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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.

Breaking News: 7.2 Quake in Baja California

by Husky Lover ( 41 Comments › )
Filed under Open thread, Weather at April 4th, 2010 - 5:23 pm

A 7.2 Earthquake has occurred in Baja California. It was felt up in California and Arizona.

LOS ANGELES – Seismologists have raised the preliminary magnitude of an earthquake in northern Baja California from 6.9 to 7.2.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says the new magnitude of the 3:40 p.m. Sunday earthquake is still an estimate.

The quake centered south of California’s border with Mexico was widely felt, swaying buildings as far away as San Diego, Los Angeles and Arizona.

Read the rest: Baja California quake magnitude raised to 7.2

No reports of death or damage yet. This is the 2nd major quake to hit the Pacific region in a month. The last one was in Chile about a month ago.

8.3-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

by Husky Lover ( 99 Comments › )
Filed under Open thread at February 27th, 2010 - 6:00 am

Good morning Blogmocracy Netizens! I have some sad news to report today.

A massive earthquake has struck Southern Chile today. As of the time of this writing no information on damage or casualites have been reported. My prayers and hopes go out to the Chilean people. Please post updates on this thread since this is breaking news. Fox has reported collapsed.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – An 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck southern Chile early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Surveytsunami warning was issued. reported. A

The quake hit 197 miles (317 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Santiago, and at a depth of 36.9 miles (59.4 kilometers) at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST).

Read it all.

Update: There are now reports of  tsunami waves hitting Chile and other nations.

Numerous tsunami waves have been reported in the Pacific, with one reaching as high as 7.7 feet in the central Chile coastal town of Talcahuano, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Hawaii is under a tsunami warning.

Island Libertarian, if you are around, let us know what’s going on out there.

Update II: Here is a recent update on the damage and casualties.

TALCA, Chile – A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

President-elect Sebastian Pinera said more than 120 people died, but the death toll was rising quickly.

In the town of Talca, just 65 miles (105 kilometers) from the epicenter, Associated Press journalist Roberto Candia said it felt as if a giant had grabbed him and shaken him.

The town’s historic center, filled with buildings of adobe mud and straw, largely collapsed, though most of those were businesses that were not inhabited during the 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. EST, 0634 GMT) quake. Neighbors pulled at least five people from the rubble while emergency workers, themselves disoriented, asked for information from reporters.

Many roads were destroyed, and electricity, water and phone lines were cut to many areas — meaning there was no word of death or damage from many outlying areas.

Haiti’s true curse

by Speranza ( 154 Comments › )
Filed under Open thread at January 20th, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Haiti  is plagued by a culture of poverty. There are some parallels between the Haitian culture of poverty and the culture of welfare dependency which can be seen in so many of our inner cities in America.  The Katrina debacle in New Orleans is a prime example of generations of Americans addicted to poverty and to government welfare – so when a natural disaster strikes, the people are powerless waiting for outsiders (particularly the government) to come save them. Individual initiative is a foreign concept to those who depend on a higher authority to take care of their needs.  Haiti shares an island with the Dominican Republic and the contrasts between those two nations are striking.  Although there is poverty in the Dominican republic, there is also a growing middle class in that nation (which at one point it seemed as if their greatest exports was shortstops to the major leagues)!.

by Jonah Goldberg

The images from Haiti are, if anything, only getting worse. What was left of an already fragile society is starting to break down, as violence and chaos take over. Despite the heroic efforts of aid workers and the battered Haitian government, it looks as if Haiti’s problems will persist well into the 21st century, long after the debris is cleared and the houses are rebuilt.

While the scope of the tragedy in Haiti is nearly impossible to exaggerate, it’s important to remember that last week’s earthquake was so deadly because Haiti is Haiti.


It’s hardly news that poverty makes people vulnerable to the full arsenal of Mother Nature’s fury. The closer you are to living in a state of nature, the crueler nature will be — which is one reason why people who romanticize tribal or pre-capitalist life (that would be you, James Cameron) tend to do so from a safe, air-conditioned distance and with easy access to flushing toilets, antibiotics, dentistry and Chinese takeout.

The sad truth about Haiti isn’t simply that it is poor, but that it has a poverty culture. Yes, it has had awful luck. Absolutely, it has been exploited, abused and betrayed ever since its days as a slave colony. So, if it alleviates Western guilt to say that Haiti’s poverty stems entirely from a legacy of racism and colonialism, fine. But Haiti has been independent and the poorest country in the hemisphere for a long time.

Even if blame lies everywhere except among the victims themselves, it doesn’t change the fact that Haiti will never get out of grinding poverty until it abandons much of its culture.


Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz note in their phenomenal new book, “From Poverty to Prosperity,” that low-skilled Mexican laborers become 10 to 20 times more productive simply by crossing the border into the United States. William Lewis, former director of the McKinsey Global Institute, found that illiterate, non-English-speaking Mexican agricultural laborers in the US were four times more productive than the same sorts of laborers in Brazil.


Why? Because American culture not only expects hard work, but teaches the unskilled how to work hard.

It’s true that Haiti has few natural resources, but neither do Japan or Switzerland. What those countries do have are what Kling and Schulz call valuable “intangible assets” — the skills, rules, laws, education, knowledge, customs, expectation, etc. — that drives a prosperous society to generate prosperity.

Read the rest.

Haiti and the Logistics of Relief

by coldwarrior ( 134 Comments › )
Filed under World at January 15th, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Based on Haitian Earthquake of 12 JAN 2010

Rodan had asked me to write up a quick outline of the logistics and other problems that the relief effort in Haiti will face. Yours truly has been on a similar mission, but nothing nearly as extreme as what is occurring in Haiti right now. I will be using Haiti for the background, in general these specifics can be extrapolated and applied to other disaster or emergency situations. This was thrown together very quickly. We know that the pre-earthquake infrastructure in Haiti was well below Western standards, so they are already starting the disaster in a terrible position.

First Hours: The earthquake hits the island of Hispaniola, there will be several hours of total and complete confusion, the 72 hour disease clock starts right now. Whatever communication infrastructure that was in Haiti is now inoperable. The American government knows it has to go in and help and calls the embassy and the Haitian government to assess if the docks are intact, can port control handle the increased traffic, can the boats get unloaded, if they can be unloaded will it clog the docks.

The military will want to know if the runway is intact, and if not, what is the longest portion of useable strip, and if air traffic control is capable of handling the massive amounts of flights that will be heading toward and leaving Haiti. How much fuel is at the airport, how much space to park planes on the tarmac, how much space to hold the supplies and people is useable at the airport. Possibly the single most important phase of this assessment is the conditions of the roads inland and a psychological evaluation of the population by day 2-4. If the roads are impassable, the supplies WILL stack up on the tarmac and on the docs and then no more supplies can be offloaded. If the roads are blocked and there is no way to get water from the docks to inland then all of the desalination that the US Navy can muster is a pointless exercise. There must be space to put materiel.

Orders for movement from CONUS are issued, the Americans are on their way. Confusion reigns in Haiti.

Day 2: Aircraft arrive at the airport and begin to offload, this is where space on the tarmac and in the warehouses becomes a premium. We can assume that the airport has no auto gas so arrangements have to be made for mechanical offloading and movement of pallets loads of goods. With each aircraft, more and more square feet are used up. During all of this, a survey of the roads and civil situation is occurring. Military will have to be already there to protect the supplies that have been offloaded. They will have to be on the convoys out to the affected areas as well. Looting may begin as the shock of the event wears off. If the looting is not quelled immediately and with force, the society may end up spiraling out of control.

The corpses of the dead have to be isolated NOW. They should be burned as soon as possible. Mass graves can be used, but incineration is the only way to avoid disease.

Day 3: If the docs are open and can handle the traffic, see airport operations on Day 2. In this case, the docs are useless and the ships cannot get in to offload because the cranes and port facilities have been obliterated. Ship born supplies are pointless right now, but ships will continue to head toward Haiti in the hopes that the materiel can get offloaded in the future. By this point, senior officials will arrive and do photo-op. Military will probably have to do another show of force somewhere very public to warn the looters and criminals again and to assure the population that there is security and that there will be help.

The docs are out of commission. Therefore, more aid will have to be flown in, putting more pressure on the airport and ground crews until a solution can be found to offload ships either elsewhere in Haiti or in the Dominican Republic where supplies can then be driven in if the roads are passable, or flown in and dropped via helicopter, placing even more stress on the air traffic control system. Aid flow is then already halved because of the collapsed ports.

Logistical control is difficult by this time if only one airport is open and there is no way to deliver supplies away from the local area. Flow control will revert backward in the chain to the next airports up the chain like Miami, Orlando, New Orleans. What will occur is that items that are needed on the ground in Haiti are stuck on the ground, off the island, and they cant be flown in until there is more room on the tarmac in Haiti. The goods have to flow in and out of the terminal point of the chain…all of the aid in the World is useless if it is sitting on a tarmac.

Day 4+ The tipping point: It is at this point that we see what the society is made of. Does everyone work together or is it anarchy? Will it be every man for himself, or will there be some order? Can the supplies make it form the airport to points inland? Have the roads been opened? What are the people doing, can they be organized to help? Can they be trusted to help. Security of the supplies and delivery over even marginal roads must begin to occur immediately or more pole will die from infection than died in the

The Human body can survive great lengths of time without food, it cannot survive very long without water. The sanitary conditions in Haiti were questionable at best before the earthquake, they are non existent now. The water, unless it comes from deep wells will be contaminated. The irony is that the poorest people that live inland and have their own water and food will be the least impacted by the destruction. Clean water and clean people are the key. Any exposed non-treated water, pooled water, human waste, and corpses, that have not been incinerated are now one giant disease vector. 72+ hours have passed, the microbes are now on the march and have multiplied rapidly, the 90F temperatures help the microbes greatly. People with skin breaching injuries will now show begin to show signs of massive infections. The non wounded will begin to get ill as well from the death soup that they have been drinking and walking around in.

The list of diseases that occur in this situation are as follows: malaria, measles, dissentary, hepatitis A, B, and C, Aids, Cryptosporidiosis, Enteroviruses, Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Leptospirosis, Legionnaires’ disease, MRSA, Norovirus, Rotavirus, Shigellosis, Tetanus, Toxoplasmosis, Tuberculosis, Cholera, West Nile, Giardiasis, and the list goes on and on.

I hope this helps with the understanding of what is occurring in Haiti. Pray for them.

Yele Haiti
American Red Cross

The Devastation in Haiti

by Husky Lover ( 182 Comments › )
Filed under World at January 14th, 2010 - 3:00 pm

The relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake is being overwhelmed by demand. The destruction was made worse by the poverty and lack of building standards. The human toll is something one must be there to understand. This is a human tragedy of epic proportions!

Sixteen Britons are among the tens of thousands missing after a catastrophic earthquake ripped Haiti apart.

They had all been living in the capital Port-au-Prince when the disaster – which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale – struck on Tuesday.

Today the Haitian Red Cross said it believes between 45,000 and 50,000 people died in the quake. Up to three million could be hurt or homeless

Click to see the pictures.

This tragedy has been compounded by the lack of infrastructure in that country. This has delayed aid to the millions of Haitians who need it.

Relief has begun trickling into quake ravaged Haiti but impassable roads and a heavily damaged airport have left eager aid workers largely unable to get food, water and rescue workers into Port-au-Prince.

Read the rest.

The Red cross is now running out of medical supplies. This means the death toll will go higher and many victims will not receive the care they need to survive.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A spokesman for the American Red Cross says the aid organization has run out of medical supplies in Haiti. said Wednesday that the small amount of medical equipment and medical supplies that were available in Haiti has be distributed.PorterfieldRed Cross spokesman Eric

Read the rest.

The Haitians however, being a resourceful people, are trying to make the best out of this tragedy by helping themselves.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Turning pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers, Haitians were frantically struggling to save those injured in this week’s earthquake as desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday. An Air China plane carrying a Chinese search-and-rescue team, medics and tons of food and medicine landed at Port-au-Prince airport before dawn, joining three French planes with aid and a mobile hospital, officials said. A British relief team arrived in neighboring Dominican Republic.

Read the rest.

Now diseases are breaking out in Haiti in the aftermath of the destruction.

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Survivors of the earthquake in Haiti that may have killed as many as 100,000 people face deadly outbreaks of diarrhea, measles and malaria after its already fragile clean water and health-care systems were destroyed.

Even before the bodies of the dead have been removed from the rubble, health officials say it’s critical in the next few days that massive containers of water be set up throughout the capital of Port-au-Prince, temporary treatment centers established and tons of antibiotics and basic medical supplies delivered.

Read the rest.

Hopefully, the relief intensifies and the Haitian people will get the help they deserve. This is a human tragedy and as Americans we should help a neighboring nation filled with good people.

Here is a good charity for Haiti called Yele Haiti. Founded by Haitian-American Rapper/Producer Wyclef Jean a former Fugees member, this charity has been on the scene since minutes after the quake hit.

Another good charity is an old reliable, The Red Cross.

Please donate if you can!

Update: Haitian gangs are now fighting over food and supplies.

500,000 feared dead in Haiti

by Husky Lover ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under World at January 13th, 2010 - 12:24 pm

In some disturbing news, the 7.0 Earthquake which Rocked Haiti and was felt in neighboring Dominican Republic may have caused the deaths of 500,000 people. I called my relatives in Dominican Republic and they felt it. Imagine what the Haitians experienced. The nation, which is the poorest in the Hemisphere, was already barely functioning as a State. Many Haitians have moved to the Dominican Republic or America for a better life. Now the expatriates are trying to communicate with their homeland and are having difficulty due to the bad communication systems that nation had before the tragedy.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president’s palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared hundreds of thousands may have perished but there was no firm count. Death was everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather. Bodies of men were covered with plastic tarps or cotton sheets.

He believes thousands were killed in Tuesday afternoon’s magnitude-7.0 quake, and the scope of the destruction prompted other officials to give even higher estimates. Leading Sen. Youri Latortue told The Associated Press that 500,000 could be dead, although he acknowledged that nobody really knows.

Read the rest.

Our prayers and hopes go out to the Haitian people. It is incidents like this that make one realize the fragility of humanity. Please donate if you can to a charity.