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Friday, March 11, 2011

Historic Earthquake And Tsunami Slam Japan

A powerful 23-foot tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control.

Japanese authorities say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern city of Sendai, the closest major city to the epicenter of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The offshore quake was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

John Brinsley of Bloomberg News joins us from Tokyo.  We also speak with Ian Miller, assistant professor of modern Japanese history at Harvard University, and Dr. John Ebel, director of the Western Observatory, the geological research lab for Boston College.

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  • Alfred

    Is this another HAARP attack that has accidently gone off, such as the massive quakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand? Is this a natural occurring event or may it be a H.A.A.R.P.(High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) generated earthquake?
    What about SCALAR weapons?
    You may think this is science fiction, well you better start doing some research on this. DARPA and others have been actively pursuing these programs for years.
    I recall the following from William Cohen, the former Secretary of Defense from 1997.

    “Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can
    alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the
    use of electromagnetic wave… So there are plenty of ingenious minds
    out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror
    upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to
    intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.”

    Quote spoken by Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997
    counter terrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn.
    Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen,
    Q&A at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and
    U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, Athens, Apr. 28, 1997


  • guest

    A few questions I have not heard addressed thus far:
    • are the “50 firefighters” being rotated in and out as they were at Chernobyl?
    • if so, what is the maximum shift length, and how many total firefighters are involved?
    • what is the selection procedure for these sacrificial workers?
    • are plant managers, designers, and regulators also being asked to serve in this highly hazardous damage control effort?
    • what protective equipment do the rescue workers have – specifically, do they have full oxygen equipment?
    • where is the water that is being poured onto the reactors draining to, if it is not being fully evaporated?
    • is there independent auditing of government radiation figures?
    • You should make clear that there is no such thing as a “safe level” of radiation exposure. Al exposure increases mutation (cancer) risk, it’s just a question of what risk is considered “acceptable”.

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