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midori
03-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Now I don't think JSF'd hold Worlds.

lakewood
03-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Such a big event as Worlds will attract extra attention to Japan, which is only good at the time of a disaster (donations, sponsorships, etc.), I think. No? :confused:

If the Championship is held 4-5 weeks later, yes I agree with you. But, it (next week) is simply too soon.

JerseySlore
03-13-2011, 12:27 PM
some details of power outage that is proposed to happen because of closure of 11 of 50 nuclear reactors in Japan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12725804

NHK is reporting that the death toll from Miyagi Prefecture alone could top 10,000.

Oh man... This is just heartbreaking :(

MikiAndoFan#1
03-13-2011, 12:37 PM
some details of power outage that is proposed to happen because of closure of 11 of 50 nuclear reactors in Japan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12725804

NHK is reporting that the death toll from Miyagi Prefecture alone could top 10,000.

:eek: It's indeed heartbreaking. :( :(

FGRSK8
03-13-2011, 12:45 PM
Information comng across the wires is that the upgraded the maginitude of the earthquake to 9.0. This usually happens after they have analyzed all the data from various sensor sites.

To give a prespective, the greatest quake measured was 9.5 on May 22, 1960 in Chile. The Good Friday quake in Alaska was 9.2 and the Boxing Day quake in 2004 was also a 9.0.

Domshabfan
03-13-2011, 01:15 PM
Information comng across the wires is that the upgraded the maginitude of the earthquake to 9.0. This usually happens after they have analyzed all the data from various sensor sites.

To give a prespective, the greatest quake measured was 9.5 on May 22, 1960 in Chile. The Good Friday quake in Alaska was 9.2 and the Boxing Day quake in 2004 was also a 9.0.

Boxing day earthquake was 9.1 in magnitude, so was 1.5 times the earthquake in Japan (energy released). However this correction, by a rough calculation of the destructive power was more than 10,000 times stronger than the Christchruch earthquake.

My calculation tells me about 11,220 times the stronger than Christchruch.

Zemgirl
03-13-2011, 01:25 PM
New ISU statement (http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312807-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html). My guess is that they'll announce an alternate location/date soon.

l'etoile
03-13-2011, 01:27 PM
^thanks Zemgirl, I'll just add the whole statement as quotation.

http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312807-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html

ISU released another official statement.


The ISU sympathizes deeply with the Japanese people in this monstrous natural disaster and extends its wishes of support and comfort to all those affected.Since the beginning of this crisis the ISU is monitoring the situation closely in cooperation with the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) who in turn is in contact with the competent and concerned Japanese authorities. The ISU has noted the JSF’s initial input regarding the situation in Tokyo and respected their initial desire to maintain the Championships as planned.

However, the recent developments since Saturday, in particular the developments in the Fukushima nuclear plant are very worrisome and also resulted in travel advisories from many countries to avoid travelling to Japan until the situation is settled.

The ISU continues to monitor the situation in cooperation with the JSF and the Japanese authorities in order to come to a conclusion as to maintaining or cancelling the Championships in Tokyo scheduled for next week.

While the ISU is awaiting the declaration of the competent Japanese authorities that should be forthcoming shortly, the ISU will release a further statement as soon as possible but latest in the morning of Monday, March 14, 2011 (European time).

floskate
03-13-2011, 01:34 PM
I think we'll hear that it will either be postponed or cancelled. Hasn't Cinquanta has already stated he didn't have a plan B? :duh: If a new location is picked there will still have to be a postponement anyway.

skatepixie
03-13-2011, 01:41 PM
I think we'll hear that it will either be postponed or cancelled. Hasn't Cinquanta has already stated he didn't have a plan B? :duh: If a new location is picked there will still have to be a postponement anyway.

Interestingly, they say maintained or canceled. They don't mention the idea of postponement.

Asli
03-13-2011, 01:43 PM
New ISU statement (http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-128590-19728-18885-312807-3787-4771-layout160-129898-news-item,00.html). My guess is that they'll announce an alternate location/date soon.

Yes it sounds like that. If the power shortage is severe in the area, it's probably not possible to hold them in Tokyo anyway.

Zemgirl
03-13-2011, 01:49 PM
I thought maintained or canceled was in reference to Tokyo specifically, not to Worlds in general. I guess we'll find out soon.


Yes it sounds like that. If the power shortage is severe in the area, it's probably not possible to hold them in Tokyo anyway.
A friend of mine who's in Tokyo wrote earlier that they will be having planned blackouts every day. I'm not sure how long that's meant to last.

floskate
03-13-2011, 01:50 PM
Interestingly, they say maintained or canceled. They don't mention the idea of postponement.

Sorry I should have clarified. My post was more in reply to Zemgirl's suggestion that the event would be moved. It is interesting that the option is not mentioned although I'm sure it will be a consideration for the ISU. They also mention the radiation issue but make no mention of the energy issues which surely would be more of a problem in hosting such a huge event.

It's clear that the media in general is indulging in a lot of scaremongering regarding the Fukushima #1 plant. I have to say that the French Fed recalling Amodio and now the French government recommending that all French Nationals get out of Tokyo isn't exactly helping much. :rolleyes:

allezfred
03-13-2011, 01:57 PM
From the ISU statement, it seems the two options are Worlds go ahead or are cancelled.

Just checked the areas the planned blackouts are scheduled to take place for tomorrow and Central Tokyo is not included in the plans.

zotza
03-13-2011, 02:05 PM
As much as I want Worlds to happen from a purely selfish fan approach, the tragedy is so big that I can't even begin to think how the competition will go on.I don't want any skater to get harmed because of something that may happen, no fan to get hurt..Unless there is 100% proof that everything will be under control.
Something tells me the ISU is postponing and moving it too...

If JSF can guarantee that there is going to be no danger for the skaters , their families and officials, let them do it.I trust the Japanese and I'm sure that if they think it can't be held, they will say it.The only thing that really makes me sad if it will be cancelled is that japanese fans won't have the chance to watch Worlds.I consider them to be the best fans in the world and if anyone deserves to hold a World Championship it's them.They love this sport dearly.