations in the tens of thousands. If the information is even half right, the scale of the disaster hasn't even been hinted at in the news reports.

There are reports of "whole towns gone" from tsunami-hit areas in Japan, including 9,500 missing in Minamisanriku;[47] Kuji and Ofunato have been "swept away ... leaving no trace that a town was there."[48] Also destroyed was Rikuzentakata, Iwate, where the tsunami was reportedly three stories high.[49][50][51] Other cities reportedly destroyed by the tsunami included Miyako and Yamada, Iwate, and Sōma and Minamisōma, Fukushima and Onagawa, Miyagi.[52][53]

It is 'very chilling', yonza. Recent reports appear to confirm the news reports:

The numbers feared dead in Japan rose to 20,000 Sunday while Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered blackouts to conserve energy as nuclear plants risked meltdown.

Police told The Yomiuri Shimbun Sunday that 10,000 residents in the town of Minami-Sanrikucho and another 10,000 in Otsuchicho were missing.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/03/13/20000-missing-feared-lost-in-Japan/UPI-18661300019658/#ixzz1GWHDqp7G'>http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/03/13/20000-missing-feared-lost-in-Japan/UPI-18661300019658/#ixzz1GWHDqp7G

There are some small miracles in the face of the disaster - around 80 people trapped inside a ship carried away by the tsunami waves were saved.

http://www.worldnewsco.com/news/names-of-lost-people-un-japan-tsunami/

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Apparently technicians at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are now battling to stabilise a third reactor.

Hopefully once they have the crisis under control, if they manage to do that, they will lead the way to get rid of these threats once and for all. I know that I'm starting to repeat myself but they should eradicate the threat of nuclear accidents everywhere.

Makes you want to vote Green.

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I don't know that I'd go as far as Green but I would certainly think twice about bulding nuclear these plants in unstable regions.

The scenes of devastation are quite overwhelming to watch. I heard some edjit compare it to the Blitz. Competative disaster scenarios.. whatever next? rolleyes.gif

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I don't know that I'd go as far as Green but I would certainly think twice about bulding nuclear these plants in unstable regions.

The scenes of devastation are quite overwhelming to watch. I heard some edjit compare it to the Blitz. Competative disaster scenarios.. whatever next? rolleyes.gif

A third and fourth explosion at the nuclear plant plus aftershock. It's absolutely pitiful. They're saying that the radiation levels have fallen and the wind is blowing in the right direction, out to sea, but very small comfort in the face of such a disaster.

Very brave workers still working at the plant.

There have been criticisms of the power company.

I would get rid of anything to do with nuclear power - starting at the Gareloch.

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Competative disaster scenarios.. whatever next? rolleyes.gif

First couple of days, a lot of Americans were comparing it to Hurricane Katrina. Because everything that happens is about America, right?! Then the death toll shot up and a lot of them started saying its karma for Pearl Harbour. Or sorry, let me spell it right...HARBOR... :D A lot of the tweets I saw were more concerned about the 'correct' spelling of the word than the disaster itself!! Its been all over twitter and facebook. Thankfully most normal human beings (including a lot of Americans) have bitch slapped those stupid unfeeling dip-shits into retracting or feeling guilty about their statements:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/family-guy-writer-tweets-pearl-harbor-joke-in-response-to-japanese-earthquake/

If you're in any doubt as to whether whole villages have disappeared, look no further:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

A BBC report I read said the entire country has been moved two metres and the quake has actually moved the earth's axis.

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First couple of days, a lot of Americans were comparing it to Hurricane Katrina. Because everything that happens is about America, right?! Then the death toll shot up and a lot of them started saying its karma for Pearl Harbour. Or sorry, let me spell it right...HARBOR... :D A lot of the tweets I saw were more concerned about the 'correct' spelling of the word than the disaster itself!! Its been all over twitter and facebook. Thankfully most normal human beings (including a lot of Americans) have bitch slapped those stupid unfeeling dip-shits into retracting or feeling guilty about their statements:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/family-guy-writer-tweets-pearl-harbor-joke-in-response-to-japanese-earthquake/

If you're in any doubt as to whether whole villages have disappeared, look no further:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

A BBC report I read said the entire country has been moved two metres and the quake has actually moved the earth's axis.

Good heavens. 'Karma for Pearl Harbour' - where do folk come up with this stuff?

Absolute tragedy and continued worry over the nuclear issue with a 'critical warning' issued.

"it is that in the company's view, it is possible that enough fissile uranium is present in the cooling pond in enough density to form a critical mass - meaning that a nuclear fission chain reaction could start.

The pool lies outside the containment chamber.

So if it happened, it would lead to the enhanced and sustained release of radioactive materials - though not to a nuclear explosion - with nothing to stop the radioactive particles escaping."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12762608

Looks as though it's in the lap of the gods rather than the technicians.

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Looks as though it's in the lap of the gods rather than the technicians.

Oh dear. We'd better hope the gods are not in the smite and attack with famines and plagues mood. ohmy.gif

Lynnski, yes, it's ghastly about the "payback for Pearl Harbor" people, although I looked at the Daily Mail site the other day and there was NO shortage of the same attitude with regard to war, prisoners of war etc. I had thought that war was over, but obviously I just don't know enough history. biggrin.gif

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Despite hopes of progress in the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami and with an estimated 21,000 people dead or missing, Reuters reports that the reactors are still unstable.

There are some concerns being raised about lack of information from the Japanese Government.

http://www.newsonjapan.com/

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I have been so struck by the workers returning to the nuclear bases to try and deal with this disaster, in the full knowledge of the possible consequences for themselves and their families.

I have no dount informaiton will be being managed. Culturally, the Japanese don't subscribe to sharing every detail and every emotion with the world at large.

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Very bad weather here with a great deal of damage and there's been a man killed by a tree falling in Balloch. I can't imagine what it must be like for the poor folk in Joplin, Missouri with the death toll at present 89.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-joplin-missouri-tornado-20110524,0,3128518.story

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