Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 03:43 pm
@Butrflynet,
Butrflynet wrote:

Here's a link to Google's crisis response site for anyone needing info on specific people or areas:

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 03:51 pm
Fukushima reactor pressure may have hit 2.1 times capacity: METI

03/11/2011

TOKYO | Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:35pm EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Pressure inside a reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant may have risen to 2.1 times its designed capacity, Japan's trade ministry said on Saturday, exceeding the 1.5-times level announced a few hours earlier.

Temperatures and pressure at the No.1 reactor have been rising since its cooling system was knocked out by the earthquake, the largest on record in Japan, raising worries about a possible radiation leak.

The company said it was preparing back-up generators to pump water and cool the reactor.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 03:52 pm
@Butrflynet,
http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

Radiation levels in Fukushima Daiichi plant central control unit is 1,000 times normal, Kyodo says.



Must be a typo. She must mean 10 times normal because 10 minutes earlier she posted:

Kyodo news agency reports radiation levels 8 times normal levels near main gate of Fukushima nuclear plant
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 03:56 pm
@Butrflynet,
Discomfiting in any case.. at least to me.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 03:58 pm
The following is an excerpt from our factbox regarding U.S. Navy vessels being positioned for earthquake and tsunami relief.

"USS ESSEX, (an amphibious assault vessel -- complement: 1,200 (Navy) 1,800 (Marines) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, this morning. The ship is making preparations to depart as early as Friday evening.

USS BLUE RIDGE (command and control ship -- complement: approximately 1,500 all Navy), which arrived in Singapore this morning, is loading a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief kit and making preparations to depart Saturday morning.

The USS BOXER Amphibious Ready Group, which includes:
* USS BOXER (amphibious assault ship complement: 1,174 Navy, 2,070 Marines).
* USS GREEN BAY (amphibious transport dock - complement: approximately 360 crew -- can deliver a force of approximately 800 Marines).
* USS COMSTOCK (amphibious dock landing ship - complement: approximately 347 Navy crew and approximately 400 Marines), is currently at sea in the Western Pacific en route to a scheduled replenishment in Guam."
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 04:08 pm
@Butrflynet,
A total aside - a friend in college, um, 1962, was named Fukishima, and he married a friend in a significant wedding for me - people from different cultures, one of them well pregnant, and the wedding joyous and fun... I remember being shocked that it was. So unlike my own cultural straits. That was part of my growing up. Well, I knew her first but they were both friends. Anyway, piquance added for me now re where all this is happening.
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 05:06 pm
bookmark
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 05:44 pm
http://kron4.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=557

Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, Tsunami Warning Downgraded to Advisory

SACRAMENTO (KRON) – Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan. The earthquake triggered a water surge along the California coast, causing damage to ports, harbors and infrastructure.

The water surge caused by the tsunami inundated California beaches, ports, and harbors, destroyed public and private property and is threatening numerous structures, Brown wrote in a statement. It caused the evacuation of residents and the opening of emergency shelters.

Brown said the surge is also causing conditions of extreme peril to the infrastructure and the safety of people and properties within the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz; and it continues to threaten these counties.

The governor also offered his condolences to the people of Japan and said California is ready and willing to offer emergency help.

According to the office of emergency services, the tsunami warning has been downgraded to an advisory.

Beaches, harbors and coastline are considered unsafe because additional surges are expected. People in low-lying areas should be alert to instructions from local emergency officials.

The counties affected by the advisory are San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, San Benito, Sonoma, Santa Clara, Alameda.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 05:59 pm
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/11/japan-responds-to-massive-quake/

2155 GMT: The Google "Person Finder" set up earlier Friday to help people find someone they've lost contact with in Japan after Friday's massive quake is already tracking around 7,200 records.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:01 pm
@Butrflynet,
Ok, better link.
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High Seas
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:07 pm
@Butrflynet,
Butrflynet wrote:

http://kron4.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=557

Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, Tsunami Warning Downgraded to Advisory

There was no tsunami warning anywhere, as you can read in the NOAA link posted with maps 1 page ago. There was a low level "tsunami watch". Duh. I like Gov. Brown but he's doing this to rustle up federal funds for emergencies because of CA's $26 billion deficit this year. Cheapskate (he, not you).
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:12 pm
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/mar/11/north-state-lawmakers-request-tsunami-disaster-ass/



...

The declaration comes after two north state lawmakers, Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, and Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, teamed up today to write a letter requesting Brown declare a disaster area, said Chesbro's spokesman Andrew Bird.

An official state of emergency declaration opens an area up to federal disaster funds and resources.

Chesbro's 1st District, which includes Trinity County, stretches up the coast to Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

LaMalfa's 4th District, which includes Shasta County, stretches from the Sacramento Valley to Del Norte County, where Crescent City is the county seat.

So far, some of the most significant damage the tsunami caused up California's coastline was to a harbor in Crescent City, according to news reports.

The tsunami also swept three men out to sea Friday morning near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, according to reports.

At least one -- or possibly two -- of the victims were missing this afternoon. The Coast Guard was reportedly searching for them.

Bird said he was hesitant to confirm the extent of the damage to the Crescent City harbor or any other damage or casualty reports.

"We’ve also heard so many things that turned out not to be true, I don’t want to give too many specifics," Bird said.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:22 pm
@High Seas,
What was this?

Butrflynet wrote:

The North American West Coast Tsunami alert has been upgraded from a watch to a warning.

To: U.S. West Coast, Alaska, and British Columbia coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Warning and Advisory #4 issued 03/11/2011 at 12:51AM PST

The warning and advisory status regions have changed in this message.

The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California to the Oregon-Washington border.

The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of Alaska from Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak) to Attu, Alaska.

The Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of California from the California-Mexico border to Point Concepcion, California.

The Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington border to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak).


A Tsunami Warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets including those sheltered directly from the sea. Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures.

All residents within the warned area should be alert for instructions broadcast from their local civil authorities. A tsunami has been recorded.

A Tsunami Advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:23 pm
@High Seas,
Gov Moonbeam is the very best governor ever, I mean like look at who he cohabitated with last time he was the gov. america needs more moonbeams in government. fed tsunami aid could pay for all the teachers laid and/or laid off in Oxnard. Unionized teachers in San Francisco get paid upwards of $100.000, when everyone knows they got get 4 of 5 room-mates and live just fine on $45,000. Sucking the public teat is their full time job.
High Seas
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 06:33 pm
@dyslexia,
I said I like the man - moonbeamish he may be but he's no thief. I came across his mother in the late Richard Nixon's law office in New York - 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan - of all places. What she was doing there I can't imagine. Pres. Nixon introduced her as "Mrs Pat Brown" so naturally I thought her first name was Pat and couldn't understand why it was preceded by "Mrs". Later I realized she was going by her husband's first name, as was the formal style in days long past. Btw, I know Oxnard beach well (including marinas and nearby airfields) and it had maybe a couple of inches extra wave height today Smile
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 07:05 pm
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/12/second_nuke_plant_emergency/

Emergency declared at second quake-wracked Japanese nuke plant

'Fukushima No. 1, meet Fukushima No. 2'
By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco
Posted in Science, 12th March 2011 00:52 GMT

The Japanese government has declared an emergency [1] at a second Japanese nuclear plant: Fukushima No. 2, seven miles away from Fukushima No. 1, which lost cooling [2] after Friday's devastating megaquake in northeastern Japan.

Japan's Kyodo News reports [3] that on Saturday morning, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) released news that the cooling systems had failed in three reactors in the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant.

TEPCO, said Kyodo News, "notified the industry ministry that the failsafe system at the No. 2 plant stopped functioning as the temperature of coolant water has topped 100 C." A TEPCO spokesperson told Fox News [4] that pressure was stable in the reactors, but rising in their containment vessels.

This escalation of Japan's nuclear power-plant emergency comes just as the country's nuclear safety agency is "set to issue an unprecedented order" to open relief valves at Fukushima No. 1, according to Kyodo News [5].

Although Fukushima No. 1's problems were originally announced to have involved only the plant's reactor No. 2, Japan's Juji Press says [6] that the radiation-spewing release – which TEPCO said would be "small" – will involve not only reactor No. 2, but reactors Nos. 1 and 3, as well.

According to Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, however, safety can be assured: winds are blowing out to sea. ®
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 07:10 pm
They've upgraded the earthquake to a 9.1, 4th largest in recorded history. Horrible and sad. CNN just showed before and after pictures of a city Miamiso (sic) that is basically just the concrete foundations and devistation.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 07:10 pm
They've upgraded the earthquake to a 9.1, 4th largest in recorded history. Horrible and sad. CNN just showed before and after pictures of a city Miamiso (sic) that is basically just the concrete foundations and devistation.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 07:12 pm
@Ceili,
oy.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 07:12 pm
@Ceili,
Apparently my last post caused yet another death...

"You have just caused an error that took the life of one of the hardest working hamsters. But the good news is that we wrote down the error and will give it to our overlords so that they can figure out how to make it not happen again. Go in peace friend, we must now pour out some liquor for our fallen comrade. We miss you homeslice!"

May he rest in peace.

 

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