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I immediately thought about Claire. I hope she's ok. I don't know of any other VBers in Japan, but if there are any, I hope they're ok too. They're in my thoughts.
Someone else I spoke to said she's fine but I wish she'd check in.
 

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Someone else I spoke to said she's fine but I wish she'd check in.
She's fine. She posted in the slut thread. She's on the other side of Japan (the China side), which wasn't as severely affected by the earthquake.
 

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Hoping all VB'ers in Japan, the Pacific Islands, and on the West Coast are safe and sound.

All people affected by this are in my thoughts and prayers this morning.
I, too, am praying for the people of Japan, Pacific Islands, and the West Coasts of North and South America. I know they closed the schools on the Washington and Oregon coasts, and had everyone heading inland.
 

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I have Weatherbug on my computer, and I get severe weather alerts. There is a tsuanmi advisory currently in effect for the West Coast of the US.

Here is the full reportage:

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Tsunami Hitting West Coast; Slams Hawaii
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
UPDATED 10:45 AM PST, March 11, 2011
The fourth-largest earthquake in recorded history hit just off the northeast coast of Japan midday Friday (overnight U.S. time), causing massive damage to that country and triggering a tsunami that is continuing to roll across the Pacific. A 12-foot wave crushed Maui, while waves of 8.1-feet hit northern California. Damage has been reported in both locations. Several more rounds of these devastating waves are expected on the U.S. West Coast through this afternoon.

The temblor has been measured at 9.1 on the Richter Scale, making it the strongest in Japanese history, and only slightly weaker than the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

Alaska was the first U.S. state to see tsunami waves generated overnight, with tsunami hitting a height of 5.1 feet above sea-level in Shemya, Alaska. Tsunami waves started hitting Hawaii around 3 a.m. HST (5 a.m. PST). In Kahului, on Maui, the tsunami`s surge reached one-third of a mile inland, flooding coastal roadways, and damaging dozens of canoes and other watercraft. The tsunami destroyed three docks at a sailing club on Hawaii, taking with it nearly 100 sail boats. The good news is that the tsunami threat is subsiding in Hawaii, and all warnings have now been dropped.

Along the U.S. West Coast, the threat is just building at this point. Tsunami waves started hitting about 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST), and west-facing beaches are taking the brunt of the impact. An 8.1-foot wave slammed Crescent City, Calif., with "major damage" reported. Nearly all of the docks have been destroyed along with 35 boats. Port San Luis, Calif., has reported a 6.3-foot wave, while Port Orford, Ore., has seen a 6.1-foot rise.

Tsunami Warnings and Advisories have been issued for the length of the West Coast. It is imperative to avoid the beach through this afternoon, as the tsunami waves will rush in quickly and create dangerous currents that can easily sweep a person away.

In Japan, CNN and other media outlets are reporting at least 1,000 people are dead and numerous injured in Japan from the earthquake and subsequent devastating high tsunami that struck at 12:46 a.m. EST with the epicenter located 231 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan. The quake has triggered at least 12 aftershocks with the highest measuring 6.8 and 7.1. The Death toll is expected to rise.

The quake triggered a 13-foot tsunami that hit Japan`s eastern coast, sweeping away buildings, cars and destroying everything in its path. Japan`s prime minister said today`s earthquake caused major damage in northeastern Japan. The government declared a state of atomic power emergency after the earthquake because of problems at three of its nuclear power plants. This comes one day after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu.

WeatherBug will continue to follow the latest developments with the earthquake and tsunami warnings and have frequent updates
 

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I just heard that there was a 6. something in central Japan, I really hope Claire (and any other VB member friends/families) is okay. Then again,somebody put that on Facebook, so I don't know how credible it is.
 

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Spent today glued to the screen feeling horror. Good on the engineers who designed those buildings though, because without those, the death toll would have been far higher. I hope that the worst is over, and we can help everyone affected to get rehoused quickly.
 

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They're saying the whole of Honshu, Japan's largest island, has been moved 8-feet farther to the west.

Two nuclear power plants remain out of control.

It's been an emotional day, watching all this. What a tragedy.... Such loss....
 

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I am speechless right about this and my aunt in California two blocks from the ocean. However, when thing that upset me is that one of my facebook friends said we should not send aide to help and money to help Japan because people in America has not been helped. Our people should come first but this is a disaster.
 

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Originally Posted by Melanie View Post

I immediately thought about Claire. I hope she's ok. I don't know of any other VBers in Japan, but if there are any, I hope they're ok too. They're in my thoughts.
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Someone else I spoke to said she's fine but I wish she'd check in.
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She's fine. She posted in the slut thread. She's on the other side of Japan (the China side), which wasn't as severely affected by the earthquake.
this is just too awful for words
.....I am sooo hippie she is okay cause she popped in my head this morning when I first heard about it.

Peace
 

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Isn't there a VBer on the Oregon coast, too? Is there someone named "Midnight Angel" that lives in Astoria? I know they shut down the schools in Astoria today, as well as Warrington (OR), Seaside (OR), and Ocean Beach (Long Beach, WA--right across the river).
 

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Isn't there a VBer on the Oregon coast, too? Is there someone named "Midnight Angel" that lives in Astoria? I know they shut down the schools in Astoria today, as well as Warrington (OR), Seaside (OR), and Ocean Beach (Long Beach, WA--right across the river).
It's Warrenton, not Warrington.
I'm in Seaside, and I used to be Midnight Angel. Some schools in Astoria had two hour delays, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach and other areas cancelled school today (which is nice, since one of the schools in Seaside is RIGHT by the ocean).

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I think Midnight Angel is LilBigBug's former name. (I may be wrong though)
Yep, that's me!
 

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The tsunami that hit Sendai and other Japanese coastal cities was devastating. That video footage was shocking.

The Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii got some inundation from the tsunami, causing widespread minor damage, but nothing catastrophic.

I read a report earlier of a couple in Oregon who were swept out to sea by the tsunami when it hit - they were camping near the beach and were unaware of the earthquake.
 
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