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  • #16
    They deserve all the help they need.

    KSS probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for their geniuses

    Condolences to the families of those who perished. And I hope all the KSS members amongst us who live in Japan are safe, as well as every other person there.

    It is tragically ironic that the country whose structural engineering is the best in the world was hit not by the shaking of the earth for which its preparedness is excellent, but by a side-effect of it: water deluge.

    P.S: I don't know if you know this, but they issued an emergency warning 30 seconds before the earth started shaking. That is amazing, and it probably saved countless lives. We didn't have that when a 7.0 earthquake hit Algeria in 1980. I will never forget that feeling. It was simply indescribably scary. The aftershock, which occurred about 2.5 hours later, was actually deadlier. 1200 people perished.
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    • #17
      You were there for El Asnam quake? Damn, I read a lot about it as a kid, scary scary stuff.
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      • #18
        Yes epyon.

        The entire city was destroyed. It was then rebuilt as if it didn't exist before. They even changed its name to "Chlef" [after a river] afterwards. Ironically, "El Asnam" means "ruins" in Arabic.
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        • #19
          Was the Roland Factory spared?

          On a more serious note the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant's two reactors are melting down! It supposedly only affects a six mile area but that's crap, the radiation gets into the jet stream and travels. I hope this wakes people up to how dangerous these nuclear plants are along with drilling out deep in the ocean for oil.

          When I look at the devastation I picture California after the Big One hits which could be anytime because it seems earthquakes are in season around the globe lately.
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          • #20
            Disasters like this just make me want to catch the next flight and get over there and help.

            Let's hope one day we are a global community and we could do just that.

            Until then the is the DEC which we all can donate to... http://www.dec.org.uk/
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            • #21
              One reactor specialist in our country explained that the Zirconium used in the alloys of the fuel rod casings when very hot reacts with the cooling water to form Hydrogen. The Japanese made a late decisions to vent the reactor that flooded the containment building with Hydrogen and sparked a explosion. The buildings of some reactors are so strong that can withstand this (e.g USA Three Mile Island) this 40 year old building did not.

              One other expert feared that if they left it too long they may also have had rod cracked which would allow more radioactive material to escape with the vented steam and ensuing explosion.

              Japan has a very poor history for honesty when it come to Nuclear power generation. They describe this a scale 4. Chernobyl was the highest scale 7 and three mile island was a 5. Note in three mile Island they did not loose the building.

              Lets hope they did have time to fully shut down. The need for further cooling is the remaining hot products of reaction. It was the failure of the cooling system in the oldest building housing two reactors that led to this. Their decision now to use sea water to further cool the reactor pretty much writes it off as the sea water will corrode everything.

              I really hope they have not got a meltdown but I fear they will not tell us until it becomes obvious. The jet stream heads to the US...
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              • #22
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                • #23
                  Lets hope the world learns from this re Nuclear Power, it is just so risky. I read the Zirconium only needs to get to 200 degrees for the Hydrogen release. You can only imagine the poor engineers having to deal with a rapidly heating reactor and ask for permission to release the pressure that got well above permitted levels...
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                  • #24
                    I am sure you have also seen this in the news, but it does demonstrate the power of tsunamis. Japan was well prepared for the earth quake but tsunamis are another story:

                    ''About 9,500 people are unaccounted for in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture following Friday's powerful earthquake, prefectural officials said Saturday.

                    The figure is more than half of the population of about 17,000 in the town on the Pacific coast, they said.''
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                    • #25
                      I am sure you have also seen this in the news, but it does demonstrate the power of tsunamis. Japan was well prepared for the earth quake but tsunamis are another story:


                      Short of an extremely high seawall surrounding the country, I don't know how one can prepare for a 7-10 meter wall of water. :|
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                      • #26
                        Man, I wanted to listen to some demos of the synths, but I do not enjoy them at all, knowing all these sufferings and loss that Japan is facing.

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                        • #27
                          I'm pretty sure koofi lives north of Tokyo, so when you read this koof, after internet access is restored, just let us know everything's alright


                          I was in kyoto which is SOUTH of tokyo.. I am back in San Francisco now though, but all my friends in japan are fine.
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                          • #28
                            Short of an extremely high seawall surrounding the country, I don't know how one can prepare for a 7-10 meter wall of water. :|


                            In the UK they started building in the flood plain, utter stupidity, but they did it. We have seen years of peoples homes flooded. Some made homeless... This just from normal rain fall.

                            Tsunamis another story, the options are limited or impractical... You either live by the sea in a risk area or you don't. If the believe the hype ''Three scientists say that half of La Palma will fall into the sea and cause a tsunami that will wipe out much of the population of the eastern seaboard of the USA''... this item says no:

                            http://www.lapalma-tsunami.com/
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                            • #29
                              I was in kyoto which is SOUTH of tokyo.. I am back in San Francisco now though, but all my friends in japan are fine.


                              Good to know your OK
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                              • #30


                                This I pray does not happen... they have atleast one more reactor with cooling issues
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