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Massive quake halts Japanese tech, automotive production

By Matthew ยท 26 replies
Mar 11, 2011
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  1. A massive earthquake and subsequent tsunamis struck Japan today, devastating property and killing hundreds. The 8.9-magnitude quake hit 230 miles east of Tokyo and is the largest the country has seen in over a century. Tsunamis rose up to 33 feet tall. The disaster left many technology companies scrambling in the wake. Although the amount of damage is still unknown, many firms have reported their initial losses.

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  2. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    One of my favorite country, my prayers to all those affected.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    holy sharp shooters batman, that's a big shake..

    ditto: One of my favorite country, my prayers to all those affected.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    I'm pretty sure I don't have to say this to the techspot community as we all know better, but to be on the safe side: be careful of the scams that will come from this. I'm sure we all remember those "charities" that popped up after Katrina and Haiti that turned out to be scams. It's sad and pathetic that people would do such a thing, but unfortunately, it happens. So just be careful when donating. My prayers go out to everyone in Japan.
  5. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 249   +14

    The images and videos are shocking... My sincere prayers for those who lost everything...
  6. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 238   +54

    May the good lord shine his light on Japan.
  7. "The 8.9-magnitude quake hit 230 miles east of Tokyo and is the largest the country has seen in over a century."

    Um, its the largest in Japan ever, not just in a century.

    You can say ever or be politically correct and say largest in recorded history.

    See: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_Japan
  8. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

  9. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    Don't forget, there was the original 8.9 and then later on a 6 or 7 something aftershock. I can't even imagine what it'd be like to be in an 8.9 quake followed by a 30ft high tsunami followed by a large after shock (I think the aftershock came after the tsunami, not sure). But still, 2 large shakes and a large wave in only a few hours...I would definitely be needing a new change of underwear, lol.

    Once again, I have to applaud Google. They were very helpful when Egypt had it's civil uprising, and now they're helping out here. Google Person Finder
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    As others have said, my thoughts go out to those affected.

    Also, another Google link to the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami crisis response page they have also setup.

    I have to say being where I am in the world, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes don't ever happen. OK we had a tornado a few times, but other than ripping a few roofs off houses thats about it. We do get flooding though in some places - But christ, I'd be petrified experiencing anything like the above!
  11. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Let us pray for the dead, the missing, the families who have lost everything and the millions of Japanese whose lives will be forever changed in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy.
  12. rajwraith

    rajwraith TS Rookie

    My bro lives in japan. He's ok, but I too pray for the those who have lost loved ones and property.
    What enrages me though is how cruel some people are behaving at youtube. The affected are uploading videos of the earthquake, and people are saying that they're fake! I mean, how dumb and heartless could you be!!
  13. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 848   +383

    Is there a number for the Brits to phone to help out?
  14. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92

    My condolence's to all the people who lost their loved one's .
  15. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 380   +47

    It's been reported that there are over 125 aftershocks, some as big as 7.8 and others around 6.4. Terrible tragedy. One of the worst modern disasters that could happen, well happened.

    I'm still in shock. I have a friend that lives in Tokyo, she is ok but she is separated from her family and don't know if they are ok.

    I'm truly saddened and really at loss for words.
  16. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,966   +223

    I really hope my friends are all well in Japan
    My thoughts go out to all those affected

    P.S. For a little list on scams and other fraudulent activity related to charity you can see this page;

    My thoughts that go out to individuals conducting such activity are of a very different attitude!
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +67

    I remember the night the UK got a 5.0 a few years back (very uncommon for the UK)...I dived out of bed thinking the house was coming down.

    What the Japanese went through must have been a literal hell...Not to mention the tsunami after.

    I'm definitely sorry for them.
  18. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    The teenage daughter of one of my closest friends also lives just outside of Tokyo. I can't seem to get hold of anyone to confirm whether she is still there modelling, or actually back here in the UK on holiday - its very worrying times tbh!

    I watched a few video's on skynews.com earlier on, and read up regarding the nuclear power plant issues, as well as the coastal destruction, and watched some videos of the affects in Tokyo, as well as more rural areas. Tbh I've seen enough devastation already to know my mind couldn't even begin to comprehend it all.

    I remember footage of the tornadoes flowing up the Thames River one year, and I also remember the tornado going down that infamous Birmingham street and ripping all the roofs off of the houses it went past. That's it for destruction in the UK. However, that said its probably a good thing, as we can't even seem to handle 2 inches of snow in our country - a national disaster would be unthinkable!!
  19. i see in history of japan that eartquakes are related to equinox and solstice.
  20. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,431   +457

    All the best to Japan, but only like 500 people died in this, 300,000+ died a few years ago in a tsunami. Mostly in 3rd world countries, not as much media coverage. Kinda steams me.
  21. why they are aloud to have nuclear in that zone of earth?
    why they put it near ocean? want to sink it?
    why they havent think at a tsunami possibility?
    is planet earth with intelligenge or just life forms?
  22. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 266

    why are guests so unintelligible?
  23. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 221   +36

    Hello TechSpot members, I am living in Northern Japan near the coastline (Kuji City) which is mostly intact. Electricity and internet have only recently been restored and I'm still waiting for water service to be restored to my house. The waves that reached my city were about 2 meters high but due to the structure of the city most of this water was absorbed into 2 large rivers that past through the city.
    A 30 minute drive from my city and you will find the same kind of city you see in the news media and such.
    Currently the major roads are blocked by debris and major stores had partial flooding keeping them closed. The earthquake itself was bad, but the Tsunami is what most Japanese people fear and as you can see on TV, for good reason.

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
  24. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +67

    Death toll's been past 1500 for the past two days plus the fact of the thousands still missing..I see what you're saying though.
  25. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,362   +606

    That's because Japan as a well developed country has its own advanced media to provide coverage of the disaster. That's how you saw dramatic, unprecedented live earthquake and tsunami video. The NHK feed made it easy for other countries to rebroadcast the events. In third world countries it took time for the organized media to get there. Until then it was just a few home video and cell phone type videos.

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