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Japan earthquake 2011

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Huge Chunk of Japanese Dock Reaches Shores… in Oregon

This is the giant chunk of dock that was knocked loose over a year ago in Misawa, Japan during the tsunami that followed the Tohoku Earthquake, and was not seen by human eyes again until this week, when it arrived in Agate Beach, Oregon. It weighs one hundred and eighty tons and is sixty feet long, so it’s kind of a miracle that nobody saw it on its slow journey across the Pacific, or even crashed into it.

But the most dangerous thing about it may actually be the stuff that was living on it.


Today in Boobs

The Japanese Have Invented Ice Bras As a Result of the Busted Nuclear Reactor. To Keep Breasts Cool. Okay.

Yes, there is more important news about President Barack Obama expressing his public support for marriage equality. But these are bras with ice in them. They are from Japan, and they were created in response to the shutdown of the country’s nuclear reactors following the Fukushima catastrophe. This means that Japanese citizens are encouraged to avoid using air conditioners. Finally — women will have a way to keep their breasts cool and nipples erect for days on end. Gentlemen, consider this a consolation prize while you sweat your balls off, because there is no such contraption for you … yet.


We Can Be Heroes

Don’t Worry, This Replica of the Motorcycle From Akira Was Built For a Good Cause

Before you start worrying about this replica of Kaneda’s bike from Akira having anything to do with the live-action remake, rest assured: this is not that. No. It’s not. We swear. In fact, not only is the Akira remake still dead (as far as we know), but this replica, built by Shinji Tejima of Japan, was actually built for a great cause: fighting autism.


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Artist Neil Cameron’s Second Alphabet of Awesome, This Time of Awesome Japan, For Japan

Why didn’t anyone tell us that Neil Cameron was doing another A-Z of Awesomeness? And that it would be Japanese themed? And that all proceeds will go to GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund?

And that he’s gotten to G already?


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Find Out if Your Japanese Neighborhood Has Power, Evangelion Style

Reassuringly, this Neon Genesis Evangelion skinned site that displays all the relevant stats to Japan’s current disaster related rolling black outs and electric power supply issues is not an official skin. That’s probably for the best, because we’re not really sure how useful a trio of sky-scraper sized, barely-restrained mad cyborgs would be in Japan at the moment. But it does seem like a useful, informative, and maybe even fun way to check out where there is and isn’t electrical power. Good luck to everyone who’s using it.

(via Kotaku.)

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People of Earth: The Super Moon Will Not Cause Mass Floods, Feel Free to Enjoy

You might have heard about the so-called “super full moon” that is going to be occurring over the weekend (Saturday night) and that some are worried about its effects on the Earth’s tides, considering the tsunami that hit Japan after the Sendai earthquake last week. But scientists assure us that there is no need to worry about what is going to be a lovely, rare display in the night sky. So, everyone, sit back and enjoy. Nothing to worry about. Except werewolves. If you think those are real.


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FYI: That Girl Who Said Japan Deserved the Earthquake Because of Atheists? Yeah, She Was Trollin’

Maybe you missed Tamtampamela this weekend. Maybe you didn’t watch the vid. Maybe your Facebook wall didn’t heysplode with people posting her video accompanied by various shocked disapprovals. So I’ll explain. A copy of her original video can be found here, since the original has been taken down. In it she expresses amazement and thanks that a only a single day of Christian prayer at the beginning of Lent, in which she and her fellow worshippers asked god to open the eyes of atheists everywhere to the Christian gospel, resulted in the 9.0 quake that hit Japan this weekend. The video is more than three minutes long, but continues in that vein the whole way through: thanking god for causing a still unknown total of human deaths in an effort to change the minds of supposed sinners.

Here’s the… good?… news. Tamtampamela was trolling.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Wolverine With A Baby Bjorn

X-Men: The Hangover Edition at I Heart Chaos.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Art for Japan

Bleeding Cool has a collection of pieces being either sold or auctioned off by the artists, the proceeds for which will go towards aid for Japan, including the scarf featured above, designed by James Jean. Also joining the cause is James White, who is selling the “Help Japan” poster on his blog. (via Boing Boing)


Natural Disasters

The Sendai Earthquake in Pictures

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called the Sendai earthquake the “most difficult crisis” for his country since World War II and says that he has faith that his country will have the strength to overcome this disaster. The official death toll still stands around 1,200 with another 1,000 reported missing and 1,700 injured. However, the badly-hit coastal town, Minami Sanriku, in Myagi Prefecture, cannot account for nearly 10,000 of its residents — half its population. At the same time, the country is struggling to prevent a nuclear meltdown at its damaged power plants as well as a potential second explosion. (According to Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, the situation at the Fukushima Denai power plant is “under control.”) As of this writing, 160 people have been tested for radiation exposure which may have occurred while they were waiting to be evacuated.

Japanese officials have increased the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0 and they continue to feel strong aftershocks. And because of the sustained activity at the faults, there is a chance that another magnitude 7.0 earthquake could occur. More images from the aftermath after the jump.