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03-11-2011, 03:27 PM
I wonder if the thinking is that the country will be overwhelmed dealing with the aftermath of this so it's better not to add to the resource demands?
I think your point is valid. While the areas other than Sendai may not have been affected as much, there will be great need for many resources from other parts of the country to be marshaled and sent to the Sendai area to assist in the relief effort, no? Not just supplies, but also personnel to aid in rescue, recovery, clean-up, medical, repair, law-enforcement, etc.

Also, have recently heard on several US cable networks that police have discovered upwards of 200 bodies of victims in Sendai.

Re: Hawai'i--according to USGS and Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, tsunamis have already hit Hawai'i. Haven't seen any reports re: wave heights.

My thoughts and prayers with all who are affected by this catastrophe.

03-11-2011, 03:27 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people.

Is there any word about Mao and her family?

isn't she training in Nagoya? it's far north than the area affected so I think they'll be safe?

03-11-2011, 03:29 PM

These videos are unreal.

that's so scary... I almost cried watching them:(

03-11-2011, 03:33 PM
Latest from Kyoda News Agency is that the nuclear power plant is under control.....thank goodness.

03-11-2011, 03:38 PM
I'm so shocked...and deeply sad for what happened. My prayers to the people who suffered this tragedy.

03-11-2011, 03:38 PM
I didn't have the TV on this morning so I didn't hear about this until I logged on to FSU. The photos are devastating. I'm glad to see our members are safe, but very sad about all the lost lives and destruction. :(

03-11-2011, 03:40 PM
Obviously it's up to the JSF and the ISU whether or not Worlds will go on, and the comparison I'm about to make isn't exactly perfect but I lived through the Loma Prieta quake in 1989 and, after a 10-day break, the World Series did go on. Yes, the magnitude of Loma Prieta was much, much smaller than yesterday's, however the epicenter was much closer to Candlestick Park (home of the Giants at the time) than yesterday's is to Tokyo, and there was some minor structural damage to the 'Stick, not to mention the major damage that occurred to the Bay Bridge, which is one of the most important transportation links in the entire Bay Area. While it is impossible to predict what will happen with Worlds this year, I suspect that they will go on as planned, perhaps with a tribute paid to the victims during the opening ceremonies or something. Ten days is an awfully long time and from the reports I'm reading, Tokyo seems to have emerged, for the most part, relatively unscathed from this earthquake.

Reports are that a 3-foot wave hit Oahu and Kauai, while a 6-foot wave hit Maui, with more, larger waves expected in coming hours. Most of the North American west coast remains under a tsunami warning, with the waves expected to start arriving anytime now. I just read that the Columbia River bar has been closed until at least 8am PST due to the expected tsunami conditions (this is fairly major as the Columbia is one of the most important transportation conduits from the Inland NW to the world).

03-11-2011, 03:40 PM
My heart goes out to all the victims and their family and friends.
I can't reach some of my friends living not too far from the affected region:( I can only hope they are all okay.

Frau Muller
03-11-2011, 03:43 PM

These videos are unreal.

Holy moley! :eek: Look at those teeny-tiny cars speeding along the highway, as the massive wall of water and debris shoots towards them. How could they stand a chance? Seeing it like this, from high above, lends a new meaning to the phrase "The flitting nature of life." Bless these people.

Honestly, I don't give a hoot over whether or not my little vacation in Tokyo will be cancelled. Look at this. This is what matters more.

03-11-2011, 03:44 PM
Yuzuru Hanyu,and Takeshi Honda is from there.

By the way,ISU have an anouncement about earthquake.

Japan Quake - ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011 Situation
11 Mar 2011 10:32

March 11, 2011 - 10:15 GMT

The ISU is in close contact with the Japanese Skating Federation (JSF). Based on a first on-site assessment by the JSF we have been informed that the Yoyogi stadium remains in order and the JSF advised that everything will be ready to hold the Championships as foreseen. We will of course continue to monitor the situation closely in cooperation with the JSF and inform of any developments.

Interesting - this page has been taken down.

The images on CNN are just heartbreaking. Just unreal and so sad. :( I will be very surprised if worlds takes place this year.

03-11-2011, 03:45 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan and all the affected areas and the areas that are potentially affected by these natural disasters.

03-11-2011, 03:47 PM
That's really sad. My heart goes to everyone affected by that tragedy. I hope they can save as much lives as possible.
It makes things in perspective because I was tired of our snowstorms here this week, but finally snowstorms are awesome!lol I am lucky to live here. We just get snowstorms in general, not big things like earhquakes and tsunami(knocks on wood)

About Worlds, the most important thing is that it will be enough stable and make sure the athlets will be in security. If it's not, lives are more important than a competition. I have no idea what ISU will do.

03-11-2011, 03:49 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.'

03-11-2011, 03:52 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.

03-11-2011, 04:02 PM
I heard just before leaving for work that the US State Department is advising no travel to Japan -- don't know what this means for Worlds.