Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Far end of the P pond
Ferrari Life Posts: 6,738
I was driving (slow street kind under 40kph) and suddenly my car MB SL) began to rock, and I mean rock. First thing that came to my mind,...there goes my shocks. But I changed them last year. I look around and OMG, this is one serious earthquake. Having lived in this earthquake country long enough, I usually keep my cool. Not this one. It was the worst one I ever experienced. Initial report stated M8.8, to be classified the worst ever, once in a thousand years. Luckily the Tokyo metropolitan was not that close to the epicentere which was several hundred km. north. The faultline that ripped was recorded to be between 400 to 500 km long in length !!! Subsequent tsunamis were over ten meters tall and wiped out everything in the way. Casualties are mounting by the hour, region north to Tokyo is decimated. Power gone, fire, tsunamis, more tsunamis. Sadly, many nuclear power plants are situated in this northern Japan. Reports are coming in that potential trouble is mounting in a few of them, which may lead to meltdown. Nothing but bad news.
Meanwhile, where I live, the damages were not as serious. However, this is densely populated region and everything stopped. People were stranded. I don't think the mass transits have resumed yet. That means everyone cannot go home. Luckily, I did not go to work today. As I stated above, Japan is earthquake prone and people are usually not that perturbed. This one was all serious business. The initial wave shook for over a minute and the shaking got stronger as time passed. To give you an idea how strong this one was, the strategically located seismic detectors (measurement stations) throughout the north were virtually wiped out and thus cannot get further datas. It is plain sad and terrible. But what can humans do against mother nature ? The news showing this whole region burning like hell (just like the movie Apocalypse) caused by tsunamis igniting fuel spills. Oh well. Human tolls counting have just started and the road to recovery would be long and hard. This magnitude is numerous times worse than the big one that hit the city of Kobe a decade and half ago that killed over 6000.
Thanx again to you all for the thoughts. I am okay. I should have flew myself in for that FLED 5 !!!!!!!! Sorry for the late reply. The computers and everything else were down and chaotic until an hour ago. Jimmy
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