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LIVE thread & Breaking News ~ Japan
Various | 15 March 2011

Posted on 03/15/2011 8:13:35 AM PDT by SE Mom

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1 posted on 03/15/2011 8:13:41 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: BuckeyeTexan; Uncle Ike; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; STARWISE; HollyB; maggief; mewzilla

Ping


2 posted on 03/15/2011 8:15:26 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Thanks for starting this, it was getting difficult to keep up with the ongoing disaster.


3 posted on 03/15/2011 8:17:02 AM PDT by seeker41 (CULPRIT CHINESE COMPANY INFO.)
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To: RummyChick; WestCoastGal

Meant to ping you- if you’d post those links you just posted on one of the other threads - thanks:)

Other useful links:

http://twitter.com/Reuters

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698


4 posted on 03/15/2011 8:17:48 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
Somehow, this seemed appropriate today...


5 posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:10 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: All

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/15/japan-orders-140000-people-to-seal-themselves-indoors-after-nuclear-leak/

Update (AP): Both the Journal and the Times report that the situation at reactor number two has stabilized in some respects, with a core group of 50 emergency workers remaining behind to pump sea water into the containment vessel. Radiation levels near the plant are reportedly down sharply after soaring following the explosion at reactor two. As Ed noted, the major concern right now appears to be the possibility of spent fuel rods boiling over; according to the NYT, that area is now so dangerous that workers can’t approach it.


6 posted on 03/15/2011 8:21:10 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

On FOX this morning....they had the author of Krakatoa, talking about the Pacific “Ring of Fire”..He had a map..showing the quakes in Chile, then New Zealand, now Japan...if one gives credence to the theory that the big quake in Chile got the whole Pacific region going, then following the activity around the outlines of the palte..the next area is the pacific Northwest..the Cascadia fault, just offshore Washington...really scary hypothesis..


7 posted on 03/15/2011 8:21:10 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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so what happened to the spent fuel rods in reactors 1 2 and 3? are those stored in the other reactors(ie 4)


8 posted on 03/15/2011 8:22:09 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: janetjanet998

I don’t know- good question.


9 posted on 03/15/2011 8:25:31 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Us cubicle dwellers appreciate any information we can get.


10 posted on 03/15/2011 8:25:58 AM PDT by McGruff (Is it time to Drill Baby Drill yet?)
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To: SE Mom

You’re the bomb, mom! Thanks.


11 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:17 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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BBC:

1513: Jeremy O’Neill, a Canadian trying to get home from Urayasu in Chiba prefecture, tells the BBC: “As a foreigner here, there is a growing sense of feeling trapped. People are handling the matter in different ways; some are panicking while others are turning a blind eye. All the while the uncertainty grows more palpable, with a lack of definitive information from authorities. That is the worst part - the uncertainty. I am from Vancouver in Canada and have been out here since August 2010. I was meant to be staying here until April 2011 but I just want to get home now. The situation doesn’t seem to be improving here. I have booked a flight home for tomorrow but many of the flights are getting cancelled - I feel trapped.”

1507: A spokesman for Japan’s meteorological agency says he does not know if there is a link between the strong earthquakes on Tuesday - including one of 6.0 magnitude - and Friday’s massive 9.0-magnitude tremor. He says the epicentres were quite far apart.


12 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:56 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: janetjanet998

Still haven’t found that elusive shift key?


13 posted on 03/15/2011 8:27:22 AM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: SE Mom
Despite situations in Japan & Libya, spksmn Jay Carney says Pres Obama's 5-day trip to Brazil, Chile & El Salvador starting Fri night is on.

Party on, dude!


14 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:28 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: SE Mom

The epicenters were far apart and the last 6.1 quake was quite shallow...1 km.


15 posted on 03/15/2011 8:30:05 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: SE Mom
If they are pumping sea water *into* the system to cool it - where is the water going off to? Are they pumping it directly into the core, or is it going through a heat exchange system? If the latter, is there radiation exchange in the heat exchange system? (I know there is not SUPPOSED to be.)
16 posted on 03/15/2011 8:30:05 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: SE Mom
-Despite situations in Japan & Libya, spksmn Jay Carney says Pres Obama's 5-day trip to Brazil, Chile & El Salvador starting Fri night is on.

His NCAA bracket needs to be finished by noon Thursday, so the South America trip shouldn't interfere with his biggest priority.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 8:30:14 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: SE Mom

Thanks for the ping!

OT: Breaking news ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2689070/posts

Obama Taping NCAA brackets today for ESPN.

Politico ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mike Allen


“Fiddling while Rome burns”


18 posted on 03/15/2011 8:32:35 AM PDT by maggief
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To: janetjanet998

All the spent fuel for the site is stored in reactor building 4.

The Spent Fuel pool is now the biggest worry, it is NOT in a containment vessel, it is exactly what it sounds like, A POOL. If the water boils off, the rods will be exposed to air and will melt, releasing huge amounts of radiation.


19 posted on 03/15/2011 8:33:40 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: McGruff; All

The last earthquake has now been revised upward by the USGS to 6.1

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_big.php


20 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:05 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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Magnitude of Shizuoka quake revised upward to 6.4 from 6.0 (00:00


21 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:36 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: SE Mom; All

I have found that http://BraveNewClimate.com has pretty good information and general discussion.

Also the MIT Nuclear Science Engineering dept. has revised the original overview written by Joseph Oehman because they thought it was good, basic information and are now posting updates at http://mitnse.com


22 posted on 03/15/2011 8:35:48 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: COBOL2Java

“Party on, dude!”

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/14/3474279/obamas-visit-fuels-optimism-in.html

On a more personal level, the president is expected to make the trip with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia. Their presence will be an added attraction in family-oriented Latin America.


23 posted on 03/15/2011 8:37:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: SE Mom

FOX news update - containment breach at #2


24 posted on 03/15/2011 8:39:45 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: ken5050

Given the progression from Chile, I would think Kamchatka, the Aleutians or Alaska would be more likely event locations. The weird thing about this hypothesis is that it matches a supposedly official report by a Russian Scientific Academy that was prepared for Putin. It predicted a mega quake in the next forthnight along the west coast of the Americas.Since the hypothesis involved some mumbo jumbo about electro magnetic readings in the athmosphere it was mocked by many here on R yesterday, including me. But this Fox interview puts it in a new light.


25 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:03 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!)
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To: ken5050
They had Simon Winchester on and I missed it?! Dang. He's one of my most favorite authors ever. The man is brilliant.
26 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:26 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: ken5050
They had Simon Winchester on and I missed it?! Dang. He's one of my most favorite authors ever. The man is brilliant.
27 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: bgill

Yikes! 2 and 4 seem to be the most troublesome at this point...


28 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by seeker41 (CULPRIT CHINESE COMPANY INFO.)
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To: SE Mom

WOW WOW ! I can’t imagine.

US Geological Survey counts 451 aftershocks since the initial earthquake struck Japan Friday. 238 of them registered magnitude 5.0 or more.


29 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:48 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: SE Mom

30 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:29 AM PDT by Errant
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To: bgill

Awww geeesh..prayers..

From blog at Reuters:

Recent 6.4 earthquake was 6 miles from mount Fuji.


31 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:50 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=3

live video stream

6.4 quake has just hit shizuoka


32 posted on 03/15/2011 8:43:25 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Yup..that’s the guy..check their website...or YouTube..they may have it..if you find it..post the link for others..


33 posted on 03/15/2011 8:44:47 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: tutstar

I was in the Loma Prieta earthquake. I felt like I was getting seasick the night after that quake. The ground just constantly did not feel stable.

I can’t imagine how much worse it must be in Japan.


34 posted on 03/15/2011 8:45:18 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: SE Mom

Just had another 6.0.


35 posted on 03/15/2011 8:45:53 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I have read almost everything he’s written. Wonderful!


36 posted on 03/15/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SE Mom
Just announced on FOX that the death toll is soon expected to OFFICIALLY go over Ten Thousand. I remember Friday, when the first news reports came on, how all the networks were announcing..DEATH TOLL OFFICIALLY ONE ....it sounded so stupid..
37 posted on 03/15/2011 8:47:23 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: SE Mom

SE Mom, keeping Free Republic neat and tidy since Tahrir Square.


38 posted on 03/15/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: ken5050
theory that the big quake in Chile got the whole Pacific region going, then following the activity around the outlines of the plate..the next area is the pacific Northwest

Or it's possible it spent all the juice in Japan and there'll be mild quakes or nothing at all on this side.

39 posted on 03/15/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: Fido969

Here’s a good picture of what’s happening: http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/15/fukushima-15-march-summary/


40 posted on 03/15/2011 8:48:12 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: SE Mom

Latest Twitter from Premier Hussein: “Present, but not for long.”


41 posted on 03/15/2011 8:48:55 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!)
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To: SE Mom
...while others are turning a blind eye.

I think that explains the "stoic Japanese" more than all the other explanations I've heard.

Yesterday Rush was going on and on about how the people in Tokyo were "golfing and going about their lives". I couldn't think of the phrase but "while others are turning a blind eye" seems to fit nicely.

42 posted on 03/15/2011 8:50:00 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: SE Mom
More Quakes, the Hits Just Keep Coming

Update time = Tue Mar 15 15:32:10 UTC 2011

MAG UTC DATE-TIME

y/m/d h:m:s LAT deg LON deg DEPT km Region MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 13:37:54 37.678 141.957 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.8 2011/03/15 13:27:54 37.6 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 11:46:20 40.530 142.689 13.7 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.0 2011/03/15 11:43:48 37.819 145.118 18.2 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 11:06:16 37.145 142.375 22.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 10:50:00 35.593 141.889 24.9 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 6.0 2011/03/15 09:49:54 37.348 142.406 15.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.3 2011/03/15 08:48:25 37.500 143.642 35.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 08:01:47 40.436 143.240 29.5 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.0 2011/03/15 07:08:29 38.336 142.211 30.1 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.0 2011/03/15 05:31:25 36.162 142.232 25.2 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

MAP 5.0 2011/03/15 03:25:20 1.781 31.298 10.1 LAKE ALBERT REGION, UGANDA

MAP 5.1 2011/03/15 03:21:35 37.680 143.941 25.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

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43 posted on 03/15/2011 8:50:00 AM PDT by STD (Love Your God, Love Your Neighbor!)
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MAP 6.0 2011/03/15 15:23:54 40.404 143.090 9.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.2 2011/03/15 13:37:54 37.678 141.957 21.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.2 2011/03/15 13:31:47 35.300 138.700 10.0 EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.8 2011/03/15 13:27:54 37.626 142.320 1.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN


44 posted on 03/15/2011 8:51:56 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: ken5050

45 posted on 03/15/2011 8:52:22 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SE Mom

That would be all Japan would need is for Fuji to erupt too.

There is precedent for it too, Fuji erupted about 30-40 days after the last Major quake in the affected area.


46 posted on 03/15/2011 8:53:02 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: tutstar

The area around 40.404°N, 143.090°E s a busy place these days. This could go on for some time.


47 posted on 03/15/2011 8:53:31 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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WNN is reporting:

“JAIF reported that temperatures in the cooling ponds at units 5 and 6 are increasing, but the reason for this is not yet available.”

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Possible_damage_at_Fukushima_Daiichi_2_1503111.html


48 posted on 03/15/2011 8:53:55 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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I am flabbergasted the president is actually going to South America while the Middle East, North Africa and Japan are in the middle of major crisis. It’s mindboggling. He postponed important trips before for health care vote, didn’t he?


49 posted on 03/15/2011 8:54:56 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: BuckeyeTexan; All

Yesterday there were many reports of several trains just disappearing. ( including a bullet train) Has anyone read anything more about it? Seems to me the trains would have been swept INSHORE..and when the waters receded, they’d be pretty visible..


50 posted on 03/15/2011 8:55:26 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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