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    Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Posting from inside Tokyo DisneySea...

    A strong tremor hit the Tokyo area just 20 minutes ago. I am in Cape Cod now still feeling aftershocks. I don't know what is happening in the city or surrounding areas.

    Seems like guests are being evacuated from this part of the park. More details soon.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Just was watching this on the news, and happened to be on micechat at the same time. So I thought I'd check the Tokyo section. I hope you are OK JoeInJpn. How are people acting in the parks? Is there any reason for panic?

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    The news says the Earthquake was between 7.9-8.8!

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Hope everyone is ok!

    I was just looking at what's been shaking over the past day or two, and it looks like there was a 7.2 quake in the same area yesterday, and several in the 4 to 6 range since then. The most recent ones topped out at 8.8 and 6.4, all in the same area.

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    U.S. Geo is reporting it as an 8.8 with a 6.4 after shock.
    Japanese news is reporting it as a 7.9 on the Japanese scale.

    Tsunami are happening in the northern part of the country.
    Sporadic fires have broken out in Tokyo.

    NHK WORLD english has live news coverage online.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Huge tsunami. Cars and boats being washed away. Video of water in city streets between buildings. I'm assuming these images are coming from Sendai, which is north of Tokyo.

    8.8 magnitude means this is a "great" earthquake.

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Seeing news reports in my mobile. Looks like the epicenter was in Miyagi Prefecture a few hundred miles north of Tokyo. Lots of tsunamis but TDR announcement said not in resort or Tokyo Bay area. Had a big aftershock 30 minutes after the first quake. I'm still stuck in Cape Cod in front of Aunt Pegs.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    I'm ok but haven't been able to contact wifey in central Tokyo. Mobile can't get through to her and she works in a high-rise by Tokyo station.

    In this part of TDS, lots of people shaken up but no one hurt. No visible damage anywhere. We are just waiting outside for further info from CMs. It's currently 3:50pm sun is shining with some clouds, cool weather still.

    Earlier, CMs were giving out huge Duffy and Shellie Mae dolls to guests to cover their heads. Lots of people left with free dolls before CMs asked for them back. Now they are giving bubble wrap for guests to cover their heads.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Magnitude raised to 8.9
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Upgraded to 8.9. Strong aftershock of 6.4.

    Tsunami warnings for Russia, Taiwan, Philippines, Guam, etc. Potential for wide spread problems.

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    This is not good.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.
    Tsunami images are just frightening.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Let me start this with, my thoughts and prayers go to all those who have been effected or will be effected when the tsunami hits other countries. This is a major life event. Much bigger than Disney.

    I'm watching helicopter live shots of a town being washed away! Farmland and homes being just devastated. Cars on the road are trying to stay in front of the waves.

    Other countries in the Pacific are going to get hit too. This is going to be a global tragedy.

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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Now magnitude reported at 8.9. Will be going there in three weeks. Wish this hadn't happened. Hope for the best for everyone there.

    Did the tsunami reach inside Tokyo Bay or get to Disney?
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Quote Originally Posted by tasman View Post
    Now magnitude reported at 8.9. Will be going there in three weeks. Wish this hadn't happened. Hope for the best for everyone there.

    Did the tsunami reach inside Tokyo Bay or get to Disney?
    JoeInJpn is in Tokyo Disney Seas and said Disney made an announcement that the bay was not effected by the Tsunami.
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    Re: Big Earthquake Hits Tokyo

    Wow! I'm looking at Sendai airport where the terminal looks like it is in the middle of a lake. People all on the roof of the terminal.

    Now shots are coming in of a huge fire in Chiba Prefectire oil refinery. Tokyo Disneyland Resort is in Chiba prefecture.

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