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Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 11:09 am

As you may have seen in the media, Japan was struck by its largest earthquake ever at 2:46 on Friday afternoon.

The earthquake and repeated tidal waves have been devastaging. The death toll will certainly be in the thousands.

I have tried calling some of my friends in Japan to get more details about their well being, however the phone lines don't seem to be working.

If anyone is able to provide details about the health of specific people, please post it here.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Michael Close » March 11th, 2011, 12:31 pm

Got an email from Steve Marshall, who writes a column for MUM. He and his family are okay.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Doug Thornton » March 11th, 2011, 1:21 pm

I spoke with Steve about an hour ago. He lives in the Tokyo area and said it was the longest tremor he'd ever felt. He and his two daughters got under the table until it ended after about two minutes. Then they went outside and there was another rumble. The sidewalks were buckling. Phones were out, some are back now. His electricity is on but water's not running. Trains are out so his wife rode home from work on her bicycle - two hours in the wind and cold.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Paul Richards » March 11th, 2011, 3:14 pm

If you have friends of family there, Google has put up an incredibly helpful resource page:

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/ja ... e2011.html

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 3:20 pm

I had an email from Yuji Wada. He lives in Saitama and is okay. I don't think they had much damage there. He was very lucky not to be at work at the Tokyo Disney Resort today, because it was hit by flooding and damage. 69,000 people are stuck at the Disney parks because the train lines out there are out of commision and the parking lot is flooded by the tsunami.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 6:55 pm

Heard from Yuki Kadoya, who spent a sleepness night because of the many many aftershocks still hitting Nagoya.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 9:02 pm

Ton Onosaka and family are fine, according to Albert Tam.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby David Oliver » March 11th, 2011, 10:23 pm

From Fukai (via his FaceBook page):

"Thank you... our place is no problem.. We are OK!
But North place is so bad... Big tsunami..etc.."
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 11:18 pm

I've heard more about the folks at the Tokyo Disney Parks: the staff allowed all the guests to stay inside the many restaurants throughout the parks and provided various necessities.

I was in a small earthquake in Japan once and it was pretty scary to me, but the magicians I was with laughed because it happens so often. When you read about buildings swaying, the hotel I was in was swaying during the quake.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 11th, 2011, 11:24 pm

Just heard from Tomo Maeda--he's fine with no problems and his house wasn't damaged.

So far so good, at least for our friends, though I'm sure that we've lost some magicians in Sendai. I attended an SAM convention there with Larry Jennings in 1994 or 1995, I think.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Henley » March 12th, 2011, 9:26 am

We're 100km north of Tokyo--luckily far enough inland to avoid any tsunami. Here's the magic room, it's usually only half this messy:
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby mystre71 » March 12th, 2011, 10:38 am

I reaceived an email from Shigeo Futagawa, he, his family and friends in Yokohama are fine. He says the earthquakes were the biggest and most awful in his life. But, aside from some boxes,books and other things that fell, he didn't have much damage.



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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Joe Pecore » March 12th, 2011, 1:30 pm

From SAM's MagicTalk

"On behalf of the National Council meeting in Orlando today, we send our condolences and prayers to our members and the people of Japan after the recent earthquake.

President-elect Vinny Grosso and I have had conversations with Japan members Steve Marshall and Keiko Kashiwagi, and Paul Critelli has spoken with Dr. Shigeru Tashiro and Fukai, and they and their families are fine.

The three of us are (were?) going to Tokyo next week for the Japan Cup Close-up Magic Convention along with M-U-M Editor Michael Close. We'll keep you posted and make sure the magicians are aware the Houdini Fund is available to those in need.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Henley » March 12th, 2011, 5:34 pm

It hasn't been officially announced yet, but the JCMA Japan Cup will probably be postponed.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 12th, 2011, 5:38 pm

I would imagine so. Even if the event could take place, I imagine that folks might have a hard time traveling to Tokyo for it.
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Michael Close » March 13th, 2011, 10:24 am

I have received official word that the Japan Cup 2011 convention has been canceled.

I'm happy to read that so many of my friends in Japan are okay, but the news, video, and photographs from Japan are sobering.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Magic Newswire » March 13th, 2011, 7:06 pm

Just spoke with Aaron Jones, a student of Tony Eng living in Japan, and he's doing well.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Ian Kendall » March 13th, 2011, 8:11 pm

I've had a couple of orders this weekend from Frederic Dumont. When I emailed him he sent back: Thank you so much for your concern. We are all fine, fortunately; the devastation is all too real, but most of it occurred near the epicenter, in and around Sendai. Tokyo itself (where I live) is relatively intact.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Henley » March 14th, 2011, 1:35 am

The last I heard, Tokyo had recorded "only" five deaths, out of a population of 13,000,000 people. Here in Ibaraki the death toll is around 19.
The hardest hit areas are Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectureshundreds of kilometres north of Tokyowhere entire towns have been erased, with thousands dead or missing.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Magic Newswire » March 14th, 2011, 12:02 pm

TAKAJO, Japan (AP) The official death toll from Friday's earthquake and the tsunami that struck northeast Japan has jumped to 2,800 after a tide of bodies washed up along the coast today. Police say they found about 1,000 bodies, and local crematoriums have been overwhelmed. Millions of people in the region are enduring a fourth night without water, food or heat in near-freezing temperatures.

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Magic Newswire » March 14th, 2011, 12:04 pm

Just received the following from Aaron Jones via Twitter as well:

"Since we talked this morning I confiremd that Tomo Maeda, Ken Kuroki, Hiro Sakai and the Onosaka Family (Magic Land) are safe."

"Also got word that Yuji Wada is also safe. As well I saw a message from Shigeo Futagawa on Facebook this morning saying he was safe."

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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Jonathan Townsend » March 14th, 2011, 12:36 pm

Any thoughts on setting up a "Magic of Japan" on tour in a few months to help some of those guys get a break from the recovery efforts there?
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Re: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Postby Magic Newswire » March 15th, 2011, 12:56 pm

On Sunday evening, I recorded a conversation with Aaaron Jones, a Canadian magician living and working in Japan. In addition, I was joined by James L Clark who is flying to Japan today to assist in search and rescue efforts in the hardest hit region. Listen Here: http://bit.ly/eqsXdN


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