Japan Quake: Scenes of Devastation
40 reported dead, figure all but certain to rise
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2011 6:48 AM CST
Updated Mar 11, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a massive earthquake rocked Japan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – At least 40 people were killed in the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing 23-foot tsunami that struck Japan today, and another 39 are confirmed missing, officials tell the AP, though they cautioned that the figure was all but certain to rise given the scale of the disaster. There have now been more than 20 aftershocks, most registering higher than magnitude 6.0. Officials have also declared a state of emergency at one power plant after its cooling system failed, and two other nuclear plants have had problems as well, but so far none of them have leaked radiation.

Japan is accustomed to earthquakes, but this disaster is extreme even by its standards. "At first it didn't feel unusual, but then it went on and on," says one American living in Chiba. "I've lived in Japan for 10 years and I've never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming. It's gotten to the point where I don't know whether it's me shaking or an earthquake."











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disciple
Mar 11, 2011 6:20 PM CST
http://www.scribd.com/doc/50566174/Japan-the-Ground-Moved the ground moved
ruidano
Mar 11, 2011 1:51 PM CST
Seismic activity is the result of a solar flare on 13-15 February 2011. The largest number of thermographs (Portable Thermal Imaging Cameras), to search for people under the rubble by fixing heat of the human body, have the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. ?ost of these cameras mounted on military equipment. Some quantity of IR cameras have their manufacturers in warehouses. Dubai can help to Japan more than any other. because in Dubai is concentrated 20% of construction equipment (mostly cranes) that may needed to clearing concrete rubble. ?dequate logistics for the delivery of this equipment has the U.S. Army and the operating companies of largest aircrafts An-124.
Coolface
Mar 11, 2011 9:56 AM CST
Who the fuck rated this hilarious?