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In classic battle of Man vs Nature, Nature wins again

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In a classic battle with Mothra Vs. Godzilla very stupid writer

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Japan "won" against the quake. It "lost" big against the tsunami.

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I wonder if in the future humans will ever have the technology to control the forces of nature like earthquakes, hurricanes, rain, temperatures and so on. The story is correct in saying that Japan is probably better prepared than most earthquake-prone countries; yet its defenses still ended up being puny.

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In a certain level of preparation to protect human lives, we can invest in new technologies from anti-quake construction or dams or levees ... everything need investment, but mother-nature catastrophes are out of human controls. We have witnessed these results during the history of human-beings ... We can build dams along a seashore to prevent tsunami, but efficiency ... questionable ... because ... earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, hurricanes and tornadoes can occur at a same place or a same time ... People only prevent or predict as much as possible ...

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smartacus at 09:22 AM JST - 14th March yet its defenses still ended up being puny.

Puny? Nonsense. Without those defenses and warnings the death toll would have been 10 to 100 times higher. Japan's preparations paid off big time, just ask any of the survivors.

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Japan is no loser here, California would have been a pancake

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In my country is said that when you see your neighbor losing his beard is the best to clean your own beard... Japan suffered a lot but stand big against the earthquake, the big question is... Can America be able to stand big against a big earthquake like that one?

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The Tokai Earthquake will be in the Tokai region - Nagoya, Gifu, Shizukoa- that's not "near Tokyo".

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the fault line for the next quake runs directly south of tokyo, through Izu peninsula, Shizuoka and kansai. I have a feeling that the next few aftershocks will keep moving south, which means that current tsunami warning maps are already unsuitable.

People in tsunami affected areas had approximately 30 minutes to get away, since the tsunami hit at 3:10pm. Clearly very few people knew what to do, or didnt feel the urgency. Whoever said that the tsunami was only going to be 60cm needs to be thrown in jail.

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PepinGalarga:

" Whoever said that the tsunami was only going to be 60cm needs to be thrown in jail. "

The height of the tsunami is irrelevant, because the power of the tsunami is in its length not its height. The news broadcasters who are confusing people about this need to be thrown in jail.

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Take the world’s most earthquake-prepared country, jolt it with one of the biggest quakes in history and add a devastating tsunami minutes later. In the classic battle of Man vs Nature, Nature won again.

Am I the only one who thinks that opening sentence is inappropriate? There is no glory in what is STILL happening over here. There was no battle, only a natural disaster. Why has the writer tried to make it sound like a Hollywood movie trailer?

1000's of innocent people living a normal life have died and millions have had their normal way of life shattered. Show a little bit of respect will you.

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Man has always had to understand and act in harmony and respect of nature!

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Yes Willi B the power of a tsunami is in the energy that created it which will have something to do with the height somewhere.

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Do I deserve paying for saying Off-shore local earthquake - tsunami!

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WilliB

The height of the tsunami is irrelevant, because the power of the tsunami is in its length not its height. The news broadcasters who are confusing people about this need to be thrown in jail.

Both, the height and the power of the tsunami are relevant. Both kills. If one do not destroy whatever is in its' path, the job will be finish for it by the other. They work in tandem with each other. That is why, a safe place would be on high ground out of reach of the tsunami.

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If there's such a huge bugger of an earthquake and only seconds later a monster tsunami rides in then there's barely any chance that ANYONE will be prepared, no matter how well you prepare yourself. Only solution is not to settle in valleys near the coast but Japan which doesn't have much area because of mountains doesn't have much option there either.

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I think this song sings what each and every Japanese has in their hearts right now. Even if some are beaten and on the ground right now, I hope each and everyone will find new strength to get up on their feet again and walk tall.

Ff (fortissimo) 

Composed by Hitoshi Minowa 

Japanese Lyrics written by Yukio Matsuno 

おまえの涙も Even with your tears    俺を止められない It can not stop me now 

いまさら失う There is nothing  

ものなど何も無い to lose anymore 

言葉にならない A strong determination beyond words 

胸の熱いたぎり that is scorching my heart 

拳を固めろ I will grip a fist 

叩きのめされても even if I am down on the ground 

激しくたかぶる An intense feeling 

夢を眠らせるな A dream that I can't put away 

あふれる思いを The feeling that overloads my heart 

あきらめはしない I will not give up 

愛がすべてさ Love is everything 

いまこそ誓うよ I will make my pledge here 

愛をこめて With love 

強く強く I will be strong, I will be strong 

遠くに離れて Even if we are apart 

いてもわかりあえる We will alway understand each other 

わずかなぬくもり Like the little warmth  

わかちあったように we cuddled together 

おまえの涙を I am not going to turn back  

ふりかえりはしない even with your tears   すべての祈りが not until 

かなえられるまで all my wishes has come true 

愛がすべてさ Love is everything 

いまこそ誓うよ I will make my pledge here 

愛のかぎり With love 

強く強く I will be strong, I will be strong 

愛がすべてさ Love is everything 

いまこそ誓うよ I will make my pledge here 

愛をこめて With love 

強く強く I will be strong, I will be strong 

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