Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > PPRuNe Social > Jet Blast
Reload this Page >

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Jet Blast Topics that don't fit the other forums. Rules of Engagement apply.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Old 14th Mar 2011, 14:12
  #421 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Sunny Sussex
Posts: 778
without a thought of taking them without permission
Quite agree Bear. The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
Parapunter is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 14:18
  #422 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Japan
Age: 67
Posts: 204
Bearfoil. Not trying to be smart or judgemental. Here, people respect the law, and law respects the people. We don't need police or guns or gummint. Society is self organising. My 92yo father-out-law was baffled when I locked the front door. First time in his life.
Yamagata ken is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 14:23
  #423 (permalink)  
bearfoil
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Not meaning to distract from the thread, I merely mean to point out that culture has value, anarchy is toxic, and ignoring one's neighbor is self destructive.

Take care, you have our attention, and hopefully our longing.
 
Old 14th Mar 2011, 14:44
  #424 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW England
Age: 72
Posts: 3,732
Bearfoil - I agree wholeheartedly. I have been so impressed by the resilience of the Japanese people in the face of this disaster. If any country can get through this Japan can. Let's just offer what help we can.

Very proud that our won local charity Shelterbox of Helston is already out there providing shelter to as many of the homeless that it can ShelterBox: - Home
Tankertrashnav is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 15:17
  #425 (permalink)  
Resident insomniac
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N54 58 34 W02 01 21
Age: 75
Posts: 1,859
Early on there were reports of a dam breaking.

There are reports that this resulted in many houses being swept away (no doubt with loss of lives).

A dam in Japan's northeast Fukushima prefecture broke and homes were washed away, Kyodo news reported on Saturday, after the biggest earthquake in the nation's history wreaked death and havoc.
Probably contributed to disruption of water supplies, too . . .

This appears to be the Asahi Dam in the Fukushima prefecture?

Ken?
G-CPTN is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 15:57
  #426 (permalink)  

Aviator Extraordinaire
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Age: 72
Posts: 2,394
I have watched the videos from Japan on the news and from the many links provided here by our members and my heart goes out to the Japanese people. I have sat and watched the videos of the tsunami sweeping all before it literally obliterating towns and villages that had only scant minutes of warning before the tsunami hit. More than a few times as I watched this tragedy I had tears in my eyes.

Despite most probably the best warning system in the world, there was no way for all the people in the path of this destruction to remove themselves from harms way. Just how does one evacuate a city of over one million inhabitants in less than ten minutes? I just don't think it can be done, but, if it can, the Japanese people are about the only people that could perform such a miracle.

Friday we had an outbreak of wildfires all over Oklahoma, 47 major wildfires. Over fifty (50) homes were destroyed. While this was a tragedy on a much smaller scale as compared to what happened, and still is happening, in Japan, a home owner whose home was destroyed put this into the proper prospective.

Standing in the remains of his burned out home, he was being interviewed by some local TV stations, he said, "Yes this is a tragic setback, but we're insured and we'll rebuild, better than before, but I can still walk over to a outdoor water faucet and get fresh water. Millions of homeless people in Japan who have lost their homes cannot do such a seemly simple thing. No, what happen here is nothing compared to Japan. God bless them."
con-pilot is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 16:14
  #427 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: East of LGB
Age: 64
Posts: 620
No, what happen here is nothing compared to Japan. God bless them."
Indeed Con, indeed. And when everything goes tits up here in California, the world is going to look back at Japan in awe.
11Fan is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 16:14
  #428 (permalink)  
Resident insomniac
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N54 58 34 W02 01 21
Age: 75
Posts: 1,859
I heard an account by a shopkeeper.
Hearing the tsunami alarm he closed his shop and went to where his elderly parents were living. They were too frail to grip his hands as he lead them out of the house and were carried away by the floodwater.
That he survived means that his story gets told, but there must be many others who haven't lived to tell the tale . . .
G-CPTN is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 16:21
  #429 (permalink)  
CR2

Top Dog
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Close to FACT
Age: 51
Posts: 2,098
Nice post ConP

Wildfire-wise we had a lucky season; a couple but nothing to bother even the local newspapers.
CR2 is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 17:56
  #430 (permalink)  
Resident insomniac
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N54 58 34 W02 01 21
Age: 75
Posts: 1,859
Nissan have lost 2,300 new cars in the tsunami.
Honda are keeping all five manufacturing plants in Japan closed for the rest of this week (includes generators and motorcycles).
G-CPTN is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 18:11
  #431 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: France
Age: 50
Posts: 250
Airship,
I think Ken had a good reason not to begin this thread : he couldn't log-in either because he didn't have electricity or he was struggling for his life.

Ken, I hope you're as fine as possible now, that you and your family don't suffer too much...
My English is not good enough to tell you my feelings. Being a Ppruner is my only link with you, but that's enough for me to think about you and wish you the best.
Good luck !
BrATCO is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 18:34
  #432 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: London
Posts: 112
Bearfoil - I agree wholeheartedly. I have been so impressed by the resilience of the Japanese people in the face of this disaster. If any country can get through this Japan can. Let's just offer what help we can.
Indeed. I've been impressed, although unsurprised, by my own in-laws reaction - reflective, dignified and contained. It hits home, as living in Kobe, they experienced personal loss in 1995, but accept these events as part of life.

The Japanese character shines through at moments like this - no one competes for the greater sob-story or attention. But the beauty of Japan is that such common purpose is a trait of their society every day. It doesn't take a disaster to bring it out.

I wish there was something more I could do from here rather than a rather empty donation.
Sunray Minor is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 18:46
  #433 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Wayne Manor
Posts: 1,516
I wish there was something more I could do from here rather than a rather empty donation.
know the feeling Sunray. There's the majority of a global population that wants to help but sadly is unable to assist in the immediate problems.

there really needs to be airlifts to japan of food tents, bedding, water filteration units and indeed medical supplies as hospitals themselves were not miraculously spared by natures wrath.
stuckgear is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 18:54
  #434 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: N Lancs
Posts: 52
see post 406
and start doing summat about it like I have
txdmy1 is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:01
  #435 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: London
Posts: 112
Yes, been reading some scary stories of medical staff trying to salvage soiled medical equipment and now serious shortages of the basics (food, water, shelter).

If there is any consolation, many in these rural areas are of the older generation. While old, they are spritely, independent, and having lived through the war/post-war hardships, are probably better mentally equipped than many of us to deal with these events.

I certainly hope the silver lining in this might be a resurgent Japanese economy. Aceh today is thriving and largely rebuilt. I hope the same will be true of the prefectures currently hit.
Sunray Minor is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:04
  #436 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: London
Posts: 112
Already donated. My point was a donation feels rather hollow, especially given in Japan's case a shortage of funds is not the immediate problem. I'd rather be there on the ground doing something!
Sunray Minor is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:29
  #437 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Wayne Manor
Posts: 1,516
sunray,

likewise! seeing the photogrpahs of the devastation and reports that the wreckage is impassable, it would seem that human effort is going to the significant way in which access to provide even the basic requirements for sustaining life. And the rub there is that human effort to do that will interfere with what access there is and will also require supporting.

meanwhile, every single loss is tragic. this sums it up completely..

Among those looking anxiously through the inventory is 16-year-old Yuta Saito, who has not heard from his parents, brother or sister since the disaster struck. Still wearing the school uniform he left home in last Friday, he tries hard to retain his composure, but worry is written all over his face.

"It's pitiful," said Yuta's guardian, Naomi Ogata. "The chances of survival are slim because they lived in one of the worst-hit areas." She has driven to the information centre with requests from 10 people who have taken temporary refuge in her neighbourhood. "I'd like to come and search more often but I don't want to use up all the petrol," she said. "I'm running out and must leave enough in the tank in case we need to make another emergency evacuation."
and a quote for Airship, who thinks that Ken Yamagata is so far away that it has no effect on him:

First Lieutenant Kaneyama Hiroyasu, of the Yamagata 6th Division of the Self Defence Forces, told the Guardian: "It's great that we got them out. It was tough". [airlift of trapped survivors]
glad rag. sure thing.
stuckgear is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:38
  #438 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: East of Oz
Posts: 8
Ken, congrats on your success in spinning the nuclear debate out of this thread.
Unlike PPRuNe's resident village idiot, I'm delighted to note you are high and dry and safe.
To all those who have posted from Japan, please continue to post news from on the ground, particularly how survivors are coping and the things the news media don't regard as dramatic enough to show us.
It is probably unnecessary to state that that you all have the unqualified support of the people of Christchurch.

Stay safe.
Quizling is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:49
  #439 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: London
Posts: 112
On a slightly more positive note, and good to see the spirit alive:

[Japan Earthquake] Let's Build it All Over Again - 4 Translation(s) | dotSUB
Sunray Minor is offline  
Old 14th Mar 2011, 20:32
  #440 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Wayne Manor
Posts: 1,516
Quizling,

indeed, as christchurch resident i'm sure you can appreciate the enormity of Japan's quake and tsunami.
stuckgear is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.