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    earthquake in Japan

    Alox, Stu, were you affected by the quake?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/...as/japan_quake

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    Stu made a post early this morning so apparently he is ok.
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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    The earthquake was located about 300 miles from him, on the Sea of Japan side (east side of the main island). He might have felt it, but I'm sure there was no damage or danger at his place.

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    Earthquakes in Japan are like a way of life.

    They get them every time they change their fundoshis.

    Kinda similar to California...just that we don't wear fundoshis here!

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    Are you allowed to say 'fundoshis' here?

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    Yeah Alan, it's kinda hard to dry your hands on a thon.... Used to wear a fundoshi all the time when I lived in Sakaiminato. The Oba Chan of my "family" used to make them for me.

    Went through a 6.8 earthquake in Tokyo in '88, I believe... I got a little queezy in the stomach with that one. The top floor of the 66 story Sunshine Building was swaying something like 8'...by design!

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    Yeah guys, sorry, I'm just fine, we did not even feel it, we were on the road to my wife's sisters house to help them move. I hate moving, and I really hate moving other people, especially other people who live on the fifth floor without an elevator, have WAY too much stuff, and are NOT ready for the 8 guys that showed up to help them move! :soapbox:

    Oh well we got it done, but we only heard about the quake when we were driving to the new place, on the radio.

    Our time will come, we live in a well built new building, and the L shop is similar. We have a good disaster prepared kit, water, and long lasting food stuffs, so I really do not know what else we can do to mitigate the risk, short of moving back to Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Yeah guys, sorry, I'm just fine
    You sound as if you're appologizing to us for being ok!

    Greg, sounds like my FIL's family down in Kagoshima, the Great Grandparents lived in a house that requires lighting wood under the tub to get a hot bath!

    My wife's Great Grandfather used to wear those fundoshis...

    Me and my wife went through the Northridge quake in Los Angeles, we were 5 miles away and it was an 8.2 or something like that...there was less damage at our house than there was 30 miles away in Santa Monica where many buildings were condemed.

    I've been trying to go to Japan with my company, but the timing hasn't been right yet. They had a deal they wanted me to go to a couple years ago in May, but my family was going in July, so I passed. Now they keep trying to get me to go to Beijing but I keep dragging my feet...

    BTW, I do have a formal hanten (sp?) that my Aunt made for me at our wedding, and I have a whole getup with the gettas and all...
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 03-26-2007 at 06:41 AM. Reason: fixed a tag

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    Stu,

    Glad all is well. I have moved back and forth from Japan/Seattle 5 times....I really hate moving!

    I lived in Kobe, and traveled the highway that fell down and was shown on TV all the time. Had friends that lost a lot in that quake. My apartment was at the top of Kitano-cho and the whole side of the mountain, with my apartment building, came down.

    Alan,

    I used to have to go to the public ofuro....even the toilet was a couple of "honey bucket" types on the corner... My family saved and eventually built a huge house/restaurant on land just outside Sakai.

    I'm going back to Fukuoka for probably a week in May to do some consulting. Lived there 2 1/2 years, and really like it. Used to go fishing in Miyazki Ken (Nango-cho) on a 40' Australian boat... I had my 16' aluminum jet-sled in Fukuoka and went fishing in the bay.
    Last edited by Greg Cook; 03-26-2007 at 05:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan DuBoff View Post
    You sound as if you're appologizing to us for being ok!...
    No, I'm appologizing for not commenting sooner that we are fine.

    Some distant relative of my wife lost everything, house, cars, business, the whole banana, but no one died.

    What they really lost, that hurt, was all the old photos and records etc. The got hit by a fire, 4 or 5 days after the quake, as when the fires started to burn, the just kept on burning, and there was little anyone could do.

    I do know that a LOT of people were not exactly happy with the Japanese government, as they actually refused help from the US military, and it took them WAY too long to get their ducks in a row, to send help.

    Some things they learned.

    Chainsaws are ESSENTIAL in the aftermath of an earthquake, as most of the older homes that fell down were of the post and beam style, these are made from 4x4s and are not easy to dig through to get at survivors in these houses.

    The other thing that they found out, was that when it came time to bring in help and at least to scout out the areas, that small 250cc 4 stroke off-road bikes were in VERY short supply and were VERY useful, when the need to get around in areas with roads washed out, bridges gone etc.

    The other thing that happened is that the local town associations, REALLY realized that they were on their own, for at least the first 3 to 4 days.

    One thing we do, at the liquor shop, is to ALWAYS carry at least 50 cases of bottle water, (6 x 2L x 50 = 600 liters or 160 US gallons) not a ton of water, but enough to get a fair number of people through that first 3 or 4 days.

    I also have three chainsaws, and a lot of other implements of destruction, in case of a quake. I have a hand operated pump for taking water out of our water tank, which is under our liquor shop, it is a LOT of water.

    I have a large kerosene heater, and two Coleman stoves, that will run on unleaded gas, as well as a Honda generator.

    I'm not Y2K paranoid prepared, but maybe a bit more than the average guy

    I certainly hope the day NEVER comes, but I try my best to be prepared just the same.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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