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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-11-2011, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Earthquake in Japan

Have any of you been watching the news of the Japanese earthquake that hit last night? I guess it was around 9:30-ish Pacific time. So utterly frightening. And they say the same sort of quake will happen off the coast of Oregon/Washington - the only unknown is 'when'. There is now a a tsunami warning for the OR coast and a 'watch' for the WA coast. Watching the footage of the tsunami roll over the land, taking everything in its path, and people trying to outrun it in their cars, but there is no way they can......

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So frightening to watch! I heard on the news that the entire Pacific Rim was under tsunami warning. We need to lift up Japan in our prayers and other areas suffering as a result of this hugh earthquake.
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Yes, I have friends in Japan. Fortunately, their area, though rocked by the quake, was far enough inland to avoid the tsunami. They still had internet, so we were able to touch base via e-mail. They had minimal damage. I wish the same could be said for all areas of the country!

I also checked in on my friends in Taiwan. Fortunately, the tsunami had pretty much dissipated by the time it reached them. They had officials out keeping the beach areas clear, (most of the east coast is steep cliffs and uninhabited anyway) but it was more a surge up the beach than anything else by the time it came ashore. No damage, no injuries, even in low lying areas.

I know they've been evacuating some areas of Hawaii... Hopefully the energy will dissipate before reaching there too.


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Fox news has some footage that is just unbeievable, breaks my heart! Prayers being sent out- any minute Ca is going to be hit , Bay area people stay safe!

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Watching that kind of devastation certainly puts our place in the world in perspective. I was watching last night and considering the power of the tsunami, the numbers of those lost (so far) is small, compared to what it might have been. Having it happen at night makes it that much harder. God bless everyone affected by this force of nature.

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you guys in oregon and washington stay safe too! I think it said if a wave hits it will be 8:45 for you guys?

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It is very scary. We lived in Tokyo for 2.5 years. The worst quake we felt was 4.2. It was nauseating. I can't imagine a 8.9.

At least, the Japanese people are prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis. Nothing this bad but the response should be quick. They learned a lot since the Kobe earthquake. It seems that their early warning system worked for the areas outside of Sendai. I read that within seconds they had warnings out to tv, radio, and even cellphones.

The tsunami is terrifying. Those poor people.

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I have been watching since 3am Pacific time....can't sleep worrying about other things...like Kirby, for instance....and then I see this. Those poor people! My heart goes out to them ~ We have a former "son" over there (in Kobe) that stayed with us while going to school over here. I have already emailed him, as I have heard the Internet is still working. I doubt he will be able to get back to me though. Just awful situation.
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I'm thinking of the people too in Cannon Beach Oregon...My favorite place in the whole world! Take care down there if anyone here is from there ~
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Any one find it odd Obama is talking about oil and the buget? Seriously?! Hundreds of thousands of people devastated, so insensitive. Seems quite disconnected from his countymen, who r glued to their tvs praying for these people!!

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