Posted tagged ‘Tokyo’

Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?

March 11, 2011

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan overnight and it was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them measured more than magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Much of the damage, though, was caused by a massive Tsunami which brought waves of more than 23 feet high ashore.

While there is a Tsunami warning here in the Bay Area, it’s anticipated that the surge will only be 1-3 feet, far less than the waves that hit Japan overnight. Evacuation orders have been issued along the entire West Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska.

From the Associated Press:

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

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Bambi vs. Godzilla…

December 9, 2010

Ahhhh a classic…

I’m Back…

May 27, 2010

But terribly jet lagged!

Great trip to Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, though. Hopefully I’ll have time soon to share all the stories and some photos.

Anyways, glad to be back 🙂

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen…

May 20, 2010

I always wanted to use the title of the farewell episode of MASH in a post headline 🙂

I hope that didn’t freak everybody out…

I’m saying goodbye for a week. I’ll be leaving tomorrow morning for a business trip to Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. I’ve never left the US borders before (not even Hawaii) so this will definitely be an experience!!!

Most likely, I won’t have any time to post any articles or respond to any comments. I might…but don’t be surprised if it’s radio silence until next Thursday or Friday.

Everybody behave while I’m gone. I don’t want to have to send anyone to the Korner! (Wait…you’re already here!)

Later everyone 🙂

FedEx Plane Crashes in Tokyo

March 22, 2009

According to reports coming out of Japan, a Federal Express cargo plane crash landed and is burning at Narita airport in Tokyo.

Credit: NHK

Credit: NHK

From CNN:

Strong winds may have played a role in the crash, said Masaru Fujisaki, an airport official. The status of the pilot and co-pilot was not immediately known.

Video from the landing showed the plane bouncing at least twice on the runway before bursting into flames. The fire destroyed the aircraft.

The plane crashed at 6:50 a.m. (5:50 p.m. Sunday ET), according to Japan’s Kyodo news service.

The cargo plane arrived from Guangzhou, China, and was manned by a two-person crew, according to Japan’s transport ministry.

The plane landed on Runway A, the longer of Narita’s two runways, Kyodo reported.

Asian Markets Plunge Early Friday Morning

October 10, 2008

A sell-off on Wall Street and escalating fears of a global recession have sent Asian stocks plunging this morning, with Japan‘s benchmark index falling more than 10 percent.

From the Associated Press:

“Selling is unstoppable in New York and Tokyo,” said Yutaka Miura, senior strategist at Shinko Securities Co. Ltd. in Tokyo. “Investors were gripped by fear.”

Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were all down more than 7 percent. Shanghai’s index was down 3.8 percent.

Indonesian authorities suspended trading indefinitely on the Jakarta Stock Exchange after they had halted trading Wednesday when the index plunged more than 21 percent over three days earlier this week.

In Tokyo, the gut-wrenching drama left individual investors shellshocked.

Kenji Akasaka, 69, president of a local printing company, said he had never seen it this bad in the 40 years he has traded stocks. He said he invests mainly in blue-chips including Toyota Motor Corp. and Nintendo Co.

“I pray before I go to bed that the Dow will recover,” said Akasaka, 69, as he scanned a monitor displaying the latest market levels. “I get sleepless, thinking about losses.”

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average plummeted 10.3 percent to 8,217.50 in early afternoon trading and appeared headed for its second biggest one-day loss ever. The Tokyo bourse and the Osaka Securities Exchange briefly suspended some futures and options trading during the morning.