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Massive earthquake, tsunami slam Japan

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • March 11, 2011 at 8:48 a.m. PST
Massive earthquake, tsunami slam Japan A massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on Friday. You can find information of what's going on on any major news outlet, such as CNN.com or the BBC.

Capcom's Wes Phillips posted an update on what happened with Capcom Japan.

Capcom's Tokyo office was evacuated as a precaution, but everyone seems to be okay. Thoughts with my friends. Stay safe.

Also, Kotaku wrote a story telling how some of Japan's gaming greats have pulled together.

There's still so much that's unknown at this time, so stay tuned to the major news outlets for updates.

Comments

Catalyst said on March 11, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.

My thoughts are with those affected by this disaster. Please look at the other places cited or any other major news outlets for updates on this situation.

If I come across news as it relates to Capcom and the earthquake, I'll post it here.

#1
DomDaDude said on March 11, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.

Oh the nature D8 That's horrible

#2
zUkUu said on March 11, 2011 at 9:03 a.m.

I feel deeply sorrowed by this event. I hope that it'll turn out to be less destructive as it seems at first glance.

#3
snoooootch said on March 11, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.

This really is terrible news. . . I hope all heals completely with time.

#4
Ether said on March 11, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.

Horrible news. Thoughts go out to Japan.

#5
Shiranui said on March 11, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.

This is a huge issue. Certainly going to take some time to fix or get back to where it was beforehand. Best wishes to everyone over there.

#6
ElFuerte said on March 11, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.

Thoughts and prayers are out for Japan.

#7
Throwryuken said on March 11, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.

Here in Hawaii we are seeing its affects as well. I hope everyone stays safe and pulls together. Everyone affected is in my thoughts.

#8
DestinyZX1 said on March 11, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

I hope everyone in Japan is okay. My hearts go out to them for I pray they go through this safe.

#9
DudeMeister said on March 11, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.

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#10
laurieyuken said on March 11, 2011 at 9:36 a.m.

I know for a fact Katsuhiro Harada of the Tekken series got caught up in it, but he and his team are safe as far as I understand. he seems more inconvenienced by it if anything, although he seemed slightly worried for Ono-san's safety.

#11
Tuthur said on March 11, 2011 at 9:44 a.m.

#12 too soon dude

#12
laurieyuken said on March 11, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.

#14 agreed

#13
Dumpling said on March 11, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.

#12 wtf...

#14
Rafael2487 said on March 11, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.

#12 Wow... insensitive.

Anyway i hope for the safety of all people affected by the quake.
Can you guys post the current situation of sf4 players from japan.

#15
I_want_your_sister said on March 11, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

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#16
Grimmjow316 said on March 11, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.

Please ban/ or delete rude, offensive comments not the time or place. My condolences to all those affected.

#17
laurieyuken said on March 11, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.

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#18
geni said on March 11, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.

wow, Scary to say everything that's many different cultures predicted had been coming true, of course not all at once but many natural catastrophes have been occurring, and sadly to say many more are to come :(. heart goes out to Japan. I just hope 2012 does not bring the big one

#19
Tectondrio said on March 11, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.

Upon seeing the news, words alone cannot begin to describe the shock and sadness I feel for everyone out there in Japan at this time. I even have a friend out there as I speak. My thoughts and prayers go out to Japan.

#20
PND said on March 11, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.

#12 & #18: Seriously, now is the not the time. Go to hell.

On topic, I have read reports that the earthquake and tsunami also devastated a nuclear power plant near Fukushima in its wake. Thankfully officials said that there are no radiation leaks at present time. Petrochemical plants in Sendai and an oil refinery Ichihara City have also been hit. The possible ecological ramifications of this disaster could be huge, my heart and prayers go out to everyone in Japan. If I hear of any ways that we can help, via charities such as the Red Cross, I'll see if I can post a link here for anyone interested.

#21
Johnry said on March 11, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.

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#22
DemonDethchase said on March 11, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.

I saw Iron Maiden flew into Japan as it was happening for a 2 night show at the Super Arena in Tokyo during the weekend. Although Saturday night is canceled I hope the Japanese fans will get a chance to see their idols on the Sunday night should everything go down alright and the safety assessment comes out okay as trying to get back to normal everyday where possible as fast as possible is probably the best to go about this, and what better way to forget your worries for a few hours than going to see a band preform live and we all know Maiden will put on a good stage show for them and raise some Japanese spirit.

And I hope as zUkUu says it turns out not be as bad as it looks at first glance and everyone can pull together and see this through and I feel from Maiden's When The Wild Blows best sums it up

Say a prayer when it's all over
Survivors unite all as one
Got to try and help each other
Got the will to overcome

So yea I think they should come out alright, it will take time but they'll make it.

Sorry if it seemed I was rambling...... ^^"

#23
Osbjorn said on March 11, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.

I live in Canada on the west coast and apparently we have been hit by this tsunami but not as bad as japan. I feel very sorry for japan at this time.

#24
Catalyst said on March 11, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.

Every person who's had a comment removed has had their account flagged. One more violation, and you're getting a permanent ban.

Please show some sensitivity and thought to the situation, and if you're incapable of doing that — don't comment.

#25
Stay_Free said on March 11, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.

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#26
Catalyst said on March 11, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.

@Assy02

It's completely uncalled for to make snide remarks when hundreds of people have lost their lives, hundreds more are missing and a down right terrible situation has taken place. It shouldn't be a problem to show a little decency and respect given the circumstances, but if you're incapable of that, you're not welcome on this website.

#27
Virtua_Kazama said on March 11, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.

Stuff like this makes me wanna cry. I've had fond memories of my visit to Japan. My prayers go out to them and the people of Japan.

Love, Kazama Hadou.

#28
Virtua_Kazama said on March 11, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.

I also forgot, thank you Catalyst for putting this up on the website.

#29
kirbykirbykirby said on March 11, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.

Very sad news =(

#30
Quezacoatl said on March 11, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.

I'll be in Chiba (Tokyo, where that big explosion took place) in about 2 weeks...

#31
MetroidG said on March 11, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.

The accounts that were banned are probably just one or to people with multiple accounts. Why do people tend to be silly in serious situations. hope for the future is lost with people like these. My prayers goes out to japan and every land hit by the disaster.

#32
gammabolt17 said on March 11, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.

Wow...my condolences and prayers go out to Japan...that's scary, even for people who survived it...

#33
TeamEHRGEIZ said on March 11, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.

I saw this last night on breaking news at around 11 or so. From the sky cam, it was CRAZY seeing the water consuming so much of the farmland and housing near the coast at such a fast rate. It was also scary watching the people in their cars who you could SEE trying to get away, but some of them were overtaken by the water.

The things nature is capable of is scary, indeed. I'm reading Ecology of Fear for one of my courses this semester, and it really makes you wonder about the future of some places. The people of Japan have my prayers.

#34
DarthWaddleDoo said on March 11, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.

If there was an earthquake in America, there wouldn't be a story on here. Weeaboos. I hate you. All of you. I HATE YOU!

#35
TeamEHRGEIZ said on March 11, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.

@37

If we had an earthquake in America that was as BIG as this one AND had a devastating tsunami that followed which destroyed acres upon acres of property and killed thousands of people, we would hear about it EVERYWHERE.

#36
Catalyst said on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.

@DarthWaddleDoo

Read what TeamEHRGEIZ said.

#37
TeamEHRGEIZ said on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.

@37

Also, you're just BEGGING to have your account banned, aren't you?

I'm sure when the World Trade Centers were destroyed, just about EVERYONE in the entire world knew about it. If you can't express any kind of sympathy, then just leave it alone.

#38
robococky said on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.

All my thoughts go to Japan. 8.9 on the scale, this is huge.

#39
Weaponx said on March 11, 2011 at 11:46 a.m.

Our Producers live out in Japan, my thoughts and prayers go out to families and friends for them..

#40
Hakansoilbarrel said on March 11, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.

(That sucks! Stay strong country from another continent!)

#41
JanTheMan said on March 11, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.

Nature is so mean >=(
Get well soon Japan.

#42
EDGEucator said on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.

Depressing news.
Glad we are sending U.S. troops to help out over there.

#43
Arrancar said on March 11, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.

I wouldn't mind helping out by cough up some dough, but I wish I could go over there to help out also. I hope Japan gets back on its feet real fast.

#44
J_Hausss said on March 11, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.

i think that the zero glitch is cool

#45
jim784m said on March 11, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

My best wishes to those affected!

#46
MALDA said on March 11, 2011 at 12:48 p.m.

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#47
tktktk43 said on March 11, 2011 at 12:58 p.m.

Damn that is a major earthquake. Hope everything can recover; and quick. Earthquakes, are usually hard to detect so it's the worst form of natural disaster. My heart goes out to Japan.

#48
DudeMeister said on March 11, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.

oke oke people, don't get all butthurt about my comment, geez(it's not as if i said it to a japanese person). yeah, i can imagine how terrible the situation might be. not that mourning over it in the comments ever helped anything. i just always say what's on my mind and take things like a man, sorry... :(

@19 Grimmjow316
you can argue about this site not being the place for comments such as mine, but fact is this isn't the site for this kind of news either. i admit it was a bit ahole-ish of me to say the least, even though it surprises me how the whiners and crybaby's of this site suddenly get all serious when i, of all people, make a lighthearted joke. i'll just leave it at that.

again, with apologies to those who think i should go to hell.
malda, i don't quite understand your comment and if it was directed towards me(cause of the Dm acronym), but if so, i also apologize to you.

#49
crispylinks77 said on March 11, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.

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#50
akatruthteller said on March 11, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.

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#51
CHMOD said on March 11, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.

@ 52

This news is here because a lot of us, like me, have family and friends in Japan, not to mention a major part of our fighting game family and community is in Japan. Your comment on wishing the Tsunami would hit Capcom is highly uncalled for, I have friends that work there. If you don't like the price of the costumes then DON'T BUY THEM, but this story isn't the place to voice this. Please don't get me wrong I'm not mad at you but the last thing I want is anyone wishing for more buildings to get hit.

Please be safe everyone!

#52
akatruthteller said on March 11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

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#53
dmgoodr said on March 11, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.

Thanks for this post. I have family in Japan. @ 55, I know 52 made an ignorant statement but calm it down with the N word bro. Ignorance begets ignorance dude.

#54
xShonuffx said on March 11, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.

I hope everything goes well. It's all over the news. This is sad stuff. Especially hope our fellow fighting game pros and friends in Japan are alive and safe.

For those who are not affected by the disaster I hope you take the time to be thankful for where you are and what you have. My heart and prayers go to the familis in Japan.

#55
chrisagent75 said on March 11, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.

My prayers and thoughts are with our friends, family and our people in Japan.
To everyone: You can find information on Americans that are
living in Japan by calling
1-888-407-4747
Thank you for caring.

#56
crispylinks77 said on March 11, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.

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#57
FlawlessMatador said on March 11, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.

@crispylinks77

Then you shouldn't need to prove to the internet you don't care. You can do that by not posting at all.

#58
Von_Kunlun_BOOF said on March 11, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.

@59

"At least I'm not like most of the people here who need attention by posting on a GAMING site about how much they want Japan to recover."

Yes, because we're really short of insensitive @ssholes on the Internet. When someone puts a caring and wishful comment hoping that people are safe, some dickhead has to come riding in being a jerk to the people who are giving their thoughts and feelings.

#59
Paine said on March 11, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.

I was watching this occur live. It was terrible to practically see life die in front of you. This is a tragic event. What isn't as bad, but still terrible, is that the economy of Japan has reduced more than 60% then it's peak of the early 21st century and the amount of money it is going to take to restore the country. Did anyone see how much damage that did? It is borderline absurd. Nuclear plants had to be shut down which is a multi million dollar operation on its own, let alone all the other pieces of damage that came along with it. Completely devstating.

#60
Lavama said on March 11, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.

Japan's in trouble indeed. Economy's shot, a good amount dead, and one of my closest friends families live there, and her friends aren't accounted for.

I'd love to help Japan get through this...

#61
SpinningBirdKick said on March 11, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

For those wanting to help; you can donate to help relief efforts at http://www.redcross.org/

#62
juanrock said on March 11, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.

stand strong japan, im from chile so i know how that is, you guys ar as prepared for something like that as we are and i know you guys will recover from this in no time.

#63
dmgoodr said on March 11, 2011 at 5:59 p.m.

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#64
genesiskhan said on March 11, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.

hope all goes well in efforts to recover all that was lost my prayers and thoughts out to those that lost so much

#65
BK said on March 11, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.

wow. this week is ending off real bad for everybody. i missed a job interview on wednesday cuz i ended up in the hospital only to find out that my appendix had to be removed. when i finally woke up from the surgery and turned on the t.v. and saw this, i was shocked to see all this damage thats goin on.

much love for japan, hawaii, and those states that were caught up in the tsunami. pray for nothing but the best everyone.

#66
dmgoodr said on March 11, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.

@ 59

Gotta apologize to you. I just realized you were calling 55 and idiot and not me. Still don't agree with what you said, but I retract the harshness of my post.

#67
monkeydhugo said on March 11, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.

much love to Japan.

#68
andyknigth said on March 11, 2011 at 8:47 p.m.

My prayers go to all our brothers in japan, isn't this a way to show that the fighting game community are closer than, just the game, if it is about contributing to help, then getting in contact with the community down there, to extend the help. I mean all fighting game community around the world. Just an idea!

#69
MANDINGO said on March 11, 2011 at 9:18 p.m.

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#70
RandomJohn said on March 11, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.

Watching the footage on CNN and other news stations when tons of water flow across the streets of Japan was something else. It's almost like looking down on your floors when you accidently overflow the sink. Anyway, this disaster is a lot worst than the Haiti quake if you guys think about it. When Haiti had their quake, it does not affect the rest of the world since Haiti is just a country. However, when something like this happens to a commerce country like Japan, well, lets just say the stock market is going to drop. Look what happened to the stock market when North and South Korea had their little feud. When stocks drop, prices go up.

#71
sojiki said on March 11, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

man that sucks how random earthquakes are terrible its like playing against a bad player who spams srk. During all mind games. Hearts out to japan hope every thing gets better over there and fast.

#72
MANDINGO said on March 12, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.

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#73
MANDINGO said on March 12, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.

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#74
MANDINGO said on March 12, 2011 at 12:45 a.m.

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#75
ultrapowerlevel said on March 12, 2011 at 5:35 a.m.

Hey everyone lets all help out the as much as we can the above link. Lets to this. We won't sit back as humanity suffers. Not joking here. We must help our friends.

#76
CHMOD said on March 12, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.

Just want to say thank you moderators for staying active on this thread and removing harsh comments.

#77
Salarian said on March 13, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.

Just to let everyone know I am stationed in Misawa Japan, and we got hit hard here but not as hard as Sendai did. The Tsunami literally stopped about 2 miles from my house. So far the power has com back on here but they are planning on shutting it off again so they can fix certain lines. Anyways, we are doing fine where I am at.

#78
PhinnyCupcakes said on March 13, 2011 at 7:34 p.m.

pretty sure everyone knows about this event. I don't want it shoved in my face everywhere I go. Could you please just stick to news for the games?

#79
VanCityPlayboy said on March 14, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.

#58 well said

About the 2 reminging Super Street Fighter 4 Characters it will be a little while longer till they are revealed

#80


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