CNN: This is no Chernobyl; Update: Volcano erupts in Japan

posted at 12:00 pm on March 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If we haven’t had a meltdown in Japan by now, the perfectly-named Malcolm Grimston tells CNN, we’re not likely to see one at all. Unlike in Chernobyl, the Japanese shut down their reactors and started cooling them down. At the Fukushima Daiichi plant where fears were highest of a catastrophe, authorities gave up on saving the reactor for later use at all and began pumping seawater into the cooling system to avert a meltdown. The danger has not yet passed, but we’re almost certainly beyond the point of a catastrophic breach and are instead looking at the best path to a quick and reasonably safe shutdown:

That does not mean that the danger has passed:

Workers continued efforts to cool down fuel rods inside two nuclear reactors Sunday as a Japanese government official warned that a second explosion could occur at the plant.

And the plant might have yet another explosion of built-up hydrogen gas that the rapid attempts to shut down the reactor and the failure of cooling systems has produced:

“There is a possibility that the third reactor may have hydrogen gas that is accumulating in the reactor (that) may potentially cause an explosion,” he said.

An explosion caused by hydrogen buildup Saturday blew the roof off a concrete building housing the plant’s No. 1 reactor, but the reactor and its containment system were not damaged in the explosion.

Edano said the No. 3 reactor would also likely withstand a similar blast, noting that workers had already released gas from the building to try to prevent an explosion.

As one expert warned, the Japanese are not out of the woods yet. No one can get close enough to the cores to precisely determine their conditions. But shutting down the reactors and scrapping at least one of them has put them closer to a safe landing in this crisis.

Update: As if the beleaguered Japanese didn’t have enough problems:

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says. …

The 1,421-metre (4,689-feet) Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range saw its first major eruption for 52 years in January. There had not been any major activity at the site since March 1.

The volcano erupted in January after 52 years of silence. Authorities had already restricted access to the area, but now Japan has to worry whether the ash might interfere with air travel, which would impact international rescue and recovery assistance.

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CNN………..I’m surprised they let him on. Immediately SoundByte Americans clicked back to ESPN or HGTV after this segment.

Ratings killer CNN.

Now THIS is what they need more of……….

http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/13/japan-tsunami-survivor-shinkawa-rescued-fukushima?cat=world&type=article

PappyD61 on March 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

We can only hope, but the Japanese are not out of the woods yet…

Khun Joe on March 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I don’t have any idea what this fellows credentials might be, but it is refreshing to hear someone refer to Chernobyl instead of Three Mile Island. I’ve heard several of the bed-wetting hair-dos in the Lame Stream Media make references to TMI as it were the worst nuclear accident in history while avoiding any mention of Chernobyl.

oldleprechaun on March 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

It appears that the Japansse Government, erring on the side of caution, has correctly decided to trash millions of dollars worth of equipment and materials, to negate even the remote possibility of a disaster.

MaiDee on March 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I’m going to put my tinfoil hat on for a minute and ask….

………What are they not telling us?

Knucklehead on March 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I wonder if it is warm enough for bho to go golfing again today? Can’t let a little thing like what Japan, or for that matter libya, is going through stop the ole golf game now can we?
L

letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Check out the Windscale fire in 1957.

Skandia Recluse on March 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Unfortunately, there is no member of HotAir with any technical expertise outside of playing with computers.

Kermit on March 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Okay. But now there are also some isuues at Oganawa and Tokai No.2 plants accordint to Kyodo news alerts. And not to be some kooky alarmists but the Japanese governments have had a history of covering up any disaster. I don’t think they even have a good handle on the scope of the devestation from the quake and tsunami even without the power plant issues. A good article on the mindset of saving face in Japan..

Japan has a troubled history of safety failures at its nuclear plants. In 2004 a leak from a pressurised water reactor in Fukui prefecture on the Japan Sea coast led to the deaths of four workers. And in September 1999 a leak at the Tokaimura uranium processing plant to the north of Tokyo exposed dozens of workers to dangerous levels of radioactive contamination. Only later did it emerge they had been asked to clear up the area using mops and buckets without protective clothing.

In each of these cases – as with the Kobe earthquake – investigators and critics later suggested that overly rigid management systems and a lack of any real culture of accountability were behind the costly and highly embarrassing failures. Cover-ups have been much too common in the past, it is said, thanks to a pervasive “culture of shame” in Japan, which drives responsible officials, including elected politicians, to deny responsibility for failures until such time as they have lost face to the point where they realise that they must step down.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8378455/Has-Japans-ruling-elite-learned-the-lessons-from-the-series-of-past-mistakes.html

Deanna on March 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Aside from the awful death and destruction of the quake and tsunami, this may well set us back as far as building more nuclear power plants. It shouldn’t, but I think it will.

cartooner on March 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Just saw this reported on Drudge. I guess the only thing needed now by the Japanese are locust swarms…

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/article965229.ece/Japanese-volcano-erupts

oldleprechaun on March 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I wonder, where were the backup seawater pumps? They build nuclear power plants on the ocean so there is plenty of cooling water nearby just in case …

Something tells me we are getting a lamestream cooked story here. Engineers aren’t this stupid.

tarpon on March 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Just putting the words ‘radiation sickness’ and ‘Japan’ together in one sentence makes me queasy. I had the privilege of working in Japan briefly, some years ago. It’s a struggle to reconcile what I remember of the country with what I’m seeing in the news. God help them.

Dee2008 on March 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Had one here in 1700, huh? Musta been all those hearth fires causing global warming.

Seriously, though. We’re gonna build a wall to stop a 100-mile-long, six-foot-high tsunami? Yeah. Good luck with that. Mother nature bats last. Always has; always will. This is the damn problem with government in a nutshell: “Save you from an epic earthquake and its resulting tsunami? Sure, we can do that, if we have enough of your money…”

Life ain’t risk free. Even in a rubber room there’s that latex allergy we’ve been hearing so much about. We need hearings on latex — and a government program to protect us!

Rational Thought on March 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Unfortunately, there is no member of HotAir with any technical expertise outside of playing with computers.

Kermit on March 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I guess you should try reading elsewhere.

Feel free to read the comments……..

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Tomorrow TEPCO is going to start scheduled rolling blackouts in the Kanto and Chubu areas, including Tokyo. Don’t know if that’ll apply to trains too.

Dongemaharu on March 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

From yesterday:

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said March 12 that the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core, Japanese daily Nikkei reported. This statement seemed somewhat at odds with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano’s comments earlier March 12, in which he said “the walls of the building containing the reactor were destroyed, meaning that the metal container encasing the reactor did not explode.”

NISA’s statement is significant because it is the government agency that reports to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy within the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. NISA works in conjunction with the Atomic Energy Commission.


Read more: Japanese Government Confirms Meltdown | STRATFOR

Y-not on March 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I wonder if it is warm enough for bho to go golfing again today? Can’t let a little thing like what Japan, or for that matter libya, is going through stop the ole golf game now can we?
L

letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Please pay attention, our news media covered this story earlier, maybe even first. Skrol down on Hot Air to see a picture of barry in his presidential golf cart from yesterday. Today’s photo should be up this pm.

chicken thief on March 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Japanese culture+Engineers= Extreme arrogance

Something tells me we are getting a lamestream cooked story here. Engineers aren’t this stupid.

tarpon on March 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Yes they are,try working with a few,
Bob

Bobnormal on March 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

This looks like, at worst, a multiple TMI-like incident and that would be a triumph and validation of the engineering that went into the design and modification of the plants. The reactor(s) may be a loss, but better than the alternative.

TQM38a on March 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Aside from the awful death and destruction of the quake and tsunami, this may well set us back as far as building more nuclear power plants. It shouldn’t, but I think it will.

cartooner on March 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Time to push for coal , oil and natural gas that are the only alternatives. To make lemonade out of lemons.

the_nile on March 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I wonder, where were the backup seawater pumps? They build nuclear power plants on the ocean so there is plenty of cooling water nearby just in case …

Something tells me we are getting a lamestream cooked story here. Engineers aren’t this stupid.

tarpon on March 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Okay short story. Elctricity goes out. Back up generators fail because of tsunami. No electricity, no pumps. Once they got the electricity running with new generators they started pumping. But it isn’t always a matter of being stupid. Think about the way industries cut corners here and how the government looks the other way. You think this doesn’t happen in Japan? Hopefully they do have it under control and aren’t giving us a “cooked story.”

Deanna on March 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Kermit-if you are talking about nuclear reactors specifically, your statement is probably true. But the same statement would also apply to all blogs everywhere and all news services and networks of any and every kind whatsoever -not to mention the president, members of his cabinet, the Supremes Court and both Houses of congress.And even when you get two nuclear “experts”, likely as not, they’re probably in total disagreement. About the best assessment that can be made in similar cases is that usually the worst damage occurs in the first few days with growing optimism with each successive day that people don’t start glowing in the dark.

MaiDee on March 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Next up: killer asteroid!

Purple Fury on March 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Has Pat Robertson weighed in on this yet? Maybe he is waiting to see how “biblical” the situation becomes. Just wondering.

exdeadhead on March 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Who’d’a thunk it? CNN behaving more responsibly than FNC and Drudge?

As it has since the quake struck, Fox is still fearmongering, playing up safety measures — such as the evacuation around the affected nuke plant — as tacit admissions from Japanese officials that some Indescribable Disaster looms.

Drudge, as usual, is milking his pet “sources” to fill his page with the maximum number of scary headlines. The possibility of another major aftershock (something possible with every damn earthquakes) becomes an “it’s gonna happen!!!” moment.

I expect to see this kind of hysterical “reporting” from the irresponsible media, such as HuffPoo and others with axes to grind. To see CNN, the network of Anderson Cooper and What’s-’is-name (Larry King’s replacement) acting responsibly, even for a moment, is strange.

MrScribbler on March 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Godzilla striding from the ocean to pulverize Tokyo would be the icing on the tofu for the Japanese.

Bishop on March 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

OMG, the up-date from Ed, a volcano erupted again in Japan! My prayers are with the citizens of Japan.
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letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Update: Volcano erupts in Japan

Soon we will be hearing from the end of days folks. Although, I understand that toads and locusts are attracted to heat.

Vince on March 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM

We need a strong investigative team on the ground at these reactors to get the whole story!

Can someone call up Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and, Michael Moore?

They’re perfect for the job!

heldmyw on March 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM

CNN: This is no Chernobyl

AP hardest hit……

conservnut on March 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Godzilla striding from the ocean to pulverize Tokyo would be the icing on the tofu for the Japanese.

Bishop on March 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

indeed

cmsinaz on March 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Update: Volcano erupts in Japan

Yep, just as it has before. Within the last few weeks, IIRC.

Volcanoes erupt. The earth shakes. Film at 11. And at 12…1…2…3….

MrScribbler on March 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yep, just as it has before. Within the last few weeks, IIRC.

Volcanoes erupt. The earth shakes. Film at 11. And at 12…1…2…3….

MrScribbler on March 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yep, this volcano wasn’t news until after a catastrophic earthquake. Hair-on-fire journalism at it’s finest.

darwin-t on March 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Unfortunately, there is no member of HotAir with any technical expertise outside of playing with computers.

Kermit on March 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

oh mighty kermit, may we ask what it is you do that you are so technologically advanced compared to the HA commoners?

I pray for the citizens of Japan, who probably think this is the end times for them.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Read more: Japanese Government Confirms Meltdown | STRATFOR

Y-not on March 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Try not to hyperventilate so much…

Try reading the other threads here and soak up some of the Old Nuke’s information……

I guess you should try reading elsewhere.

Feel free to read the comments……..

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Try reading again elsewhere….

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

It appears that the Japansse Government, erring on the side of caution, has correctly decided to trash millions of dollars worth of equipment and materials, to negate even the remote possibility of a disaster. MaiDee on March 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Probably closer to the billion $ range, depending on the damage. Those things are NOT cheap. They’re doing the right thing tho.

Unfortunately, there is no member of HotAir with any technical expertise outside of playing with computers.

Kermit on March 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I’ve seen some pretty competent comments between here and Ace’s threads – don’t assume that there’s not any tech people on here. Nuclear’s not my expertise, so I won’t comment on it, but I do work in some capacity in that field – some people’s comments are pretty knowledgeable.

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Seriously, the Japanese cannot catch a break. I’m sending prayers.

hboulware on March 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.

Unbelievable.

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

MrScribbler
You know I too am tired of all the hysteria. But I am skeptical of reports from Tepco too, as they have a past history of safety issues and cover-ups. We are relying on what they tell us is happening so I hope they are being upfront and truthful this time. All we can do is wait and see. Meanwhile the rolling blackouts and general loss of electricity throughout the country is going to make rescue and recovery more difficult.

Deanna on March 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM

O/T, Allen West just got back from Gitmo. He’s on Fox giving the smackdown to libs screaming about torture.

hboulware on March 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says

G-damn…
There has to be something set up so that we can send money/supplies to them. Anyone have any links?

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

just remember everyone, this could be here… in the u.s.

who would come to our aid, oweing so much and with our POSOTUS ticking off the world?

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

This volcano erupted again in January after a 52 year silence. Perhaps that was an indicator of something going on underground which helped the Japanese be more prepared than not.

That it is erupting today should not be surprising.

Vince on March 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Now the volcano erupts again?????? Good Lord, prayers…

sicoit on March 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

yahoo has some links in which they direct you to who is taking donations.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I pray for the citizens of Japan, who probably think this is the end times for them.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Has Pat Robertson chimed in on this yet claiming it’s “God’s punishment” for something, like he did with hurricane Katrina?

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

*crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on March 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Perhaps that was an indicator of something going on underground which helped the Japanese be more prepared than not.

That it is erupting today should not be surprising.

Vince on March 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

yeah, the seismic activity for the last 1000 yrs doesn’t give any indication at all? Or the fact, japan is literally in the ring of fire?

*facepalm*

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Godzilla striding from the ocean to pulverize Tokyo would be the icing on the tofu for the Japanese.

Bishop on March 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Unfortunately some of those Japanese newscasts especially where the newspeople are wearing helmets make me think of the old monster movies.

CWforFreedom on March 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

upinak@12:55,
I was wondering if AK or you had problems with the tsunami? You are correct wondering if the world would come help us if we had the problems Japan has?
L

letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Robertson is one man I don’t care to follow or even bother with.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Thanks a bunch, I will definitely check it out.

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

There has to be something set up so that we can send money/supplies to them. Anyone have any links?

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I don’t have links but I’ve seen these organizations posted at other sites.
RED CROSS
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
WORLD VISION
CARE

Deanna on March 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

The aluetiens got some of the tsunami, sheyma had a 5-8 ft high wave.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

G-damn…
There has to be something set up so that we can send money/supplies to them. Anyone have any links?

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Am I the only one who’s thinking “Where’s Hollywood” and their big “aid” concerts? Within hours of the earthquake in Haiti last year, they were everywhere asking for money.

It’s been 3+ days since this earthquake hit and all I’m hearing is crickets. I wonder why that is? Or are we tired is sending cash, only to find out it never gets to where it’s supposed to go?

Knucklehead on March 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Despite all of the destruction caused by this tragedy, I am wondering one thing. How quickly the Japanese pull themselves through this. They are a very industrial, hard working and creative people.
A few days ago I was a little astonished at a photo I saw somewhere. There was a photo of, what I assumed, was a father and son walking through a destroyed town. What I found interesting was that a clear path had been made and debris had already been piled high. They both also looked very clean and calm in the photo, as though they were “just out for a stroll” or something. It was just a simple photo but it revealed quite a bit. People were already hard at work cleaning and clearing.

JellyToast on March 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Robertson is one man I don’t care to follow or even bother with.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Ditto that.

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM

AND THIS TOO!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=afb_1300000047

Firmworm on March 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Knucklehead on March 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

japan isn’t socialist enough, or something.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM

There has to be something set up so that we can send money/supplies to them. Anyone have any links?

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I know the Salvation Army is on the job for Japan and I, personally and from experience after Katrina, trust them much more than the Red Cross.

sicoit on March 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM

here is a nytimes link of before and after, its really that bad.

rob verdi on March 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Wow! Thanks

conservnut on March 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I wonder if it is warm enough for bho to go golfing again today?

letget on March 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I hope so. It’s a good diversion for him, from the tedium and frankly, downright boredom of being President.

Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Paul-Cincy on March 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I donated to the Red Cross through Google’s homepage link:

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

And as for other countries that would or wouldn’t help out in a US disaster, that’s not entirely fair. Other nations did help out after Katrina and 9/11. In any event, one shouldn’t do good by donating to charities with the expectation of whether or not you’d get the same in return.

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I was stationed in Japan for four years in the 70s and flew around the country a lot while working for an American Airline company. The Japanese will come out of this ok. Notice no riots, looting, etc. That is what a common culture and respect does. Also, I am told the new Westinghouse reactors are all passive, need no electricity to operate. Do not understand but evidently much safer than present generation and way above in safety level.

retiredeagle on March 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Knucklehead on March 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Too much chance of it actually getting to people that need it, instead of in the hands of warlords, dictators or UN officials. You know, democrats…….

conservnut on March 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

The Japanese will come out of this ok. Notice no riots, looting, etc. That is what a common culture and respect does.

Good article in LAT on exactly this:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-quake-polite-20110313,0,4238012.story

Purple Fury on March 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

This earthquake actually caused the earth to spin faster and shortened our days by 1.8 milliseconds!
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/13/scitech/main20042590.shtml

JellyToast on March 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

jet, it is fair as it is based in reality.

why are we not helping? maybe due to the fact they may be a nuclear melt down still…. can you blame anyone for not really going to help if they get radiation poison? I can’t.

But am I lying on what nations would help us if we as a Nation were in the same boat as japan is at the moment? Heck the u.s. can’t even pay our bills and I bet we will have to “borrow” to help the people of japan.

one day, we are going to have a huge crisis, and no one will help us here…. and all we can do is give up our time and our money and help ourselves. It isn’t fair, but it’s the truth.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Volcanoes and earthquakes are related in that each is caused by plate tectonics global warming.

Laurence on March 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence

I question the timing…

Akzed on March 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Purple Fury on March 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Amazing! From the article you posted:

Reporting from Tokyo –
She was elderly and alone, injured and in pain. When the massive earthquake struck, a heavy bookshelf toppled onto Hiroko Yamashita, pinning her down and shattering her ankle.

When paramedics finally reached her, agonizing hours later, Yamashita did what she said any “normal” person would do, her son-in-law recounted later: She apologized to them for the inconvenience, and asked if there weren’t others they should be attending to first.

The worst earthquake in Japan’s recorded history left a trail of blazing buildings, inundated coastal communities, wrecked roadways and potentially unstable nuclear power plants. But it barely made a dent in the implacably Japanese trait of exhibiting concern for others even in the worst of circumstances.

I love the Japanese people! An amazing tribute to their culture! Keep them in your prayers!

JellyToast on March 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Paul-Cincy on March 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

It’s probably pretty easy for him to get a bj from her everyday huh.

Vince on March 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

one day, we are going to have a huge crisis, and no one will help us here…. and all we can do is give up our time and our money and help ourselves. It isn’t fair, but it’s the truth.
upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I fear that you may correct in your assumption upinak, but at the same time I pray that you are incorrect.

sicoit on March 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

But am I lying on what nations would help us if we as a Nation were in the same boat as japan is at the moment? Heck the u.s. can’t even pay our bills and I bet we will have to “borrow” to help the people of japan.

one day, we are going to have a huge crisis, and no one will help us here…. and all we can do is give up our time and our money and help ourselves. It isn’t fair, but it’s the truth.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Most aid from the US doesn’t come from the government, it comes from our people, like you and me, who donate our own money. And through fundraisers, telethons, etc. The government should focus more on sending vehicles, trained personnel, technical equipment, medicines, etc.

After Katrina, many nations offered up the same, especially from Europe. And for sure, some don’t. But again, it really doesn’t concern me who wouldn’t offer up help and aid for a US disaster…like I said, when I give, I don’t do so expecting karma in return.

Japan helped out huge after Katrina, as did over 100 other countries. A good piece to read:

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

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Actually, after the Gulf oil spill, there were numerous offers of help from abroad but the left wanted to maximize the disaster to sink oil drilling so they refused any help and tried to keep states from mitigating the disaster as well.

KW64 on March 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

one day, we are going to have a huge crisis, and no one will help us here…. and all we can do is give up our time and our money and help ourselves. It isn’t fair, but it’s the truth.
upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Like Nashville…

ladyingray on March 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Actually, after the Gulf oil spill, there were numerous offers of help from abroad but the left wanted to maximize the disaster to sink oil drilling so they refused any help and tried to keep states from mitigating the disaster as well.

KW64 on March 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

and your statement is the reason why i say, why would anyone help?

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I love the Japanese people! An amazing tribute to their culture! Keep them in your prayers!

JellyToast on March 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Other than being racist and xenophobic, what’s not to love!
( I have a Japanese sister)

Bobnormal on March 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Like Nashville…

ladyingray on March 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

yep.. but on a grander scheme.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

The aluetiens got some of the tsunami, sheyma had a 5-8 ft high wave.

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Yeah, but Shemya’s a rock 20 feet high in the ocean. And there’s almost nothing there to be washed away until the tsunami got really high. ;-) Everybody is underground, thank God. At least Adak has some trees……

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I lived in okc when the bombing happened and japan sent 2 search and rescue teams because of their earthquakes.

hboulware on March 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Has Pat Robertson weighed in on this yet? Maybe he is waiting to see how “biblical” the situation becomes. Just wondering.

exdeadhead on March 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

No I want LaHaye and Jenkins. Page Kirk Cameron if you want to…I wanna know when the Rapture’s coming. Seems we are being introduced to Armageddon.

After all, Cameron was the main character of the first three books of the Left Behind series.

ProudPalinFan on March 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

upinak on March 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I expect they may wait to be asked next time. But if we ask, I think there are those that will help.

KW64 on March 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I wonder, where were the backup seawater pumps? They build nuclear power plants on the ocean so there is plenty of cooling water nearby just in case …

And what do you run the pumps with if there is no electricity?

See article here for a good run-down of what happened and what likely happened. The thing that frosts me is, when emergency generators were finally trucked in, the connectors didn’t match and they couldn’t be used. That’s a $100 million mistake that should never have happened, they might have been able to save the cores but for that.

Socratease on March 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

waiting for Godzilla…

clement on March 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I am stuck with Homer Simpson/cruel joke

ProudPalinFan on March 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I love the Japanese people! An amazing tribute to their culture! Keep them in your prayers!

JellyToast on March 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Other than being racist and xenophobic, what’s not to love!

Bobnormal on March 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

So they’re just like tea party folks?

Socratease on March 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Has Pat Robertson weighed in on this yet? Maybe he is waiting to see how “biblical” the situation becomes. Just wondering.

exdeadhead on March 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Oops…I didn’t see your post there, and asked the same question a bit later… o_0

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Oops…I didn’t see your post there, and asked the same question a bit later… o_0

JetBoy on March 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I wonder what the Westboro wackadoodles would say about this…

ladyingray on March 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Westboro is busy protesting at the funerals of those 7 kids who burned to death in their house. Aren’t they special?

hboulware on March 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Westboro is busy protesting at the funerals of those 7 kids who burned to death in their house. Aren’t they special?

hboulware on March 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM

May the Hell of a thousand (current) Japans infest their minds.

Ugly on March 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

You know what this calls for…

Bee on March 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

and his mommy still dresses him funny too! :-P

sicoit on March 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

A really spectacular picture on theblaze.com of a car on top of a house after the tsunami in Japan. You can imagine how big the wave was to do this! It is horrible to see the distruction in this country.
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letget on March 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

While in the same subduction zone, Mount Shinmoedake is a long, long way from the 8.9 quake epicenter. Coincidence is not causation. They are both driven by the same phenomena of subduction in the same subduction zone, but the dynamics of plate movement and the plumbing of volcanoes is not well understood.

ajacksonian on March 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I wonder, where were the backup seawater pumps? They build nuclear power plants on the ocean so there is plenty of cooling water nearby just in case …

Something tells me we are getting a lamestream cooked story here. Engineers aren’t this stupid.

tarpon on March 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Because the moment you start pumping seawater, goodbye reactor.

Hiya Ciska on March 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM

There has to be something set up so that we can send money/supplies to them. Anyone have any links?

specialkayel on March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Japan Earthquake Relief-

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Earthquakes, tidal waves, power failures, nuclear reactor partial meltdowns, and now a volcano eruption. What’s next? Locusts? Sheesh. The Japanese are overdue for some good luck.

Jill1066 on March 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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