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Old 03-11-11, 06:39 AM
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Big earthquake in Japan

For those of you who don't know, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan at 2:46pm Tokyo time.

When the earthquake hit, I was putting a new derailleur on my folding bike in my high-rise apartment in Tokyo. The quake lasted for several minutes, knocking down pictures and spilling out my bookshelves.

Nearby in Odaiba an apartment building caught fire, and the large Cosmo oil refinery by Tokyo Bay caught fire and exploded dramatically.

Within 15 minutes of the earthquake tsunamis began to hit the north east coast. Thousands of buildings, cars, and boats were washed away. Sendai airport was hit by a tsunami and inundated. Ships were sunk in whirlpools, and large numbers of people have been washed away.

My apartment overlooks the Sumida river near Ginza, and I was able to see a small tsunami come up the river and overrun the sidewalks. A few people were hit by falling debris in Tokyo, and at least one person was killed.

81 people are confirmed dead right now, and countless people are missing. Today's quake is the most powerful ever recorded in Japan, and aftershocks continue even as I write.
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Old 03-11-11, 06:45 AM
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Stay safe - my thoughts are with you and the people of Japan.
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Old 03-11-11, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
Stay safe - my thoughts are with you and the people of Japan.
Ditto.

That's terrible to hear. I'm so sorry.
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Wow if they actually recorded an 8.9 that is up there with some of the highest ever recorded. I guess everybdy can be thankful that 8.9 didn't hit somewhere else because almost anywhere else and it probably would have leveled just about everything.
USGS is saying 7.2 not 8.x
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Old 03-11-11, 07:57 AM
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Crazy! Someone's already updated the list on wiki. This was #7 all-time.

Positive thoughts for all of Japan.
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Old 03-11-11, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Crazy! Someone's already updated the list on wiki. This was #7 all-time.

Positive thoughts for all of Japan.
Yep, However I think it might be downgraded back to 7.2 by the few news outlets reporting it as an 8.9.

USGS recorded the 7.2 but there's one reort saying "reportedly upgraded to 8.9" and a few people running with the 8.9 story. All the major outlets are saying 7.2. And I'm leaning towards something closer to 7.x than nearly 9 since 9 pretty much leveles most manmade structures. Even Japan which is probably the best off in terms of buildings and infrastructure capable of handling earthquakes would probably be pretty bad off.
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Old 03-11-11, 08:06 AM
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Watching some images on Al Jazeera. Wow. Devastating.
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Old 03-11-11, 08:18 AM
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Watching some images on Al Jazeera. Wow. Devastating.
The speed that that tsunami moves is surreal.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
The speed that that tsunami moves is surreal.
The whirlpools are incredible. I saw a shot of a cruise ship being sucked in backwards... I can't even imagine.
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Old 03-11-11, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
The whirlpools are incredible. I saw a shot of a cruise ship being sucked in backwards... I can't even imagine.
*shudders*
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My thoughts go out to everyone in Japan, and the countries affected by the tsunami. Stay safe people. This is a bad one.
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Old 03-11-11, 08:53 AM
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Amazing scenes of destruction. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan.
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Old 03-11-11, 09:27 AM
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My thoughts go out to everyone in Japan, and the countries affected by the tsunami. Stay safe people. This is a bad one.
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Oh man that looks bad.
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Old 03-11-11, 09:50 AM
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I'm thankful that you are here with us and able to post this. My prayers going out to the people of Japan.
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Some pics of our shop and such.....












Notice inside the fridge, lots of knocked over stuff and lots of busted bottles


It is usually NOT this messy!

Stuff strewn here and there

More busted bottles in the basement
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Old 03-11-11, 10:23 AM
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Just outside the wine cellar, a few busted bottles here too



Inside the wine cellar, only two bottles (both good, sigh) got busted.


A really nice bottle of wine.....


Inside the sake fridge downstairs, only four big bottles got busted!




Some crumbled roofs near our house
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Old 03-11-11, 10:41 AM
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It looks like your shop is still pretty intact, thank goodness. I watched footage of the tsunami on the news; it was just unbelievable.
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Worried about our members there.

giantcfr1 checked in.. *whew* https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post12345353
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I logged onto Facebook this morning to whine about the high winds here in Colorado spoiling my plans for a bike ride on my day off. Then I saw the news and got a big fat dose of perspective.

A number of my friends and co-workers are in Japan although thankfully, they all appear to be safe. But, I have a Japanese friend in Singapore who is frantically awaiting news of her family.

To all our members in the region, please keep checking in when you can, so we know you're OK. Thoughts and prayers going out to all of you.
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the video footage from BBC is quite spectacular.

a wave of water going about 25mph that's like a mile wide.

and there are people in cars still loitering around while that tsunami is heading towards them.
And I thought I'd only see that in movies.
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That's a monster and puts our one into perspective. My thoughts go out to all those in Japan.
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Worried about friends and family there. Watching the videos made it even worse. I hope everyone is okay
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I see that some of the flights from america diverted to my birthplace - Yokota AFB (airport code OKO)

I haven't heard any more news about the tsunami-- I assume the Hawaiians are OK? And I guess Santa Cruz is still there?
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