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Strong Quake Shakes Japan

 
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704399804576193650432765520.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

The quake was originally reported at a magnitude of 7.9 but was later upgraded to 8.9. That makes it the fifth largest recorded world-wide since 1900.
My brother is in Japan now and he is safe, I hope he will remain safe.
 
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Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.

Any Ranchers in these countries?
 
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John Todd wrote:Any Ranchers in these countries?


Me. It's the biggest quake I've felt in 10 years.
But I'm in Tokyo, not in the north where the worst happened.
All trains are stopped so I have to spend the night at the office.
I mean.. spend the night at the ranch
 
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a friend of mine (an Aussie) also working in Tokyo went to the pub.
 
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My brother is in Hokkaido.
So you are in Tokyo? why I thought you were in France?
Thanks God you are safe.
 
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So far there has been some damage in Santa Cruz where I live. They say it's caused by the water receding before the wave comes. But looking at the video from Japan this morning we have to feel very lucky that so far our only damage has been some sailboats turned upside down.

Best of luck to all our friends in Japan!
 
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Really a tragic incident. I recall those predictions about 2012... Let's hope for the best....
 
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Vijitha Kumara wrote:I recall those predictions about 2012... Let's hope for the best....


Come on, seriously?
 
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Vijitha Kumara wrote:Really a tragic incident. I recall those predictions about 2012... Let's hope for the best....


If you believe in the nonsense that the world will end in 2012, then please send me all your money and posessions in December 2012. You won't need them anyway when the world ends.
 
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There are now close to 7 billion of us on this planet - yikes!

I think that around the world, everywhere, there are two things happening that don't work well together:

1 - technology is moving us away from nature
2 - we are choosing to live in places where our more natural ancestors had the sense not to live

My guess is that the frequency of things like earthquakes, and floods, and volcanos isn't changing much, but that the number of people affected is.

With all that said, our thoughts are with everyone in Japan.
 
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Bert Bates wrote:So far there has been some damage in Santa Cruz where I live. They say it's caused by the water receding before the wave comes. But looking at the video from Japan this morning we have to feel very lucky that so far our only damage has been some sailboats turned upside down.

Best of luck to all our friends in Japan!



thank god you are fine ! History shows that the japanese are resilient, i hope they recover from this soon.
god bless them and god bless us all.

PS : anyone here from japan ???
 
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Bert Bates wrote:
1 - technology is moving us away from nature



sad but true, looks like a zero sum game to me...gain tech and advances...mess up life-style and planet, well most of the times. I guess its too late to go back to "our roots" and we are a point of no return.
 
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Another strange effect: Japan quake causes day to get a wee bit shorter.

Thanks to the earthquake a day is now 1.6 microseconds shorter.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:If you believe in the nonsense that the world will end in 2012,...


Not that I believe in that, but over the last one and half year or so there have been lots of similar incidents which caused huge damages to both human and their creations.

Totally agree with Bert that people have succeeded in many areas (technology etc...) but forgot about the nature... I think those disasters becoming more frequent than before around the world at least in last two years.
 
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Bert Bates wrote:2 - we are choosing to live in places where our more natural ancestors had the sense not to live.



Hi Bert, can you give an example of those places?
 
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Vijitha Kumara wrote:

Jesper de Jong wrote:If you believe in the nonsense that the world will end in 2012,...


Not that I believe in that, but over the last one and half year or so there have been lots of similar incidents which caused huge damages to both human and their creations.


Ok. First of all, it's not really objectively clear if it is true or not that there have been more disasters in the past one and a half year than normal. Second, even if this were true, there's no reason at all to assume that there will be more disasters in the future because of that.

Natural disasters happen, there's little we humans can do about that. But there's no reason to believe that natural disasters of the past years are in any way related or that there's some pattern that predicts that there will be more disasters in the future.
 
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Bert Bates wrote:we are choosing to live in places where our more natural ancestors had the sense not to live


I'm not sure about the "natural ancestors" part -I just don't know enough about it- but human habitation patterns definitely play a role. For example, hurricans are more devastating in the US these days than they used to be, but not because there are more of them, but because there are more people living in coastal areas than there used to be. (Mind you, climate change might play a role in this, or it might not, but that doesn't change the facts about more people living in areas affected by hurricans).

My guess is that the frequency of things like earthquakes, and floods, and volcanos isn't changing much, but that the number of people affected is.


+1
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:

Vijitha Kumara wrote:Really a tragic incident. I recall those predictions about 2012... Let's hope for the best....


If you believe in the nonsense that the world will end in 2012, then please send me all your money and posessions in December 2012. You won't need them anyway when the world ends.



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Jesper de Jong wrote:

Vijitha Kumara wrote:Really a tragic incident. I recall those predictions about 2012... Let's hope for the best....


If you believe in the nonsense that the world will end in 2012, then please send me all your money and posessions in December 2012. You won't need them anyway when the world ends.



Dear Sir,

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