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General Chat Thread, Breaking News: Japan Hit By Large Earthquake: Tsunami Warnings Issued in General; Originally Posted by localzuk There is no scientific evidence to support that. I thought the gravitational pull of the moon ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    There is no scientific evidence to support that.
    I thought the gravitational pull of the moon affected tides? If that is the case, then surely being closer to the earth, the moon's pull will be greater than normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    I thought the gravitational pull of the moon affected tides? If that is the case, then surely being closer to the earth, the moon's pull will be greater than normal?
    Yes, you end up with slightly higher high tides, and slightly lower low tides. Not exactly going to cause the world to explode. There are many people on the net claiming that events like this are going to be caused by the moon being closer than normal. That is where there is no scientific evidence.

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    Live feed of the Tsunami in Hawaii at Hawaii Tsunami Warning Information

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    Some scary stuff going on there. BBC footage of the wave shows it marching on relentlessly. Then there are people merrily going along a road, seeing the wave and doing a three point turn to get the hell out of there!

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    The mechanics of waves and Tsunamis:

    Link: Water Waves and Tsunamis

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    Nipped on to the Hungarian disaster monitoring site (EDIS).

    RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Service

    Japan is lit up with warning symbols. Been a lot of quakes, recent ones have occurred at about 11.30 and just after midnight at about 5.1 magnititude.

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    Watching Russia Today this morning, turned it on to be greeted by reactor 1 exploding!

    Keep tabs on this, looks like this story will dominate the news for a while if it goes into emltdown and causes massive radioactive poisoning of the area around it. This is turning into Chernobyl 2 and more reactors are indicating leaks after the earthquake.

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    Pictures from the air: Destruction wrought by the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami:

    Link: Seen from above, the awesome scale of Japan's destruction (big photo gallery) - Boing Boing

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    Interactive slide bar on photographs. Hover over photographs to display vertical divider.

    To the left of the divider: Before the Earthquake/Tsunami
    To the right of the divider: After the Earthquake/Tsunami

    Link: ABC News - Japan Earthquake: before and after

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    Watching Russia Today this morning, turned it on to be greeted by reactor 1 exploding!

    Keep tabs on this, looks like this story will dominate the news for a while if it goes into emltdown and causes massive radioactive poisoning of the area around it. This is turning into Chernobyl 2 and more reactors are indicating leaks after the earthquake.
    I've been watching Russia Today too, in fact I tend to watch it more than BBC and Sky news. It doesn't focus on the "Brit missing in Tsunami" side of things. As if the lives of the thousands of Japanese are not as important as that of a fellow Brit.

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    best channel for news/videos I've found is "NHK World". english version of a japanese news channel. You can watch it live at On Air : jibtv.com

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    Meltdown Alert At Japan Reactor

    Link: BBC News - Japan earthquake: Meltdown alert at Fukushima reactor

    Edit: Add live news feed:

    Link: BBC News - LIVE: Japan earthquake
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    Japan Quake Map

    Might be worth passing onto geography

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