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Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor News from NHK Japan

by 1389AD ( 91 Comments › )
Filed under Japan, Open thread, Technology at March 18th, 2011 - 11:30 am

NHK World (English-Language)

Says coldwarrior:

For actual earthquake reporting, and to bypass the western media spin on the reactor story (just in case some of yinz don’t have the link):


They stream the news and news conferences with instant English translation.

No spin, just news and interviews with people that are actually qualified to answer reactor questions.

Depending on your browser settings, you may need to authorize it to run an ActiveX process in order to see and hear the streaming video.

While I was listening to the streaming video, the announcer suggested that those wishing to donate search for the Japanese Red Cross website. Here it is:

Japanese Red Cross Society – Earthquake Donations

NHK World mobile phone site: http://k.nhk.jp/daily/

Update: Japan

by Kafir ( 59 Comments › )
Filed under Japan at March 13th, 2011 - 10:00 am

Picture via Wired: Earthquake Is Biggest in Japan’s Recorded History

Energy markets brace for shockwaves after Japan

Aftershocks and nuclear threat keep Japan’s residents in fear

Japan Earthquake Shifted Coastline Maximum Of 8 Feet, Scientists Say

Japan Earthquake: U.S. Mobilizes Humanitarian and Military Relief

Partial meltdown likely under way at power plant, Japanese official says

Mom, Gramma and FLOW

by Bunk X ( 243 Comments › )
Filed under Climate, Humor, Japan, Links, Open thread at March 11th, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Yeah.  So as I was saying,  um, er, heh… well crap.  Lost my train of thought due to random synapses firing out of sequence while contemplating all the awesome contained in that one image. So let’s balance that awesome with some non-awesome.

DoD’s Walter von Dichische spotted a link that features a couple of jawdropping examples of twittering brilliance:

Mom, Gramma, FLOW, and a couple of teenage twits — Put them all together and they spell The Overnight Open Thread.

Some Geology and Development and an open drive time think piece

by coldwarrior ( 125 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Open thread, Technology at September 8th, 2010 - 4:30 pm

There was a massive 7.0 Mag quake that did a real number on Christchurch NZ last week. There was also a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti last year.

Both are magnitude 7.0, both hit a population center, yet the death toll in NZ was ZERO, the death toll in Haiti was 230,000.

Port au Prince was founded in the 1740’s while Christchurch was founded a century later. Even by the 1850’s buildings weren’t that different, and newer buildings would have been in pace.  Besides the massive amount of deaths in Haiti, the other striking difference is that there was $2USD billion damage in New Zealand, and $20USD Billion in Haiti

So lets go here for an on the ground report:

Learning from past earthquakes (especially the magnitude 7.8 Napier earthquake in 1931), New Zealand has implemented stringent building codes. Modern homes are generally of timber-frame construction, which flex and absorb the energy of an earthquake. Modern commercial and office buildings are generally constructed with isolated foundations, while many historic buildings have been retrofitted with earthquake dampening devices. New Zealand is now a world leader in earthquake engineering.

Still, there was significant damage in Christchurch, most often to older un-reinforced brick structures, and in areas where liquefaction amplified the ground shaking. And of course, there was major damage to the water and sewerage infrastructure, and disruptions to power supply and transportation networks.

The rebuilding cost in Canterbury is currently estimated at over @2 billion (NZ), compared to over $20 billion for the rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and does not benefit from stringent building codes. Construction practices are substandard and earthquake-proof buildings are few. An estimated 250,000 residences were destroyed or severely damaged in Haiti, leaving nearly 1 million people homeless. Even such important buildings as the Presidential Palace and National Assembly did not withstand the severity of the shaking. The collapse of buildings in Haiti led to tens of thousands of people being buried under rubble, or trapped inside unsafe structures.

Essential services were decimated. Infrastructure vital to the disaster response was severely damaged, meaning that people could not get the help that they needed in time. The loss of hospitals, major roads, rail links, harbours, and communication networks severely hampered rescue and relief efforts. Without sufficient aid, thirst, famine, looting, and eventually disease took a terrible toll.