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kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 02:31 AM
Alright... so New Zealand got trashed and I didn't pay much attention.

But now I have friends whose homes are being evacuated in cities on fire and am watching people's houses and cars wash away live on television...

I'm awake, now. I get it. It only took the 7th most powerful quake in history to do it.

What can I do? (And not just for Japan. I'm looking to make up for my New Zealand apathy, too ^^;;; )

Japan 8.9(US scale, 7.9 Japanese scale) earthquake coverage livestream - http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Coscom members affected by today's quake (that we've heard from directly):
CelestialShadow (Tokyo; damaged belongings, power outages)
Kanira (Ibaraki; power outages)
masonkun (Misawa; damaged belongings, power outages)
unlock (Misawa; power outages)

No Word from:
elisiss (http://www.cosplay.com/member/104078/) (if you hear from him or have seen him, please let us know so we can all stop worrying. He's from Fukushima, at the center of all this...)

Nearly all the Japan board regulars have checked in okay (still waiting on word from a few less regular posters). Power and phones are unreliable but net seems to be working just about everywhere. Cosplayer's Archive (cosp.jp) is shaping up to be a makeshift contact-board for the Japanese cosplay community with everyone checking in their safety in their own status messages and asking about others with the same. Most of us are okay ^^v

rubyspitfire
03-11-2011, 02:45 AM
first off, glad to see that you and the others are ok. when i first saw this (on my fb of all places) you were the first people i thought of

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 02:49 AM
There has just been a second quake in Fukushima... AAAARGH

*hides under bed*

Stop it, earth!

rubyspitfire
03-11-2011, 02:54 AM
for what it's worth, my thoughts are with you. try to stay safe!

LeekFish
03-11-2011, 03:15 AM
Before seeing this thread I had actually just emailed the president of my college's Japanese Student Organization asking if we can do anything to help. =/ I'm hoping maybe we can ask for donations during our film series (once a week we'll be showing a Japanese movie and serving food and such and encouraging other students to attend) and maybe raise some money to donate to aid programs that will probably open up. I hope we can help somehow. T_T

My roommate's Korean but studies in Japan and I've met many of her friends who are also studying abroad here, and after being on coscom for a while and at least being relatively familiar with other people who live there... This really is a wake up. I'm so worried about everyone, I hope things end well... (Well, as well as they can be anyway). T___T

I'll be keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. ;A;

Brsis
03-11-2011, 03:19 AM
I've already dropped my university a line to ask if they need anyone to help with ringing round the Japanese universities to see if our exchange students over there and the families of the exchange students over here are safe. I've sent messages to everyone I know or sort-of know who might possibly have been affected. I'm just overwhelmed right now. Hopefully within the next twenty-four hours relief efforts will start being mobilised and then I can volunteer to DO something, but right now I'm just in shock.

My heart goes out to all of you in Japan and New Zealand. I just can't believe how fragile the wonderful times I had there were.

RinoaShadow
03-11-2011, 03:22 AM
I'm terribly worried about everyone... my thoughts prayers are with you all. Please stay safe!

I feel so unbelievably lucky to live in a part of the world that goes unnaffected by any damaging natural disasters... but i feel bad that there are then people who go through their life facing tons of these disasters.

i'm determined to do something this time.

Nathus Dorkus
03-11-2011, 05:53 AM
Damn it, nature. Why can't you behave? :C

I hope everyone's doing alright, and that this doesn't extend too much to surrounding areas. :C

pltshp
03-11-2011, 06:00 AM
I'm trying to get hold of my boyfriend/friends to no avail. However, I've heard that Kansai and Yokohama are okay so that's calmed me down a damn sight. My thoughts and prayers and going out to Japan by the boatload ;_;

DireKitty
03-11-2011, 07:01 AM
So glad you are okay! I saw this and had a little "OH NOES!" moment.

Here's some live coverage from the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698).

They might be looking for volunteers to help with the cleanup...

nannyogg
03-11-2011, 07:13 AM
Holy cow, I just saw the coverage on yahoo and came here to see if you'd checked in, kiratsukai! I am glad you are safe, and hope there aren't any more major aftershocks.

shortsheik
03-11-2011, 07:34 AM
I read about the Christchurch earthquake and followed it, but it was one of those "oh, it's another country, what can I do?" sort of things. Ie. I felt bad but did nothing.

You're very right - it's past-time we try and do something. I don't know what yet, but I have no excuse to not do anything. Spring break is just around the corner. I was thinking it might be good to go and volunteer somewhere. In any case, people will be needing food, water, shelter, and other supplies asap.

Kildread
03-11-2011, 07:52 AM
Look for relief channels, from what the images are showing, there's likely multiple folks being evacuated. Apart from providing supplies, and maybe a roof for some of your friends, your options are a little limited. As previously mentionned, once things after calmeddown, there will likely be need for people to help with the cleanup.

Personally, I don't know anyone affected by the quakes so far -- my sister in Japan is very far from that area, but her place is under a tsunami warning (Right now, things look very calm there and the SDF are her neighbors)

The tsunami warnings are actually pretty widespread, even outside Japan. Hawaii, some places in Canada...

sam vimes
03-11-2011, 08:14 AM
I imagine they'll be some number we can text a code to so we can feel like we helped without actually helping in the near future.

I'm going to wait two or three days and then send a check to a reputable charity.

Blood_Sword
03-11-2011, 08:35 AM
Actually the first thing I heard in the morning when I woke up was my mother telling me that Jorma (her brother) called her and said that Japan got struck by a major earthquake and tsunami... and after that mom's mobile have been ringing all day because all our relatives kept calling and asking where my brother was. My brother was pretty recently in Japan, that's why.
Actually my brother's wife was about to fly to Japan this Sunday... I don't know how that will go...

I've watched the finnish news about this like 5 times already and it's horrible. I feel so sorry for everyone affected, what a loss. :'( Looking at the live videos makes me sad, so much property washed away, so many homes destroyed...
Only one day away from my birthday too... I hope that isn't a bad sign.
Tomorrow however I'll be dressed in traditional japanese clothing (my 18 years birthday is asian themed) and I'll say some prayers then. I'll keep a silent minute today too, I hope everyone is alright.

I wonder if I could help in some way...

Angathol
03-11-2011, 08:42 AM
I imagine they'll be some number we can text a code to so we can feel like we helped without actually helping in the near future.

I'm going to wait two or three days and then send a check to a reputable charity.

Incidentally, I just saw this from George Takei: "Offer prayer and HELP to quake and tsunami victims in Japan. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10."

My parents, aunt and uncle are in Australia right now, but are headed south last I heard. Thankfully I was able to talk to a friend in Melbourne who reassured me that everything is fine where she is, and it was actually the US that said WATCH OUT AUSTRALIA even though Australia's official services are saying they're not really expecting anything too bad. They didn't even get tremors.

My family was also in New Zealand during Christchurch, but were thankfully far enough away to not feel anything significant. My parents did go to Christchurch in order to fly out to New Zealand and experienced a tremor. Christchurch really hasn't gotten enough exposure in the media... a lot of people really didn't hear much about it. :( There were so many deaths.

Some snippets from their emails:

Feb. 22 - While we were in the blacksmith shop [in Shanty Town, NZ], we felt the floor shake a little and the display tools on the wall were rattling. When we went to the gift ship, they had the radio on and the news told of the story of horror in Christchurch. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit around 11 am just outside of Christchurch, only 5km below the surface. The destruction was far greater than the 7.1 earthquake in September last year. That earthquake was 30km below the surface and a little further outside the city centre and there were no fatalities. However, so far only 6 hours after this one they have tallied over 65 dead and over 200 missing. We heard that two busses were flattened by falling buildings and the Christchurch Cathedral, which was possibly full of tourists, came tumbling down. People kicked out windows of high rise office buildings and climbed down on fire hoses because they were afraid of fires or further after shocks. Several people on the 4th floor of an office building dove under their desks and when the shaking stopped they found themselves on the ground level and were able to escape. People were milling around in the streets and further aftershocks caused facades of buildings to fall down and they had to run for cover. The airport is temporarily closed until they do a thorough inspection of the runways and buildings. We don’t know yet if the hotel that we are planning to stay at in early March is still operational. It is outside the central business district (CBD as they call it here) but there is severe damage in the suburbs.

We are certainly safe here, but concerned about the people of Christchurch.

Feb. 24 - The sad news from Christchurch continues with the confirmed dead now at 98, but another 226 are missing and feared dead under the collapsed buildings. The news coverage is constant with the central business district being the worst hit, but the suburbs have a lot of damage and something called liquefaction. Liquefaction is the process of the groundwater and silt bubbling to the surface and covering roads and property like a flood of mud.

Feb. 26 - Today, we met a couple from Sheffield, England; they were in Christchurch during the earthquake on Tuesday, after touring the cathedral that morning. They were in the park in front of the Cathedral and were thrown to the ground as everything swayed back and forth. About 20 people were crushed when the spire fell down. They were booked into that downtown Christchurch hotel (the one that is teetering and about to collapse); after gathering in the downtown park, they were billeted in a private home for one night, managed to obtain a rental car and got out of the city the next day. Fortunately, they had their passports, camera and money with them, as they were not able to get back to their hotel to retrieve their belongings and suitcases; since then, they have purchased some more clothing and essentials. It is amazing to talk with them – I think that they are slightly shell-shocked. They are forging onwards and we may meet up with them on Tuesday in Wanaka.

March 5 - We had no problems entering the southwest part of Christchurch, where our motel was located, just outside of the CBD (central business district). That area is cordoned off to traffic, except for emergency and rescue/recovery personnel. After checking into our motel, we started to boil water (boil twice prior to using for any food, dish or personal hygiene washing. A small aftershock was experienced within the first hour, but it felt as if someone drove a car into the building at low speed. At 7:33 pm, we felt a much larger rumble which literally rocked the walls back and forth a couple of times. Lots of people were talking/laughing outside the motel rooms after that one. It may be a bumpy night! (Anne is thinking of sleeping in her clothes tonight.) Found out later that it was a 4.8 magnitude aftershock.

We have met several people who had left Christchurch to escape their devastated/damaged homes; some openly admitted that they were still suffering feelings of panic after experiencing this past earthquake. They were not sure if they would return to live here. Apparently there are several fault lines through this city; two of the buildings that collapsed initially were built in the 1960’s when the architects/engineers should have considered earthquake features in the buildings. Most of the other buildings that have been severely damaged were historic ones, that pre-date earthquake measures.

March 6 - We returned our trusty sedan “Edna” to the rental agency today after having a quick look outside the city centre on a quiet Sunday morning. The CBD is still cordoned off with police and military personnel restricting the access to only emergency and authorized vehicles. The damage is extensive through the neighbourhoods to the east of the CBD, with port-a-potties in evidence every 600 feet or so. The liquefaction is quite amazing; it is like a thick charcoal mud, which apparently sticks to the shovels and has to be scraped off the shovel. It bubbles up from about a kilometre underground. The street pavement has heaved and sunken, so that you must drive slowly. I cannot imagine how people are coping with the loss of life, home and sentimental items. We saw many houses with outside walls collapsed, some with chimneys fallen down and often through the roof. Most of the old brick buildings suffered more than the frame houses.

Just some info for those who didn't hear much about Christchurch.

EDIT: Some photos of Japan from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/03/11/world/asia/20110311_japan.html

EDIT 2: https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=1267460839&df_id=4988&4988.donation=form1 - George Takei also linked to this, as the Japanese Red Cross seems to be down right now.

Yukikittie
03-11-2011, 09:09 AM
I've been on CNN like a stalker, god I hope you're all okay. This earthquake was really bad...
This is so horrible. I'm all shaky and nervous, I really really hope the death toll doesn't rise and not much damage was done.... ><

Slayer Alex
03-11-2011, 09:23 AM
dam i regret giving money to haiti now. I would have saved it for japan. ;_;

DarkCloudInc
03-11-2011, 09:33 AM
Whoops, should've checked here. Glad to see you're fine.

sicdedman
03-11-2011, 09:39 AM
dam i regret giving money to haiti now. I would have saved it for japan. ;_;


it dos not matter if you give money to Haiti/Japan/your neighbor down the street. If someone is in Trouble from a Major Disaster/ect you should be able to help anyway possible. if you ever have (Regrets) giving to one nation and saying you should have given it to another then you should not send money at all. a LIFE is very Precious does not matter (Who,where) they are from.

Everyone needs help sometime in life, anyone who thinks they don't they are fooling themselves.

My thoughts and Prayers go to Japan and ALL the people of Japan.

I got on the Computer little while ago and saw on Yahoo 8.9 Quake Hits Japan/Tsunami. I was like oh man what the heck. after reading it and seeing the pictures i remembered the Movie i Bought a month ago (Haeundae) = Tidal Wave. (Awesome Movie) but very Sad. I cry every time i watch it, and after seeing the Tsunami Pics of Japan this morning it took me back :'(


I know it is a ways off (AX & AM2) but perhaps there should be a Charity Auction for the Victims of This Disaster at the Con's? I know there are already Auctions they have at AX but i believe another small Donation/Auction would Help. (just me thinking)

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 09:48 AM
dam i regret giving money to haiti now. I would have saved it for japan. ;_;

Wow, man.

doxiequeen1
03-11-2011, 09:52 AM
I've been on CNN like a stalker, god I hope you're all okay. This earthquake was really bad...
This is so horrible. I'm all shaky and nervous, I really really hope the death toll doesn't rise and not much damage was done.... ><

This is pretty much my thoughts..

The live footage is really frightening to watch, I can't even imagine what it's like for the people actually there. ;_;

UsakoLuna
03-11-2011, 10:01 AM
I woke up, flicked on the weather channel and was greeted by pictures of the tsunami.
Those poor people. I couldn't believe it. I keep just staring at the news, an 8.9 magnitude earth quake is scary

krys-chan
03-11-2011, 10:05 AM
dam i regret giving money to haiti now. I would have saved it for japan. ;_;

You can give it to both!

I saw some of the live footage and it's terrifying. Let's hope the deathtoll is not too high :/

Slayer Alex
03-11-2011, 10:10 AM
it dos not matter if you give money to Haiti/Japan/your neighbor down the street. If someone is in Trouble from a Major Disaster/ect you should be able to help anyway possible. if you ever have (Regrets) giving to one nation and saying you should have given it to another then you should not send money at all. a LIFE is very Precious does not matter (Who,where) they are from.


I certainly agree that all life is precious. I really do wish i had enough money to help everyone in the world. But after losing my job i wont be able to help Japan as much as i did with Haiti. As a country and culture I relate to Japan alot more then with Haiti, or even America sometimes. :( Even if you dont want me to, I'll still try and send what little i can to Japan anyway. I hope not too many people are hurt. 8.9 sounds crazy scary, but luckily its not like the epicenter was on land. i hope it had enough distance to lessen the impact.

Yukikittie
03-11-2011, 10:19 AM
I don't want to come off as insensitive, but Haiti needed more aid from other countries then Japan probably will. Japan is a stable country that can support itself, Haiti... is not.

This is pretty much my thoughts..

The live footage is really frightening to watch, I can't even imagine what it's like for the people actually there. ;_;

I can't even watch those live videos. I remember watching the ones for the 2005 tsunami. It gave me nightmares.

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 10:28 AM
I don't want to come off as insensitive, but Haiti needed more aid from other countries then Japan probably will. Japan is a stable country that can support itself, Haiti... is not.

Was just gonna say the same thing. Japan is seeking aid from other countries, and no doubt this is completely devastating to them, but Haiti had nothing to begin with and after the quakes they had even less. They are still struggling to recover from the disaster, since at this point they're out of the public eye, people are no longer donating in droves, and they don't even have funds to clear the debris that would enable them to begin a recovery process.

Even if Japanese culture "resonates" with you more, Haiti definitely needed (and still needs) more support than Japan likely will. I'm not saying giving to Japan isn't totally worthwhile and needed, it is. I just think it's kind of tasteless to regret giving money to one country that really needs it because you happen to like another country more.

Merino
03-11-2011, 10:32 AM
For Canadians you can make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help out with earthquake funds. The CRC responds to Natural Disasters around the world, including Haiti and the recent earthquake in Christchurch. Often our Government makes a pledge to match the donations that the citizens make.

Article: Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami (http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=38380&)
Donate: Donate online - Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami (https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/donate.aspx?EventID=66175&LangPref=en-CA&Referrer=direct%2fnone)

I have a few friends over in Asia right now and my heart is with everyone in need ♥

UsakoLuna
03-11-2011, 10:36 AM
The news just said they expect the death toll to rise a lot overnight, as people caught in rubble or outside succumb to hypothermia. Especially if they are wet.

squ33k t0y
03-11-2011, 10:37 AM
My best friend is studying in Tokyo now, but she's fine though, which is good. It's really scary, though.

My thoughts are with everyone, not only in Japan, but for anyone affected or possibly affected by the earthquake and the tsunami.

sam vimes
03-11-2011, 10:41 AM
Being that Japan is the world's third largest economy, I can't help but wonder how this will effect world trade.

I'm also waiting with baited breath to see how Westboro Baptist Church will blame this on homosexuals. :/

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 10:45 AM
Being that Japan is the world's third largest economy, I can't help but wonder how this will effect world trade.

I'm also waiting with baited breath to see how Westboro Baptist Church will blame this on homosexuals. :/

Last I heard, the markets were already taking a tumble in Asia and the EU.

If WBC doesn't blame it on homosexuals, they'll probably blame it on anime and manga. Have known of more than one fundamentalist parent decry their child's anime collection as "the Devil's work."

Codename Otacon
03-11-2011, 10:59 AM
I know it is a ways off (AX & AM2) but perhaps there should be a Charity Auction for the Victims of This Disaster at the Con's? I know there are already Auctions they have at AX but i believe another small Donation/Auction would Help. (just me thinking)

I like that idea, having a donation box at AX or AM2. Right now I am scared and worried for my friend in Japan. Hope she and her family are alright.

dam i regret giving money to haiti now. I would have saved it for japan. ;_;

:/

daylight
03-11-2011, 11:01 AM
I certainly agree that all life is precious. I really do wish i had enough money to help everyone in the world. But after losing my job i wont be able to help Japan as much as i did with Haiti. As a country and culture I relate to Japan alot more then with Haiti, or even America sometimes. :(

Haiti wasn't as all prepared for the earthquake, because of this the death toll was higher, buildings were very old and not prepared to take earthquake damage, and Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world

help is help. No one earthquake disaster deserves it more then the other
if human beings need help, it doesn't matter where they are on a map

Tangledinblue
03-11-2011, 11:12 AM
It's just so horrible and heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are going out to everyone in Japan and in the Pacific. Even though I'm totally and completely broke, I plan on donating some money. A little bit goes a long way, right?

Future Hokage
03-11-2011, 11:58 AM
Actually the first thing I heard in the morning when I woke up was my mother telling me that Jorma (her brother) called her and said that Japan got struck by a major earthquake and tsunami... and after that mom's mobile have been ringing all day because all our relatives kept calling and asking where my brother was. My brother was pretty recently in Japan, that's why.
Actually my brother's wife was about to fly to Japan this Sunday... I don't know how that will go...

I've watched the finnish news about this like 5 times already and it's horrible. I feel so sorry for everyone affected, what a loss. :'( Looking at the live videos makes me sad, so much property washed away, so many homes destroyed...
Only one day away from my birthday too... I hope that isn't a bad sign.
Tomorrow however I'll be dressed in traditional japanese clothing (my 18 years birthday is asian themed) and I'll say some prayers then. I'll keep a silent minute today too, I hope everyone is alright.

I wonder if I could help in some way...

That's a wonderful thing to do I will do the same.

pltshp
03-11-2011, 12:11 PM
I found out that everyone I know in Japan is okay, which is a relief, but a Japanese international student from my university that I spoke to said that his brother has gone missing. So I'm praying super hard right now and I've asked him to email me if he hears anything about his brother/needs to talk.

Ugh, this is just such a horrible situation.

HareyuNanami
03-11-2011, 12:37 PM
I woke up this morning to log onto my Facebook and all my friends who just got back from exchange's in Japan are franticly trying to get in touch with their friends and host families.
I cant believe this happened, I started to cry a bit just the thought of what has happened. I want to help by donating and volunteering and anything I can do to help.
The thing that scares me the most too is I was supposed to leave on an exchange program 3 days ago (couldn't go cues of personal reasons) and then this happened... its so scary to think of what could have happened and I just prey to the people in Japan that they will be alright.
=[ I really wish I could do more to help...

Ani_BEE
03-11-2011, 12:40 PM
The tsunami warnings are actually pretty widespread, even outside Japan. Hawaii, some places in Canada...

Any 8.9 will effect the whole of the water body it's located it even a large one like the pacific. I'm not surprised to see it effecting the West coast at all.

Hatti was devastating due in part to the lack of tsunami emergency plan preparations. Although Japan has devastated as well, all their emergency plans are helping with survivors. :(

superchan
03-11-2011, 12:43 PM
I'm watch CNN RIGHT NOW as we speak! :O
It's HORRIBLE! I hope everyone's okay over there. :/

smilestyle
03-11-2011, 01:14 PM
I can barely watch the news on this, it all is making me cry. My sincerest condolences go out to the people affected not just in Japan, but in all the surrounding areas that have been hit by waves as well. I will be praying for them.
I also have a cousin stationed there, and it has been announced that all US military personnel are safe and accounted for, so thank God. But he is a firefighter, so he will likely be going into the danger to help people. If you can, please pray for him. I hope that he is alright.

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 01:24 PM
Two specific relief organizations I've seen mentioned that do not deny care to queer/trans victims are Doctors Without Borders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org/) and Peace Winds America (http://peacewindsamerica.org/support/).

Access
03-11-2011, 01:25 PM
I just read something about another quake hitting central Japan, 6.6 (preliminary).

LeekFish
03-11-2011, 01:29 PM
On the Haiti and Japan thing:

Japan was far more prepared than Haiti was. My roommate was telling me that in Japan, the military's trained to handle something like this. Not to mention the fact that Japan does have a huge economy. So they really won't be in quite as bad of a position compared to Haiti.

There's a lot of Japanese exchange students in my dorm, so right now I'm pretty sure everyone's trying to get in contact with their families and such... I hope everyone's okay. ><;

Syntax Error
03-11-2011, 01:42 PM
If there is anything I can do to help, please PM me. I'll do whatever I can to help them out!

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 01:42 PM
I just read something about another quake hitting central Japan, 6.6 (preliminary).

I heard they were aftershocks, but that was a while ago-- reports may have been updated.

Angathol
03-11-2011, 01:44 PM
BBC is saying the 6.6 may be a whole separate earthquake.

The tsunami is reaching California: http://www.times-standard.com/ci_17592790

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 01:54 PM
Great catch-all page for tsunami-related posts on Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/tsunami). Lots of news, images, and info, if you don't mind feeling a little inundated.

Luckiest_Star
03-11-2011, 01:55 PM
This is so terrifying!! I was watching the live footage and I saw the giant whirlpool looking thing that made a large fishing boat look like a bath toy. Luckily I have no one over there but I hope that everyone who does knows that they are safe!

Michi
03-11-2011, 02:07 PM
I was watching the live news feed for a good hour+ last night. I have a lot of friends and family in Japan, and some in a few of the worst areas such as Fukushima and near Sendai. I stayed up and got confirmation from most, and woke up to get more check-ins of safety this morning. Yay for the internet! The only people I haven't heard from are in less affected areas so I'm not too concerned.

I did the Red Cross text thing to donate $10.

KiraCosplayHai
03-11-2011, 02:07 PM
The Live Footage the BBC was showing made me want to cry. Everyone, please stay safe! my thoughts go out to everyone affected.
does anybody know a charity in the UK i can donate to help this cause?

Akiyhrah
03-11-2011, 02:39 PM
My heart goes out to the people of Japan. I've been following this whole thing on the news since I first heard about it last night and it's just heartbreaking. Some of the images have actually brought me to tears :(

And with all these earthquakes happening in the "Ring of Fire" recently, I'm terrified that we'll be next... :S (I live in British Columbia, Canada). It's been a lingering threat for many years, and I don't think it'll be much longer before the big one hits us too T__T

Fabiohazard
03-11-2011, 02:46 PM
I was looking for a place to say how I feel about this quake, a place where some japanese can read how much near to their pain and fear I feel. I'm from the other side of the world (Italy) but thru the years this country and their people have given to me so much so at the moment I give my thoughts and mi heart and all the help that's in my possibility.

Luckiest_Star
03-11-2011, 03:06 PM
I heard about it on Facebook from a friend and Inside the Magic who had news on Disneyland Tokyo. I think I went to sleep just before it happened so I didn't hear till around 7am. It's so amazing how devastating history can be made within a matter of hours.

DireKitty
03-11-2011, 03:15 PM
BBC is saying the 6.6 may be a whole separate earthquake.

The tsunami is reaching California: http://www.times-standard.com/ci_17592790

Yeah it was another one, they report it was 6.8 and it had an aftershock that was 6.6, early reports don't suggest much damage was done though.

sicdedman
03-11-2011, 03:22 PM
I heard few hours ago that a hotel or 2 on Catalina Island got hit by some part of the Tsunami Wave and flooded the hotel. it was called (A Whip Around Wave)? i guess is what they said.

it's krayzie that an Earthquake Thousands of miles away can send waves and hit something across the ocean. not with the same force but still.

the game my mom plays (Evony) she has a friend on there in Japan she has been talking to. so this morning she sent them a message asking if they were Ok, they said they were fine, but 200-300 people from their town have not been seen or heard from as of 12:00pm (Pacific Time) it's scary man'o'man.

tabetha2010
03-11-2011, 03:22 PM
When I woke up and got on youtube and saw the videos I was so shocked, I ran to my mom asking if she's talked to my brother because he, his wife and their kids are stationed over there and Thank God they were not affected at all. But my thoughts and prayers are goin out to the people of japan as well as the other places hit. I can barely watch the videos on youtube or on the news because to see and hear the fear of people witnessing this natural disaster it gets you real emotional :(

x-Steffi-x
03-11-2011, 03:24 PM
I heard this from my parents, although I haven't watched the news today as I haven't had time (regretably) I'm happy anyone on here that is in Japan is ok, and that everyone else is alright as well.
I wish I could help but I'm broke :|
I'll catch up on the news tomorrow <3

Michi
03-11-2011, 03:40 PM
http://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Tsunami.jpg <-- Result of the tsunami in the San Francisco Bay (where I am). Nothing big at all, but when you think of the fact that this wave came all the way across the Pacific it's kind of incredible.

Pink.Serenity
03-11-2011, 03:54 PM
I heard when I got to school, the news was being broadcasted though out it. My heart and prayers go out to all the people in Japan right now, please be safe everyone. It's really hard to watch the live feedback on tv TT_TT, it's a really scary thing with so many people missing...

Brsis
03-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Sounds like those connected with our Uni are safe - by some bizarre twist of fate or luck, almost all of our universities are on the west side of Japan.

I still can't get over how awful this is, or how much it's affected me. I lived there. This is a real place. These are villages that look like the ones my friends lived in floating alongside burning debris and cars that look like the ones my lecturers owned doing u-turns in the road to drive away from oncoming waves. I had to turn the BBC live stream off because I kept crying at work. I want to DO something, actually do something, but right now there is nothing I CAN do - not until the planes start flying again.

At the moment, my thoughts are with those being evacuated from around the nuclear reactors whose containment is failing, and the people on the streets of Tokyo, Sendai and other cities who can't get home. Tokyo alone is abominably cold at night in winter - and the north will likely already have dropped below freezing.

Inuyasha_Kun
03-11-2011, 04:19 PM
I created a Facebook page that I hope people join in on especially as an anime community..

It was my moms idea that the anime community should try to chip in and help.

http://www.facebook.com/editgroup.php?gid=206465766036094&sk=picture#!/home.php?sk=group_206465766036094

I feel so bad for all of those people! not Just Japan but for whatever country got hit by the Tsunami as well..

Its a place where one would be able to talk about things, and how they feel.

I looked on Facebook, and there wasn't even a group about it, so I decided to make my own.

x-Steffi-x
03-11-2011, 04:24 PM
I created a Facebook page that I hope people join in on especially as an anime community..

It was my moms idea that the anime community should try to chip in and help.

http://www.facebook.com/editgroup.php?gid=206465766036094&sk=picture#!/home.php?sk=group_206465766036094

I feel so bad for all of those people! not Just Japan but for whatever country got hit by the Tsunami as well..

Its a place where one would be able to talk about things, and how they feel.

I joined the group, I think it's a good idea!

Inkreader13
03-11-2011, 04:27 PM
I just tried to donate to the Red Cross in Canada through text message but I am having problems. I followed the instructions on this page: http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=38380&tid=001 After I did that I got the reply "Thx! $5 charged 2 your phone bill." But a minute later I received the message "YES not recognized. Please confirm keyword, shortcode, and send a new msg." Does this mean they did not get my text or did they? :/

hello-pear
03-11-2011, 04:49 PM
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Chaletica
03-11-2011, 04:55 PM
I heard about this yesterday when I saw Youtube had got up some live broadcasts of it. I just couldn't believe it, I was about to cry. The live footage... it's horrible to watch. I just hope they'll recover from this as soon as possible.

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this. And those who are still recovering from any previous natural disaster.

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 04:59 PM
The estimated death toll has passed 1,000 (http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110312-00000515-san-soci), with 200-300 unaccounted for in Miyagi alone T^T Quite a lot of Sendai is currently on fire (http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110311-00000164-mai-soci) ~ current earthquake and fire warnings can be found here (http://rescue.yahoo.co.jp/) (Japanese only).

A nuclear's reactor power system has failed (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_japan_quake_power_plant;_ylt=AsLsd7kX1dnyVCb61Q BRbQCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNyMTlmZmtrBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMT EwMzExL2FzX2phcGFuX3F1YWtlX3Bvd2VyX3BsYW50BGNjb2Rl A21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMgRwb3MDMTAEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2 tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3JhZGlhdGlvbmxldg--) in Fukushima.

If you have friends or family in the vicinity, tell them to get the heck out.
There is an evacuation order, but with the tsunami having wiped out a lot of the services there, it's hard to tell if everyone is getting it.

Public telephones are now free to use within the affected areas of Japan. So, likewise, if you have friends and family affected by the quake who can't use their cellphones, let them know that they can use public phones to call for help or contact anyone within Japan at no charge.

There have been several hundred other earthquakes and aftershocks on the tail of this. None have affected the south of Japan. We had a very quiet night, aside from worrying about everyone else.

It's a bad situation, but Japan was incredibly prepared and Tokyo in particular passed the test with flying colors. We've been warned about apocalypse-level chaos when "the big one" hits for years... this isn't anywhere near as bad as we'd all been expecting. Things shook, but they didn't fall. Warnings got out. People stepped up to the plate. Emergency systems were ready to go. And most of the affected area still has internet!!

Pretty proud of my home right now ^______^

sailortintin
03-11-2011, 05:03 PM
A nuclear's reactor power system has failed (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_japan_quake_power_plant;_ylt=AsLsd7kX1dnyVCb61Q BRbQCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNyMTlmZmtrBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMT EwMzExL2FzX2phcGFuX3F1YWtlX3Bvd2VyX3BsYW50BGNjb2Rl A21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMgRwb3MDMTAEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2 tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3JhZGlhdGlvbmxldg--) in Fukushima.

If you have friends or family in the vicinity, tell them to get the heck out.
There is an evacuation order, but with the tsunami having wiped out a lot of the services there, it's hard to tell if everyone is getting it.

Public telephones are now free to use within the affected areas of Japan. So, likewise, if you have friends and family affected by the quake who can't use their cellphones, let them know that they can use public phones to call for help or contact anyone within Japan at no charge.

Oh my. Me and my teacher were following the story today in class and kept praying one on the plants didn't fail. I wish there was something I could do besides send money. I am happy to know that some of you are alright though.

pltshp
03-11-2011, 05:12 PM
My university friend's little brother still hasn't been found but his grandmother has died :|

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 05:34 PM
My Cosplayers' Archive friend-feed this morning (in translation):

"Everyone be alive. Please be alive..."
(-kiri)

"I got a message from my little sister who can't sleep because she's afraid of more earthquakes. With everything going on right now, I bet half of Japan is still awake and scared out of their wits. I'm out of my mind worried about the people I can't contact(> <) I can only hope that they're safe."
(-farron)

"I got really sad when I heard about the death toll in the tsunami... This is scary... It's really scary..."
(-shizuku)

"Does anyone know if the houses near Yokohama station are alright? Is anyone down there?"
(-dapple)

"a quick message - Tokyo Power's taken some damage from the quake so after about 10 tonight, they might shut down power, so if you've got batteries, candles, generators or anything like that ~ get them ready. If it gets pitch black with things like this I swear I'm going to die of fear(;ω;`)"
(-dapple)

"I can't do anything... I have friends up there and I can't do anything... it's horrible!"
(-shizuku)

"Another weak 5 just hit. Is everyone alright?"
(-Ichi)

"Everything but 2channel is earthquake news!"
(-111)

"Stong 5 in Akita. Is everyone okay?"
(-amo)

"INNOCRI, kiratsukai... Are you alright?!"
(-decotora)

"Public telephones are now free to use all over Japan. So if you need help or to contact someone, please use them!"
(-minoa)

Coscom members' stories in this thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=235960).

Michi
03-11-2011, 05:37 PM
I am glad that my friend in Fukushima has checked in and is aware of all the evacuation orders, or else the nuclear plant news in that area would scare me a lot more. But I still worry for my host mom's family there, as I have no way to find out right now. I e-mailed my host mom, but since she is a tiny 67 year old Japanese lady she doesn't really check e-mail that often to begin with. I don't think I should call just yet as I'd rather leave their phone line as open as possible right now. :(

It seems that the shaking really hasn't stopped around Tokyo since the first one.

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 05:41 PM
A bit of happy news:

東京は交通機関が死んでるけど、飲み屋とかやってて避難中です
(-Shien Ayaka)

Apparently Tokyo's public transport is dead in the water, but the bars are all open!!!!

sicdedman
03-11-2011, 05:41 PM
I joined the group, I think it's a good idea!


im trying to join the group but every time i click on the link it takes me to a (Create Group) page on my own facebook.

Michi
03-11-2011, 05:44 PM
A bit of happy news:

東京は交通機関が死んでるけど、飲み屋とかやってて避難中です
(-Shien Ayaka)

Apparently Tokyo's public transport is dead in the water, but the bars are all open!!!!

I heard Tokyo Metro and Toei Metro started back up, though. Maybe not JR? Buses are said to be working too, or at least in Yokohama.

Inuyasha_Kun
03-11-2011, 05:54 PM
im trying to join the group but every time i click on the link it takes me to a (Create Group) page on my own facebook.

Go to your search on face book and Start typing in "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami"

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 05:57 PM
I just had a look at some US news articles and laughed.

"cataclysmic"? "soaring death toll" "mother nature swallows whole cities"?

Holy crap, guys. Stop scaring people! Shit went down, but all things considered, disaster was mostly averted. Nearly everyone came out of this alright. The world isn't ending. Power isn't even out in most places.

Yeah, it's scary. Yes, incredibly tragic things have happened and are still happening in Sendai, Miyagi and Fukushima. But Sendai, Miyagi and Fukushima are not the whole of Japan... and 1,000 people is a very low death toll compared to the numbers of people dying in much smaller quakes and tsunamis in less developed countries.

To read the US news coverage you'd think the entire nation was currently moving into underground fallout shelters and begining construction on giant robots to fight tsunamis while fighting off hypothermia and wild bears.

We're fine.

The great, vast majority of us are fine.

For some great pre-quake apocalyptic media out of Japan:
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4HI4WlyIE4)
Japan Sinks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4HI4WlyIE4)

Sh4dow5
03-11-2011, 06:43 PM
I just had a look at some US news articles and laughed.

"cataclysmic"? "soaring death toll" "mother nature swallows whole cities"?

Holy crap, guys. Stop scaring people! Shit went down, but all things considered, disaster was mostly averted. Nearly everyone came out of this alright. The world isn't ending. Power isn't even out in most places.

Yeah, it's scary. Yes, incredibly tragic things have happened and are still happening in Sendai, Miyagi and Fukushima. But Sendai, Miyagi and Fukushima are not the whole of Japan... and 1,000 people is a very low death toll compared to the numbers of people dying in much smaller quakes and tsunamis in less developed countries.

To read the US news coverage you'd think the entire nation was currently moving into underground fallout shelters and begining construction on giant robots to fight tsunamis while fighting off hypothermia and wild bears.

We're fine.

The great, vast majority of us are fine.


I don't post on these forums...I only come here to read a few tips on things time to time but need to say something on this. Living in Tokyo and seeing more US news I have to agree with this. US news needs to stop fishing for ratings and BLASTING everyone with "all of Japan is falling apart" type updates. Yes I feel for the people who are in need in the ares of Japan that were hit hard. They do need some help. But for the most part all alot of us had trouble with was trying to get home having the trains stopped.

I hope that Nuke plant doesn't do anything crazy now. But who knows what the real news about that plant is. American media = fail.

tifaia
03-11-2011, 06:43 PM
That's the U.S. news coverage for ya. Scare the living crap out of the viewers so they can buy more stuff to feel safe and better about themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l_hNrkmpyc

On a serious note, I'm glad to read that people here are safe and that the community is wanting to come together and help out. I'll be sending good thoughts and will donate whatever time/money I can to those affected. It's good to see the <3 being shown here. One of the good qualities of humanity. We know when to come together during a time of need.

Neko Minaue
03-11-2011, 07:07 PM
Thank goodness you guys are okay. I was getting worried about it. And I hope everything else gets better.

Akemi Idane
03-11-2011, 07:09 PM
Ah, U.S. Sorry about that, we're good at making things worse than they seem.
Friend of a friend is missing their kid - Keeping them in my thoughts today, although I don't pray. I think we had like a two foot wave in San Fran today which is really nothing but the only reason people at my school know is because we were on tsunami warning. Way to go, suburbia. You have disappointed me once more. I can't actually get to Japan, but I'll see what I can do.

Sh4dow5
03-11-2011, 07:22 PM
Speaking of kids....From what I've noticed in Tokyo is a lot of the kids use the train to go to and from school. After the quake many of the schools released everyone to go home. All you had was train stations full of school kids with no way to go home.

KittyAngel
03-11-2011, 07:28 PM
Hey fellow cosplayers! I'm just concerned about you japanese cosplayers that are there and I hope you're okay. Are you okay?!:( I'm worried about you guys. I hope you guys are fine and I hope that you're safe. I'll pray for a quick recovery for your country!:toothy:

May God bless and protect you always Japan!:bigtu:

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 07:53 PM
We're okay (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=235960)

penny_dreadful
03-11-2011, 08:13 PM
Well, I've also seen a number of people posting on Facebook (no one I know, thankfully) that "it's not so nice having something sneak up on you, is it Japan, sincerely Pearl Harbor" or "we should remember Pearl Harbor before we send aid to Japan." And some things even more ignorant and racist than that, which I will refrain from repeating.

So if it's between sympathetic hyperbole and raging ignorance, I'll take the hyperbole. Thanks for a different perspective on it, though.

Yukikittie
03-11-2011, 08:20 PM
Penny_Dreadful that is awful. If I heard anyone say that in real life I would punch them in the face. That war ended more than sixty years ago, people need to grow up.

ShinobiXikyu
03-11-2011, 08:49 PM
After this, I refuse to believe that earthquakes aren't happening more, and worse than ever (we had one here last summer. Not a big one, just enough to rattle the furniture for a few seconds, but the last time we had a feel-able one was in 1981...then add all the other earthquakes worldwide since last year...)
Man, I am GLAD I don't live in the ring of fire. I can't imagine experiencing a disaster of that magnitude and then both surviving it and getting on with your life afterward without PTSD. O_O (Though the industrial photographer in me has to say, the footage of the Sendai reactor on fire DID look cool as all hell.)

DireKitty
03-11-2011, 08:52 PM
After this, I refuse to believe that earthquakes aren't happening more, and worse than ever (we had one here last summer. Not a big one, just enough to rattle the furniture for a few seconds, but the last time we had a feel-able one was in 1981...then add all the other earthquakes worldwide since last year...)
Man, I am GLAD I don't live in the ring of fire. I can't imagine experiencing a disaster of that magnitude and then both surviving it and getting on with your life afterward without PTSD. O_O (Though the industrial photographer in me has to say, the footage of the Sendai reactor on fire DID look cool as all hell.)

Well recently it does seem more seismic activity then normal is occurring, or at the very least at a higher magnitude in that area.

kiratsukai
03-11-2011, 08:55 PM
Well recently it does seem more seismic activity then normal is occurring, or at the very least at a higher magnitude in that area.

We're due. Statistically speaking, Japan has a significant, shallow, high-damage urban quake every 30-60 years and a significantly large, damaging quake every 10. The last very large urban quake was in the 20s and we've only had significant property-damage/loss of life in moderate quakes every 5-15 years since (I remember 2: Nigata 5 years ago, Kobe in the 90s).

I don't notice any more quakes than usual in Japan.

We feel about 2 here every year.

When I was a student in Tokyo, we felt about 6 every month. In my last 6 or 7 trips to Tokyo: not so much as a quiver.

If anything... we had been wondering when this one was coming. It's rather late... for Tokyo anyway :)

Chances are another big aftershock (7-8 magnitude) is coming in the next few months... if it occurs at the same depth, we might have some more tsunami issues. Otherwise, nothing much to worry about.

And the factory-fire images are from an oil refinery in Chiba. The reactors aren't on fire as far as I know. If they were we'd have major issues O-o;;;;;;;

DireKitty
03-11-2011, 09:04 PM
We're due. Statistically speaking, Japan has a significant, shallow, high-damage urban quake every 30-60 years and a significantly large, damaging quake every 10. The last very large urban quake was in the 20s and we've only had significant property-damage/loss of life in moderate quakes every 5-15 years since (I remember 2: Nigata 5 years ago, Kobe in the 90s).

I don't notice any more quakes than usual in Japan.

We feel about 2 here every year.

When I was a student in Tokyo, we felt about 6 every month. In my last 6 or 7 trips to Tokyo: not so much as a quiver.

If anything... we had been wondering when this one was coming. It's rather late... for Tokyo anyway :)

Chances are another big aftershock is coming in the next few months... if it occurs at the same depth, we might have some more issues. Otherwise, nothing much to worry about.

Well it may be a coincidence but seeing what just happened, and that New Zealand was just hit, seems a bit odd to me.

C. Marie
03-11-2011, 09:18 PM
If anyone is interested in donating (I don't think this was posted, but if it was, I apologize):

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1221

You can check and see how much of your money is actually going towards relief efforts.

bondkira
03-11-2011, 09:54 PM
My family lives in Japan right now. Luckily, they do not live at the center of the earthquake, but they did had to deal with magnitude 5 earthquake.
I was able to contact my families and confirmed they are all safe. Yay!!
News is still very shocking though...
I just donated some to Red Cross. Hopefully it'll help some ppl at Japan.....

Mi Feng
03-11-2011, 10:08 PM
My high school conveniently held a blood drive today where over 1000 students donated blood. I am also VERY worried about my newly made foreign exchange student friends that went home to the disaster 2 days ago. I hope and pray everyone is safe. <3

Amanita
03-11-2011, 10:15 PM
Thank heavens. I was thinking about you guys while watching the mess on TV today.

Slayer Alex
03-11-2011, 10:29 PM
Well, I've also seen a number of people posting on Facebook (no one I know, thankfully) that "it's not so nice having something sneak up on you, is it Japan, sincerely Pearl Harbor" or "we should remember Pearl Harbor before we send aid to Japan." And some things even more ignorant and racist than that, which I will refrain from repeating.

So if it's between sympathetic hyperbole and raging ignorance, I'll take the hyperbole. Thanks for a different perspective on it, though.

wow thats crazy. But i can kind of understand. I guess it would be like if an earthquake hit in Afghanistan a week after 9/11. How many Americans would rush to their aid then?

Still there has to be a time to forgive and forget i think. (but then again no one i personally know died in Pearl Harbor)

Mangochutney
03-11-2011, 10:45 PM
Well it may be a coincidence but seeing what just happened, and that New Zealand was just hit, seems a bit odd to me.

It's the furthest possible thing from a coincidence.

Japan and New Zealand are both part of the Pacific Rim and are both affected by the seafloor spreading happening at the center of the Pacific Plate. Both are on the same side of the midocean rift, in fact, which means that what you're seeing is nothing more remarkable than the western half of the Pacific plate growing and pushing against the Eurasian Plate (Japan), Philippine Plate (Japan) and the Indo-European Plate (New Zealand, and also Japan).

Both areas are earthquake-prone. All edges of the Pacific Plate are. As kiratsukai mentioned, Japan is right on schedule tectonically. And once one major earthquake happens, as in Christchurch, the oscillation goes through the entire plate. Stuck bits...get unstuck.

From a purely tectonic perspective, these recent earthquakes are completely un-odd. The plates are just doing what they do. To humans, though, they're freakish. Take the Pacific Plate's perspective: stretch out a bit and relax. :)

ShinobiXikyu
03-11-2011, 10:52 PM
And the factory-fire images are from an oil refinery in Chiba. The reactors aren't on fire as far as I know. If they were we'd have major issues O-o;;;;;;;

I feel dumb now. XDX But I was watching it before work with the TV muted, and I'd heard on the radio that the reactors were having problems too...I either forgot it was an oil refinery or put two and two together by mistake.:P Point being, the hellish inferno still looked cool.

Volnixshin
03-11-2011, 11:01 PM
wow thats crazy. But i can kind of understand. I guess it would be like if an earthquake hit in Afghanistan a week after 9/11. How many Americans would rush to their aid then?

Still there has to be a time to forgive and forget i think. (but then again no one i personally know died in Pearl Harbor)

Except this happened over 50 years later

nannyogg
03-11-2011, 11:18 PM
wow thats crazy. But i can kind of understand. I guess it would be like if an earthquake hit in Afghanistan a week after 9/11. How many Americans would rush to their aid then?


I would hope that a lot of Americans would still rush to their aid because the average Afghani person is dirt poor (gross national income per capita is under $400 per year, according to Unicef) and and had nothing to do with 9/11.

totorolover
03-11-2011, 11:33 PM
thank you kiratsukai for keeping us updated. i know japan will recover they are strong. my heart goes out to all those involved, and that are suffering. i was looking at images and it made me think how quickly lives can change by the whim of mother nature. anyway i really hope they will be able to get the reactors under control, that really scares me

XxEveillexX
03-11-2011, 11:39 PM
Well, I've also seen a number of people posting on Facebook (no one I know, thankfully) that "it's not so nice having something sneak up on you, is it Japan, sincerely Pearl Harbor" or "we should remember Pearl Harbor before we send aid to Japan." And some things even more ignorant and racist than that, which I will refrain from repeating.

So if it's between sympathetic hyperbole and raging ignorance, I'll take the hyperbole. Thanks for a different perspective on it, though.

UGH. I can't believe people would post shit like that. Japan doesn't deserve it. And American already go "revenge" with Hiroshima etc.

People are so ignorant and stupid it makes me sick.

Japan is such a wonderful and respectable country, especially in relations to the US.

http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2005/September/20050915165123ajesrom9.768313e-02.html

They significantly came to our aid after Katrina.

Voodooling
03-11-2011, 11:56 PM
My friend has family over in Japan, but because they're in Kyoto they're ok.
Since it's the last day before March break, none of my classes had real lessons, so for every class we turned on the TV to get updated on the situation in Japan.
I remember when they showed a short sequence of footage from the disaster, my whole art class went silent, stopped what they were doing and just stared at the TV.
I've been reading a lot of negative racist comments online, but remembering this small scene from my class really helps remind me that there are people out there that care. This thread also helps too.
My prayers go to those in Japan, and I really hope the Death toll won't go as high as we expect it

Karitsa
03-12-2011, 12:02 AM
How Canadians can help victims of the earthquake and tsunami: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/952611

-_-Ichigo
03-12-2011, 12:37 AM
I was crying when i saw the news. This is so sad. Thankfully my pen pals from Japan are safe.
It sucks that we can't do anything to help, beside sending money.
Dam you nature, why do you have to be so destructive. >-<

I sent my prayers to everyone in Japan.

kiratsukai
03-12-2011, 01:46 AM
More interesting stories from coscom members ~

This is a video compiled of the earthquake experience of some folks up at the military base in Misawa, Aomori: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpRI4V2irRM&feature=player_embedded#at=97

Three coscom members are stationed at that airbase (one's in the video).

Nathus Dorkus
03-12-2011, 01:54 AM
ETA: Moving this post to the, 'What's up with you' thread as this thread doesn't deserve to be dirtied by it.

LeekFish
03-12-2011, 01:57 AM
Edit: Following suit and moving my post as well. :x

DireKitty
03-12-2011, 07:13 AM
It's the furthest possible thing from a coincidence.

Japan and New Zealand are both part of the Pacific Rim and are both affected by the seafloor spreading happening at the center of the Pacific Plate. Both are on the same side of the midocean rift, in fact, which means that what you're seeing is nothing more remarkable than the western half of the Pacific plate growing and pushing against the Eurasian Plate (Japan), Philippine Plate (Japan) and the Indo-European Plate (New Zealand, and also Japan).

Both areas are earthquake-prone. All edges of the Pacific Plate are. As kiratsukai mentioned, Japan is right on schedule tectonically. And once one major earthquake happens, as in Christchurch, the oscillation goes through the entire plate. Stuck bits...get unstuck.

From a purely tectonic perspective, these recent earthquakes are completely un-odd. The plates are just doing what they do. To humans, though, they're freakish. Take the Pacific Plate's perspective: stretch out a bit and relax. :)

I watched a TV show that was saying that the continents are going to rejoin. Not for a long while though.

Home come places like British Columbia don't get a bunch of earthquakes? Is it because the plate on the other side just takes the abuse without complaining?

bondkira
03-12-2011, 08:43 AM
UGH. I can't believe people would post shit like that. Japan doesn't deserve it. And American already go "revenge" with Hiroshima etc.

People are so ignorant and stupid it makes me sick.

Japan is such a wonderful and respectable country, especially in relations to the US.

http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2005/September/20050915165123ajesrom9.768313e-02.html

They significantly came to our aid after Katrina.

Totally agree with you. Some people's grandparents think Japan deserved it because of WWII. I hope they are not forgetting about Hiroshima... people still suffer cancer from it.
I cannot believe people actually say that out loud...
As Japanese, that is very very sad.

ioniafreak
03-12-2011, 08:48 AM
i woke up yesterday and heard about it on the news in the next room over, i started to cry so hard even though i dont have any friends or family over there, i just felt so bad.
i lit a candle and said a prayer before i went to school and i did the same that following night when i found out there was another earthquake
its just so terrible, i hope whoever is on here and lives there/has friends/family there is alright

Mangochutney
03-12-2011, 10:09 AM
I watched a TV show that was saying that the continents are going to rejoin. Not for a long while though.

Home come places like British Columbia don't get a bunch of earthquakes? Is it because the plate on the other side just takes the abuse without complaining?

British Columbia gets its share of earthquakes. Have a look here (http://www.crew.org/british-columbia.php) for a general overview and here (http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-eng.php?maptype=5y&tpl_region=west) for an actual map of quakes in the area over the last five years.

Japan is one of the most-shaken parts of the entire planet because it sits on several plate boundaries at once, any of which can and do cause quakes. The rest of the Pacific Rim looks peaceful by comparison, but it's still plenty wiggly. (have a look at New Zealand (http://data.gns.cri.nz/geoatlas/image.jsp?image=tectonics.jpg), incidentally. See how the South Island is bisected by a plate boundary?)

Chimera~Moon
03-12-2011, 12:25 PM
Hawaii and California got hit by the tsunami too, not nearly as bad of course but that thing spread a loooong way D: My anime club is going to try and raise money and donate cans and blankets and stuff to ship over there, a bunch of teenagers cant do much, but we're hoping that will help a bit. That really sucks.. I really hope people get out of there quickly :x

hello-pear
03-12-2011, 01:24 PM
I know that it might not be true, but there's a rumor on Twitter that Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokemon) and Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty designer) were both killed. I know Twitter isn't a reliable source, but I love both PKMN and HK. :C so does anyone know if it's true or not? People need to stop making these twisted rumors.

I donated today, though C:

Currently on CNN: a program called, "Special Coverage: Quake Tsunami Disaster"

meevist
03-12-2011, 01:33 PM
My friend was supposed to come home from her foreign exchange in Japan on Friday, but I contacted her and she's alright thank god. She's stranded in Narita though. I hope everyone on cosplay.com is alright, and my heart goes out to everyone in Japan. I was reading the news and just started crying, this is so scary and horrible.

My friends and I are pooling all our old anime and manga and selling it to donate all the proceeds to the Red Cross.

Akiyhrah
03-12-2011, 01:41 PM
British Columbia gets its share of earthquakes. Have a look here (http://www.crew.org/british-columbia.php) for a general overview and here (http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-eng.php?maptype=5y&tpl_region=west) for an actual map of quakes in the area over the last five years.

Japan is one of the most-shaken parts of the entire planet because it sits on several plate boundaries at once, any of which can and do cause quakes. The rest of the Pacific Rim looks peaceful by comparison, but it's still plenty wiggly. (have a look at New Zealand (http://data.gns.cri.nz/geoatlas/image.jsp?image=tectonics.jpg), incidentally. See how the South Island is bisected by a plate boundary?)


It's true. We get plenty of little quakes in BC, only they are usually further out in the ocean and we don't really feel them. I have felt a couple myself, but they're small so it mostly feels like being rocked.. if that makes any sense.
We're overdue for a megaquake though.. so like I said before I'm kind of worried that we will be next :/

tifaia
03-12-2011, 02:32 PM
I know that it might not be true, but there's a rumor on Twitter that Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokemon) and Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty designer) were both killed. I know Twitter isn't a reliable source, but I love both PKMN and HK. :C so does anyone know if it's true or not? People need to stop making these twisted rumors.


Total rumor.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=84889

While the intent of Twitter and the potential for great things is there, people will sometimes abuse/misuse the power.

hello-pear
03-12-2011, 04:55 PM
Sanrio confirmed that Yuko Yamaguchi is alive and well C:
Still watching CNN, you can see houses and debris by the shoreline getting washed away. The after shocks are pretty big, too. And I didn't ever think of it, but in some areas, there's NO FOOD.

EDIT:
CNN says,
"OFFICIAL: MELTDOWN MAY BE UNDERWAY"
"Crisis at one of two reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant"

DireKitty
03-12-2011, 05:19 PM
British Columbia gets its share of earthquakes. Have a look here (http://www.crew.org/british-columbia.php) for a general overview and here (http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-eng.php?maptype=5y&tpl_region=west) for an actual map of quakes in the area over the last five years.

Japan is one of the most-shaken parts of the entire planet because it sits on several plate boundaries at once, any of which can and do cause quakes. The rest of the Pacific Rim looks peaceful by comparison, but it's still plenty wiggly. (have a look at New Zealand (http://data.gns.cri.nz/geoatlas/image.jsp?image=tectonics.jpg), incidentally. See how the South Island is bisected by a plate boundary?)

Hmm, yes a lot of small ones, but I meant big nasty ones that get media attention because they destroyed a lot of stuff. They haven't had a really big nasty one since the 40's according to your link.

Do you think the recent ones will affect places like B.C.?

...Coffee, Tea? Biscuit? (I feel like we are old ladies chatting about some novel at someones house...)

Edit: I did hear that people are worried about the reactor as they are using sea water to cool it, and that 160 people were exposed to radiation from it. Hope all goes well..

rubyspitfire
03-12-2011, 05:47 PM
Sanrio confirmed that Yuko Yamaguchi is alive and well C:
Still watching CNN, you can see houses and debris by the shoreline getting washed away. The after shocks are pretty big, too. And I didn't ever think of it, but in some areas, there's NO FOOD.

EDIT:
CNN says,
"OFFICIAL: MELTDOWN MAY BE UNDERWAY"
"Crisis at one of two reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant"

http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20110312D12JFF03.htm

Michi
03-12-2011, 06:10 PM
wow thats crazy. But i can kind of understand. I guess it would be like if an earthquake hit in Afghanistan a week after 9/11. How many Americans would rush to their aid then?

Still there has to be a time to forgive and forget i think. (but then again no one i personally know died in Pearl Harbor)

Pearl Harbor happened nearly 70 years ago. That example isn't similar at all. Not to mention we already nuked them. Twice.

It's a ridiculous way of thinking, the end. As has been said, Japan gave us aid when we were recently in need. I can't believe people would really think we still need to hold a 70 year old grudge, especially after what WE did to them. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had a much worse time recovering than Pearl Harbor ever did, to boot.

Volnixshin
03-12-2011, 06:15 PM
Pearl Harbor happened nearly 70 years ago. That example isn't similar at all. Not to mention we already nuked them. Twice.

It's a ridiculous way of thinking, the end. As has been said, Japan gave us aid when we were recently in need. I can't believe people would really think we still need to hold a 70 year old grudge, especially after what WE did to them. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had a much worse time recovering than Pearl Harbor ever did, to boot.

What Batman said

rubyspitfire
03-12-2011, 06:32 PM
i posted as much on my FB, and most of my friends agree. people are just downright ignorant and hateful

FalconW
03-12-2011, 07:21 PM
It is sad to see all this happening and hoping that Japan will pull through this tragedy.

I do get annoyed though when I see posts on blogs and other forums where people are freaking out with "The End Times are happening! The Bible foretold this earthquake! This is proof that the world is going to end!" and also spout that this is the largest earthquake ever and that's proof of the End Times.

Fact, this was actually the fourth largest earthquake on record. The first occurred in Chile with a magnitude of 9.5 in 1960. The second occurred in 1964 in Alaska with a magnitude of 9.2 and this one also happened on Good Friday. The third occurred in 2004 in the Indian Ocean with a magnitude 9.1.

Sh4dow5
03-12-2011, 07:30 PM
I believe there is secondary agenda to America helping Japan in this time of need. Politically the Japanese want our military greatly reduced in their country and it's very hard for someone to tell you to "get out" when you just helped them so greatly. Also it will help produce a better image of America to the people who may have had the "get out" mentality.

In the end I just want the people to get helped....

oh wait theres another aftershock!...they may never stop.

The Seventh Sea
03-12-2011, 07:34 PM
I'm thinking of taking leave and go and help, I have friends over there, for now, just donating money at the moment.

This is only reinforced because my douche of a friend tells me he doesn't care for a country that he doesn't live in. I wish I could hit him, but he's at the other side of the world right now.

fullbleed
03-12-2011, 07:36 PM
At least this is happening to a country thats well prepared and economically well off. I don't want that to sound terrible but in almost any other country things would have a lot worse. Praying for Japan.

Hate people acting like they deserve this for something they've done in the past, no one on earth deserves that. I have issues with Japan, mostly to do with hunting practices but none of that matters right now.

I believe there is secondary agenda to America helping Japan in this time of need.

People shouldn't be so cynical about aid, things like humanitarian or food or technical/medical assistance aren't the types of aid used negatively by governments, thats ussaully loans or whats called tied aid - basicly we'll give you the money so long as you spend it on our exports.

Aid can be just that, aid, and governments can want to give it out for just the same reasons we would. Not all the time though...

DireKitty
03-12-2011, 08:00 PM
Pearl Harbor happened nearly 70 years ago. That example isn't similar at all. Not to mention we already nuked them. Twice.

It's a ridiculous way of thinking, the end. As has been said, Japan gave us aid when we were recently in need. I can't believe people would really think we still need to hold a 70 year old grudge, especially after what WE did to them. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had a much worse time recovering than Pearl Harbor ever did, to boot.

Exactly. What was done at Pearl Harbor was really minimal in comparison to the US dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan. 2,350 deaths at Pearl Harbour versus at least 166,000 dead from the atomic bombs. A lot of people died from the radiation, and most of the dead were civilians.... unlike in Pearl Harbour.

In fact the US was angry at Japan for bombing Chinese cities claiming it violated international and humanitarian laws, and then turned around and nuked Japan. Yet now they are close countries, but for some reason, a small minority of citizens are still living in the 40's, having not even been born then.

ARGH. Things keep making me angry. Here's hoping the nuclear power plant doesn't have any sort of other majour problem.

Sh4dow5
03-12-2011, 08:08 PM
I'm sure there's alot of problems with the Nuke plant that already blew up.

DireKitty
03-12-2011, 08:17 PM
I'm sure there's alot of problems with the Nuke plant that already blew up.

I don't recall a reactor blowing up. I did hear of the outer shell collapsing after a hydrogen explosion, however the reactor (the actual plant) was still intact and thus nothing too scary. I did hear it was possible a partial meltdown happened, but they are flooding the reactor with sea water to cool it down.

If it blew up we would be looking at something far scarier.

Edit: I do love what google has done here (http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html).

Luckiest_Star
03-12-2011, 08:24 PM
i woke up yesterday and heard about it on the news in the next room over, i started to cry so hard even though i dont have any friends or family over there, i just felt so bad.
i lit a candle and said a prayer before i went to school and i did the same that following night when i found out there was another earthquake
its just so terrible, i hope whoever is on here and lives there/has friends/family there is alright

same here, I have no connections to Japan but I still was scared for them.

ten_again
03-13-2011, 01:41 AM
This is very off-topic, but as I know there are a lot of people from Japan on this forum as well I just wanted to post this to let them know that my hopes and prayers are with them.

I hope everybody makes it safely through this natural disaster and I hope you can find the strength and the love to be able to continue this hobby even after you have been through so much.

kiratsukai
03-13-2011, 03:28 AM
I don't recall a reactor blowing up. I did hear of the outer shell collapsing after a hydrogen explosion, however the reactor (the actual plant) was still intact and thus nothing too scary. I did hear it was possible a partial meltdown happened, but they are flooding the reactor with sea water to cool it down.


This is true.

The reactors are all intact. When venting pressure from one of the compromised reactors, a hydrogen explosion destroyed the top part of a building containing the vented reactor. The explosion was the side effect of something that actually PREVENTED the main reactor from blowing up and has probably saved hundreds of lives.

There was a lot of panic and misinformation going around last night as some Japanese internet pranksters circulated false information about power diversions, nuclear explosions and other scary messages. It was a confusing night for a lot of us as the government told us the very minimum they could get away with to prevent panic and lack of information was filled in by circulated rumors which in turn caused more panic. I inadvertantly contributed to the spread of a few, I'm sure. For which I apologize.

Much thanks to Yuuji, Farron, Miona and a few other folks for passing along real radio alerts as they came to the forefront and translating or posting them for others to read/translate. They helped sort out a great deal of fact and rumor.

This morning the plant is much more stable and backup power has been restored. A few of the reactor cores have begun to meltdown... but meltdown itself doesn't cause radiation to be released: the explosions and fires that advanced meltdowns can cause do. As long as the reactors are intact, we're more or less safe from Fallout 3-type scenarios :)

shortsheik
03-13-2011, 03:31 AM
it dos not matter if you give money to Haiti/Japan/your neighbor down the street. If someone is in Trouble from a Major Disaster/ect you should be able to help anyway possible. if you ever have (Regrets) giving to one nation and saying you should have given it to another then you should not send money at all. a LIFE is very Precious does not matter (Who,where) they are from.

This. I donated to Haiti. I don't regret it. I will donate again to Japan. If I didn't have the money, I would do what I could in other ways. Life is life. Help Haiti, help Christchuch, help Japan, help your neighbor down the street. Help whoever you can in whatever way you can, and never regret it.

Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

kiratsukai
03-13-2011, 04:42 AM
Before and After (http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm) (sattelite photos of the damage)

If anyone is concerned about getting donations to Japan in a more timely manner or is living in Japan themselves ~ the Japanese red cross is currently accepting donations at LAWSON convenience stores through donation boxes on counters nationwide.

I will make donations under $25 to those boxes on anyone's behalf with funds forwarded through paypal (and will photograph your money going into the box to prove I'm not ganking it :P ). Just keep in mind that anything other than "funds available" gives part of your money to paypal, not to earthquake relief. This goes for both domestic and international transactions. Better to donate money ~in person~ if you can only manage a credit or check payment. Salvation Army and Red Cross are both good places to approach and can apparently allot money to Japan if asked.

Anything I sell this week in the marketplace and all of the change in my wallet at the end of every day is also going in the boxes.

If you want to donate online within the US, see the link in my sig for a great worthy cause accepting donations which can be earmarked for Japanese earthquake relief (Salvation Army).

If you're a member of the JET program, JET is taking up donations of needed items as well. They will apparently have a list of sought donations soon.

Please be cautious about answering email solicitations for donations or donating to organizations you're not familiar with. Donation scams are incredibly common in the wake of major natural disasters. Red Cross and Salvation army are the only two I'm familiar enough with to trust. If anyone else can suggest reputatable charities of their own ~ go for it ^^/

Also ~ we're currently looking for information on a coscom user who goes by the handle elisiss (http://www.cosplay.com/member/104078/). He is from a heavily affected area (Fukushima) and hasn't yet checked in on any of the sites we commonly use. If you hear from him or know of a way other than cosplay.com or cosp.jp to reach him, please let us know.

DireKitty
03-13-2011, 07:36 AM
Before and After (http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm) (sattelite photos of the damage)

If anyone is concerned about getting donations to Japan in a more timely manner or is living in Japan themselves ~ the Japanese red cross is currently accepting donations at LAWSON convenience stores through donation boxes on counters nationwide.

I will make donations under $25 to those boxes on anyone's behalf with funds forwarded through paypal (and will photograph your money going into the box to prove I'm not ganking it :P ). Just keep in mind that anything other than "funds available" gives part of your money to paypal, not to earthquake relief. This goes for both domestic and international transactions. Better to donate money ~in person~ if you can only manage a credit or check payment. Salvation Army and Red Cross are both good places to approach and can apparently allot money to Japan if asked.

Anything I sell this week in the marketplace and all of the change in my wallet at the end of every day is also going in the boxes.

If you want to donate online within the US, see the link in my sig for a great worthy cause accepting donations which can be earmarked for Japanese earthquake relief (Salvation Army).

If you're a member of the JET program, JET is taking up donations of needed items as well. They will apparently have a list of sought donations soon.

Please be cautious about answering email solicitations for donations or donating to organizations you're not familiar with. Donation scams are incredibly common in the wake of major natural disasters. Red Cross and Salvation army are the only two I'm familiar enough with to trust. If anyone else can suggest reputatable charities of their own ~ go for it ^^/

Also ~ we're currently looking for information on a coscom user who goes by the handle elisiss (http://www.cosplay.com/member/104078/). He is from a heavily affected area (Fukushima) and hasn't yet checked in on any of the sites we commonly use. If you hear from him or know of a way other than cosplay.com or cosp.jp to reach him, please let us know.

Your friend appears to have account activity: Last Activity: Yesterday - 11:33 AM
Not sure why they would log on and not post but hopefully that helps a bit.

kiratsukai
03-13-2011, 07:37 AM
Your friend appears to have account activity: Last Activity: Yesterday - 11:33 AM
Not sure why they would log on and not post but hopefully that helps a bit.

That certainly would imply that he's alive ^^

Thanks for catching that!

For something heartwarming and positive out of this: http://prayforjapan.jp/tweet_en.html

This one in particular brought a tear to my eye:

"Last night when I was tired out waiting for the train at the station, the homeless people gave me one of their cardboards to prevent the cold... even though we usually ignore them in daily life... So warm."

DireKitty
03-13-2011, 07:37 AM
Not off topic at all considering we have a thread here (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=235962) on the earthquake...

Kaoru133
03-13-2011, 09:54 AM
My fiance's dad sent us a picture of a place that was on fire near where he lived. :< luckily all of her family living in Japan are safe and very happy about that! >.<

Seikari_Love
03-13-2011, 10:32 AM
One of my closest friends lost her father in Sendai. He and her mother went there together for buisness and well... It's not pretty. She's taking it as well as someone can handle that sort of situation. I'm not religious but I'm seriously starting to consider it after all that's been happening recently.

ten_again
03-13-2011, 10:36 AM
Sorry, hadn't seen that.

I just felt like I had to say something.

I'll repost it there.

ten_again
03-13-2011, 10:37 AM
I know there are a lot of people from Japan on this forum as well I just wanted to post this to let them know that my hopes and prayers are with them.

I hope everybody makes it safely through this natural disaster and I hope you can find the strength and the love to be able to continue this hobby even after you have been through so much.

Apsara
03-13-2011, 11:24 AM
A friend over there says a small nursing home her great aunt was at is only partially destroyed but there's no info on where the residents went. No trace of anyone from that home. She said usually in drills someone would write a short message somewhere obvious about where everyone's going. There's no message.

A lot of people have been reassuring her that in real life no one's going to dig around in glass and metal to look for a spray can. So hopefully the elderly and workers there were taken by rescue troops to somewhere safe.

ScarletRhapsody
03-13-2011, 05:54 PM
Not sure if this has been posted here, but for Los Angeles area cosplayers who frequent Little Tokyo there are quite a few businesses that are collecting donations for relief aid. Orochon (sic?) Ramen has a bucket for donations. If you're in the area, check it out and donate.

totorolover
03-13-2011, 07:31 PM
wow ive been checking this thread more than the news for updates. i really wish i could go to japan to help in some way. i will be donating, something

Lady Muramasa
03-13-2011, 09:33 PM
Not sure if this has been posted here, but for Los Angeles area cosplayers who frequent Little Tokyo there are quite a few businesses that are collecting donations for relief aid. Orochon (sic?) Ramen has a bucket for donations. If you're in the area, check it out and donate.

Really?? I love that place and will def. go there to donate to the relief. It's sad, and earthquakes are def. terrifying, I can barely hand the little ones we get out here in LA. Poor anyone who has to go through or has been through the monstrous ones. =(

KitKatCaughtcha
03-13-2011, 11:03 PM
This is my group's relief page. We represent a bunch of colleges in the DC metro area (John Hopkins, American, George Washington, Georgetown, UMD:College Park, George Mason)
http://japanreliefproject.webs.com/
It should be updated soon with relief fund donations information, plus some stuff about all of the separate fund raising we're doing in the area.

Alphonia
03-14-2011, 07:01 AM
Crunchyroll (http://www.crunchyroll.com/deals/japan-earthquake-donation-fund-391) is matching donations for a limited time. For every $5.00 donated they will donate $5,000 towards relief in Japan.

kiratsukai
03-14-2011, 08:21 AM
Crunchyroll (http://www.crunchyroll.com/deals/japan-earthquake-donation-fund-391) is matching donations for a limited time. For every $5.00 donated they will donate $5,000 towards relief in Japan.

I think you might have misunderstood. They will match donations, not multiply them by 1,000. Meaning they say they will donate the same amount that you donate.

Honestly, though, I'd advise not to donate through a for-profit storefront though and instead give your money directly to a charity you know will be held accountable for sending your money where it belongs (and not just saying it's gone there).

Scams are plentiful following events like these. Very little of the money collected ever makes it to anyone who can use it.

DireKitty
03-14-2011, 08:28 AM
I think you might have misunderstood. They will match donations, not multiply them by 1,000. Meaning they say they will donate the same amount that you donate.

Honestly, though, I'd advise not to donate through a for-profit storefront though and instead give your money directly to a charity you know will be held accountable for sending your money where it belongs (and not just saying it's gone there).

Scams are plentiful following events like these. Very little of the money collected ever makes it to anyone who can use it.

I agree... you should give to a charity like the Red Cross.

I have heard rumors that there is worry another big earthquake will hit soon... and it looks like that power plant is getting worse with that second explosion... any updated news from Japan Kiratsukai?

kiratsukai
03-14-2011, 10:25 AM
I have heard rumors that there is worry another big earthquake will hit soon... and it looks like that power plant is getting worse with that second explosion... any updated news from Japan Kiratsukai?

The power plant is still iffy, but fairly stable. The explosion, like the first, was caused by the effort to cool the plant, not by any material in the reactor igniting or escaping. Wikipedia has a lot of more detailed information on the reactors and the effort to diffuse the situation in Fukushima. It's a lot more balanced and comforting than the news reports, which tend to focus on the bad.

Even so, we're getting a lot of nuclear disaster info from the tv: worst case scenario to-dos...

The TV is still all-earthquake all the time and rolling blackouts affect most of the country north of Tokyo since the power plants are down/unusable. Mail is stopped past Tokyo. Trains are irregular if they run at all. Supermarkets are running out of food in Tokyo and to the north. Lots of people are photographing bare shelves and some people are down to nothing but rice.

In my area we have food on the shelves, but weird bare spaces where products from Tokyo, Hokkaido and other places up north would normally go. Since a little more than half of our processed foods come from the Tokyo area, things are bound to get even more spotty if the roads and power stays out. Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies though as we grow them locally down south... if anything, we have too much since we can't ship what we normally would north to sell.

UsakoLuna
03-14-2011, 10:43 AM
I'm going to talk to the rest of my anime club and see if I get the office to give me the head of the GSA's school email. I want to combine forces and have an epic bakesale, and donate the money to the red cross for japan. (we can usually pull in $150 or more in a bakesale). Wish me luck

DireKitty
03-14-2011, 11:19 AM
The power plant is still iffy, but fairly stable. The explosion, like the first, was caused by the effort to cool the plant, not by any material in the reactor igniting or escaping. Wikipedia has a lot of more detailed information on the reactors and the effort to diffuse the situation in Fukushima. It's a lot more balanced and comforting than the news reports, which tend to focus on the bad.

Even so, we're getting a lot of nuclear disaster info from the tv: worst case scenario to-dos...

The TV is still all-earthquake all the time and rolling blackouts affect most of the country north of Tokyo since the power plants are down/unusable. Mail is stopped past Tokyo. Trains are irregular if they run at all. Supermarkets are running out of food in Tokyo and to the north. Lots of people are photographing bare shelves and some people are down to nothing but rice.

In my area we have food on the shelves, but weird bare spaces where products from Tokyo, Hokkaido and other places up north would normally go. Since a little more than half of our processed foods come from the Tokyo area, things are bound to get even more spotty if the roads and power stays out. Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies though as we grow them locally down south... if anything, we have too much since we can't ship what we normally would north to sell.

Good to know, thanks for the update!

BenQld76
03-14-2011, 04:47 PM
I am looking for anyone in japan or otherwise who knows the member Meekchu83 here, I realise she has not been active here for a long time but figure someone here may still be in contact with her or even know if she is safe an well. She is an avid cosplayer originally from America and living and teaching english in japan, living near Sendai.

I play on rpol with her for the last 10 years and miss my friend very dearly but have no way of contacting her other then through yahoo or rpol and am hoping she is safe and just can't get to use the internet, I apologise for my frantic posts elsewhere before I found this more related post..

please if you know any details on Meekchu83/ mika's well being or haven't been in contact with her recently but think you can get in contact with her on the ground in Japan please help and let me know here and or in PM.

Signed online friends looking out for each other,
Ben

kiratsukai
03-14-2011, 06:02 PM
please if you know any details on Meekchu83/ mika's well being or haven't been in contact with her recently but think you can get in contact with her on the ground in Japan please help and let me know here and or in PM.

I don't have any information about this user firsthand, but if you know her real name, the JET programme is compiling a list of JETs who are confirmed safe. The information can be accessed on the Jet programme website. If she isn't a JET, go first to her employing agency: NOVA, Interac, etc. They should have safe-lists of their own.

The next place to check is the American embassy (please only contact them if you have a real name to go on). Just be aware that they are likely overwhelmed and functioning on partial power... it may take a few tries to get through.

Facebook also has makeshift safety-lists in the form of events. You may find her on one of those.

If you don't know her real name, you may just need to drop her pms and emails on every address/forum you know and sit tight until you hear back :/

The discovery of any foreign nationals who are victims will very likely be big news in their home countries: so in this case, no news is probably good news. Keep your head up. Hope you find her ^^

Aciano
03-14-2011, 09:32 PM
Since I can tend to be a good person at finding people, I used one of the e-mails to track down, I searched it up on google and knowing that someone had already responded at elisiss has shown activity, here's more reassurance. Found their twitter I think. :3

http://twitter.com/miko_miko_nurse

rubyspitfire
03-15-2011, 01:08 AM
the situation there just keeps getting worse :(
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42066534?gt1=43001
a lot of that article was confirmed by kimono (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimono/52376183722) on facebook, who has been giving nonstop updates

rionaze
03-15-2011, 01:17 AM
Hey guys, just to let you know that I will visit Japan for one week sometime on april,
IF things doesn't get worse, and my visa gets through off course.After
After that, I'll go straight to Canada for my Yoga Training.

I know it sound like a total oxymoron--going there in a time like this--but I already planned this japan-then-canada trip waaay before all this happens. so I decided to go anyway. Give Japan a visit and whatever help I can offer.

I'll be volunteering i Indonesian Embassy most of the time,
and I will stay in a Hostel in Asakusa area.
I don't really speak japanese, and I can only read hiragana/katakana.

If there's anything I can help for you guys, finding friends, etc, just let me know.
you can add my fb: Leona Ivanna Indah
or tweet me: fullbellydragon
or mail me: leona.ivanna@gmail.com
or ym me: leo_ivann_lie@yahoo.com
you can also pm me, but I'm not in the forum much.

If the nuclear crisis really got worse, good chance I might have to cancel going to there, so I hope things will get better soon.

hope you're all stay safe where ever you are. Wish me luck ^^V

BenQld76
03-15-2011, 01:23 AM
Just got a message from a friend that Meekchu83 is alright just is without power, so relieved, thankyou for responses

kiratsukai
03-15-2011, 02:29 AM
Re: nuclear crisis.

It is under control.

Don't panic for us ^^ We're staving off enough panic locally thanks to international sensational headlines on the web and armchair conspiracy theorists spamming up messageboards.

The guys at the plant are handling things splendidly to minimize damage and the area that would be affected by radiation levels sufficient enough to cause poisoning has already been evacuated. Even in the worst possible scenario of complete meltdown and leaks from all four reactors, the largest threat facing those outside the 20km evacuation zone is slightly increased cancer risk several years down the line.

Worry about the guys in there who are trying to keep the plant from going critical. They're the ones in the most danger at this moment. If significant radiation leaks, it's likely to make even more people homeless for a much longer time... something no one wants to see :(

Kaoru133
03-15-2011, 07:01 AM
I just wanted to thank you Kiratsukai for the up to date messages here! They're really helpful! When I watch the news all I do is worry about my family in Japan, but when I read this thread I feel abit better about things. ^^

Sutie
03-15-2011, 12:32 PM
kiratsukai, thank you for the honest updates! They do help with those worried and concerned. Also to others who have updated on this thread or have checked in; Thank you!

For those cosplayers in UTAH, US (I dunno how many are on here...) a Red Cross aid Japan fundraiser event is already planned for this weekend!
It's a cosplay photo shoot booked at a beautiful mansion. $20 per half hour shoot. ALL proceeds are going to the Red Cross aid to Japan. Good idea for others out there too! (My friend came up with it)

PM me if you'd like to know more.

Axelai
03-15-2011, 12:50 PM
For anyone in the Bay Area, our Hetalia Cosplay Group named Team Brofist has donations set up. At our future gatherings, we will have it set up to collect money to give to either the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or UNICEF. We don't know which yet, but we will have donations set up.

Our next gathering is this Sunday in Belmont, though it is a private event. If you'd like to go, send me a PM and I can see about inviting you to it. It's a Hetalia Tea Party event. We will have a box for money there.

Also, at any future gatherings for the next long while, we'll have donations set up. So if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (though our gatherings stretch from East Bay all the way to Santa Cruz), send me a PM for details.

KitKatCaughtcha
03-15-2011, 01:28 PM
My club just made about $1300 yesterday during our onigiri sales!!
Also, if anyone is in the DC metro area, THIS (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=117720394969495&set=a.117720381636163.21738.101159506625584&ref=nf#!/event.php?eid=105323652882201) fundraiser is happening this Sunday at Cafe Asia in DC.

Ani_BEE
03-15-2011, 04:15 PM
I was given a link by my friend. It show before and after overlays.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html

There's a island off of Onagawa that looks like it sunk completely.

DireKitty
03-15-2011, 04:17 PM
Also, don't give money through your cell... AT&T, Verizon and some other majour phone companies have chosen not to send the funds right away... they are waiting until your billing period ends, which in some cases can take 90 days...

kiratsukai
03-15-2011, 05:57 PM
I have no idea what's going on this morning.

Radiation is obviously leaking since it's showing up on readings in other prefectures. The news implies that they're also starting to evacuate most of the workers but is ordering a handful to stay... more fires, more leaks, more doom and gloom scenarios. Flu masks are selling out, no one's putting out laundry, cosplay events are being cancelled left and right.

At this stage I'm just tired of being on edge and want whatever's going to happen to happen soon so we can figure out what it means and deal with it. That doesn't mean I'm hoping for the worst, but it does mean that 3 or 4 months of see-sawing at the plant will totally destroy everyone's nerves after so long >.<

All this uncertainty is bad for the soul... and every 24 hours, everything we know seems to change significantly as TEPCO drops a new tidbit of information on us that we "didn't need to know" before.

Won't lie.
Everyone's freaked out.
But we're still all marching off to work this morning and doing our best to pretend that nothing's amiss.

Even if the shit does hit the fan, we won't know what effect it's really had and how far the effects have spread until years down the line.

I hate not knowing things.

DireKitty
03-15-2011, 08:19 PM
My mom's friends left Tokyo, they said it wasn't pretty there... rolling blackouts, empty shelves at supermarkets, fear of radiation, aftershocks etc.... so a good time for a vacation.

pltshp
03-15-2011, 08:33 PM
My mom's friends left Tokyo, they said it wasn't pretty there... rolling blackouts, empty shelves at supermarkets, fear of radiation, aftershocks etc.... so a good time for a vacation.

Meanwhile my boyfriend entered Tokyo despite everyone's pleas against it to try and find his dad who's gone... somewhere. Not earthquake/tsunami related. It's a huge mess of a situation with him, and I'm scared witless.

Not gonna lie, I haven't slept well since this whole thing happened and I'm safe and sound here in the UK. There's still people I haven't heard from and even though they're centred in Osaka and/or Yokohama, with everything happening I'm getting so, so stressed. My friend from university is leaving and going back to Japan to be with his family - his home is absolutely destroyed, his grandmother died, his brother went missing (though luckily was found bruised and broken but otherwise fine)... it's just everything beyond my worst nightmares and my heart breaks for everyone who is affected, whether they be in the areas or not. It's affecting everybody in the country whether they're safe and sound or not.

kiratsukai, thanks for all the updates. I know I and many others here appreciate you keeping us informed on how yourself, and the situation, is doing ♥

UsakoLuna
03-16-2011, 01:09 AM
CNN just came on saying there are more fires at the power plants.

mambastic
03-16-2011, 01:42 AM
For those of you in Southern California - well, more specifically, in L.A. County - the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will be holding a hope and memorial service (http://www.jaccc.org/press/2011/0314_Memorial.html) this Thursday, March 17. Representatives from various Japan disaster relief organizations will be taking donations at the event. Also, there will be a candlelight vigil in front of the Japanese American National Museum (corner of 1st and Central) this Sunday, starting at 7 P.M. If you would like to show your support, please make it out to either event!

kiratsukai
03-16-2011, 02:01 AM
Tokyo isn't in danger.
Osaka's never been in danger.
Anime is not in danger.
Visual Kei is not in danger.
So-and-so famous person is not dead.

Most of us are already back working, sipping coffee and chatting away on the computer with regular power.

Tohoku is screwed and honestly, most people around the world don't even know where that is... still, the doomsday stories that have me wanting to drown myself in my own bathtub are all coming from other countries. Folks who can't even spell "Fukushima", much less locate it on a map, are throwing up websites about how the fallout from Dai-ichi is going to deform our children and go flying across the ocean in death clouds to wipe out California.

I'm getting 30 or 40 messages and calls a day from people panicked that I'm going to be a greasesplat or a shadow on the wall by tomorrow. Folks jump 12 feet and declare every quiver of the earth's crust to be "The great Tokai Quake!!" Facebook statuses are all about nuclear winter and meltdowns and dying and...

PLEASE -- before you write a facebook status update or repost a scary article... think of what it does to the people HERE who see or read it. And think about what it does to our families back home who see it...

Folks are worried, I know.
But the answer to worry is often knowledge ~ not panic.

It's exciting to be removed from this and watch it unfold, I know. But it's not exciting for folks involved: it's a waiting game to find out if they'll have homes down the line or not.

Sometimes it sucks more to be scared than it sucks to face tremendous odds stacked against you.

http://blogs.reuters.com/gregg-easterbrook/2011/03/15/japans-real-disaster/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_I_nuclear_accidents

Another good thing to remember: "two hands working do more good than hundred clasped in prayer". Go do something to help people suffering in your own community. So you can't come and help Japan? It doesn't matter. Go give some blankets to the homeless. Donate to a food shelter. Make a conscious decision to be less of a dick to people around you.

Do something good and constructive for your immediate world.

If all this has brought one thing to light: it's that the time we have here is often more limited than we know.

Let's all try to do something good with it.

To those collecting money, thanks a million.
I'm sure it's doing a great deal of good (or it will when it gets here).

Mnemeth17
03-16-2011, 03:16 AM
*Snipped for brevity*

This.

As a person in Japan not even remotely close to Touhoku region, I am getting fed up with people thinking I am going to melt off the face of the earth or grow an extra 6 arms because of the Fukushima plant. Please visit any number of embassy sites based in Japan to receive ACCURATE reports and VERIFIED facts and opinions.

The people in Japan do not need your panic, they just need food, water, blankets, money, and helping hands. The Japanese people, even those left homeless by the tsunami, are calm and moving forward knowing it's going to take time to get things together. The rest of the world needs to do the same and support Japan while it recovers.

Nathus Dorkus
03-16-2011, 10:02 AM
That reminds me of this tweet I saw today:
"TimeOutTokyo
To the UK tabloids claiming that Tokyo is in a state of panic with thousands on the run, we'd just like to say how laughable that is."



On another note - Yoko Kanno has managed to make me sad. But.. In a good way. This is very sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8x6_JHDkhI

DireKitty
03-16-2011, 12:02 PM
Unless something drastically changed it wasn't in a state of panic when my mom's friends left. Definitely not normal but nothing crazy going on... the flights were busy mind you, they had to go on different days because all the flights were full.

Found a video about a loyal dog standing next to his companion... it's in Japanese though so i could only understand a bit of it, but it sounded like they were eagerly waiting for animal rescue to come and get them (at least that's my hope).

Video is here (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/dog-supports-injured-friend-after-the-tsuanmi/via_the_japan_earthquake_animal_rescue_and_support _facebook_group).

I love dogs. =) They did get both of them (took 2 hours to get out of there as there were no roads) and it seems they are OK. =)

Suiseiseki0284
03-16-2011, 02:25 PM
This stuff about NUCLEAR DISASTER is getting ridiculous. Every headline says something like
UN Calls Emergency Meeting as Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens

JAPAN RACES TO AVERT NUCLEAR MELTDOWN! SIGNS OF DESPERATION!

So yeah, people in Arizona are buying Iodine tablets so the radiation in Japan doesn't kill them.

=_=;; ffuu.

Right now, I'm talking with the owner of my city's local anime store in setting up an event to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Also, in all the doom and gloom, I read a news story: Apparently they found a 4 month old baby was found alive and well after the tsunami, and they reunited her with her parents.

Brought a smile to my face.

Melanie
03-16-2011, 06:56 PM
Received this on FB -

"As you know on March 11th 2011 the massive Tohoku Earthquake struck Northern Japan. As a small measure of assistance, we would like to announce a campaign called "Prayers from Cosplayers". Through this we can provide an opportunity for cosplayers around the world to send Japan messages of hope. Please send your pictures to the following web page with a message on an A4 size piece of paper or cardboard.

http://www.prayersfromcosplayers.com/

Please spread the word!"

totorolover
03-16-2011, 09:03 PM
is there any way i could send blankets or clothes to japan? i dont know if this is a stupid question but im helping my grandma get rid of stuff and she has a lot of thick good condition blankets. i wanted to donate them, anybody got ideas? should i just send them to red cross or something?

Ion
03-16-2011, 09:27 PM
is there any way i could send blankets or clothes to japan? i dont know if this is a stupid question but im helping my grandma get rid of stuff and she has a lot of thick good condition blankets. i wanted to donate them, anybody got ideas? should i just send them to red cross or something?

It would be easier to donate those items through an organization. You should give your local Red Cross branch a call to ask if they accept blankets and clothes. If they are not accepting them, you should ask them if they know of a group that would accept them. You could also ask churches if they would like the items as they often send out boxes of supplies to disaster victims, soldiers for distribution to the local populace, or to those in need.

Good Will and Salvation Army stores always take donations on soft goods too. You also have the option of donating the blankets to animal shelters to use as bedding and keeping the clothing on hand. In my area when families lose their homes to fire, we tend to donate clothing and necessities to them first. No matter who you give the items to, they should satisfy some need as long as they do not go to a landfill :)

Lady Muramasa
03-16-2011, 10:44 PM
I heard that they ran out of water to cool down their reactors. It may be like chernobykl x4. :( looks like they should be evacuating.

ShinobiXikyu
03-16-2011, 11:15 PM
...aren't the reactors on the coast, which means seawater in abundance?

Rose of Battle
03-16-2011, 11:32 PM
is there any way i could send blankets or clothes to japan? i dont know if this is a stupid question but im helping my grandma get rid of stuff and she has a lot of thick good condition blankets. i wanted to donate them, anybody got ideas? should i just send them to red cross or something?

I'm sure there's someone accepting them and I bet the Red Cross will send them to Japan. I went to Wal-Mart last night with a friend because she was buying blankets to donate them and I'm fairly sure she was giving them to the Red Cross.

_Kumi-chan_
03-16-2011, 11:51 PM
I think it's getting the water to the reactors that's the problem. The level of radiation at the site's supposed to be an issue for the helicopters making the drops. Hard to tell what's accurate, though, since what you read varies from source to source. Though I think the person posting "Chernobyl x4" is seriously misunderstanding the incident at Chernobyl.

The people here on the west coast who keep buying up all the iodine tablets make me want to bang my head into a wall. For god's sake, it's not about you, and you're not in any immediate danger. If you make yourself sick it's your own damn fault for being a paranoid moron.

I'm working on some tote bags and a few other things, and talking with my other local crafters about a fundraising event. I really wish I could give immediately.
I'm also making some sock dolls. I'll have to figure out who I need to talk to, and I'm aware there are more pressing needs right now, but I'd like to make something for the kids who've lost everything. I'm also taking stock of some of my sweaters and coats and trying to figure out what I could donate.

rubyspitfire
03-17-2011, 12:01 AM
completely different kinds of reactors than chernobyl, with far more containment and failsafes (which seem to continue failing, but still...). i don't think there will be a giant radiation cloud like there was back then

they have been pumping sea water into the reactors to try to cool them, but from what i've read the problem with one of the reactors (#4?) is a leak in the circulation system; they can't keep water in it. also sea water will eventually rust the containment, which isn't a problem for now but will be a huge issue later on

i'm searching for the news articles i read stating this... of course it was a few days old and a lot can and has changed since then

EDIT:http://http://www.7tune.com/news-information-on-japanese-nuclear-reactors/ (http://www.7tune.com/news-information-on-japanese-nuclear-reactors/)
more recent: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-risk-of-radiation-leak-in-atmosphere,0,1967737.story?track=rss
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fgw-japan-quake-daiichi-20110317,0,7034194.story?track=rss

EDIT:
the problem with #4 isn't in the reactor itself, but in the spent fuel storage. the water isn't circulating properly and is boiling away. maybe not as bad, but still bad news and will likely cause as much radiation as a complete meltdown :(

Lady Muramasa
03-17-2011, 12:38 AM
I didnt mean to say that x4 i meant they have more reactors then chernobyll. None the less bad news they made it seem like they werent going to be able to stop the meltdown.

Wait lol but not lol. People are buying iodine tabs over here on the west coast. Smdh.

rubyspitfire
03-17-2011, 12:51 AM
I didnt mean to say that x4 i meant they have more reactors then chernobyll. None the less bad news they made it seem like they werent going to be able to stop the meltdown.

Wait lol but not lol. People are buying iodine tabs over here on the west coast. Smdh.

the problem with chernobyl was the lack of containment. the article celestialshadow posted shows at least three levels of containment. those can still fail, but the meltdown may not be quite as bad

i wish the people on the west coast were buying all those iodine tabs to send over to japan instead of panicking. if there is a radiation cloud, it's going to dissipate before it hits hawaii

_Kumi-chan_
03-17-2011, 01:27 AM
@rubyspitfire: That's exactly how I feel. There was a panicky mother on the radio here, who despite being directly told there was basically no risk since we have the freaking Pacific Ocean between us and the reactors, was in tears because the supplements store was out of tablets. I wanted to smack her. I mean, I know she's probably concerned about her kids, but use a little common sense.

Sorry, not trying to make it about us. I really do wish people would just donate the money towards Japan's relief efforts. Or any charitable organization.

On that note, if you are in the Seattle region and haven't heard about them already, Sakura Con/ANCEA (http://sakuracon.org/) and other Japanese and Japanese American cultural organizations have gotten together on http://seattlejapanrelief.org/. So far they have links to the Red Cross, YMCA, and Peace Winds America (a Seattle-based organization focused on natural disaster relief in the Asian Pacific). I know Sakura Con will continue to work with them this upcoming month, most likely to organize something at con for those who want to help. They encourage you to donate directly through any of those charities' sites. This is a good focal point and allows you to see which local organizations are part of the group, along with links back to each organization's personal site.

You can also donate directly at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington at 1414 South Weller Street in Seattle's International District. Please spread the word if you live in this region, or know someone who does.

rubyspitfire
03-17-2011, 01:33 AM
@rubyspitfire: That's exactly how I feel. There was a panicky mother on the radio here, who despite being directly told there was basically no risk since we have the freaking Pacific Ocean between us and the reactors, was in tears because the supplements store was out of tablets. I wanted to smack her. I mean, I know she's probably concerned about her kids, but use a little common sense.

that's why i don't trust all of the news sources. stories from other countries suggest that this is the end of the world and we should be in fear of our lives despite being thousands of miles away, but the stories coming from japan's media are much the opposite to control panic in their country. i'm genuinely concerned for the people, but other than giving to charities there isn't much we can do where we are, which i'm really not in a position to do. that's why i've been trying to spread the word as much as possible as i find out. outside media is revealing things that people in japan may not know about, but the japanese media is also releasing more accurate information when they do break the news

-Edo-
03-17-2011, 03:07 AM
Hello everyone,

As you know on March 11th 2011 the massive Tohoku Earthquake struck Northern Japan. As a small measure of assistance, we would like to announce a campaign called "Prayers from Cosplayers". By posting a photo on this page cosplayers from around the world can send Japan messages of hope and courage. Please send your pictures to the following web page with a message on an A4 size piece of paper or cardboard.

Please spread the word!

--------------------------------------------------
Facebook: Prayers from Cosplayers
Twitter: PFC_JAPAN
e-mail: prayers.from.cosplayers0311@gmail.com
http://www.prayersfromcosplayers.com
--------------------------------------------------

kiratsukai
03-17-2011, 03:09 AM
The yen has skyrocketed. I can't do any business with anyone outside of Japan without going broke... >.<

This has put me in a pretty crappy situation with deals I've already entered into...

Meanwhile my parents are insisting I come home.
I'm not going :/

To put this all in logic that relies not-the-least on nuclear situation uncertainties and semantics:

This is my home now.
I have a job to do.
I have a family here.
I have friends here.
I have a boyfriend here.

Unless all of those people get on the plane with me and are going to be every bit as safe as I am: I'm not going anywhere.

Period.

I'm sorry everyone's worried, but if it's any consolation, I can promise that I'm wholly convinced that I'm more likely to die in a plane crash on the way home than I am nuclear winter.

Re: Prayers for Cosplayers ~ I've shared the link on cosp.jp (Cosplayer's Archive) and will post it to コスプレで国際交流 later on. It's a lovely idea. I hope everyone participates. Will take some photos tonight to share.

Nathus Dorkus
03-17-2011, 04:08 AM
Definitely an absolutely lovely idea, I'll be contributing as soon as I can.

rubyspitfire
03-17-2011, 05:09 AM
this on my fb just a few minutes ago:

"They have got freight trains going down the Japan sea side of Japan. They are bringing fuel on it. They are trying to get Hachinohe port going again in Aomori. Sendai airport is open 24/7 for US and Japanese supply planes. Hooray!"
"Crash (Japan) went to buy stuff at Cosco and they said only one packet of diapers per family. They asked to speak to the manager, and they got 25! They took food and water too. They are going to make an HQ base in a small christian kindergarten in Sendai city."

finally some good news about people getting food, water, and supplies

DireKitty
03-17-2011, 07:25 AM
The yen has skyrocketed. I can't do any business with anyone outside of Japan without going broke... >.<

This has put me in a pretty crappy situation with deals I've already entered into...

Meanwhile my parents are insisting I come home.
I'm not going :/

To put this all in logic that relies not-the-least on nuclear situation uncertainties and semantics:

This is my home now.
I have a job to do.
I have a family here.
I have friends here.
I have a boyfriend here.

Unless all of those people get on the plane with me and are going to be every bit as safe as I am: I'm not going anywhere.

Period.

I'm sorry everyone's worried, but if it's any consolation, I can promise that I'm wholly convinced that I'm more likely to die in a plane crash on the way home than I am nuclear winter.

Re: Prayers for Cosplayers ~ I've shared the link on cosp.jp (Cosplayer's Archive) and will post it to コスプレで国際交流 later on. It's a lovely idea. I hope everyone participates. Will take some photos tonight to share.

I had thought at one point you mentioned you would be losing your job(end of contract?_ and would have to move back?

Regardless I wouldn't be in a rush to leave either, you aren't near what's going on, and I doubt anything major is going to happen... just seems like it will take some time as it's not easy cooling down those plants. I heard they want to restore power to them in hopes they can re-activate the cooling functions. Here's hoping that goes as planned!

Mnemeth17
03-17-2011, 01:12 PM
Chernobyl x4... >.< I swear I'm going to get revenge on the news sites that spread rumors like this, because it's not like my e-mail box doesn't explode every single time one of those exaggerated reports go viral.

Anyways, the best thing to do is keep an eye on reports released by the US/other embassies in Japan. What other countries report outside of Japan is entirely up to their own business but the embassy reports so far have been quite transparent and accurate.

kiratsukai
03-17-2011, 06:13 PM
I had thought at one point you mentioned you would be losing your job(end of contract?_ and would have to move back?

My current contract will be up in July.
I then go home for 6 months to tie up business there before relocating to Osaka.

pltshp
03-17-2011, 06:23 PM
So you know how I said my boyfriend's dad went missing a day after everything went down? We finally know where he is via Google's Person Finder. Apparently he's been helping in Miyagi and his phone has broken, hence the lack of contact. Just... wow.

I'll definitely be contributing to PFC soon, by the way :)

_Kumi-chan_
03-17-2011, 07:23 PM
Participating in a Prayers from Cosplayers shoot this weekend. I know several in the Seattle region cosplay community have already posted...I recognize some of my friends.

More importantly, SeattleJapanRelief is holding a community gathering, ceremony, and fundraiser this Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Kobe Bell at Seattle Center. Once again, if you or anyone you know lives in the greater Seattle area and would like to join, please come and show your support, and if you can, donate.
They'll have more info up later, but here's the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/SeattleJapanRelief

sam vimes
03-17-2011, 11:23 PM
Just thought I'd put this here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5sakN2hSVxA

Kildread
03-17-2011, 11:25 PM
Just thought I'd put this here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5sakN2hSVxA

Amusing, I was just gonna link this here --- just watched it over my sister's wall XD

I don't quite know how to describe it, to be honest. It's wierd, strangely informative, amusing in spite of the seriousness of the situation.

I kind of like it.

sam vimes
03-17-2011, 11:30 PM
Amusing, I was just gonna link this here --- just watched it over my sister's wall XD

I don't quite know how to describe it, to be honest. It's wierd, strangely informative, amusing in spite of the seriousness of the situation.

I kind of like it.

Agreed. I also like it that the Japanese seem to be less uptight concerning intestinal issues and metaphors than Americans seem to be. I can only imagine the outcry touting inappropriateness if it was aired in the good ol' USA.

totorolover
03-18-2011, 12:07 AM
Agreed. I also like it that the Japanese seem to be less uptight concerning intestinal issues and metaphors than Americans seem to be. I can only imagine the outcry touting inappropriateness if it was aired in the good ol' USA.


i always liked watching the way japan informs there people with simple but very informative videos like that. and i think its funny how America can be up tight with certain words but still air full fledged nudity, sex, f-bombs, sex and more sex. . .

-Edo-
03-18-2011, 04:05 AM
I'm not going anywhere.

Period.


I'm with you, the media is relishing the use of words they have waited a generation to use, pretty sad. I respect peoples decision to leave but I will stand with my friends here.


Re: Prayers for Cosplayers ~ I've shared the link on cosp.jp (Cosplayer's Archive) and will post it to コスプレで国際交流 later on. It's a lovely idea. I hope everyone participates. Will take some photos tonight to share.

Thanks kiratsukai, look forward to seeing you up there! :bigtu:

DireKitty
03-18-2011, 08:04 AM
Agreed. I also like it that the Japanese seem to be less uptight concerning intestinal issues and metaphors than Americans seem to be. I can only imagine the outcry touting inappropriateness if it was aired in the good ol' USA.

In Canada we would get an add related to Tim Hortens.

Angathol
03-18-2011, 10:09 AM
In Canada we would get an add related to Tim Hortens.

Speaking of which, Tim Horton's has donated $100,000 to Canada Red Cross on Japan's behalf.

alpha_helix
03-18-2011, 10:48 PM
All I have to add is that earlier this week, a friend of mine who is currently in Japan posted on her LJ to say that she (and those around her) are safe and sound. I was very relieved to read that!

ShinobiXikyu
03-18-2011, 10:53 PM
Speaking of which, Tim Horton's has donated $100,000 to Canada Red Cross on Japan's behalf.

All the more reason to keep buying it (And Roll u pthe rim. I still haven't won anything good).

On the donating aspect, is there a way to donate that doesn't require texting or internet? If I give money, I'd like it to be ACTUAL money. Not something that gets put on a bill later. I havent yet seen those little spare-change boxes on store register checkouts or such...

melfina89
03-20-2011, 09:30 AM
http://jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/

I just found this today. It seems like a great idea. I have been looking for a non-money donation I could make since I work at a school and I am hoping to start a student collection that we can send from the whole school.

What do you guys think? Is this a good one or is there one that might be even better?

DireKitty
03-20-2011, 09:35 AM
http://jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/

I just found this today. It seems like a great idea. I have been looking for a non-money donation I could make since I work at a school and I am hoping to start a student collection that we can send from the whole school.

What do you guys think? Is this a good one or is there one that might be even better?

Nice idea!

..made me realize that I need new socks.

Dragonomine
03-20-2011, 10:34 AM
I don't know if this has been suggested yet, as I didn't want to read through pages and pages. lol But my daughter wanted one of these to help: http://ladygaga.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=14781_42444&pc=BGAMLG88 I bought several for her and her friends.

melfina89
03-20-2011, 12:51 PM
http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/

Just found this today too. Also seems like a pretty good option since it's going towards long term rebuilding.

Ani_BEE
03-23-2011, 11:13 AM
I listen to a story when I was younger, about a girl after WWII that was trying to fold thousand paper cranes. It was probably Sasaki Sadako (it's been so long) but gesture has a sad parallel to the fundraiser you linked melfina89.


I think a few cons could set a up a room so that people could come in and fold a few during the convention to donate but the end of the event.

koi-ishly
03-23-2011, 12:48 PM
http://jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/

I just found this today. It seems like a great idea. I have been looking for a non-money donation I could make since I work at a school and I am hoping to start a student collection that we can send from the whole school.

What do you guys think? Is this a good one or is there one that might be even better?

I work at a school as well. Thanks for the link, this is certainly something I may try later on.

Because of the DC Cherry Blossom Festival next week, I'm going to to be baking cookies in the shape of flowers to help get donation money. My anime club and other students are going to be selling them during lunch (well, not selling cookies, there are issues w/ selling food during lunches) then having the students deliver the cookies to the those that donated at some point in time.

I've got a huge task a head of me of bake enough cookies... I've no clue how many I should make but I figured 100 to 300. While I'm selling them $1 per cookie, and that's not a lot of money... it's something.

So! If those that are in a high school anime club, talk to your sponser about raising money for the relief. You don't have to do what I'm doing, there are many other ways. Food is a good incentive though =)

Pocketfightr
03-23-2011, 12:58 PM
I just passed that crane link on to my fb, I have a few friends that probably have origami paper laying around and could do that. Thanks for the link.

Ani_BEE
03-25-2011, 09:54 AM
Panic will bit you in the ass.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20110325/tsc-oukoe-uk-china-salt-8ad1534.html

penny_dreadful
03-29-2011, 02:48 PM
Here's a petition to encourage formula companies like Similac to provide pre-made formula to babies in Japan (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Feed-hungry-Japanese-Babies/). Whether or not petitioning actually helps, it may encourage the companies to pony up some critical supplies.

Any parents or parents-to-be, especially, if you point out that their response may influence your decision when you select formula for your own child(ren)-- money talks.

DireKitty
03-29-2011, 03:42 PM
Here's a petition to encourage formula companies like Similac to provide pre-made formula to babies in Japan (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Feed-hungry-Japanese-Babies/). Whether or not petitioning actually helps, it may encourage the companies to pony up some critical supplies.

Any parents or parents-to-be, especially, if you point out that their response may influence your decision when you select formula for your own child(ren)-- money talks.

Or fake money... since i'd always breastfeed my baby. =D

penny_dreadful
03-29-2011, 03:51 PM
Or fake money... since i'd always breastfeed my baby. =D

Yeah, me too, but SIMILAC DOESN'T NEED TO KNOW THAT MWAHAHA. Also, I know more than one woman who wanted to breastfeed but was having so much difficulty that she switched to formula-- or at least supplemented with it, so it's hard to discount it entirely. Just look at some of those Japanese women-- their lives were so disrupted by the disaster that their milk flow stopped and now they are desperate for a way to feed their children.

DireKitty
03-29-2011, 03:56 PM
Yeah, me too, but SIMILAC DOESN'T NEED TO KNOW THAT MWAHAHA. Also, I know more than one woman who wanted to breastfeed but was having so much difficulty that she switched to formula-- or at least supplemented with it, so it's hard to discount it entirely. Just look at some of those Japanese women-- their lives were so disrupted by the disaster that their milk flow stopped and now they are desperate for a way to feed their children.

Yeah that's just crazy... but psychological impacts can do crazy things to our body. I really hope that they ensure that those people get the psychological treatment they so desperately need. I really worry about that as Japan isn't known for it's openness to psychological treatment (which is why dealing with a high suicide rate has been very troublesome). But we here in the west aren't much better to be honest.

Avatar Alvaang
04-06-2011, 01:27 PM
donated as much mula i can spare. Hope everyone is safe and reunited with their loved ones =(

albhed_eyes1992
04-07-2011, 10:07 PM
Our town has many Japanese college students, so we are doing everything we can think of. Art sales, teaming up with businesses to hold fundraisers. On PSN you can donate money through the Play Station Store

Yonbi
04-08-2011, 01:05 PM
Thanks for all of the links, you guys'.

I just went to the closest Red Cross building and donated there, as opposed to texting a number and it being filed onto my phone build. Whenever a natural disaster happens, I feel horrible that I can't help in a bigger way. Like, if I would've been there I'd be able to helpd rebuild, help those injured or provide direct care. Makes you feel pretty helpless. But, as long as people keep Japan and its' people in their thoughts, and donate whenever they can, we can still do something. For those who are art-savvy, there's a DA blog here: http://fella.deviantart.com/blog/39039300/ , where you can draw a picture relating to your support for Japan, and offer some links for viewers to donate.

Or you could always provide Prints, and send the funds to donation. I just thought it was a really, really good idea. I'll be working on mine as soon as I get home. I've been wearing my Pray for Japan shirt anytime I can. (:

I wish that I was still in school (for the Anime/Cosplay clubs, or any club for that matter), so I could raise money. I'm glad to see that a lot of people are taking that path, and wish you the best of luck! Koi, I wish I lived near you so I can buy a flower-shaped cookie!

Ani_BEE: I really like that crane story.

Stay strong, Japan. Your in our thoughts.