Japan Earthquake

Old Mar 11th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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I have a friend (ex-co-worker) whose father was in Tokyo doing some consulting work when the quake hit - they are still waiting to hear from him. The rest of his family is safe in their Tokyo suburb house. The brother is in a restauran, but was able to call in.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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so far, kauai ok. damage being assessed on oahu, maui, and big island. no bus service. still no all clear signal.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 08:01 AM
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Japan especially KimJapan and family. Recent pictures on the news show the horror and destruction which is still taking place. Aftershocks will go on for weeks if not months.....terrible.

No Bob, Kauai was hit before Oahu. Here in Hawaii the sun is just starting to come up. Have seen reports of 12 foot waves in Kona and Maui. A hotel in Kauai took in some water....more info still coming in as workers are assessing now that the sun is coming up. Water in front of Diamond Head was said to have receded over 100 yards before a seven foot wall of water came through. We are still experiencing waves for the next couple of hours.

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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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My heart goes out to the people of Japan. Must be terrifying.

CNN had a live report from here in Seal Beach. The waves were calm 20 minutes after the tsunami was supposed to reach here and there were a couple of idiots in the water. The Navy ship at the small naval station went out to sea as a precaution. Got recorded tsunami warning phone calls just before 5AM - it said stay out of the water. There is no danger, but it is amazing that an earthquake in Japan had an effect on our little beach 5000 miles away. Can't imagine what it is like for the people in Tohoku.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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Hi Everyone, thanks for your stories and good thoughts for all.

We've posted our latest update here: http://www.fodors.com/news/story_4475.html
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 09:06 AM
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Aloha everyone, we are safe and sound. We were evacuated from our beachfront hotel. The warning was lifted about 7:30, so we're back, tired and hungry, going to make some breakfast.

No signs of damage right where we are, but Hanalei got hit with some big waves, and sand was washed across the road not far from our hotel. The news reports indicate that Maui and the big island both got hit harder than Kauai.

I hope that KimJapan and all of our friends in Japan and all around the Pacific rim are safe.

The devastation in Japan looks just awful - our hearts are with those affected.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 09:58 AM
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I have read several 1st hand reports from people FT as well as a FB friend of mine. Conclusion - NRT is a mess, and if you don't have to fly into Tokyo immediately, change to a later date. All airlines are allowing free change for travel to Tokyo or eastern Japan right now. Change it, since NRT is overflown with passengers stranded there - for those waiting to leave Japan, as well as those who arrived before the quake and weren't able to get into town.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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In case you have plans to head to Japan soon (we are scheduled to leave Sat. March 18), you also might want to check out the TripAdvisor Japan forum (http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum...525-Japan.html).

There are more people there on the ground in Tokyo giving updates. Of course now it is 4am in the morning but I suspect more updates will come in a few hours. Basically, reports are that the biggest issues in Tokyo are the airport and that all the trains stopped so people are stranded, though did hear that Ginza train line should be starting soon.

Things further south in Kobe/Kyoto/Osaka area appear to be business as usual.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Oops! I guess that would be further west (not so much south).
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Glad to hear that you are O.K., Kathie.
Enjoy your breakfast.
Yes, the devastation in Japan is really awful. Beyond comprehension.
Just awful!
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 12:14 PM
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Just Devastating. The awesome power of nature makes one realize how powerless we are. Sending thoughts and prayers to the thousands affected by this terrible disaster.
Our daughter lived and worked in Japan for two years and we were at Narita for several hours just a couple of weeks ago. It's hard to imagine the chaos and mayhem that must be engulfing this once calm and peaceful area.

And, merckxxx, I hope you never post here again. How could anyone make such flippant remarks in the face of such a disaster?
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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A little more info for the travelers who have Japan on their radar in the near future:

http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0018.html

merckxxx, just goes to show what outright hate and bigotry can do to your online personality. You don't even realize what you did wrong do you?

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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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kuranosuke, hope your keiki and mo'opuna are ok in Japan.

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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 01:17 PM
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What a sad and horrible sight. God bless all of the visitors and people of Japan.Does anybody know if Mita was hit by the tsunami and tremors?
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 01:39 PM
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Unbelievable pix on BBC. KimJapan - are you OK????

Japan was so immaculate when I was there just a few months ago. So many earthquakes there throughout history, but they're saying this was the worst ever.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 02:11 PM
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What a disaster. Local news showing horrific tsunami footage, a nuclear emergency, multiple fires...and unfortunately a rising death toll.

Kanazawa is fine, as are we. Supposedly we could feel yesterday's quake bit somehow missed it. Did feel one at 4:00 am this morning though, unrelated to yesterday's. Earthquake info center's data shows list of seismic activity throughout the country. Hoping the worst has finished.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 02:13 PM
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I'm so glad to hear you are ok, Kim.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Heart-wrenching scenes on the dubbed-in-English NHK news that is shown here (Boston). Untold numbers of homes washed away, cities in flames, desperate survivors on rooftops of tall buildings. One aches for the people of Japan.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 02:35 PM
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Right. Everything was so clean and organized on our recent trip. I hope the Japanese people can restore the country to the way it was.The pictures in Narita in the Delta lounge on CNN looked bad enough. The skycrapers in Tokyo must have shken a lot although we were told they were built to withstand earthquakes.I cannot imagine the North.They claim there was a 10 to 15 minute warning. Was that enough time for the residents to escape the Tsunamis force? I pray so.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 03:46 PM
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Scarlett, don't you have a son in Japan? Hope he is ok/
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