Posts tagged earthquake
Posts tagged earthquake
What began as a simple post on Twitter from a British resident of Japan who wanted to help in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami has now reached fruition in the form of an online publishing project that will see much-needed aid finding its way to tens of thousands of survivors
When the worst earthquake in Japan’s history and the subsequent tsunami knocked out all power in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, editors at the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, the city’s daily newspaper, printed news of the disaster the only way they could: by pen and paper.
At every paper where I’ve worked, when we had big computer problems or the power went out, we’d joke about firing up the mimeograph machine or getting out the manual typewriters to put out the paper. These guys did that nightmare scenario one better. I am in awe.
STILLS Photos found in tsunami debris were displayed so people could identify and claim them at a gym that now functions as an evacuation center in Otsuchi, Japan, Monday. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan Monday, one month to the day after a deadly earthquake and tsunami. (Photo: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA via the Wall St. Journal)
DEFIANCE When a massive earthquake struck Japan on March 11, triggering a tsunami, the city of Rikuzentakata’s famous pine trees were wiped away — except for this one. Now it is a symbol of hope for a devastated nation. “This tree and all the pine trees on the beach were planted by my ancestors,” said local resident Yasumori Matsuzaka. “I have lots of feelings about it. I hope this tree becomes a symbol of rebuilding Takata.” (Photo: John Burnett / NPR)
A magnitude 7.8 quake in California — Japan’s quake was 30 times more powerful — would kill at least 2,000 people and cause $200 billion in damage, a United States Geological Survey estimates. The good news for California is that there’s only a 4 percent chance of that 8.0 quake hitting in the next 30 years. The bad news is that a 6.7 quake or stronger is 99 percent likely to hit, and a 7.5+ temblor has a 46 percent shot. Many of the state’s buildings would likely collapse into a “carpet of rubble.”
warm wishes and safe thoughts for you and everyone there.
Geiger counter readings from western part of Tokyo as of 1 PM, 3/15/2011.
Note the huge spike, 2-3X normal background levels (which is 20 clicks per minute or so). This is the first time it has made a huge jump, right around the time a fourth reactor was reported to be on fire in Fukushima.
This is still very SAFE levels and you can see it’s dropping back to normal BUT it is alarming just the same. What if it gets worse? I am seriously packing my bag in case they start evacuating Americans. If I have to leave all my things behind forever, fine, it’s not worth my life. I don’t think it’s overreacting to be prepared—this situation seems like it is getting well out of hand but I am trying my best to not freak the fuck out, which is what my insides want to do right now.
Edit: Of course I will try to save the cat! But in mass evacuations sometimes they don’t let you bring pets, believe me I am sick inside over everything and I hope it doesn’t come to that. Also to everyone who has unfollowed me since the quake, I’m sorry my personal struggle is so boring to you. Meh.
A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the area March 11, 2011. (Reuters)
New video shows the powerful Japanese tsunami as it swept through Iwaki City on March 11, 2011.
The map provides a collection of videos from towns across Japan.
Good find … and good work by the BBC.
A devastating tsunami triggered by the biggest earthquake on record in Japan looked set to kill at least 1,000 people along the northeastern coast on Friday after a wall of water swept away everything in its path.
Just in: Audio report from NHK World delivering news that the fuel rods at Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant have been exposed, which could lead to a massive nuclear meltdown.
Graphic: Japan devastated by 8.9 earthquake
The largest earthquake to strike Japan in 140 year hit on Friday, unleashing a 10-metre tsunami. Hundreds are reported to be dead. Tsunami advisories were called along the Pacific basin including the west coast of the U.S. and Canada.
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Heart-Wrenching Images of the Day: Filmmaker Logan McMillan grabbed his camera one minute after the ground shook in Christchurch, and didn’t stop capturing footage for 36 hours.
Residents first to cover the quake on Twitter — Moments after we received the first report of the quake in Christchurch, New Zealand, I discovered this photo on Twitter snapped by Laura Campbell (@dyedredlaura). It showed the CTV building, all but one wall collapsed in a cloud of dust. I hesitated posting it — it looked too real, too devastating — but Laura continued to snap photos of the damage around her. She was running her own breaking news wire from Christchurch, and she wasn’t the only one: we found dozens of New Zealanders hitting the streets, posting a steady stream of Twitter updates like seasoned journalists.
After all, they’ve done it before. In September of last year, a 7.1 quake hit the area. Many residents jumped on Twitter, ultimately settling on the hashtag #eqnz to organize their updates. This time around, they picked up the hashtag quickly, making it easy for us to find the latest news substantially before the local media reported it. In fact, within 5 minutes of the first word of the quake, we had a good idea of the devastating extent of the damage. In all, we posted 30 updates on BreakingNews.com in the first couple hours — many more since.