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    Heda_Madness

    Jeff

    You may actually want to read the full questions that the jury had to answer

    . Defects in Hillsborough stadium: Were there any features of its design, construction and layout which were dangerous or defective and which probably or may have caused or contributed to the disaster?

    Jury's answer: Yes

    "The design and layout of the crush barriers in P 3 and 4 were not fully compliant with the green guide. "The removal of barrier 144 and the partial removal of barrier 136 would have exacerbated the waterfall effect of pressure towards the front of the pens. "The lack of dedicated turnstiles for individual pens meant that capacities could not be monitored. "There were too few turnstiles for a capacity crowd. "Signage to the side pens was inadequate".

    Licensing and oversight of the stadium: Was there any error or omission in the safety certification and oversight of Hillsborough Stadium that caused or contributed to the disaster?

    Jury's answer: Yes

    "The safety certificate was never amended to reflect changes to the Leppings Lane end of the stadium. Therefore capacity figures were not updated".

    Conduct of Sheffield Wednesday FC before the day of the match: Was there any error or omission by SWFC and its staff in the management of the stadium and/or preparation for the semi final match on 15 April 1989 which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation which developed on the day of the match? Jury's answer: Yes

    "The club did not approve the plans for dedicated turnstiles for each pen. "The club did not agree any contingency plans with the police. "There was inadequate signage and inadequate and misleading information on the tickets".

    However the blame, a large portion of the blame is at the conduct of South Yorkshire police for the way they not only handled the disaster but the way that senior officers began a cover up and one that continued until this week.

    Senior offices claimed that fans urinated on the police and stole from the dead. This was simply untrue and was designed to shift the blame. It's an utter disgrace and those still living deserve everything that's coming to them for the pain and suffering that they forced the families to endure.

    Posted in: Fans unlawfully killed in 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, jury concludes

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    Heda_Madness

    Jeff, it was a differentry time and a different world. All grounds had fences like that to stop 'fans' from running on the pitch and fighting the opposition fans. The unfortunate fact of Hillsborough was that the tunnel meant that when there was a push they all had no option but to go into the pens in front. The designers have come in for criticism but it was the police who have rightly come in for the most criticism. They only focused on preventing trouble. Whilst the fans and stewards were frantically pulling fans from the Leppings Lane end, while they were ripping up advertising hoardings to act as makeshift stretchers there was a line of police stood on the halfway line to prevent the Liverpool fans charging the Forest ones. There were individual police officers crying out for direction from those I'm charge and got none. They asked for a delay to kick off. They were refused. They asked to open the gates. They were refused and then, once the scale of the tragedy unfolded the senior offices began the lies. That Liverpool fans had stormed the gates, that they'd urinated on police offices, that they'd stolen from the dead.

    None of those were true but they all came from the police. The very people whose job it was to protect.

    Mistakes were made in the design, the planning of the day etc but the arrogance of Duckenfield and the subsequent cover up are the reasons why the police have come in for the most criticism and justifiably so.

    Posted in: Fans unlawfully killed in 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, jury concludes

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    Heda_Madness

    Twenty Seven years to get the answers that they and the vast majority of football fans were hoping for. The cover up started before some of the fans had even drawn their last breath with the police chief at the time claiming the Liverpool fans had forced the gate open. It was known to be a lie in 1989. It was covered in depth in David Conn's excellent book the football business in 1998 and it's nothing short of a national disgrace that it has taken this long to finally get the answers that we all knew.

    Posted in: Fans unlawfully killed in 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, jury concludes

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    Heda_Madness

    Strangerland,

    I'm seriously struggling with the concept that people shouldn't put things on Facebook because it's narcissistic. Granted, I do know one individual who used 3/11 to try and do a movie out of it but 99.9% of those people I know who have helped in Tohoku, continue to help there and have started to work in Kumamoto do it for all of the right reasons. And I can't like it fast enough.

    It seems to.me that some on here seem to think that 24 hour drives with little or no sleep. Raising money off their own backs. Giving up their own time. Becomes narcissistic as soon as you tell people on Facebook.

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    Heda_Madness

    There's absolutley nothing wrong with telling the world that you're doing it unless you are someone who is doing it purely for self serving publicity like the person who did a movie etc

    Lots of my friends are still involved in 311 activities. They still post about it. They still keep it in all of our memories. That's normal

    I don't know anyone who wouldn't be prepared and go to an area like this without sufficient supplies for themselves to not be a burden...there may be some? But no one I've come across.

    However there are gaps that need filling. Gaps where a couple with a boot full of fresh veg and water can make a massive difference. Conversely a week on, if you turn up with a boot full of diapers etc then they've probably got enough to get them over the hump.

    So as long as the volunteers are liaising with people on the ground - either formally registering or delivering to places and confirming their current needs then they should be applauded.

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    Heda_Madness

    That's 700 people that have registered. Doesn't include those thst have taken food/water off their own back.

    Narcissistic?? Wow..

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    Heda_Madness

    Shame... wish you'd been right because if they could predict by a couple of seconds they'd be a lot closer to predicting by 5 minutes. But at least those warnings are progress and helps us be prepared.

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    Heda_Madness

    No problems...tried to be blatant

    With regards to your comment on the phones. I thought that was based on censors once the earthquake had happened and that the waves had reached the censors and the mobile signals are sent, not because of a prediction

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    Heda_Madness

    Sorry Strangerland

    I was being flippant after disillusioned's comments. Plate tectonics is an incredibly new science - one that was only really confirmed around 60/70 years ago. Of course scientists are trying to predict earthquakes but there's so much to learn it's highly unlikely to happen in our lifetime

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    Heda_Madness

    Yeah its a shame that science isn't able to predict earthquakes isn't it. It would be really handy. Do you think anyone has ever thought about it?

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    Heda_Madness

    Just to put that National Geographic report into context. We drove through Rikuzentakata in April and May 2011. We drove past signs that said 'expected tsunami inundation area end'. These signs would have been positioned based on historical information, based on what the absolute worst case scenario would be. The devastation reached there and continued on for hundreds of metres more.

    If I remember rightly, the tsunami reached 4-5 km in land.

    So whilst a large tsunami had happened previously the one in March 2011 caught everyone by surprise because of the sheer size of it.

    Posted in: Cold rice balls, no flush toilets at quake-hit shelter

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    Heda_Madness

    Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was just one big magic wand that would allow everything to get back to normal. But sadly there isn’t.

    Natural disasters are incredibly hard for the victims, and there’s nothing that feels natural about them. But it’s not going to get solved overnight. It takes time to implement plans and even though there are parts of the SDF that spend their entire military career working on disaster relief these plans can not be rolled out immediately to ensure that everyone has everything.

    From these articles everybody has water. Everybody has some food. They are delivering the basic essentials in the immediate response. They will subsequently start delivering better food. Once the infrastructure has been repaired to a point that they can get deliveries in at the volume needed. It is not something that is ever going to happen overnight and the expectations should be managed. I remember the joy of people’s faces when we were dropping off carrots in May 2011 which had suddenly become a luxury item.

    With the exception of the car park which isn’t an emergency shelter (we all know that bureaucracy in Japan struggles with things which are outside of the norm) where there have been no supplies delivered, the government is delivering exactly what is expected. Enough to survive on.

    It’s easy to be frustrated from a far by the perceived lack of progress but I can guarantee that whichever country you’re from, your own government is not going to be flying in helicopter after helicopter to provide supplies when there is already the basic amount. The response to Katrina is a good example of that.

    Posted in: Cold rice balls, no flush toilets at quake-hit shelter

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    Heda_Madness

    For those of you who don't believe that the nuclear plants haven't been damaged and that theres a cover up. Can you explain why there's no increase of radiation in the area.

    Landslides? Yeah that would be a feat of nature for a landslide to travel the distance it would need to to hitthe nuclear power plants. But I know that JT contributors like to focus on the impossible.

    Yes, onagawa was built correctly..was.maintained correctly and survived a 9.1 quake totally unscathed. Apparently that's a fluke. Apparent you seem to believe the norm is an accident. Do you feel the same when you get in a plane? Or a car? Or cross the road? I just wonder where you draw the line on when something goes wrong that automatically becomes the norm and not the exception.

    Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

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    Heda_Madness

    Reckless

    I'm going to assume that you weren't in Japan in March 2011. Within 72 hours there were 200000 SDF troops on the ground as well as the American military whose immediate offer of help was accepted. The SDF were responsible for finding bodies, assisting in infrastructure repairs as well as managing the supply chain of supplies. Within that initial period of the disaster I don't see whst else could have been done.

    Criticize Kobe. Criticize the fact that people are still in shelters nut don't criticize the government of the time's initial response to a disaster that covered a coast line that was about the same size as the south coast of England.

    Posted in: Japan struggles to care for 100,000 evacuees after quake; 10,000 staying in cars

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    Heda_Madness

    I thought it was the JSDF and others working their butt off out there.

    I hadn't realised that the SDF was a stand alone independent organisation... and not related to the government...

    Criticise Abe and the government all you like but let's be realistic about what their roles are.

    Posted in: Japan struggles to care for 100,000 evacuees after quake; 10,000 staying in cars

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    Heda_Madness

    SimondB.. care to explain how sakurajima will cause a nuclear accident

    Smith....changed your tune from Saturday?

    But yes, let's turn off an energy supply now..despite there being no scientific risk...we will make it harder for people by reducing the power in the region.

    A magnitude 7+ and the reactors continued? Yes, exactly as they were supposed to.

    But none of that is relevant to you lot. Nuclear is bad . And that's all that matters and no logic nor scientific facts will change that... I mean Onagawa was just a fluke wasnt it? And it's just pure luck that this one had no damage.

    Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

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    Heda_Madness

    With that many people in shelters let's hope they've learned from Tohoku and provide sufficient counselors to deal with the mental health problems that will come.

    The death toll is high enough without having to worry about suicides over the weeks, months and years to come.

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    Heda_Madness

    It can get ridiculously windy in Saitama - I remember when the trains were stopped because of the wind and it took hours to get home.

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    Heda_Madness

    Check the link I posted 6.5 and 7.3 releases nearly 16 times the energy

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    Heda_Madness

    http://www.post.japanpost.jp/notification/productinformation/2016/041502en.html

    Keep following the news as the situation will change....

    This page as continual updates on the situation in English

    https://m.facebook.com/Kumamotoi/

    Food/water/ baby stuff/toothbrushes are in short supply now. In a couple of days it'll be condiments to make the food nicer and then it will be stuff to relieve boredom etc

    If you want to donate cash to help the people now (not in a months time) look at the smaller groups that are on the ground not your larger NPOs

    Posted in: Quake evacuees line up for rations

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