Catastrophe in Japan

Posted: March 11, 2011 by Sean M. in News

8.9 quake over there. Lots of footage of fires burning, too. Some at refineries.

God, I hope that their tsunami warning systems were adequate to evacuate most of the people in the coastal areas that I’ve been seeing washed completely the fuck away. Gigantic ships are capsized. I’m talking cruise ships.

They’re talking about tsunami warnings for Hawaii, too.

Those of you who are religious should be offering prayers.

This should be a no-brainer for the Obama Administration, where they offer help–military help, especially–to our most important ally in East Asia. Once the seas are calm enough, the Navy has to be on its way. Any other response is inconceivable, but you never know with this team. One of the things my mind flashed to was, “Could China take the lead on aid?” I hope not.

This is gonna be bad. I think there’s gonna be a big body count when this is over.

Update: I’m not sure if this is legit, but this is what I’ve found so far for the Japanese Red Cross. If they’re legit, you might want to donate.

Update 2: The White House website is silent, as of 5:12, DC time. This is a “Featured Challenge.”


  1. mrfixit says:

    As much as you or I want a competant, quick, and helpful reaction to this from Obummer, here are a few reasons I dont see it happening that way.
    1: Japan is not a muslin nation
    2: They aren’t our enemies
    3: Last but not least, he has a golf date

    His modus operandi so far has been to screw our friends/allies, and blow/kowtow toour enemies. I don’t see this changing, period.

  2. Veeshir says:

    I can see an aircraft carrier group in the area (We’d better have at least two off the coast of NoKo) not getting orders from the vacuum in DC so they take matters into their own hands and start steaming toward Japan.

    “Gee, we always do this, I just figured I’d anticipate the orders”

    Then Obama has to either order them to let Japan tip over or vote “Present” and just let them continue.

    I’d say it’s about 50/50 on that one.

  3. aliceaitch says:

    Obama’s made a statement and is supposed to be holding a presser late this afternoon, but they haven’t bothered updating the WH website. I don’t think they buy into the concept of a website being a source of immediate information.

  4. aliceaitch says:

    Also, it’s likely that we’re not moving into the area until we’re asked by Japan.

  5. chad98036 says:

    We have a fairly substantial number of troops in Japan (both mainland and Okinawa) you can bet the will be deployed in SAR missions at the least just as part of the Mutual Defense Treaty and SoFA agreements.

    Fortunately this area had a dry run about 2 weeks ago – a 7.2 quake hit in the same area and Tsunami warnings went off. So people had a chance to refresh themselves on the procedure. They also had about 30 minutes warning before the Tsunami actually hit. The Japanese take this stuff very seriously. When I was on Okinawa in the 80’s there were mandatory drills twice a year.

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