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March 11, 2011

Japan Quake: Some early death toll estimates, with an asterisk*

  • 402+ number of confirmed deaths in the Japanese quake this week
  • 1,000+ could have died, according to estimates by Kyodo News agency
  • 3,000+ homes were destroyed on the coast of Honshu Island alone source

* – Why we’re wary of the death toll numbers: The dramatic scale of this disaster does not encourage firm estimates, so we’d like to offer these numbers, which some of our readers have asked for, with a warning: They’re subject to change. This incident is far too huge to offer hard statistics right now. For example: Police in Sendai said that there were 200-300 bodies on the shore at least. Considering the scope of the disaster in Sendai alone, it’s entirely possible that many more will be found. Maybe in a few days we’ll have a better idea.

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Via CNN: Galapagos Islands, Ecuadoran coast ordered evacuated as #tsunami approaches

Via CNN: Galapagos Islands, Ecuadoran coast ordered evacuated as #tsunami approaches

21:41 // 3 years ago
March 12, 2011

Japan quake: Nuclear energy could fall out of favor again, maybe

  • then After a period where nuclear power gained popularity, Three Mile Island, green groups and the movie “The China Syndrome” helped hurt the reputation of the power source.
  • now With a higher focus on safety, the risk of danger is much lower and growth has returned – but trouble in Japan could once again turn popular favor against it. source

» Two sides, two arguments: Green groups AND nuclear advocates have their talking points here – groups in favor of nuclear energy say the precaution prevented a much worse situation with the Fukushima reactors. Green groups say any leak of radioactive gas proves the dangers are too high. Of course, if this happens, it kinda throws everything out the window.

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0:28 // 3 years ago
viasquaredd:

1000 reblogs = $10
10000 reblogs = $100 .. and so on
Okay, we know, we know, it’s shameless self promotion. We will be  using the increased traffic from our website to fund this donation. We  will be sending Red Cross the check for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific  Tsunami.
UPDATE: We forgot to add what we’d do if someone were to “like” the  post. We will combine the reblogs and likes we got from our last post  along with the reblogs and likes we get from this post.
We wish we can donate more, but it’s all we can handle. If you would like to donate directly to the cause, please click here.
We will be donating 1 cent per every reblog, 1 cent for every like and 5 cents per every new  follower we get. We’ll be sending the check to American Red Cross.
Email us at what@viaSQUARED.com for any questions regarding this.
EDIT! Hopefully this will get enough notes, but if it gets too many, we’d have to stop it at 50000!

In regards to our earlier post about Red Cross reblog schemes, this appears legit but extremely unsavory. Shameless self-promotion? Not fans. Not fans at all. This is Kenneth Cole territory to us. (Note that we did not reblog this.)

viasquaredd:

1000 reblogs = $10

10000 reblogs = $100 .. and so on

Okay, we know, we know, it’s shameless self promotion. We will be using the increased traffic from our website to fund this donation. We will be sending Red Cross the check for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

UPDATE: We forgot to add what we’d do if someone were to “like” the post. We will combine the reblogs and likes we got from our last post along with the reblogs and likes we get from this post.

We wish we can donate more, but it’s all we can handle. If you would like to donate directly to the cause, please click here.

We will be donating 1 cent per every reblog, 1 cent for every like and 5 cents per every new follower we get. We’ll be sending the check to American Red Cross.

Email us at what@viaSQUARED.com for any questions regarding this.

EDIT! Hopefully this will get enough notes, but if it gets too many, we’d have to stop it at 50000!

In regards to our earlier post about Red Cross reblog schemes, this appears legit but extremely unsavory. Shameless self-promotion? Not fans. Not fans at all. This is Kenneth Cole territory to us. (Note that we did not reblog this.)

0:51 // 3 years ago
We’ve decided to fill the reactor container with sea water. Trade minister Kaieda has instructed us to do so. By doing this, we will use boric acid to prevent criticality.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano • Explaining what will happen next in the wake of the Fukushima blast in Japan. For what its worth, Edano says that, although there was an explosion, it didn’t affect the core reactor. “The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building,” he said. “The concrete building collapsed. We found out that the reactor container inside didn’t explode.” Sea water, eh? Interesting coolant choice. source (viafollow)
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