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teddillard
11 March 2011, 1026
Esteemed ElMototians... I know we're all aware of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan right now, maybe you've seen some of the footage. It's horrible.

The Huffington has a link to various aid organizations who have already mobilized, here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-relief_n_834484.html

...including a number that you can text to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross effort. (text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone)

They're throwing around some pretty devastating casualty estimates... they're going to need all the help they can get.

Sorry for the off/topic post.

Coninsan
11 March 2011, 1039
It's been buzzing around my head since I woke up..
I have several friends who fancy Japan and have several Japanese friends, thankfully all are okay and accounted for.
But frankly, setting up relief funds are making to much of a fuzz about it in my opinion.
Japans sakura are really blooming now, as a metafor, their economy is strong and it's not like they're a 3rd world country who needs funds in every instance to recooperate.
I've seen photos and video from the streets that where hit by the Tsunami, all that is needed is to clean the debris out and wipe up the puddles and it's all good as new. Being that Earthquakes are very common, they build their houses strong, you have to go far into the country to find homes built of paper these days. :)

teddillard
11 March 2011, 1056
They're projecting over 80,000 dead. I hope they're wrong.

Coninsan
11 March 2011, 1058
The latest I've heard was 1000 confirmed dead..

teddillard
11 March 2011, 1101
Yes, actually that's up from the 400 I heard confirmed about a half hour ago. It's the middle of the night right now, they're only starting search/rescue operations. The best news feed I've found is via the bbc, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

It is, from what I've heard, the most severe earthquake/tsunami on record for Japan in recorded history.

chef
11 March 2011, 1156
Wow didn't know it was that bad. I'd read about the tsunami worries there and on the US west coast. I guess if the US coast is on alert, it had to be a large quake.

Coninsan
11 March 2011, 1200
It measured 8.8 on the Richterscale..

podolefsky
11 March 2011, 1210
4 million are without power. Nuclear plants were shut down as a precaution. One had lost coolant, but they say it didn't leak any radiation.

Tokyo was shaken (240 mi away), but no significant damage that I saw reported. Hopefully aftershocks don't do any more damage. Northern Japan isn't as wealthy and well built as the southern region.

teddillard
11 March 2011, 1233
Update on that plant: Fukushima, Japan Nuclear Facility Declares State Of Emergency
"Residents near the facility have been asked to evacuate as a precaution. The nuclear power plant's cooling system was malfunctioning after the quake, causing concerns, per the Guardian."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/fukushima-japan-nuclear-f_n_834548.html?ir=Green

teddillard
12 March 2011, 0428
Explosion at one of the plants last night: http://tinyurl.com/4romnpf

I was completely unaware Japan had so many nuclear plants.

http://l.yimg.com/a/p/us/news/editorial/d/50/d5043e1191255964794522d936923803.jpeg