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Posted: 17 March 2011 at 7:31pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Rasny

I've lost  some of closed relatives and friends in 2004 in Sri lanka. I know the pain & really it is devastating. 

Thanks Summer 4 this thread!
Rasny Bhai hope you are doing good. sorry about your loss, yes it is devastating and something we can never imagine.

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What a heroic deed

 

Mar 18, 2011

WEB EXCLUSIVE

'We're not running away': Fukushima worker

By Hannah Koh

Workers wearing protective clothing and respirators head towards the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ONE lone voice has emerged from the group of heroic workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which runs the quake-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where workers are scrambling to cool the nuclear plant and avoid a meltdown.

Michiko Otsuki - a female worker at Tepco - has written on her blog, speaking up for her 'silent' colleagues who remained behind at the plant.

She had been quoted a little in some overseas English reports but The Straits Times Online tracked and translated her blog to find out her full story when she first posted on popular Japanese social networking site Mixi.

By Thursday however, her post had been taken down, but the entry had already been reproduced by several online blogs and in Japanese language forums.

Ms Otsuki is one of the 800 employees evacuated from the plant on Monday, leaving 50 workers behind to battle the nuclear crisis.

On Tuesday, she addressed the growing criticisms levelled at Tepco.

'People have been flaming Tepco,' she said. 'But the staff of Tepco have refused to flee, and continue to work even at the peril of their own lives. Please stop attacking us.'

Tepco, which powers Japan's capital and largest city Tokyo, is one of the main players in the world of Japanese nuclear power, with a history of safety violations.

Even Prime Minister Naoto Kan, frustrated that an explosion featured in the news had not been reported to the Prime Minister's office, is reported to have burst into an executive meeting at the company and demanded what was going on.

However, Ms Otsuki's blog post gives the world a glimpse of the tireless, faceless crew - now dubbed the Fukushima 50 - who are working on the frontline to stop the nuclear crisis from escalating, risking the effects of radiation. In the most severe cases, radiation can lead to higher chances of developing cancer, or even death.

'As a worker at Tepco and a member of the Fukushima No. 2 reactor team, I was dealing with the crisis at the scene until yesterday (Monday).'

'In the midst of the tsunami alarm (last Friday), at 3am in the night when we couldn't even see where we going, we carried on working to restore the reactors from where we were, right by the sea, with the realisation that this could be certain death,' she said.

'The machine that cools the reactor is just by the ocean, and it was wrecked by the tsunami. Everyone worked desperately to try and restore it. Fighting fatigue and empty stomachs, we dragged ourselves back to work.

'There are many who haven't gotten in touch with their family members, but are facing the present situation and working hard.'

Battling On

'Please remember that. I want this message to reach even just one more person. Everyone at the power plant is battling on, without running away.

'To all the residents (around the plant) who have been alarmed and worried, I am truly, deeply sorry.

'I am writing my name down, knowing I will be abused and hurt because of this. There are people working to protect all of you, even in exchange for their own lives.

'Watching my co-workers putting their lives on the line without a second thought in this situation, I'm proud to be a member of Tepco, and a member of the team behind Fukushima No. 2 reactor.

'I hope to return to the plant and work on the restoration of the reactor.'

But her pleas seem to have gone unheard. The original post has now been taken down and she has instead posted an apology: 'I am very sorry, but I have locked the post as it was being used in a way I had not intended it to be.

'Having seen what's happening on the ground, my message to all of you remains the same. But others have changed the contents of the post and used it for the wrong reasons, like fanning fear amongst others, and I have therefore decided to lock my post.

'I am praying from the bottom of my heart for the safety of your loved ones. I am sorry it (the blog post) has turned out this way

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Rasny babu, how're u? gud to see u here... 
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Posted: 17 March 2011 at 9:47pm | IP Logged
Death toll will keep rising as more bodies are found.
Till now over 16 k confirmed dead.

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Mar 18, 2011

Japan disaster dead, missing toll tops 16,600

Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by the earthquake and tsunami. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - THE official number of dead and missing after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan's north-east coast a week ago has topped 16,600, with 6,405 confirmed dead, police said on Friday.

The number of people unaccounted for following the March 11 twin disasters increased to 10,259, the National Police Agency said in its latest update. A total of 2,409 people were injured.

The toll has increased steadily in recent days, and reports suggest it could eventually be much higher.

The mayor of the coastal town of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture said late Wednesday that the number of missing there was likely to hit 10,000, Kyodo News reported.

On Saturday, public broadcaster NHK reported that around 10,000 people were unaccounted for in the port town of Minamisanriku in the same prefecture.

Amid a mass rescue effort there were grim updates indicating severe loss of life along the battered east coast of Honshu island, where the monster waves destroyed or damaged more than 55,380 homes and other buildings. -- AFP

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Posted: 18 March 2011 at 3:38am | IP Logged
Speaking about the effect of the Moon on Tides earlier
Hope it does not cause another Tsunami
 
 

Weekend full moon the biggest in about 20 years

By Ed Payne, CNN
March 18, 2011 -- Updated 0706 GMT (1506 HKT)
The full moon this weekend will look close enough to touch, but it will still be some 211,600 miles from Earth.
The full moon this weekend will look close enough to touch, but it will still be some 211,600 miles from Earth.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993 Saturday's full moon will be the biggest in almost 20 years Saturday's full moon will still be 211,600 miles away
  • This full moon will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter

(CNN) -- If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there's a reason for that. It is.

Saturday's full moon will be a super "perigee moon" -- the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years.

"The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," said Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit. When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

"Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon's orbit," the NASA website says.

This full moon will rise in the east at sunset and should look especially big at that time because of what's known as the "moon illusion."

"For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects," according to NASA.

Even though it may look close enough to touch, Saturday's full moon will still be at a healthy distance -- some 211,600 miles (356,577 km) away.

As rare as it is, it may be worth a look. Miss it and you'll have to wait until 2029 to see it again.

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Posted: 18 March 2011 at 1:51pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by thickhead

Rasny babu, how're u? gud to see u here... 
I'm fine & good 2 c u too Smile
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Posted: 18 March 2011 at 6:12pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Rasny

Originally posted by thickhead

Rasny babu, how're u? gud to see u here...

I'm fine & good 2 c u tooSmile

Babuji dheerey chalna
Pyar mein Zara sambhalna
LOL

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