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Rob
03-11-2011, 04:05 PM
http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=523368.html

Volosozhar and Trankov had just arrived in Japan - they have reported in.
http://rt.com/sport/japan-earthquake-volosozhar-trankov/

miki88
03-11-2011, 04:08 PM
Sending out prayers to people in Japan. :(

rustica
03-11-2011, 04:10 PM
Does anyone know if Mirai's family lives in the area? I know she has family in Japan, but I'm not sure what area. I haven't seen any tweets from here so I'm hoping her family is okay.

I heard that her father is from Ibaraki prefecture and her mother is from Nagano prefecture.
This article says that Mirai's grandfather and grandmother live in Ibaraki-town, Ibaraki prefecture.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/olympic/2010/news/skate/news/20100226-OYT1T01360.htm

I'm hoping her family is okay too.
According to Ibaraki prefecture, 3 people dead and 20 people injured in Ibaraki prefecture.
Any damage in Ibaraki-town is not reported.

skatingfan04
03-11-2011, 04:12 PM
This is unthinkable. All we can do now is hope and pray. Thank goodness all of the skaters seem to be doing well so far.

As for worlds, it really doesn't matter at this point. I don't see how it can be held in Japan, and they would have to be cautious about putting them somewhere else as well. After all, western Canada and US are all under tsunami warning right now, and there must be a similar situation for the rest of that portion of Asia as well. Even if they did reassign it to a place and hold it during the given dates, I doubt any of the Japanese team could even make it. The important thing right now is that they don't take unnecessary risks and keep all of the athletes, coaches and officials safe.

Loves_Shizuka
03-11-2011, 04:12 PM
my friend's sister is living in Tokyo and I just got in touch with my friend and she says 'there're some (minor) aftershocks every ten minutes in Tokyo, and my sister is terrified with her baby. Her husband is not home yet from work.'

I just spoke to my cousn who said the same thing. Every ten minutes the earth shakes, she says. It took her seven hours to get home from school - a trip which normally takes 25 mintues. I just thank god she's OK. Hopefully the aftershocks won't last much longer or be too serious.

Lacey
03-11-2011, 04:13 PM
http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=523368.html

Volosozhar and Trankov had just arrived in Japan - they have reported in.
http://rt.com/sport/japan-earthquake-volosozhar-trankov/

That's what I was thinking, that some athletes may already be there.

maggylyn
03-11-2011, 04:15 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365318/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-The-moment-mother-nature-engulfed-nation.html

just to look what is really important at this point, guys.

there are no words for it...


Those pictures are unbelievable. :( :(

wnstnluv
03-11-2011, 04:18 PM
BBC reported this quake to be 8000 times more powerful than New Zealand's. Scary. :(

ioana
03-11-2011, 04:21 PM
That's what I was thinking, that some athletes may already be there.

Yeah, Florent's been there since Thursday, but he said Fukuoka was not really affected. Some of my friends from my college dorm moved back to Japan now and I still haven't back from all of them. Very scary situation for everyone involved.

GoldenMichelle
03-11-2011, 04:25 PM
I heard that her father is from Ibaraki prefecture and her mother is from Nagano prefecture.
This article says that Mirai's grandfather and grandmother live in Ibaraki-town, Ibaraki prefecture.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/olympic/2010/news/skate/news/20100226-OYT1T01360.htm

I'm hoping her family is okay too.
According to Ibaraki prefecture, 3 people dead and 20 people injured in Ibaraki prefecture.
Any damage in Ibaraki-town is not reported.

Thanks for the info.

also this just tweeted by USFS re: status of Worldshttp://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312800-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html

Jammers
03-11-2011, 04:26 PM
In 1989 when San Francisco had their earthquake they postponed the World Series for 10 days which is about the amount of time until Worlds start. They could have cancelled the World Series that year but i think they made the right decision. I think they will go on as scheduled.

l'etoile
03-11-2011, 04:26 PM
http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312800-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html

Cinquanta's message posted on ISU official website.
I guess they're weighing in on the original plan.:(

GarrAarghHrumph
03-11-2011, 04:28 PM
http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312800-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html

Cinquanta's message posted on ISU official website.
I guess they're weighing in on the original plan.:(

Since they update the info on that page, changing its content, rather than posting new info to a new page, I am posting the content as it reads at this moment, for those interested:


Earthquake, Tsunami in Japan
11 Mar 2011 10:32


As you probably are aware an earthquake and a so defined Tsunami hit the territory of Japan today March 11, 2011.
The ISU received an e-mail message from the head office of the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) informing that one of their representatives had visited Yoyogi stadium and considered it suitable to host the World Figure Skating Championships 2010/11.
The said communication from the (JSF) informs that the situation in Tokyo is settled and seems to be in-line for conducting the Championships.
However the message of the head office of the JSF points out that the Narita Airport is closed.
Further information will be given to the ISU by the JSF, in the meantime the ISU wishes to remind that the ISU World Figure Skating Championships are scheduled to commence with the practice sessions on March 20, 2011.
The ISU, while expressing its sympathy to the Japan entities, is confident that the local conditions will permit to regularly conduct the Event.
The ISU is planning to issue another Communication in the next days.

Ottavio Cinquanta
ISU President

allezfred
03-11-2011, 04:34 PM
I don't see how it can be held in Japan

I don't want to single you out, but again not all of Japan is or has been physically affected by this earthquake. The main area of devastation is in a 100km radius from the northeastern city of Sendai. Tokyo is 300km away. While there has been minor structural damage to some buildings, Tokyo and the surrounding area is not anyway as badly affected as the area around Sendai.

Nagoya (where all the Japanese ladies going to Worlds hail from), Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, etc are far away from the effects of the earthquake and life is going on as normal.

l'etoile
03-11-2011, 05:06 PM
allezfred, aren't you ever worried about security of skaters or atmosphere there?
It's true that Tokyo isn't damaged as much as Sendai is but there are aftershocks going on and you can't just say life is normal in unaffected areas just like that.

It's one of the greatest earthquake hit in Japan's history and there are too many lives suffering, missing, getting lost, and being worried-sick of the upcoming dangers:(