• Mar 11, 2011
As you've no doubt heard, a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan. In the wake of the seismic event; Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan have shut down and evacuated multiple factories throughout the country. This earthquake is one of the strongest on record in nearly a century, and the damage seen so far is devastating.

Countless numbers of Japanese citizens have been injured, and reports of the official death toll continue to climb into the hundreds. One worker at a Honda research center was killed when a wall collapsed upon him. Approximately 30 other workers at the facility were injured.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire nation of Japan.

[Source: Bloomberg | Image: Associated Press/NHK TV]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Horrifying.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I caught the coverage shortly after it happened. The tsunami video was just unreal. The devastation is incredible, shocking. My heart goes out to the people.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good god....

      Its amazes me that the most I ever experience here in NY is a bad snow storm or alot of rain....

      I wish the people luck this sucks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't even want to imagine what that experience would be like. I was just working with an engineer last week who was headed back home to Japan over the weekend. His plant was mentioned in the AN article as being effected by the quake. I hope he is well. My thoughts go out to all the people of Japan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car manufacturer in the picture is Hitachi (日立)。My source is the following: http://news.qq.com/a/20110312/000410.htm#p=12

      My personal opinion of why this natural disaster happened is that it's because of sin. God will punish people for the sin and havoc they have done in their lives. This is like God killing off a whole city. Of course, there will be the 'remnant‘.

      Psalm 99:3-4
      3 Let them praise your great and awesome name—
      he is holy.
      4 The King is mighty, he loves justice—
      you have established equity;
      in Jacob you have done
      what is just and right.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ya know, I kind of popped off with that before reading the news this morning and I didn't realize that such a serious event had occurred. I am sorry for appearing so callous and uncaring with my dumb joke.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My condolences to the victims. Sedai got wiped off the map by a Tsunami 50 years ago. And it got hit again today. So terrible, but I hope, like before, that Sedai and Miyagi can rise again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a tragedy. Let's hope and pray those still missing somehow are found.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My condolences to all that have been affected by this tragedy in Japan.

      I've been watching BBC news all morning, it is really disturbing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you imagine if it was a Ferrari and or Lamborghini that got hit by something like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      日本人はみんあ、大丈夫といいですね。

      (I hope everyone in Japan is okay.)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Makes sense for me. The first part is "all Japanese people" and daijoubu, with the phrase "to ii desu ne" implies a hope for someone other than yourself. "To iin desu ga" is a hope for yourself.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a lot more than 1,000 people dead, with more than half of Miyagi unaccounted for...especially after Fukushima 1 blew its top this morning, I'm very worried for Japan. Good luck to all the brave nuclear technicians working at Fukushima Daiichi; if they can avert a meltdown disaster, they should be held as heros.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess my Japanese is getting rusty, but that didn't make sense to me when *read* in Japanese. Your words in Japanese become this?

        Japanese are everyone, everything's fine and good(as in describing nice things)?


        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually I stated that it was *confirmed* that over 1000 people had lost their lives and that that number will at least be doubled and as of now it has reached about 3000 people.

        There's still a city of 17000 of which 10,000 are unaccounted for. It's just far too difficult to move around as the debris has all the roads blocked and/or roads are under water/washed out.

        Even Japanese officials believe the number of lives lost will be over 10,000
        • 3 Years Ago
        現在1000人以上が亡くなられた事が確実で、人目のいきわたった被災した領域はごくわずかだ。なので多分結局その二倍以上になるかもしれない。

        でも日本は頑張って元以上に立ち直る。
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was a terrible tragedy. I just hope some nitwit doesn't take this opportunity to bash Japanese cars.
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