Japan quake open thread.

This is an open thread for folks to talk about the quake in Japan that happened yesterday. To say that it is overwhelming in the scope of the damage done is an understatement and I encourage folks to do what they can to help. The 8.9 quake shifted Japan some 8 feet to the east and shifted the tilt of the planet. As bad as that is, the following tsunami made things even worse. Plus ongoing aftershocks which make rescue efforts even more dangerous.

The American Red Cross has mobilized to help and you can donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or you can donate any amount you’d like by going to their donation site. Considering that at least one of their nuclear power plants is in danger of going critical things are sure to get worse before they get better. Also you can make use of Google’s Person Finder to try and track down friends and family in Japan.

Here’s hoping all our SEB regulars and their loved ones in Japan made it through OK. Please use this thread to let us know how we can help beyond what I’ve listed here. Or just to let us know you’re alright.

5 thoughts on “Japan quake open thread.

  1. I was looking at various articles and pictures today. The devastation is incredible. I personally feel that the death toll will come as a shock once the numbers can even be estimated. In addition to the already catastrophic event. There is the added unknown factors such as disease outbreaks from lack of clean water and food that will seem to grow. The only bright side to this event I can think of is that this will give the Whales a break in being terrorized and slaughtered.

  2. I’m in London now. Managed to get a flight out (was due to travel anyway) on Saturday. My girlfriend’s parents place was just south of the most strongly affected place, and it is hard to get through to them. We think it’s due to a lack of power for cell phones. The major death toll seems to be from the Tsunami – entire coastal towns are gone. Just gone from the earth.

    The Daiichi-Fukushima nuclear plant may go, I would say it’s 50/50 at the moment. Still, I think maybe no-one, or only a few will die from that – it has stood up remarkably well, given its age and location.

    Still, despite the fact we are in London, whenever I hear a loud noise, I immediately think earthquake. Quite the psychological effect.

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