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Snow blankets Japan's tsunami deadlands
Asia One ^ | 03/16/11

Posted on 03/16/2011 5:45:28 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

AFP

Snow blankets Japan's tsunami deadlands

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

TOKYO, JAPAN - A blanket of snow covered disaster areas of northeast Japan on Wednesday, amid a cold snap in the debris-strewn wastelands created by last week's quake and tsunami catastrophe.

Survivors and rescue crews - already facing an acute lack of water, supplies and fuel, power blackouts and poor telecommunications - had their troubles compounded by snow flurries over roads and rubble.

Temperatures in the worst-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures fell sharply to near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), and the meteorological agency forecast a drop to minus five degrees C Thursday.

(Excerpt) Read more at asiaone.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; japanearthquake; rescue; snow; tsunami

1 posted on 03/16/2011 5:45:30 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...


2 posted on 03/16/2011 5:46:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster


3 posted on 03/16/2011 5:47:27 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wow, Mother Nature kicking ‘em while they’re down.

An awful situation.


4 posted on 03/16/2011 5:49:52 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The dreaded effects of global cooling.

I don’t mean to make light of a dire situation, but if they had a heat snap over there, you couldn’t keep Algore away from a TV camera.


5 posted on 03/16/2011 5:50:24 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s just....heartbreaking.


6 posted on 03/16/2011 5:51:56 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

7 posted on 03/16/2011 5:55:03 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SE Mom

Heartbreaking ...


8 posted on 03/16/2011 5:59:59 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief; TigerLikesRooster

God, be merciful.


9 posted on 03/16/2011 6:03:41 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can’t these people get a break?


10 posted on 03/16/2011 6:04:00 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: baddog 219

With the way the media is hysterically covering this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the snow is called nuclear winter.


11 posted on 03/16/2011 6:08:15 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh, it just keeps coming. Those poor people.


12 posted on 03/16/2011 6:08:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Wow, Mother Nature kicking ‘em while they’re down.

Snow's a mercy when fresh water is otherwise unavailable.

13 posted on 03/16/2011 6:15:48 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

so anyone still trapped in rubble or even holed up in shelter without supplies is likely dead from hypothermia and thirst

cannot imagine the scope of this tragedy

Northern Japan went from leading industrial nation to Bangladesh in less than a week


14 posted on 03/16/2011 6:15:48 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Japan’s national courage is certainly being tested. A strong people are undergoing heartbreaking troubles. Very sad but inspiring.


15 posted on 03/16/2011 6:17:42 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

You may have a point there; I just hope nobody freezes.


16 posted on 03/16/2011 6:19:06 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Those poor people. They’ve suffered so much, and it’s far from over.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 6:20:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JimSEA

I live in southern Japan , far from all the devestation and misery . We live a relatively humble life down here in Kyushu , but compared to those in Sendai , Fukushima , etc ...I feel like I am living the “ life of Reilly “ right now ...Appreciating very much what we have .


18 posted on 03/16/2011 6:25:02 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Not sure I’d melt the snow into water with a nuke venting nearby.


19 posted on 03/16/2011 6:25:10 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: FrogMom
"Not sure I’d melt the snow into water with a nuke venting nearby.

You can remove radiation from water by boiling it.

20 posted on 03/16/2011 6:27:58 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is this near the nuclear reactors? could the snow and cold help in cooling them? I realize everyone in this region has been through so much already, but maybe the cold and snow are useful now.

Prayers for all in the region!


21 posted on 03/16/2011 6:36:37 AM PDT by KEmom (Proud to be a Mama Grizzly!!!)
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To: I Buried My Guns
You can remove radiation from water by boiling it.

I really hope you just forgot a < /sarcasm> tag. Unless you are actually distilling the water, most of the radioactive materials would be concentrated by boiling the water. Take a gallon of radioactive water, boil it for a few minutes to kill any bacteria and wind up with three quarts of water with the same amount of radioactivity as the gallon originally had.

22 posted on 03/16/2011 6:42:26 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: sushiman

Stay safe and God bless those suffering people in the north.


23 posted on 03/16/2011 6:52:03 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: sushiman

I would imagine worry about the fate and wellbeing of the people in the most affected regions are strong in your area. Stay safe.


24 posted on 03/16/2011 6:58:39 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: FrogMom

From all I’ve read so far, the radiation levels won’t kill anybody as fast as thirst or filth.


25 posted on 03/16/2011 7:04:46 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: Ingtar
With the way the media is hysterically covering this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the snow is called nuclear winter.

All day yesterday, Drudge was linking to the forecast using the words "Nuclear snow".

26 posted on 03/16/2011 7:10:13 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Yes, and the cold temps will slow decomp and disease spread.


27 posted on 03/16/2011 7:14:12 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: KarlInOhio
You can remove radiation from water by boiling it.

"I really hope you just forgot a < /sarcasm> tag..."

I was taught that radioactivity has no physical form but rather attaches itself to stuff. Dust, for example. By boiling the water you remove the dust and any other particulate matter that is capable of "holding" the radioactivity.

If I am wrong, please correct me. I do not want to excrete incorrect info on FR.

PS: I got this from a 1950s government pamphlet.

28 posted on 03/16/2011 7:20:26 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: I Buried My Guns
There is radiation which can be split among alpha (helium nuclei), beta (electrons) and gamma. The first two are physical particles and the last is a high energy photon. They are dangerous when they hit you but have no residual danger. Once an alpha or beta particle has hit something and lost all of it kinetic energy it is just a free helium nucleus or electron.

The danger is from radioactive materials which produce these types of radiation. For example iodine-131 will decay into xenon-131 which is chemically inert and a beta particle. If you suck down a big glass of water with a lot of I-131, it will concentrate in your thyroid, emit a lot of beta radiation and potentially kill or give cancer to your thyroid. If you boiled that glass of water all the I-131 would stay there just as salt would when you boil salt water, so you would get even more I-131 when you drink enough water to quench your thirst. If you had a full distillation equipment you could get the iodine-free steam off the boiling water and then cool it down to make your glass of safe water.

I was taught that radioactivity has no physical form but rather attaches itself to stuff. Dust, for example. By boiling the water you remove the dust and any other particulate matter that is capable of "holding" the radioactivity.

Have you ever boiled a pan dry? Or even just let drops of hard water evaporate? The foreign matter (unless it is in a form more volatile than water, like alcohol) will just concentrate in the pan as you boil the water. Where I live that means a nice crunchy layer of lime (yum, yum).

29 posted on 03/16/2011 7:51:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Thank you for curing me of my ignorance.


30 posted on 03/16/2011 7:55:07 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: I Buried My Guns; KarlInOhio

Be sure to get under your school desk...now that’ll save ya right?

man...remember those days?

Pajamas Media and Levin had a good long article on exactly what is going on nuke plant wise in Japan yesterday


31 posted on 03/16/2011 8:17:05 AM PDT by wardaddy (FUHB)
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To: wardaddy
Be sure to get under your school desk...now that’ll save ya right?

man...remember those days?

Nope. First, I was born a little late. Second, B-52s were parked about a mile from my school so a desk isn't going to do much when I'm in the fireball radius from a Soviet megaton warhead targeted for my neighborhood. Yeah, I could survive for an extra tenth of a second from ducking and covering. We did have lots of drills on how to take cover in case the godless tornadoes attacked us, though.

32 posted on 03/16/2011 8:43:15 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: KarlInOhio

oh yea...I am 53 and at French Elementary from 1963-1969 we had nuclear attack drills

under the desk or in hallway or the fallout shelter which was the lower level supply dressing area of the auditoriu,

useless as you say

and black and white instructional films

my poor parents...that would scare me now

course we got Muzzies now..far more dangerous than Soviets emotionally speaking

Russkies were not stupid


33 posted on 03/16/2011 10:25:40 AM PDT by wardaddy (FUHB)
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To: sushiman

We are very glad almost all of my wife’s family lives in Kyushu and Chugoku. A few extended family members are in Kanto. That’s still much better than being in Tohoku.


34 posted on 03/16/2011 12:55:02 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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