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Asli
03-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Yes, as I said in my previous post, it's the town right next to my hometown...
I just found a short clip that shows how the whole town was swallowed by tsunami. People are shouting, "Run, Run!!" to the bus running uphill, which miraculously escaped the water by a hair.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20110312-00000112-jnn-soci

Minami-Sanriku is such a quiet, beautiful town by the sea... approx. 10,000 people are missing.. that is more than half of the whole town's population ( about 18,000 ) :(

One feels so helpless when watching this video. Noone could have done anything to save them. :(

yukster, has your home town also been affected by the tsunami? Have you heard from your family since your previous post? I hope they are all safe.

mmot
03-12-2011, 03:44 PM
This is the type of irresponsible reporting that causes people to panic. Not you, the BBC. ... Putting out a news bulletin stating some people may have been exposed but no further information is just sensationalism.

I was following both NHK and BBC for a while but dropped BBC eventually - I was getting just confused and unnecessarily panicky. NHK has a different kind of responsibility, to be as accurate and precise as possible and not to broadcast unconfirmed information, as they are relaying information for the people in the midst of all the disasters.

naomi, according to this article (http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2011031200700) by Jiji (japanese news agency), Ottavio Cinquanta held a press conference in Inzell, Germany and confirmed that the ISU will discuss with the JSF and make a decision next week, regarding whether to hold the WC in Tokyo or not.

l'etoile
03-12-2011, 03:46 PM
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2011031200700

Cinquanta unsure about the original plan to hold the worlds in Tokyo.

It's a new article in japanese, and according to google translater, ISU is going to make a final decision sometime next week after they discuss the matter with JSF and Japanese Government.

Apparently japanese government has warned them about aftermaths regarding the latest radiation leaking, so they're thinking the situation is not stable as it was yesterday.

and this,
http://www.zeit.de/sport-newsticker/2011/3/12/77a34292369314f2c04ff97a8933ed0d11xml
this article is from german press, since Cinquanta is there attending at the worlds speed skating champs. I think it says almost the same thing (help from google translater)

yukster
03-12-2011, 03:47 PM
As I noted in the thread in OTBT, the BBC has reported that some people near the plant have been exposed to radiation. No details on how much, etc.; so we will have to wait and see what's up with that. Hopefully, the amount is not a significant dosage, and the radiation is not widespread.

Okay, maybe rfisher can help me out what this means, but TV news repeatedly say that three people near the plant have been exposed to radiation but it's nothing serious; the level of radiation is they can "wash away (cleanse?)" or something??

I do hope they are fine. :(

Sylvia
03-12-2011, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the link, C_T_T_. When I posted my question, Amodio had not tweeted (or been retweeted) yet.

And thanks to taz'smum for identifying Amodio's official Facebook wall as her original source of info -- ditto for Kim Lucine?

I like to know where news/info is coming from, and appreciate all the updates provided here on the skaters affected by the earthquake.

MarieM
03-12-2011, 03:56 PM
Okay, maybe rfisher can help me out what this means, but TV news repeatedly say that three people near the plant have been exposed to radiation but it's nothing serious; the level of radiation is they can "wash away (cleanse?)" or something??

I do hope they are fine. :(

They have been given iodine pills. Iode captures all the radioelements that are supposed to be released by a nuclear power plants like those ones. (Cobalt 60, Cesium 137 and probaably also some Ag110m)
Although considering the low levels they were submitted to, I doubt it's a needed medication.
ALARA it is my dears. ALARA rules :)

Simone411
03-12-2011, 03:59 PM
I like to know where news/info is coming from, and appreciate all the updates provided here on the skaters affected by the earthquake.

:respec:

The same here. Thanks for all the news and articles, everyone. :)

skatak
03-12-2011, 04:09 PM
honestly, word championships just seem peanuts in comparison to what has happened.
on the other hand keeping live going on can be very efficient too...

Simone411
03-12-2011, 04:10 PM
More news about the nuclear plant from MSNBC:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asiapacific/?gt1=43001

laceup
03-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Such a terrible disaster. My thoughts and prayers go to all affected. I know this is a skating forum but we should be compassionate human beings first. A sporting event (as much as I want to watch it) should never be put ahead of everyones safety!!!

Yazmeen
03-12-2011, 04:12 PM
Just going to back up rfisher and Marie M, I'm a nuclear medicine specialist though no longer in practice. They are giving you the facts and they know from where they speak. There will be much monitoring of radiation for quite a while over there.

BBI*CEO
03-12-2011, 04:12 PM
http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-murray/skaters-in-japan-use-twitter-to-update-their-status-following-the-earthquake-and/10150112041116186

An update of our skating family throughout Japan from twitter, as of now...

clip quote: "Here is a wrap of confirmed safe competitors: ... All skaters in Sendai, included Takeheshi Honda & Yuzuru Hanyu-According to Honda’s twitter. Hanyu was apparently at school when the earthquake hit, according to unofficial sources. Ross Miner just tweeted he was glad to hear about his coach Nanami Abe and family, so they must be all right as well. Nikolai Morozov and his skaters-Florent Amodio just tweeted; they’re in Fukuoka down south. Shizuka Arakawa-tweeted earlier, assuring her fans she, her family, dogs, and home are all safe. Fumui Suguri-Tweeting regularly. Sadly, while she is all right, her grandfather has just died. Takahiko Mura-tweeted earlier. Akiko Suzuki-tweeted earlier. Nubuo Sato and his students, including Mao Asada and Takahiko Kozuka-According to the Detroit Free Press, which also confirms his wife is okay. Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov-came to Japan early, along with trainer Nina Mozer. The Russian federation had trouble getting in contact with them, but they are reportedly also in Fukuoka, now also confirmed in the press. Elena Glebova posted on Facebook - in Japan, but I am fine, thanks everyone for the messages and worries!"

Spareoom
03-12-2011, 04:14 PM
So I have a question. With competition scheduled to start in nine days or so, how long can the ISU realistically wait before letting the skaters know whether the competition is still going or not? I would have thought that a lot of skaters would be planning to leave for Tokyo within the next few days, so they can have time to rest, adjust to the atmosphere and train. You can't just keep them in limbo for a week and then say, three days before the competition, "It's fine; you can come down now!".

It's also not realistic to expect the skaters to proceed with their normal travel times and go to Japan even with the possibility of cancellation, since I think the whole reason behind canceling Worlds would be to keep the skaters out of the massive travel headache and out of Japan which undergoing an emergency. If everyone travels down anyway just in case Worlds goes on as planned, then there wouldn't be much point in canceling because practically everyone would be already there, so why not proceed?

yukster
03-12-2011, 04:16 PM
One feels so helpless when watching this video. Noone could have done anything to save them. :(

yukster, has your home town also been affected by the tsunami? Have you heard from your family since your previous post? I hope they are all safe.

I cannot reach my family since then, but according to the news report, tsunami hasn't reached my hometown... I'm just relieved that my family are all safe, but after watching the clip, I feel guilty even feeling happy... :(

I can't get a hold of any of my friends nor relatives in Miyagi and Fukushima... the whole communication system has been down.
I can't believe how devastating this whole disaster is going to be it's almost surreal... :(

Lacey
03-12-2011, 04:16 PM
News now announcing that over 9,500 people missing in port of Minamisanriku...

Wow, just wow, how scary horrible.