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More than 28,000 people are dead or missing after the March 11th disaster and recent aftershocks in eastern Japan.

According to the National Police Agency, the deaths of 13,392 people have so far been confirmed. Most of the deaths occurred in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, the 3 hardest stricken prefectures. Miyagi topped the list at 8,190, followed by Iwate at 3,867 and Fukushima at 1,272.

About 83 percent, or 11,156, of the recovered bodies have been identified and handed or are being handed over to the victims' families.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Apr 13th, 2011 at 09:51:43 AM EST
Still new tsunami videos appearing, each hauntingly surreal on its own.

See here for another.

by das monde on Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 10:15:13 PM EST
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each hauntingly surreal on its own

  1. The voices in the background sound like a bunch of stupid teens, and you can feel when they realise that this is serious.
  2. Like on prior videos, I don't get the truck drivers who prior to the tsunami's arrival just drive around as if nothing happened.
  3. WHat's really shocking is that this is the first video in which I see humans running for their life. And again I see people stopping to look back or because some heavy stuff they want to save ot stuck, oblivious to the danger.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 03:53:09 AM EST
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Photos capture Iwate news reporter surviving tsunami | Kyodo News

The moments of a local newspaper reporter being engulfed by a massive tsunami in Iwate Prefecture and narrowly escaping with his life were captured in photos taken by a government employee.

Following the magnitude 9 earthquake that rattled the editorial room of Iwate Tokai Shimbun in the city of Kamaishi on March 11, reporter Toya Chiba went to the mouth of Owatari River to cover the scene, after going home to make sure his family had evacuated to higher ground.

...'I didn't think a tsunami of that scale would come. It was a complete error in judgment,'' the reporter said, recalling his experience.

...One of Sasaki's photos shows the reporter holding on to his camera while being swept away, but the camera was eventually lost.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 04:28:13 AM EST
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...a complete error in judgment

That was easy to make. It can't possibly come here... Or it will wet the pavement at worst. And then you see your house moving in all shock.

by das monde on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 04:45:20 AM EST
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Apparently they notice from 0:15 that houses are moving. "A-re" means "over there", "kaji" - fire, "minna" - all, "shinjiranai" - do not believe, "kuruma" - car, "hayaku" - fast. "Yowai" means "weak", probably meaning that those running should run stronger. The video taker did not wait a moment at 3:30. Those scrambling below at the last minute look so ignorant. The helper in black coming down at the left at 5:09 did not make it apparently.
by das monde on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 05:30:52 AM EST
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In the first minute or two, it still feels as if it's a happening for the people, it's not until the video taker is urged to run up a few metres 3:30 in when it feels that they get a real subjective sense of danger.

There is a video on YouTube filmed by a worker from the rooftop of a rather high building in some major city (large concrete buildings that aren't washed away). You again see ignorant drivers caught up in the waves. Meanwhile, you hear people in the background laughing and joking. But that stops after about two minutes when people sober up as the water keeps coming.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 05:45:34 AM EST
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At some time people get shocked to see their homes and property go, of course. That alone may leave many speechless. The happening is very personal and not too exiting to them, and they talk about other people or running cars as well. And yes, they realize the need to go higher later still, with things happening fast.
by das monde on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 07:10:55 AM EST
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I suppose at the start, lots of people were thinking, "another drill" or something small that would lap up the sea walls and then everyone can go home,  and it takes a few seconds  even after they can see things are definitely not happening that way for them to make the mental change as to what is happening in front of them.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 07:28:07 AM EST
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It's now (3 pm local time) 13,551 confirmed dead, of which 11,367 identified, and 14,563 missing. (By the way, I don't get why even the Japanese media keeps adding up the total number of confirmed dead – which includes unidentified bodies – and the missing.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 06:14:27 AM EST
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