9 magnitude quake hits Japan and triggers Tsunami

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  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 06:47:49 4,997 posts
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    Tokyo (CNN) -- An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Friday, triggering tsunami warnings and sending people fleeing out of buildings in the capital.
    The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds huddled together and tried to reach relatives via cell phone.

    Its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said.
    It triggered a tsunami warning for various countries, including Japan and Russia, the National Weather Service said.


    Footage of water rushing into a City on CNN right now.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/11/japan.quake/index.html
  • IMO 11 Mar 2011 06:50:51 6,065 posts
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    It went on for a loooong where I am. Now, my quaint little seaside town is getting a 10m tsunami warning. If you're in Japan, stay safe kids.
  • Fab4 11 Mar 2011 06:52:55 7,290 posts
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    Saw footage on the BBC, of an office. The whole thing was shaking and there were still people trying to work...bizarre.
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 06:53:12 4,997 posts
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    CNN saying waves of up to 500mph?! Bloody hell. Like IMO said...stay safe!

    Initial quake now upgraded to 8.9
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 07:04:17 4,997 posts
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    The goddamn wave was on fire!
  • Red-Moose 11 Mar 2011 07:36:06 5,344 posts
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    500mph as in water moving faster than a commercial airliner? That has to be shenanigans, it would be chaos!
  • lucky_jim 11 Mar 2011 07:38:30 5,520 posts
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    The footage on the BBC was pretty horrific. I hope the warning systems have been effective and people have managed to get to safety.
  • Syrok Designer, Tarsier Studios 11 Mar 2011 07:39:45 14,096 posts
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    Al Jazeera has live pictures
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 07:43:01 4,997 posts
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    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhvu50iayi1qayumio1_500.jpg
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 11 Mar 2011 07:50:36 84,904 posts
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jQyJWftdcr8

    Awful.

    What the fuck is going on, I've never known there to be so many earthquakes, there have been a dozen whoppers in the last couple of years.
  • MetalDog 11 Mar 2011 07:52:06 24,035 posts
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    Are there more or are we just hearing about them faster/more?

    Good luck everyone out there.
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 07:54:09 4,997 posts
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    Trending topic on US Twitter topics.....Tokyo Disneyland.
  • Paperghost 11 Mar 2011 07:54:50 1,702 posts
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    CNN coverage is truly shocking. anchor is giggling their way through it, and at one point even said they were "flooded with tweets".

    jesus.
  • JuanKerr 11 Mar 2011 07:54:59 37,314 posts
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    Mother nature is clearly irritated by humans fucking everything up.
  • Fab4 11 Mar 2011 07:55:15 7,290 posts
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    Syrok wrote:
    Al Jazeera has live pictures

    Fuck me!!! That looks fucking bleak!
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 07:58:11 4,997 posts
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    Tsunami warning for pretty much the whole world apart from Africa and Europe.
  • Cadence 11 Mar 2011 07:59:13 1,795 posts
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    Oh dear my wife's family live just off the coast in chigasaki. No one is answering the phone.
  • Articulate-Troll 11 Mar 2011 08:01:12 3,098 posts
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    On the positive, there don't seem to be any confirmed casualties yet, only injuries. Let's hope it stays that way.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 11 Mar 2011 08:02:04 84,904 posts
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    Cadence wrote:
    Oh dear my wife's family live just off the coast in chigasaki. No one is answering the phone.
    At least the phone is ringing.
  • MrWonderstuff 11 Mar 2011 08:04:04 2,139 posts
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    Articulate-Troll wrote:
    On the positive, there don't seem to be any confirmed casualties yet, only injuries. Let's hope it stays that way.

    It's just happened. If you have seen the pictures on the BBC then it's going to be a tragic event.
  • Cadence 11 Mar 2011 08:06:39 1,795 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Cadence wrote:
    Oh dear my wife's family live just off the coast in chigasaki. No one is answering the phone.
    At least the phone is ringing.

    Well there's a constant engaged tone. Not surprising really, but it's still very worrying.
  • dnbuk 11 Mar 2011 08:07:29 4,997 posts
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    3 reported dead. Hopefully it stays that low.
  • Articulate-Troll 11 Mar 2011 08:08:36 3,098 posts
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    MrWonderstuff wrote:
    Articulate-Troll wrote:
    On the positive, there don't seem to be any confirmed casualties yet, only injuries. Let's hope it stays that way.

    It's just happened. If you have seen the pictures on the BBC then it's going to be a tragic event.

    Yeah, just saw the video on the BBC website. Not looking good.
  • Articulate-Troll 11 Mar 2011 08:10:01 3,098 posts
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    It should at least be a small consolation that the Japanese are fairly used to these events, and are generally quite well prepared.
  • Fab4 11 Mar 2011 08:10:03 7,290 posts
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    Looking at the video feeds I highly doubt it will be that low.
  • Whizzo 11 Mar 2011 08:12:57 44,389 posts
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    Seeing buildings being carried across farmland is both horrific and surreal at the same time, fucking hell.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 11 Mar 2011 08:15:35 84,904 posts
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    Articulate-Troll wrote:
    It should at least be a small consolation that the Japanese are fairly used to these events, and are generally quite well prepared.
    For quakes, yes, tsunami no. An unknown amount of people have been lost, which is why they aren't talking numbers yet. We're talking whole towns.

    Watching BBC news at the mo, eyepopping stuff.
  • FWB 11 Mar 2011 08:16:40 49,859 posts
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    Japanese media is estimating 10,000+ dead. Although of course the media always does have a habit of going overboard.
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