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View Diary: Strong Earthquake in Japan, At Least 3 Dead (Update #19) (74 comments)

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  •  Are there nuke plants in the area... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...where the earthquake was?

    •  Somewhat Close, Yes (9+ / 0-)

      There are nuclear power plants throughout Japan. Tohoku Electric operates the Onagawa nuclear complex, for example, and that might be the closest. I think there's also a nuclear fuel reprocessing center near (but not in) Iwate Prefecture.

      However, I wouldn't be concerned about the nuclear plants. One of the biggest dangers, a major tsunami, does not seem to be a factor on this occasion. The real question is whether anyone suffered injury in older buildings (roughly pre-1980s). So far no reports of casualties, so that's a good sign at this moment.

      One thing I should say is that Japan is the most "earthquake-wired" country in the world. I continue to admire the Japanese in how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters. There's always pressure to do more, but I think many governments would do well to study and emulate the Japanese.

      •  "The quake has not affected operations at nuclear (3+ / 0-)
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        Can I call myself bilingual if I can dream in Snark?

        by 1BQ on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 05:51:40 PM PDT

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      •  I think you admiration may be misplaced (5+ / 0-)

        I was in Kobe, in '95 and the response could most charitably be described as a "clusterfuck."  They turned away rescue dogs at the airport.  The electric companies threw power back on as soon as they could get the grid working, without ever thinking that all the gas leaks might cause some trouble.  They started more than one catastrophic fire.  The PM hesitated to send out the Self-Defense Forces.  It was a natural disaster compounded by human incompetence, and if it had happened two hours later the death toll would likely have been 2 - 5 times greater.  The official relief efforts were so lousy that the Yamaguchi crime family eventually ended up spearheading the relief effort.

        The plus side was that I never once feared my fellow man in the days that followed.  I saw only a handful of cops and it was days before the SDF was mobilized, but  no one so much as broke a window to steal anything so far as I am aware.  I doubt I could have been that sanguine in the States.  

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