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FUKUSHIMA earthquake and tsunami thread and aftermath

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Bad Bad news for insurance stocks...... Black Friday ahead I suspect.....

Tsunami warnings across the Pacific from Australia to South America..

Who are the idiots stood on that bridge watching the ships and other flotsam being washed underneath it.......

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It is apparently not contained. Radio talking about Pacific rim chain reaction.

Wars, floods, earthquakes, famines. Sounds like 2012 might be it. :o

BREAKING: upgraded to 8.9--aftershocks could be even worse.

Edited by Realistbear

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Tsunami warning sirens are sounding in Hawaii...

Struck at 05.45 GMT so would have thought it would be some hours for a wave to travel the distance.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12709755

Asia stock markets and the yen have fallen sharply in response to a tsunami and earthquake in Japan measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale.

It struck only minutes before the 0645 GMT close of trading in Tokyo.

The dollar briefly gained about 0.5% against the yen to 83.275 yen, before dropping back again.

The Nikkei index ended the day some 1.7% lower, but Nikkei futures fell 3% in after-hours trading in Singapore as the scale of damage became apparent.

The Tokyo market had already been suffering amid the turmoil in the Middle East, and closed at its lowest level in five weeks.

Across Asia other markets also fell.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped some 1.8% following the earthquake, and remained down that much as of 0730 GMT.

Been watching the pictures just looks like a hollywood disaster movie. Some terrifying pictures where you can see people driving in cars and water giving them no chance.

I wonder what the cost of this will turn out to be.

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Bad Bad news for insurance stocks...... Black Friday ahead I suspect.....

Tsunami warnings across the Pacific from Australia to South America..

Who are the idiots stood on that bridge watching the ships and other flotsam being washed underneath it.......

Looking at some of the footage, bridges are often the high point of local elevation and might well be safe places to be (especially if you put yourself over a support rather than a section of span).

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Wow 8.9 is huge! 33ft wave already hit Northern Japan I suspect it will be much bigger if hits the other side of the pacific!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12709755

Been watching the pictures just looks like a hollywood disaster movie. Some terrifying pictures where you can see people driving in cars and water giving them no chance.

I wonder what the cost of this will turn out to be.

I just saw that - a road running parallel to the oncoming tide. Cars belting down it. Camera didn't linger long.

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Wow 8.9 is huge! 33ft wave already hit Northern Japan I suspect it will be much bigger if hits the other side of the pacific!

Chile on t' radio--they say monster Tsunami is on its way.

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Mhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8375373/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-live.html

Telegraph live update.

The AP is reporting that Philippine officials are ordering an evacuation of coastal communities along the country's eastern seaboard in expectation of a tsunami following a 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.

Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute director Renato Solidum says the first 3-foot high waves are expected to hit the northernmost Batanes islands by 5 p.m. (09:00 GMT) Friday.

Looks like this is going to be very bad.

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Daily Mail is reporting that

# People in cars try to outrun waves on coastal highways

# Japanese PM says no radiation leaks report after nuclear plants close

# Tokyo's Disneyland car park under water

# Hundreds injured after ceiling caves in at Tokyo graduation ceremony

# Physicist describes event as one of history's 'great quakes'

# Buildings rocked in China's capital Beijing, 1,500 miles away

# Hawaii on tsunami alert: Wave expected to hit at 3am local time

Looks like this event is going to go down as one of the Planets most significant Natural Disasters....

Daily Mail Report

Dont think the news channels will be covering much of the Saudi 'day of rage' today.

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Bad Bad news for insurance stocks...... Black Friday ahead I suspect.....

Tsunami warnings across the Pacific from Australia to South America..

Who are the idiots stood on that bridge watching the ships and other flotsam being washed underneath it.......

There will have big financial implications (Nikkei and Yen both down, link below), but at times like this you just have to feel for the people first :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12709755

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It is apparently not contained. Radio talking about Pacific rim chain reaction.

Radio talking horse s**t. An 8.9 earthquake is bad enough without adding pseudoscience.

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They've been trying to encourage the young to take up eating home grown foods rather than western cr*p. Looks like many crops will be affected by the tsunami.

:(

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Woh... I used to live in Sendai. It's the closest city to the epicentre!!

Luckily my friends there seem to be safe.

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Edited by tochinoki

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Wow 8.9 is huge! 33ft wave already hit Northern Japan I suspect it will be much bigger if hits the other side of the pacific!

Why bigger? Surely some of the energy will dissipate as it crosses the Pacific, meaning smaller on the other side?

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Tsunami warning centre has issued its timed hit warnings.

Here

Timed to hit Australia from 15.30 Zulu Mentions Sydney and other large cities.

New Zealand from around 18.15 Zulu, again mentions the large cities....

Zulu is GMT.

The depth of this disaster will be the height of the wave(s) as they cross the Pacific. Some news reports are already saying it is higher than some Pacific islands.

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There must be some advantage in a tsunami striking during daylight hours. Of course some people will stand no chance of finding safe ground, but having daylight to give you some warning about where the waves are, and where the high ground is, must help. Looks like a lot of later tsunami strikes may be at dusk or night time. Not good...

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Why bigger? Surely some of the energy will dissipate as it crosses the Pacific, meaning smaller on the other side?

depends on the shape of the sea 'shelf'.... tsunamis are fast and shallow as they cross deep water, when they hit shallower water that fast water slows down and builds up in height

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Poor sods.

let's hope for minimal casualties. Take all the buildings you like big waves but leave folks alone.

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