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Waking up to the news about the tragedy in Japan wasn't the way I, or anybody, would want to start their day. I had to take my Father to a doctor's appointment (he's doing pretty much fantastic) and it was hard to focus on that with this news coming out of Japan.  I've heard directly from Jeff Lilly (Close friend and studio mate of mine, hatrax on the Vulne Pro blog. Jeff lives in Japan and he may weigh in at some point as well on the Vulne blog) and seen posts and tweets from several other folks I know in Japan hearing they're all OK, however that doesn't diminish the tragedy and loss for those who were not so lucky.

Just hearing, literally now, about an 6.6 earthquake in Nagano Japan O_o


Our hearts go out to those in Japan who are weathering this disaster and those that have been lost. May you be safe over there and best with the road to recovery. Rest in peace to those lost :( Unfortunately this doesn't look to be over.

Nature can be an awesomely frightening and cruel thing at times :(

Edit: I found myself at a loss when I posted the initial update earlier... and I'm still, rather at a loss right now. I've been glued to CNN, BBC (web feed), and Twitter, social networking, etc since I got home from my Father's doctor's visit. What strikes me is the surreal, yet devastating, nature of the footage that is all too real. This isn't some stupid Hollywood disaster flick. The weather has been chaotic, as the planet has been changing, and it can be awe striking in it's cruel raw power. Japan is a country well prepared for such disasters but this one is beyond forecasted estimations. We can only be so prepared and so vigilant. With daylight arriving in Japan the true scope of this disaster will become apparent and I don't expect it will be any less heartbreaking. Again our hearts go out to those in Japan during what will be a terribly rough time.

For those that can, you can donate to the Red Cross for disaster relief here: american.redcross.org/site/Don…

  • Listening to: Various news outlets
  • Reading: Frank Herbert's Dune
  • Watching: CNN and BBC web feed
  • Playing: Just Cause 2
  • Drinking: tea
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hivemind111 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Yeah I remember coming home after looking for work and finding out about the earthquake and the resulting tusami and how it triggered an tusumi alert where I live in british columbia. Truly a devastating event my heart and prayers go out to all those who have been devastated.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
You're the first of the people I watch to write about it... Started to think I'd lost my marbles. Anyway, I heard it around 9AM in my time zone, which was about 2 hours after the 8.9 quake. My day hasn't been very productive, let me tell you that. Glued to CNN too.

I have an idea that the Japanese are a tough, resilient type of folk, but this is a lot to handle at once. My *fingers crossed* thought right now is that they get that nuclear plant under control soon...
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It is something beyond overwhelming no matter how resilient a people they are. That said, they are resilient and resourceful and will rebuild. Still this is an unseen level of tragedy and it will be felt for some time in their culture/economy and globally.

Too many recent "disasters" :( Nature is being a total ass.
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Japan's honestly the LAST country I'd expect to hear news like that from. THey really don't deserve it.
Nature's been fuckin' with us, recently. Don't like it, either |:[
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, natures kinda been a bit of an asshat of late :( Japan is really the most prepared nation on the planet for something like this, which probably helped lessen the blow... a little. Even so this was just beyond expectation and the aftermath will be painful :(
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
It's always an asshat here in California, I mean our forests are on fire 24/7, earthquakes, cliffs giving out (a friend of a friend was killed because a cliff game out). But Japan, again, is the last place I would expect something like that. I just hope they recover. I can only imagine what the people there are going through :*(
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm terribly sorry to hear about what happened to your friend, that's terrible :( Yeah, I have heard about all the troubles California has had, it's as you said the weather is kinda being an ass.

As to Japan, the news isn't getting any better overall, it's just devastating over there :( I suppose if there's anything bright in all this, it's Japan's incredible building codes and preparedness. I expect that did account for many people escaping with their lives and my hope is the death toll will be reduced, to some degree, because of this.
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Yeah, we get it all the time. People on OCD (a HL2DM server I go to) are always jealous of the weather here, but I remind them that our forests are on fire 24/7 and we get earthquakes like nobody's business!

It just sucks that it's happening to Japan! So many good people, so much culture. But I agree about the building codes for damn sure! I can only imagine what would have happened if they didn't have those going on. But I know for a fact Japan will pull through.
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JamesMorrow07 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Words fail to begin to say anything about Japan... I just hope all is well in the Land of The Rising Sun.
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Dtronaustin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know mine does. I have some very good friends from college who are from Japan and I haven't been able to get a hold of them. I hope they are alright for sure.
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