BREAKING: Earthquake Off Cost Of Japan, Tsunami Warnings Across Pacific UPDATES: USGS Says It Was An 8.8, Tsunami Has Hit Japan, Tsunami Warnings Across The Pacific, Strong Aftershocks Being Felt In Japan

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This is about the worst case scenario. It's beyond catastrophic. Keep in mind, the images we are seeing are of very discreet areas where there just happen to be camera crews. Similar scenes are probably being repeated over dozens if not hundreds of miles of coastline. And that's just Japan. We still don't know about other areas across the Pacific and won't for hours.


Seeing estimates from 7.9 magnitude to 8.1. 8.9?

CNN says USG calls it an 8.8. That is about as bad as it gets.

REUTERS: 4 meter tsunami (about 13 feet) hits Japan.


HAWAII PREPARING:


Hawaii Civil Defense
says if there's a wave, it will hit about 3am local time. it's 9:33pm now (2:33am eastern). Warning sirens going off in Honolulu, emergency ops center is open.

"We're looking at a potentially very serious event here," said city Department of Emergency Management spokesman John Cummings.


Pacific tsunami arrival times (if there is one in an area).

US West Cost under a tsunami watch, arrival times (if there is one).

Let's hope this is not what happens.

Japan update: Weather agency warns of tsunami as high as 10 feet hitting northeast - AP

Hawaii and much of the Pacific Rim is also under a Tsunami warning.

JMA issued a tsunami warning, saying a major tsunami could strike parts of the Pacific coast. A tsunami warning is also issued for Russia, the Marcus Islands and Northern Marianas. Meanwhile, tsunami watches have been issued for Guam, Wake Island, Taiwan, Yap, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Island, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, and Hawaii.

CNN is picking NHK TV from Japan showing a huge plume of black smoke in Tokyo but it's not clear if it's earthquake related or not.

CNN reporter on live says there an aftershock hitting right now (1:17am Eastern Standard Time).

Tsunami hits
?

#Tsunami sinking trucks at port in Iwate-ken.

Not good: NHK TV showing a number of cars partially/fully underwater in what looks like a port or marina area.

Depth of quake 24k, CNN guy says that's not very deep.

This could be very, very bad.

Oh God...huge waves hitting somewhere in Japan. Live on CNN.

Via rdbrewer Google map for epicenter. CNN says it's 150 miles but tsunamis travel about 800kph.

Via Andy Levy, NHK internet stream.

Damage reports are showing up on Twitter from across Japan.

We have fires from quake reported as far south as Chiba, Tokyo and Yokohama.

Landslides and building collapses are being reported as well.

Two 6.4 aftershocks have been recorded as well.

Felt as far away as Beijing?

Posted by: DrewM. at 01:10 AM



Comments

1 Damn. That's a big one.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:11 AM (xx42+)

2 Let me guess, this earthquake was John Cornyn's idea. Sounds like something he would do.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 01:12 AM (1fB+3)

3 This is what happens when you fuck with a warlock.

Posted by: sartana at March 11, 2011 01:14 AM (7Xm5b)

4 Holy ground off shore?

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:14 AM (uqJo6)

5 Anyone know what time it is locally-it looks to be light out, so folks should be awake and able to respond?

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:16 AM (uqJo6)

6 Global warming screeching from enviro-fuckwits in 3....2.....1......

Posted by: EC at March 11, 2011 01:17 AM (f4TZ2)

7 Uh WTF? FNC is showing a bunch of cars underwater.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:19 AM (uqJo6)

8 FNC has pics. Wow. Giant tides streaming in.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:22 AM (xx42+)

9 It's afternoon there.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 11, 2011 01:22 AM (Do528)

10 That's some frightful video of the rushing water on FNC

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:22 AM (jGXQI)

11 WTF why doesn't someone stop those cars from crossing that bridge? Did he just say we are watching a live tsunami coming in?

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:23 AM (k1rwm)

12 If they would pan the camera to the left of the bridge, there were huge boats out of control, floating up the channel.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:24 AM (xx42+)

13 Reports of a very strong aftershock (7+) on twitter.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:24 AM (jGXQI)

14
It's afternoon there.

Thanks.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:26 AM (uqJo6)

15 My Lord...

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at March 11, 2011 01:26 AM (WmEOm)

16 The gods are angry..

I'm wondering if it's about Wisconsin.. or.. how small a Snickers bar has got due to inflation.. I'm betting it's the Snickers bar thing.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 11, 2011 01:28 AM (Do528)

17 FNC guest by phone says USGS reporting 8.8

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:28 AM (uqJo6)

18 USGS says 8.8:

That's a little hard to believe.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:28 AM (xx42+)

19 Someone want to wake Drudge up?

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:29 AM (jGXQI)

20 USGS site says 7.2 so I don't know what he's talking about.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:29 AM (uqJo6)

21 "A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0756 PM HST."

CNN just said USGS upgraded the quake to 8.8

Magnitude 8.8 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

2011 March 11 05:46:23 UTC

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:30 AM (k1rwm)

22
*Calm feminine computer voice*

"Anti-Tipping Systems Activated"

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 01:31 AM (azrS2)

23 OK FNC now reporting 8.8 according to USGS.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:31 AM (uqJo6)

24 Weather agency warns of tsunami as high as 10 feet hitting northeast

There's nothing funny about tsunamis (just look how they did more damage in Chile than the actual earthquake that created them), but... 10 feet? I boogie-boarded shit bigger than that when I was 11. Surely they must have meant meters.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 01:31 AM (QxGmu)

25 8.8
Date-TimeFriday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTCFriday, March 11, 2011 at 02:46:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location38.322N, 142.369E
Depth24.4 km (15.2 miles) set by location program
RegionNEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
373 km (231 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 13.5 km (8.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST=350, Nph=351, Dmin=416.3 km, Rmss=1.46 sec, Gp= 29,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=A
SourceUSGS NEIC (WDCS-D)


Event IDusc0001xgp

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:31 AM (k1rwm)

26 8.8. That's crazy.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:33 AM (xx42+)

27 Holy crap. They are indeed reporting a 8.8.

http://tinyurl.com/46ue6tj


Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 11, 2011 01:33 AM (Do528)

28 LINK for #21 and #25

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:33 AM (k1rwm)

29 They're saying a lot of the effect depends on how deep it is or something.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:33 AM (xx42+)

30 Andy Levy tweets 33 feet.

33 feet. RT @W7VOA: JMA: #tsunami forecats to hit Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Chiba, Ibaraki above 10 meters high.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:34 AM (xx42+)

31 Burning Ring of Fire

Posted by: Editor Cash at March 11, 2011 01:35 AM (NfC2x)

32
Holy crap. They are indeed reporting a 8.8.

Aiyee. The 7.2 I'm looking at was March 9

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:35 AM (uqJo6)

33 doesn't a watch mean they expect it?

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:36 AM (k1rwm)

34 The post-tsumami footage of the boat slamming into the bridge pier was insane...

Posted by: Tony253 at March 11, 2011 01:36 AM (isBPg)

35 Andy Levy tweets 33 feet.

33 feet. RT @W7VOA: JMA: #tsunami forecats to hit Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Chiba, Ibaraki above 10 meters high.
Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:34 AM (xx42+)

Approaching shore at 10 meters? If so, the wave that hits land will be much higher.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 01:36 AM (azrS2)

36 Andy tweets there have only been 5 larger quakes over the last 105 years.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:37 AM (xx42+)

37 Andy Levy tweets 33 feet.

Yes. 10 meters, like I suspected. That sounds right.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 01:37 AM (QxGmu)

38 Holy shit.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 01:38 AM (qzcNU)

39 I guess I'd better give a speech so it looks like I'm doing something

Posted by: King Barry I at March 11, 2011 01:38 AM (vdfwz)

40 this fucking sucks

Posted by: navycopjoe hoping to be a HI senator at March 11, 2011 01:39 AM (EOu3d)

41 Thoughts and prayers for the people of Japan.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 01:39 AM (UO6+e)

42 Is the berkley guy saying the west coast and alaska need to be evacuated? Is he saying that it will take 5 hours for it to get to the west coast...

someone should wake up drudge, breitbart, the president ...the calls at 1:30

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:39 AM (k1rwm)

43 KOWABUNGA!!11! I needed to learn how to surf. Let us hope Japan's robot porn industryis harmed.

Posted by: President Toonces at March 11, 2011 01:41 AM (c5RQr)

44 Oh, fuck me. Spam already?

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 01:42 AM (QxGmu)

45 Ya know that surprise press conference Obama scheduled for morning?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 01:42 AM (6Lzbz)

46 I just saw that bridge again on cnn. It did break.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:42 AM (xx42+)

47 BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0259 AM HST FRI 11 MAR 2011
MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:42 AM (k1rwm)

48 At least the Rayban spammer is awake!

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 01:42 AM (6Lzbz)

49 Reports of 30-foot tsunami hitting parts of Japan.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 01:43 AM (qzcNU)

50 42 - I think he's right in saying some kind of statement should be issued. It may be nothing, but there's nothing wrong with saying keep an eye out, particularly as folks are turning in for the night on the west coast.

Far too soon to be talking evacuation.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:43 AM (jGXQI)

51 This is a gigantic quake. It's to be expected since the island is pretty much created from crashing plates but 8.8? damn.

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 11, 2011 01:44 AM (c5RQr)

52 Terminated.

Posted by: spam killah at March 11, 2011 01:44 AM (xx42+)

53 Japan needs Superman, Underdog, and Iron Man.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 01:44 AM (azrS2)

54 Holy smokes. The images already...

Posted by: Editor Cash at March 11, 2011 01:45 AM (NfC2x)

55 They were hit by a thirteen foot tsunami per fox

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 01:46 AM (k1rwm)

56 Looks like the work of Godzilla.

Posted by: James Clapper at March 11, 2011 01:46 AM (1fB+3)

57 Navycopjoe around???

Posted by: MissTammy at March 11, 2011 01:47 AM (BebB7)

58 Screw the Earthquake - Sheen news on the FNC ticker!!!! WINNING!!!!

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 01:47 AM (6Lzbz)

59 Good grief, those poor people. How terrifying.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 01:49 AM (4kxCX)

60 56 Looks like the work of Godzilla.

Oh, no, they say he's got to go

Go go Godzilla!

Posted by: Blue Oyster Cult at March 11, 2011 01:50 AM (b8JnP)

61 Probably won't kill a lot of people, but it'll cost a freakin' bundle.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 11, 2011 01:50 AM (kaalw)

62 okay, got the cat carriers ready, got cash and important papers ready, got gas, we are ready for sirens

Posted by: navycopjoe hoping to be a HI senator at March 11, 2011 01:50 AM (EOu3d)

63 The problem with such short-notice evacuations is that the panic would result in more fatalities than the event itself.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 01:51 AM (6Lzbz)

64 Watching NHK's feed now...

Looks like New Orleans post-Katrina there with that parking garage half-submerged.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 01:51 AM (b8JnP)

65
the sad part is i live about 100 feet from the tsunami center itself
and i am in a mandatory evac zone
ugggh
and T is blaming me for it

Posted by: navycopjoe hoping to be a HI senator at March 11, 2011 01:52 AM (EOu3d)

66 Per twitter: Tokyo Haneda and Narita Airport Closed, Subways not running.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:54 AM (jGXQI)

67 USGS upgrades again to 8.9...

Posted by: Tony253 at March 11, 2011 01:54 AM (isBPg)

68 8.9?

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 01:55 AM (1fB+3)

69 on the bright side, my car does need washed

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 01:55 AM (EOu3d)

70 The most successful evacuation in US history was the Gulf Coast for Gustav. 2 million people and took 12-18 hours. What's the population of Hawaii again and where do folks suggest they go?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 01:55 AM (6Lzbz)

71 Pretty nasty size aftershocks, 7.4 is huge

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 01:55 AM (vdfwz)

72 Oh shit. Watch FNC.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:56 AM (uqJo6)

73 OK, who are we blaming for this? Bush? Palin? Scott Walker? The Tea Party? We can't decide!!

Posted by: The Main Stream Media at March 11, 2011 01:56 AM (aZ1Tm)

74 WOW

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 01:56 AM (1fB+3)

75 8.9 is is ridiculous, that's larger than the estimations for the New Madrid IIRC.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 01:57 AM (YKOnu)

76 Holy shit, they've got live footage of Sendai getting wiped out by the tsunami.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 01:57 AM (b8JnP)

77 Jesus Christ this new video on FNC.

Imagine driving on that road and seeing that out the window

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 01:57 AM (jGXQI)

78 Some of those pictures are crazy looking. Looked like a lahar.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 01:57 AM (xx42+)

79 Sweet Lord. Unreal.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 01:58 AM (4kxCX)

80 Holy crap - the HD feed at http://jibtv.com/program/?page=0 just showed a helicopter live shot of a river being reversed and a serious tsunami wave.

Posted by: Patton at March 11, 2011 01:59 AM (+HIl0)

81 Wait for confirmation on all Japanese video. They do very good animation there. This has been a public service announcement.

Posted by: comatus at March 11, 2011 01:59 AM (W5ilH)

82 Hey! It's not to late to do the Global WarmingClimate Change credit thingy. Call me. We'll do lunch.

Posted by: Al Gore's SUV at March 11, 2011 01:59 AM (N7o7c)

83 Holy shit Sendai is getting fucked bad on that live feed.

Posted by: Kaitian at March 11, 2011 01:59 AM (bkOJN)

84 The tsunami is similar to a fashion like in Indonesia sweeping away Sendai. I hope those people got out. They've had more than enough time hopefully.

Posted by: Kaitian at March 11, 2011 02:01 AM (bkOJN)

85 80 Holy crap - the HD feed at http://jibtv.com/program/?page=0 just showed a helicopter live shot of a river being reversed and a serious tsunami wave.

Yep... That's the kind of stuff described from the New Madrid quake in the late 1800s with the flow of the Mississippi reversing temporarily.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 02:01 AM (b8JnP)

86 I would say worse in some ways Kaitian, but japan has an advantage, they are a modern industrialized nation.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:02 AM (YKOnu)

87
70 1.4 million
honolulu is one of the top ten largest cities in the country

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 02:02 AM (EOu3d)

88 As if a tsunami wasn't enough, Japan has flaming tsunamis...

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:02 AM (6Lzbz)

89 decent map

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:02 AM (k1rwm)

90 Floating fire. Ship on farmland.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (xx42+)

91 88 As if a tsunami wasn't enough, Japan has flaming tsunamis...

That sounds like a drink I'd like to have right about now. Fuck a Flaming Dr. Pepper, I want a Flaming Tsunami.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (b8JnP)

92 You see this wall of mud in Sendai? Houses look like oyster crackers floating in brown soup.

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (AZGON)

93 That is insane.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (1fB+3)

94
okay kids, we are bagging ass early to my friends house for the night
he lives way uphill

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (EOu3d)

95 I'm in Nagoya, far from the epicenter. It hit just before 3:00 PM, and we knew it was a big one, and far away: just like the Kobe earthquake, the gentle swaying went on for about fifteen or twenty seconds.

Prayers for those north-east of us.

Best regards, Peter Warner.

Posted by: Peter Warner at March 11, 2011 02:03 AM (gxKXs)

96 It is obviously late on the East Coast, because the newscasters are fucking awful. Can any one of them speak in complete sentences?

Posted by: GT at March 11, 2011 02:04 AM (Vyrg6)

97 Do you think those helicopter pilots are wondering where they'll be landing when their fuel runs out?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:04 AM (6Lzbz)

98 Whatever that town is, it's done for

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:04 AM (jGXQI)

99 This is the craziest thing I have ever seen. Will the wave ever STOP?

Posted by: Chris R at March 11, 2011 02:04 AM (QiNmA)

100 95 - stay safe, and thanks for checking in!

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:05 AM (jGXQI)

101 Be careful, joe.
Those drivers better hit the gas pedal cause the water is coming for the road they're on in the video I'm seeing.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 02:05 AM (4kxCX)

102 I'm kinda disgusted that the chyron on CNN and FNC both say "7.4 tremor." I was in a 5.5 and didn't care because. . . well I don't care, but all my shit was on the floor. 7.4 is not a fucking tremor.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:06 AM (YKOnu)

103 re: helicopter landings; yeah, that thought had occurred to me. Mayhap we'll get to see a live shot of a pilot auto-rotating his bird down into what I would hope would by then be a calm but wet landing.

Posted by: Patton at March 11, 2011 02:06 AM (+HIl0)

104 dear God that water is still moving.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:06 AM (k1rwm)

105 It's STILL going.

Posted by: Chris R at March 11, 2011 02:07 AM (QiNmA)

106 NHK english guy says max height 8 to 10 meters

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:07 AM (AZGON)

107 Now they are saying 8.9 and the aftershocks are 8.4?

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:08 AM (k1rwm)

108 Check out the people running for their life.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 02:08 AM (1fB+3)

109 MSNBC had to wait until the rerun of "Ed" finished before switching to EQ coverage...

Posted by: Tony253 at March 11, 2011 02:08 AM (isBPg)

110 8-10 meters sounds more like "disruption" I think it's called, not costal landing.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:08 AM (YKOnu)

111 And now we can see how a 2 ft tsunami can be fatal.... That's a meat-grinder.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:08 AM (6Lzbz)

112 107 Now they are saying 8.9 and the aftershocks are 8.4?

AFTERSHOCKS of 8.4? Holy fucking shit!

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 02:09 AM (b8JnP)

113 7.4 is what I'm seeing Curious.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:09 AM (YKOnu)

114 87 - and I was wrong, that 2 mill figure was over more than 2 days. HI very well be fucked.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:09 AM (6Lzbz)

115 five power plants shut down across country

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:09 AM (AZGON)

116 The video is scary. And is the skirt on Fox right now (only hear a voice, don't know who it is) the sister of the "Boom Goes The Dynamite" guy?

Posted by: GT at March 11, 2011 02:10 AM (Vyrg6)

117 Uh oh.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 11, 2011 02:10 AM (1fB+3)

118 What's the population of Hawaii again and where do folks suggest they go?

High ground. Every Hawaiian island has some.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (QxGmu)

119 Holy shit here comes another one.

Posted by: Chris R at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (QiNmA)

120 NHK says japan meteorological agency uprated it to 8.4

says 4 meter tsunami waves observed

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (AZGON)

121 CNN has the next wave coming in. Wow.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (xx42+)

122 Another one coming!!

Posted by: Editor Cash at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (NfC2x)

123 watching the wave come in on Fox News.. un-freakin-believable! it just keeps going!

They are showing another wave coming in.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 11, 2011 02:11 AM (Do528)

124 holy shit, look at the crest on that wave

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:12 AM (AZGON)

125 "Will the wave ever STOP?"

Yes, and then it will retreat back to the sea destroying anything that may have survived the initial wave.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:12 AM (6Lzbz)

126 Whoever these chopper pilots/cameramen are... yeoman's work on recording history

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:12 AM (jGXQI)

127 MAP7.1 2011/03/11 06:25:51 38.074 144.559 26.5OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP3.2 2011/03/11 06:18:04 19.350-154.991 9.5HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
MAP6.8 2011/03/11 06:15:46 36.126 140.234 30.2NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.4 2011/03/11 06:07:22 36.401 141.862 35.4NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.4 2011/03/11 06:06:11 39.025 142.316 25.1NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP8.9 2011/03/11 05:46:24 38.322 142.369 24.4NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:13 AM (k1rwm)

128 1960 Chile earthquake 9.5 - largest recorded

The 2004 Tsunami earthquake was 9.3

1964 Anchorage Alaska quake was 9.2

1949 Queen Charlotte Island British Columbia - 8.0

Largest earthquakes ever in the continental US

1811 New Madrid MO earthquake - estimated 8.6

1906 San Francisco earthquake - 8.3


Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 02:13 AM (vdfwz)

129 My God. Look at that wave.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 02:14 AM (4kxCX)

130 That is effing ridiculous.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:14 AM (YKOnu)

131 I wonder how many Hawaiian surfers will no longer be with us tomorrow...

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:14 AM (6Lzbz)

132 there it hits Sendai

shit, like Jerry Bruckheimer ordered this

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:14 AM (AZGON)

133 I would not have guessed that riots in Saudi Arabia would be the second biggest overnight news event.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 02:15 AM (uqJo6)

134 118 - OK, but they have 3 hours. How many parking lots are on this high ground that you speak of for those 1.2 million folks?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:16 AM (6Lzbz)

135 How can they cut away from the most riveting footage like that/

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:16 AM (xx42+)

136 Lord. ABC is showing a wave of pure mud and debris washing over everything. And it's just. Not. Stopping.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 02:17 AM (QxGmu)

137 Sweet Jesus. That footage is horrifying. A lot of people are going to die.

Posted by: JC at March 11, 2011 02:17 AM (I5uD9)

138 Airports and train lines stopped

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:19 AM (AZGON)

139 is that the airport on CNN? Those pilots must be shitting themselves. How many international flights are in the air and where can they divert to?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:19 AM (6Lzbz)

140 Wow, where is that new picture from on the top right of FNC

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:20 AM (jGXQI)

141 Unbelievable. Can't even imagine an 8.8 quake, thought the 7.3 or so in 1989 when I lived in CA was horrifying beyond belief.

Posted by: Theresa D at March 11, 2011 02:20 AM (2hQbY)

142 Pretty sure that is the man made island airport place that they keep going back too.

Posted by: Douglas at March 11, 2011 02:20 AM (YKOnu)

143 Holy crap. All the planes are missing from the Sendai airport.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:21 AM (azrS2)

144 Per BBC: Five nuclear power plants have been shut down after quake.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 02:22 AM (4kxCX)

145 That's Sendai Airport.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:22 AM (xx42+)

146 Oil refinery on fire.

Jesus.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:22 AM (azrS2)

147 Look at the airport. Jeeze

Posted by: JC at March 11, 2011 02:23 AM (I5uD9)

148 Geeze, get a new skirt on FNC please

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:23 AM (jGXQI)

149 If I was that pilot, I'd pull away from those tanks.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:23 AM (xx42+)

150 Is that a power plant on fire? My God is that burning.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:23 AM (k1rwm)

151 I said with Cali being so FU I did not mind if it slides into the ocean? But Hawaii? Leave those lovely islands and people alone!

Posted by: Hous Bin Pharteen at March 11, 2011 02:24 AM (V+/pV)

152 4
Holy ground off shore?


Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 01:14 AM (uqJo6)

Those holy ground rules went out the window a few movies back. And then I raped the concept in The Source with the "sanctuary massacre." Who cares about plot consistency anymore?

Posted by: Zombie Bill Panzer at March 11, 2011 02:24 AM (IhzyJ)

153 people taking refuge on roof of Sendai airport

must be getting slammed at NHK, the video feed is cutting out time to time

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:24 AM (AZGON)

154 The oil refinery fire is turned up to 11.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:25 AM (azrS2)

155 Good God, this footage is terrifying. It's like watching an Irwin Allen movie, but it's real.

Posted by: Kensington at March 11, 2011 02:25 AM (mEyVv)

156 Once the tsunami hits Hawaii, this will all be about ME

Posted by: King Barry I at March 11, 2011 02:25 AM (vdfwz)

157 one hell of a refinery fire in Chiba

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:25 AM (AZGON)

158 Gotta be specific Doc. Shep might consider himself a skirt.

Posted by: Editor Cash at March 11, 2011 02:25 AM (NfC2x)

159 Those holy ground rules went out the window a few movies back. And then
I raped the concept in The Source with the "sanctuary massacre." Who
cares about plot consistency anymore?

Don't get me started on orbital wobble.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 02:26 AM (uqJo6)

160 Sendai;

Coordinates: 3816′N 14052′ECoordinates: 3816′N 14052′E
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi Prefecture
Government
- Mayor Emiko Okuyama
Area
- Total 788.09 km2 (304.3 sq mi)
Population (200
- Total 1,031,704
- Density 1,305/km2 (3,379.9/sq mi)

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:27 AM (AZGON)

161 The fool on CNN just called it one of the largest earthquakes in the history of Japan. Instead of "Might be a bit of a traffic jam" the CNN schmuck says... Gee, ya think? I'd like to see HI's traffic right now. Any webcam feeds?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:27 AM (6Lzbz)

162 High speed rail - not so much.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:28 AM (azrS2)

163 most of northern railway lines shut down

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:28 AM (AZGON)

164 Honolulu city govt live webcams: http://www1.honolulu.gov/cameras/

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:28 AM (6Lzbz)

165 Some people say that a tsunami isn't a big deal. I disagree.

As I've always said, a tsunami is basically a water bully.

Posted by: President Barack Hussein Opresent at March 11, 2011 02:29 AM (mEyVv)

166 OMG the pictures on BBC World News are worse than anything we've seen

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:29 AM (k1rwm)

167 Sendai Castle was built close to the river to use the river as a natural moat. The river frequently flooded until the 1950s, but dams and levees constructed in the 1960s and 1970s have made such floods rare. The river is now known for its exceptionally clean water and natural beauty, and was selected by Japan's Environment Agency as one of Japan's 100 Great Waters.

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:29 AM (AZGON)

168 I'd like to see HI's traffic right now.

I don't think it's too heavy as they probably don't know what's going to be coming down in a few hours.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 11, 2011 02:29 AM (b8JnP)

169 Shit, this is insane.

Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 02:30 AM (gWHrG)

170 Most informative and professional quake coverage I ever heard was at the 1989 SF earthquake by sportscaster Al Michaels ...

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 02:30 AM (vdfwz)

171 Looks like Drudge finally woke up...

Posted by: Tony253 at March 11, 2011 02:30 AM (isBPg)

172 9:30 PM in HI and no traffic on the freeway: http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/hawaiidot/index.html

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:31 AM (6Lzbz)

173 The BBC is showing someone in an upper story window frantically waving a white towel...

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:31 AM (k1rwm)

174 Why are the Japanese still wearing facemasks? Swineflu?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:32 AM (6Lzbz)

175 http://bit.ly/gBN6X3

Posted by: Chris R at March 11, 2011 02:32 AM (QiNmA)

176 Sadly, no folks on rooftops.

Shit.

Not good.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:32 AM (azrS2)

177 Maybe someone's already posted this upthread, but just read this in an article on Drudge, something I hadn't heard about:

"Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday."


Posted by: Theresa D at March 11, 2011 02:32 AM (2hQbY)

178 Oh God, I know people in Japan...

Oh God, man. This...I can't watch. I'm sorry. I might in a couple days, but I can't watch live as people are probably dying. I can't do it.


Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 02:33 AM (xsoRi)

179 169
Shit, this is insane.


Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 02:30 AM

Coming down on them like an F-18 bro

Posted by: Charlie Sheen at March 11, 2011 02:33 AM (vdfwz)

180 Houses and cars are being swept away together and the larger boats in that one area were snapped in-half once they hit the bridge.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 02:33 AM (UO6+e)

181 Now NHK guy says largest observed waves on land 4 meters

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:34 AM (AZGON)

182 less than six hours before some libtard blames the destruction on denial of global warming

you just know it

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:35 AM (AZGON)

183 It'll be 3am (?) in HI when whatever's coming arrives? Another good webcam link: http://www.mybeachcams.com/hawaii/

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (6Lzbz)

184 Tsunami Warnings up for HI, and pretty much all of Central America

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (jGXQI)

185 I've got relatives in Utsunomiya and I can't get through to them. Could just be jammed phone lines. They're inland, thank god, and out in the country, so no big buildings to fall down on them.

Posted by: Nemo from Erewhon at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (CWqmt)

186 Tsunami warning issued for HI. It IS coming.

Posted by: Chris R at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (QiNmA)

187 From Twitter:

TSUNAMI WARRNING FOR EL SALVADOR, COSTA RICA, NICARAGUA, HONDURAS, CHILE, ECUADOR, COLOMBIA, HAWAII, NEW ZEALAND, MEXICO.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (qzcNU)

188 Twitter is saying the US embassy has been evacuated cause of the quake.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (k1rwm)

189 The airport is two kilometers inland.

If you were on the ground or on the first floor....

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (azrS2)

190 I hated two feet of now...God, all that WATER.

These people need to be prayed for.

Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (xsoRi)

191 What's really mind-boggling is how almost benign it looks on the highest shots. For the planet, this is like a mosquito taking a bite. It's not until they start to zoom in, and you see the mudslides, and the cars and houses being swept away, that you can start to fully grasp the devastation.

Hones to God, there are so many things that can fuck us up, and we're so lucky that it usually doesn't happen like that.

Posted by: Kensington at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (mEyVv)

192 Most informative and professional quake coverage I ever heard was at the 1989 SF earthquake by sportscaster Al Michaels ...



Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 02:30 AM (vdfwz)


Heh. Roomie and I had just gotten home from walking around the local lake and turned on the TV to watch the World Series. Heard Michaels say "I think we're having an earth..." then the screen went black, the shaking started in Fremont and all hell broke loose. Roomie's teenage daughter came screaming down the hallway in our 3rd floor condo and we huddled against a supported wall, arms around each other, prayed and screamed for it to stop. 15 seconds or so that felt like for fukkin ever.

Posted by: Theresa D at March 11, 2011 02:36 AM (2hQbY)

193 Good thing it wasn't off the coast of Tokyo.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:37 AM (xx42+)

194 You can pray the rosary online live, if you're so inclined. I did.

Posted by: Kensington at March 11, 2011 02:38 AM (mEyVv)

195 We are bacteria on a basketball.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:39 AM (azrS2)

196
Just got in. Where do I catch up? Who has best coverage besides you guys?

Posted by: sickinmass at March 11, 2011 02:39 AM (1rflU)

197 BBC has a lot of close in footage...it makes you want to cry

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:39 AM (k1rwm)

198 I remember reading about the 7 something quakes on Drudge earlier today. No one said much then. I take it this is a new one that's bigger?

I'm getting the impression that the Ring Of Fire has been more serious these past few years. I would advise our West Coast morons to move away from the fault lines.

As for the Sendaians, my prayers for them, for what they are worth

Posted by: Zimriel at March 11, 2011 02:39 AM (e9SXS)

199 List of things we won't see in Japan:

Some dude with a trash barrel full of looted beer
Police abandoning their posts en masse
Mass rapes at the sports stadium shelter
Reporters in boats when there's less than a foot of water.
Sean Penn bailing out his water craft with a dixie cup
Anybody claiming that "Emperor Akihito doesn't care about black people"

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 02:40 AM (QxGmu)

200 Dear God, this is horrific. Many, many prayers going up for these poor people...

Posted by: BlueStateSil at March 11, 2011 02:40 AM (kUI0J)

201 Yeah, what happened to the airplanes at Sendai airport?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:41 AM (AZGON)

202 @199

your list of items is a growth industry in Madison and New Orleans

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:42 AM (AZGON)

203 Bloomberg's been reporting a 10 meter tsunami. They still are.

Posted by: James The Clapper, Intelligentsia at March 11, 2011 02:43 AM (G/MYk)

204 narita and miyagi airports down

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:43 AM (AZGON)

205 Holy shit. That fire ain't stopping for shit.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:43 AM (azrS2)

206 About 45 min ago got a deep sea DART reading of 3.5 feet. Means much bigger at land. Yep it's coming.

Posted by: Editor Cash at March 11, 2011 02:44 AM (NfC2x)

207 202 - Except the urban myths he repeated as fact... No one was raped at the Superdome.

The dude with the barrel of looted beer? OK, that was me...

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:44 AM (6Lzbz)

208 Are people in those cars on the BBC, OMG

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:44 AM (k1rwm)

209 Yeah ... what the Clapper said.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at March 11, 2011 02:44 AM (G/MYk)

210 are firemen even at the refinery fire?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:44 AM (AZGON)

211 "Bloomberg's been reporting a 10 meter tsunami."

But are they suggesting everyone just take in a Broadway show?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:45 AM (6Lzbz)

212 1000 fucking channels, and I don't seem to have BBC. Comcast sucks.

Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 02:45 AM (gWHrG)

213 Hawaii issues urgent alert to move to protect lives and property. Brace for impact.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 02:45 AM (qzcNU)

214 They are relocated inland. In flooded fields.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:45 AM (azrS2)

215 214, the planes, that is.

Posted by: eman: United People's Front of Wisconsin at March 11, 2011 02:46 AM (azrS2)

216 Except the urban myths he repeated as fact... No one was raped at the Superdome.

How about I replace that line with:
Anybody shooting guns at police helicopters trying to assist a rescue

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 02:46 AM (QxGmu)

217 212
1000 fucking channels, and I don't seem to have BBC. Comcast sucks.

BBC live feed

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 02:46 AM (UO6+e)

218 Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 02:46 AM


Thanks M80B !

Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 02:48 AM (gWHrG)

219 When faced with horror, you sometimes want to make awkward jokes to distract yourself.

And yet...I can't. I think I'm going to have to see how this turns out tomorrow, I can't do this live.

Fuck...I know I'll hear from environazis about this too.

Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 02:48 AM (xsoRi)

220 "Anybody shooting guns at police helicopters trying to assist a rescue"

Sigh, more myth.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:49 AM (6Lzbz)

221 Skye news is going live now online

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:49 AM (k1rwm)

222 REUTERS: Another 21-foot tsunami hits northern Japan.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 02:50 AM (qzcNU)

223 219 - so no Pearl Harbor jokes?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:50 AM (6Lzbz)

224 Fox os showing the same feed.

Well ... they were.

Shit, that thing is huge.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at March 11, 2011 02:50 AM (G/MYk)

225 nearly all the Katrina "horrors" were phony

sorry can't do proper linky thing
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http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/
2005/10/katrina-facts-fiction-on-racism.html
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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

articles/2006/05/

katrina_what_the_media_missed.html

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:51 AM (AZGON)

226 CNN: "It's not really in the Japanese personality to panic."

Um. I don't think so. I've seen plenty of Godzilla movies.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:51 AM (xx42+)

227 We're getting Tsunami warning on TV now here in Seattle.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 02:52 AM (YX6i/)

228 Wait, isn't that a stereotype?

How come some racial traits are "racist", and others aren't? Screw CNN.


Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 02:53 AM (xsoRi)

229 225 - Yep. I wasn't expecting an AoS reader to fall for MSM bullshit but people just need to believe certain things.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 02:53 AM (6Lzbz)

230 Is Alaska at any risk?

Posted by: Tesch at March 11, 2011 02:54 AM (DBqKN)

231 Editor - I'mwatching FOX what are they saying about a warning in this area?

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 02:54 AM (bqjJT)

232 Geez, it's going to be a long night for those poor people.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:54 AM (xx42+)

233 New DART reading update: 9.2'/2.79m in deep sea.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 02:55 AM (YX6i/)

234 A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG
COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION
SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.
A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE
CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD
COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE
INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS
CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT
RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI
WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL
QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE
CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED
BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH
TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.
THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0259 AM HST FRI 11 MAR 2011

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:55 AM (k1rwm)

235 Mostly for the coast, of course. It was the emergency broadcast system.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 02:55 AM (YX6i/)

236 If Monty is up, what does this do economically since Japan is the 2nd largest holder of US debt?

Looks like that wave went over a lot of Japan's prime farmland

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 02:56 AM (vdfwz)

237 BNO Newsflash:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for
Japan, Russia, Marcus Islands, Northern Marianas, Guam, Wake Islands,
Taiwan, Yap, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Islands,
Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston
Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Howland-Baker, hawaii, Tuvalu,
Palmyra Islands, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Jarvis Islands, Wallis-Futuna, Samoa,
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia,
Tonga, Mexico, Kermadec Islands, Fr. Polynesia, New Zealand, Pitcairn,
Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama,
Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 02:56 AM (qzcNU)

238 Is Alaska at any risk?

Posted by: Tesch at March 11, 2011 02:54 AM (DBqKN)
Of course. I'm trying to get info for Adak Dutch.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 02:56 AM (YX6i/)

239 Crap, it will be getting dark soon in Japan, yes?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:56 AM (AZGON)

240 Thanks, guess I should switch over to local news and see what they say.

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 02:57 AM (bqjJT)

241 LINK for #234

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 02:57 AM (k1rwm)

242 This is different than a hurricane. My family fled from Katrina and stayed through Ike, but we had sufficient warning. These poor people had no idea. Continued prayers for them.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 02:57 AM (UO6+e)

243 Yeah, dark soon.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 02:57 AM (xx42+)

244 This is going to destroy that economy.

I'm kind of a japanophile, I love that country. Pisses me off. Why can't something terrible hit the Middle East?



All of it?


Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 02:58 AM (xsoRi)

245 think of the mess as the waters recede

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 02:59 AM (AZGON)

246 I just turned the TV on in the front room after leaving the bedroom. That's why local was on. Just happened to turn it on at exactly the same time the EBS was warning. I'm back on FOX.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 02:59 AM (YX6i/)

247 Watching the 2nd wave come in live was just surreal.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:01 AM (YX6i/)

248 If Monty is up, what does this do economically since Japan is the 2nd largest holder of US debt?Looks like that wave went over a lot of Japan's prime farmland

Those crops are gone and I don't know how bad the effect of salt water on soil in the long term is. And you can't fish if your boats are all splinters.

Posted by: Methos at March 11, 2011 03:01 AM (uqJo6)

249
and the sirens went off
we have comfirmation of waves headed our way

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 03:01 AM (EOu3d)

250 Not sure what difference it would make to me to know exactly when a wave would hit, but I do wonder what it would do to the coast.

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 03:02 AM (bqjJT)

251 Navycop: What's your 20?

Posted by: Banji Kazooie at March 11, 2011 03:03 AM (8OPUn)

252 Godspeed and be safe NCJ

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 03:03 AM (jGXQI)

253 Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:

Wave has been generated that will affect Hawaiian islands. Take actions to save life.

Meanwhile, tsunami watches issued for Oregon and Washington coastlines.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:04 AM (qzcNU)

254
we are in mililani now
i live on the beach in ewa beach, our house may be screwed

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 03:04 AM (EOu3d)

255 Did knuckleheads and idiots/thugs shoot at helicopters? The answer is certainly yes.

Not a myth. Certainly overblown, but not a myth.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:04 AM (QxGmu)

256 Damn. look at the cars rushing away from the tide.

Posted by: JC at March 11, 2011 03:04 AM (I5uD9)

257 TSUNAMI WARNING SIRENS IN HONOLULU.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:05 AM (qzcNU)

258 "Those crops are gone and I don't know how bad the effect of salt water on soil in the long term is"

Depends how long it's submerged. I'm guessing this is similar to a hurricane storm surge (in and out in a day). If so, no long-term effects - maybe one season lost but that just happened anyway.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:05 AM (6Lzbz)

259 what, govt official saying there may still be second and third wave groups?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:05 AM (AZGON)

260 Someone please tell the FNC folks that a foot and a meter are not the same thing.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 03:06 AM (jGXQI)

261 Catch the WAVE!

Posted by: Max Headroom at March 11, 2011 03:06 AM (VW6xC)

262 I wish we could send a thousand rescue helicopters instantly.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 03:06 AM (xx42+)

263 Associated Press confirms: Tsunami warning sirens in Honolulu.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:07 AM (qzcNU)

264 breitbart

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:07 AM (k1rwm)

265 Fucking Oregon? Really?

My Lord.

I'm waiting for Pat Robinson to blame the gays, Al Gore to blame carbon footprints, and me to blame the unions.


Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 03:07 AM (xsoRi)

266 Why am I seeing so few people in the flooded city on NHK's stream?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:07 AM (AZGON)

267
263 ummm, confirmed
i heard them

Posted by: navycopjoe aka fucking tsunami magnet at March 11, 2011 03:07 AM (EOu3d)

268 Honolulu opens emergency shelters. Officials warn of serious event.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:08 AM (qzcNU)

269 now NHK chyron says "many missing in Miyagi"

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:08 AM (AZGON)

270 Dude on FOX needs to get updated, 'cause they've issued the warning here on the West Coast.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:08 AM (YX6i/)

271 When the head honcho spoke what did he say about the nuclear power plants?

I thought I heard that some shut down but others didn't and then my cable froze and didn't get the rest.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:08 AM (k1rwm)

272 Associated Press confirms: Tsunami warning sirens in Honolulu.

What is the criteria for changing a warning to a mandatory evacuation of coastal regions?

BTW, officially no tsunami warnings for the West Coast of the United States. CA, OR and WA appear to be in the clear.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:09 AM (QxGmu)

273 five nuke plants shut down but no leaks spotted

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:09 AM (AZGON)

274 #271

He said some shut down automatically, others apparently manually or something. But no nuclear material has been released "so far".

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:10 AM (qzcNU)

275 Good luck navycopjoe. Hopefully you are already ahead of the rush. Still no traffic: http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/hawaiidot/index.html

That link will be interesting to watch in the next 4 hours.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:10 AM (6Lzbz)

276 I wonder if Barry could be bothered with this 3AM call

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:10 AM (AZGON)

277
""I wonder if Barry could be bothered with this 3AM call""


Only if his favorite golf spots are threatened.

Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 03:11 AM (gWHrG)

278 OMG look at the size of the boats on their sides on the BBC feed

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (bqjJT)

279 Those tanker ships!

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (6Lzbz)

280 BTW, officially no tsunami warnings for the West Coast of the United States. CA, OR and WA appear to be in the clear.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:09 AM (QxGmu)
Um, I'm sorry - there is. EBS made a broadcast here.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (YX6i/)

281 Wow, two huge fishing vessels lying on flanks, mid-city

I mean Deadliest Catch size vessels

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (AZGON)

282 258
"Those crops are gone and I don't know how bad the effect of salt water on soil in the long term is"

Depends
how long it's submerged. I'm guessing this is similar to a hurricane
storm surge (in and out in a day). If so, no long-term effects - maybe
one season lost but that just happened anyway.


Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:05 AM

Japan doesn't have a whole lot of farmland, this looks to be one area that has enough flat ground for crops, and also for the wave to travel in a ways.

Again, Japan is the 2nd largest foreign holder of US dept. They're not going to be buying a lot more for a while, and might want to sell some of it

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (vdfwz)

283 Tsunami watch issued for Oregon coast

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:13 AM (k1rwm)

284 Um, I'm sorry - there is. EBS made a broadcast here.

Conflicts with what was just reported on ABC. Clearly a fluid situation (no pun intended).

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:13 AM (QxGmu)

285 holy hydrocarbon, that Ichihara refinery fire is humongous

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:13 AM (AZGON)

286
Someone please tell the FNC folks that a foot and a meter are not the same thing.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 03:06 AM (jGXQI)
Close enough for politics and journalism.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at March 11, 2011 03:14 AM (G/MYk)

287 I mean Deadliest Catch size vessels

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:12 AM (AZGON)
Those are the small boats in Alaska. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:14 AM (YX6i/)

288 You know, if this happened next year...we'd be hearing from the 2012 idiots.

Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 03:14 AM (xsoRi)

289 NHK guy is feeling aftershocks right now

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:14 AM (AZGON)

290 Papa Editor, where are you getting your AK info?

Posted by: Tesch at March 11, 2011 03:15 AM (DBqKN)

291 Conflicts with what was just reported on ABC. Clearly a fluid situation (no pun intended).

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:13 AM (QxGmu)
Yeah, same thing was said on FOX right before that.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:15 AM (YX6i/)

292 Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute orders coastal evacuations - AP

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:15 AM (qzcNU)

293 those vessels look like they have 30 feet on the beam, at least

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:15 AM (AZGON)

294 Papa Editor, where are you getting your AK info?

Posted by: Tesch at March 11, 2011 03:15 AM (DBqKN)
Haven't found any, yet. Usually from the weather service, but they haven't said anything on my apps, yet. I've sent some emails to some of my vessels to see if they've received any weather faxes. No word, yet.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:16 AM (YX6i/)

295 288
You know, if this happened next year...we'd be hearing from the 2012 idiots.


Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 03:14 AM

You'll be hearing from us

Posted by: Global Warming Idiots at March 11, 2011 03:16 AM (vdfwz)

296 I don't know how that pilot cruising around that refinery got his helicopter off the ground with his locomotive size balls.

Posted by: Berserker at March 11, 2011 03:16 AM (gWHrG)

297 where the hell are the people?

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:16 AM (AZGON)

298 My sympathies to all affected. Having experienced Katrina first hand, major disasters take a long time to recover from. This looks pretty major.

ncj, stay safe man.

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 11, 2011 03:17 AM (h0RtZ)

299 How's my ass taste now, bitches?

Posted by: That Guy in the New Star Trek Movie Who Drills Into Planetary Cores at March 11, 2011 03:17 AM (VW6xC)

300 Refinery just blew big.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 03:17 AM (xx42+)

301 Crap, that oil refinery fire is huge.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (QxGmu)

302 man, those spherical refinery tanks must be

holy crap, did you see that fireball

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (AZGON)

303 #294. I see. I used to live in and still have friends and family in Anchorage

Posted by: Tesch at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (DBqKN)

304 those vessels look like they have 30 feet on the beam, at least
"Good God.This is the worst thing Sarah Palin has ever done."

Posted by: Rachel Maddow at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (A8IGL)

305 where the hell are the people?
I don't want to think about it.

Posted by: Annabelle at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (4kxCX)

306 Firemen are fighting a losing battle against that oil refinery.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:18 AM (qzcNU)

307 1995 Kobe earthquake was a 7.3 and 6,500 died. Epicenter was 20km away and 20km deep.

This is what, 150x worse?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:19 AM (6Lzbz)

308 There was a fireball. Looked like it was a couple hundred yards across--as big as the refinery.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 03:19 AM (xx42+)

309 God help them.

Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 03:19 AM (xsoRi)

310 Now the long night.

Posted by: rdbrewer at March 11, 2011 03:19 AM (xx42+)

311 Many times a volcano will join in.

Posted by: humphreyrobot at March 11, 2011 03:20 AM (EiH7n)

312 #304 Shame on me for seeing the dark humor in that

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 03:20 AM (bqjJT)

313 sun sets at 5.44pm in tokyo time zone

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:21 AM (AZGON)

314 Watching ABC world news on the local abc station....the casualties are adding up

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:21 AM (k1rwm)

315 Okay, to clarify, OR, WA, CA currently under tsunami watch, not warning.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:22 AM (QxGmu)

316 Watching ABC world news on the local abc station....the casualties are adding up

They won't have accurate numbers for days, probably weeks.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:23 AM (QxGmu)

317 Any word on Hawaii?

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at March 11, 2011 03:23 AM (cq+pQ)

318 What are the closest US bases (in Japan) and are they damaged/threatened?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:23 AM (6Lzbz)

319 #317

Tsunami sirens going off in Honolulu. Officials warning to brace for a significant event. Shelters opened. Couple of hours until impact, apparently.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:24 AM (qzcNU)

320 BREAKING: Tsunami warnings issued for Alaska, ADN reports.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:26 AM (qzcNU)

321 The JEF was supposed to have some sort of presser tomorrow about oil prices and the Saudi "Day of Rage" is supposed to happen ...

JEF must be wondering why nobody told him how to ad lib if it wasn't in the script

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:26 AM (vdfwz)

322 They're getting frequent aftershocks at magnitudes that would be considered major earthquakes in their own right. This could go on for days.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:27 AM (QxGmu)

323 318
What are the closest US bases (in Japan) and are they damaged/threatened?


Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:23 AM

The Marines have a huge base on Okinawa. They're going to be needed to help out

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:28 AM (vdfwz)

324 @321:

Expect some shoutouts.

Posted by: Crazee at March 11, 2011 03:28 AM (xsoRi)

325 I wonder if the Japanese will still be wanting our bases closed when this is over.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:28 AM (6Lzbz)

326 sundown in 15 minutes, amid this chaos

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:29 AM (AZGON)

327 Tsunami landfall estimates for CA:

Crescent City: 7:23 AM
San Francisco: 8:08 AM

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:29 AM (QxGmu)

328 322
They're getting frequent aftershocks at magnitudes that would be
considered major earthquakes in their own right. This could go on for
days.


Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:27 AM

You get the big aftershocks for 3 or 4 days. After a big 7.2 in SoCal in 1999, it felt like it was always shaking. The Northridge Quake had periodic aftershocks for 3 years of around 3 or 4 magnitude

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:30 AM (vdfwz)

329 sundown in 15 minutes, amid this chaos

Hard to imagine - pretty helpless feeling to be stuck in this after dark

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 03:30 AM (bqjJT)

330 Tsunami sirens go off in coastal regions of Oregon.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:31 AM (qzcNU)

331 if this had happened in some third world places, the casualties whatever they are would be two orders of magnitude higher

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:32 AM (AZGON)

332 Wow, apparently the futures market doesn't like apocolyptic events. Were the Japanese markets open when this hit?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:32 AM (6Lzbz)

333 The Tsunami Watch

continues in effect for the coastal areas of California, Oregon,
Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the California-Mexico
border to Chignik Bay, Alaska.

Tsunami
Watch
- a tsunami watch is issued to alert emergency management officials and the
public of an event which may later impact the watch area. The watch area
may be upgraded to a warning or advisory - or canceled - based on updated
information and analysis.Therefore, emergency management officials and
the public should prepare to take action. Watches are normally
issuedbased on seismic information without confirmation that a
destructive tsunami is underway. For an example of the NWS format tsunami
watch

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:32 AM (k1rwm)

334 326
sundown in 15 minutes, amid this chaos

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:29 AM

Thankfully they're a people who consider looting to be a criminal offense, not a sport

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:32 AM (vdfwz)

335 Higher Ground

Posted by: Red Hot Chili Peppers at March 11, 2011 03:33 AM (A8IGL)

336 The closest thing to angels on Earth are the Marines and all those other guys.

Posted by: humphreyrobot at March 11, 2011 03:33 AM (EiH7n)

337 whereas apparently some in Madison consider vandalism a form of democracy, sacred in its conception

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:35 AM (AZGON)

338 US MILITARY SPOKESMAN: No military injuries or significant damage reported so far.

Posted by: Benson at March 11, 2011 03:35 AM (qzcNU)

339 My friend is in Kantou, Japan on the NE coast. God I hope she's okay - she teaches English over there to little kids.

Posted by: tdpwells at March 11, 2011 03:36 AM (itM+e)

340 Thankfully they're a people who consider looting to be a criminal offense, not a sport
I don't recall much looting going on when the Northridge quake hit, either. But we're a little more civilized in the Valley.

Posted by: Rum, Goddess of Doom and Sith Apprentice at March 11, 2011 03:36 AM (YxBuk)

341 shit
japan's meteorological agency revises up again to 8.8

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:36 AM (AZGON)

342 After a big 7.2 in SoCal in 1999

Which quake was this? I don't remember it.

Posted by: Rum, Goddess of Doom and Sith Apprentice at March 11, 2011 03:37 AM (YxBuk)

343 Tsunami information specifically for Hawaii

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 03:37 AM (UO6+e)

344 Which quake was this? I don't remember it.

The one that ended all life on Earth. Don't you remember?

Posted by: The War Between the Undead Sheens at March 11, 2011 03:38 AM (VW6xC)

345 List of earthquakes in Asia: http://tinyurl.com/ya6hzjg

There have been 18 quakes off the cost of Honshu since the big one hit.

Posted by: kteemac at March 11, 2011 03:38 AM (a/NPv)

346 wow, guy on NHK says 8.8 is largest recorded quake in japan's history

Posted by: George Orwell at March 11, 2011 03:39 AM (AZGON)

347 MAP6.2 2011/03/11 08:12:05 36.606 141.557 19.8NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.4 2011/03/11 08:10:47 34.695 139.655 30.5NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.9 2011/03/11 08:01:59 37.071 142.734 22.6OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.6 2011/03/11 07:56:16 37.130 142.305 34.0OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.7 2011/03/11 07:54:45 37.742 141.565 45.3NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.8 2011/03/11 07:42:55 36.406 141.919 29.9NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.9 2011/03/11 07:38:27 39.250 142.783 29.1NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP3.2 2011/03/11 07:32:13 33.508-116.576 9.0SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP6.1 2011/03/11 07:28:12 36.802 141.911 24.0NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.1 2011/03/11 07:25:33 37.916 144.621 15.0OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.3 2011/03/11 07:14:59 36.648 141.811 25.0NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.9 2011/03/11 07:13:47 36.051 142.347 28.5OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP5.8 2011/03/11 07:11:00 37.899 142.734 30.0OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.3 2011/03/11 06:57:15 35.758 140.992 30.2NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.3 2011/03/11 06:48:47 37.993 142.764 22.3OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP7.1 2011/03/11 06:25:51 38.106 144.553 19.7OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP3.2 2011/03/11 06:18:04 19.350-154.991 9.5HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
MAP6.8 2011/03/11 06:15:46 36.126 140.234 30.2NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.4 2011/03/11 06:07:22 36.401 141.862 35.4NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP6.4 2011/03/11 06:06:11 39.025 142.316 25.1NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP8.9 2011/03/11 05:46:24 38.322 142.369 24.4NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:39 AM (k1rwm)

348 Okay, just got the Tsunami warnings for Adak and Dutch Harbor.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:40 AM (YX6i/)

349 Yeah, they got someone out of bed and now there is someone other than FOX babe on the tube.

Posted by: some wench at March 11, 2011 03:40 AM (bqjJT)

350 I don't have all of the information yet,butlet me be clear-Gaia acted stupidly.

Posted by: Barack Obama at March 11, 2011 03:41 AM (A8IGL)

351 Those aftershocks are coming fast and furious and they would be big earthquakes in their own right.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:41 AM (k1rwm)

352 Thank God they alreadyhave High Speed Rail in Japan.
Otherwise, this could have been a lot worse.

Posted by: Barack Obama at March 11, 2011 03:42 AM (A8IGL)

353 Closed captioning on live TV is a clusterfark. Sumaumee?

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:42 AM (QxGmu)

354 A college acquaintance says his school was "trashed" but they are safe. No trains running.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 11, 2011 03:43 AM (UO6+e)

355 Hawaiians being advised to evacuate 1/2 mile inland.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at March 11, 2011 03:44 AM (6Lzbz)

356 Friend of mine in Hawaii whose husband is stationed there says they are expecting a half meter wave coming right now. Subject to change though. I'll add updates as long as I can stay up and she chimes in.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 03:44 AM (jGXQI)

357 twitter is saying something called google people finder has been activated to find loved ones....oh dear God this is horrible.

Posted by: curious at March 11, 2011 03:44 AM (k1rwm)

358 New thread up. C U all there.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:44 AM (QxGmu)

359 Friend of mine in Hawaii whose husband is stationed
there says they are expecting a half meter wave coming right now.
Subject to change though. I'll add updates as long as I can stay up and
she chimes in.

Posted by: Doc at March 11, 2011 03:44 AM (jGXQI)
Just said on FOX they're telling locals (in Maui) to expect up to 3-meter.

Posted by: Papa Editor at March 11, 2011 03:46 AM (YX6i/)

360 Mother Gaia is very upset about Wisconsin!

Posted by: Gloval Warming Idiot at March 11, 2011 03:48 AM (mEyVv)

361 OR and CA upgraded to tsunami warning.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 03:52 AM (QxGmu)

362 342
After a big 7.2 in SoCal in 1999

Which quake was this? I don't remember it.

Posted by: Rum, Goddess of Doom and Sith Apprentice at March 11, 2011 03:37 AM

October 16, 1999, hit about 3 in the morning on a Saturday night. I was reading and felt about 7 seconds of shaking and thought that was it, then about 3 seconds later it shook hard for about 45 seconds.

It was centered in the desert east of Barstow, knocked an Amtrack train off the rails.

It was named the Hector Mine quake


Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 03:58 AM (vdfwz)

363 Who's looking out for Guam?

Posted by: Hank Johnson's gardener at March 11, 2011 04:01 AM (rrkE9)

364 363
Who's looking out for Guam?

On it!

Posted by: Bill O'Really at March 11, 2011 04:03 AM (VW6xC)

365 Posted by: Bill O'Really at March 11, 2011 04:03 AM (VW6xC) \
O'RLY?

Posted by: dudeinsantacruz at March 11, 2011 04:04 AM (dGdcX)

366 I wonder how many Spring Break idiots are planning a Tsunami Party

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 04:05 AM (vdfwz)

367 The natural disaster could derail the country's nascent economic
recovery and increase Japan's already massive public debt, which is 200%
of gross domestic product. An emergency cabinet meeting is being held,
after which Prime Minister Naoto Kan will address the nation.

Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 04:08 AM (vdfwz)

368 236
If Monty is up, what does this do economically since Japan is the 2nd largest holder of US debt?

Looks like that wave went over a lot of Japan's prime farmland


Posted by: kbdabear at March 11, 2011 02:56 AM (vdfwz)
The futures markets are completely ignoring this. Even the Nikkei is only down 2%.

Posted by: schizoid at March 11, 2011 04:11 AM (m449E)

369 sorry, Sendai's population is 1 million, not 100,000.

Posted by: Rod Rescueman at March 11, 2011 04:24 AM (QxGmu)

370 Just heard from my relatives in Utsunomiya. Everyone's okay. The house is damaged, broken windows. Most shelves, dressers etc fell down. Hell of a mess. One of the farm sheds fell down on the equipment.
In Tokyo, again, everyone's okay. No broken windows, but everything's on the floor. My brother-in-law is watching the waves come up the Edogawa River from his apartment window, but they're only halfway up the levee.
They're lucky. A lot of people won't be.

Posted by: Nemo from Erewhon at March 11, 2011 04:33 AM (CWqmt)

371 Hawaii update, they are saying 10 feet
We'll see what hits midway

Posted by: Ncj the non-terrorist cabbie at March 11, 2011 04:40 AM (7iiYd)

372 Slam me if you want for being positive, but right now the death toll is in the double digits, estimated at 19 right now. I'm sorry, but 19 deaths from an 8.8 250 miles off the coast of land is a best-case scenario. This isn't going to be Haiti, and it isn't going to be the Indian Ocean quake, where hundreds of thousands of people died. It's the difference between the first world and the third. Just remember which one the Left wants to be.

Posted by: Paul at March 11, 2011 04:59 AM (ix2UW)

373 its just that .2012 is near

Posted by: marky at March 11, 2011 04:59 AM (v29e3)

374 Posted by: Ncj the non-terrorist cabbie at March 11, 2011 04:40 AM (7iiYd)
Been waiting to see youpost. Gladyou and the girls are safe.

Posted by: garrett at March 11, 2011 06:05 AM (A8IGL)

375 Posted by: Paul at March 11, 2011 04:59 AM (ix2UW)
I think you are being WAYtoo optomistic.

Posted by: garrett at March 11, 2011 06:07 AM (A8IGL)

376 Posted by: garrett at March 11, 2011 06:07 AM (A8IGL)

Maybe, but I'm quite confident in the <100,000 fatalities prediction. Particularly in that I don't foresee starvation and disease as problems in Japan.

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The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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