Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake in Japan: Tsunami spreading fires



Real problems with that vicious bag Mother Nature, as opposed to the made-up ones we keep hearing about.

10 comments:

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

strontium anyone?
http://tinyurl.com/strontojbozo

Fader209 said...

I still think it was Godzilla who caused it all.

Andrew said...

This was rather humbling really. It really does put us in our place.

I studied these waves when I was learning to be an Engineer but have never seen footage like this.

The only way to escape this I'd to not live
near the coast or on a flood plain.

The Thames barrier would be no good against this.


P.s

The design of the Japanese buildings to resist Earthquakes is superb. The fact that they stood up to an earthquake of this magnitude was impressive. The design really saved lives.

I once had a Japanese client tell me that he was worried about the small steel members we used in London. I had to tell him that we do not get earthquakes here.

Andrew said...

Sorry for the typos in the last comment.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

3 reactor coolers at Fukushima nuclear power plant aren't working as of 2:30pm PST.

Neal Asher said...

Always best to be wary of the media hysteria about nuclear reactors, Vaude. Remeber how many thousands were supposed to have been killed by Chernobyl, as opposed to the reality, of about 60.

Neal Asher said...

Yes, Andrew, a massive quake yet no buildings (as far as I know) came down in Tokyo. Very little to be done about the tsunami, unless they decide to build massive sea defences.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

i know the Chernobyl stories and facts as much as a small brain can take in via docu and reading, still (the explosion especially) is freaking out pals over there (they weren't evacuated like the whole villages around it)"hey, its just a slightly smaller version of Chernobyl right now." isn't going over well.

what can go wrong will and ya know, they had radioactive giant lizards ruin the train lines before (Fader implies). it's high tension watching this regardless of what's come before.

over here in the US the original nuke tests were ok to watch from a couple miles out and look at what happened to my (great) uncle, his daughter, and his grand kids. just look!!

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uh...ya, the grand kids are fused and missing things. uncle, aunt died of a cancer suspected to be connected with that wow moment in their lives.
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by the way, most of the Japanese houses do not have conduit pipes over their electrical wires. they might have some good structure for earthquakes (no idea, but i doubt it, the buildings are tightly packed together keeping things from going too nuts like the victorian gingerboxes in SF, CA. Japan cuts corners on safety when they can.), but the inner guts of those boxes are ready for earthquake or rat teeth for a healthy death trap.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

the other nuke:
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/ff_new_nukes/

Disco Stu said...

Noticed a reference to the quake having a 'silver lining'. Article talks about how...
"A massive earthquake and tsunami have accomplished what Japan's fiscal policy and central bank could not. Rebuilding a large swath of Japan will stimulate domestic growth and global demand, energy-efficient technologies..."

I find that attitude deeply callus. Thousands of bodies are still being dug out of the devastation. Tears of the mourning would probably fill a swimming pool and we should rub our hands together about the domestic growth.

'Christian' Science Monitor? Yeah right.

Link below.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Global-Viewpoint/2011/0314/The-silver-lining-of-Japan-s-earthquake