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Earthquake Blackout Points to Japan’s Fragility

“This was an extremely rare case,” said Akihiko Mayumi, the power company’s president, at a news conference. “We thought the risk of complete power failure was low.” By restarting more oil- and coal-powered plants, the company will probably be able to restore power to most households on Saturday, the government said. A Hokkaido Electric spokesman said it would be difficult to completely restore power until repairs were made at the damaged coal-fired plant—something that company officials earlier said could take a week. Still, some experts questioned whether the lengthy outage could have been prevented with better planning. Footage shows the damage caused by a strong earthquake that struck the island of Hokkaido on Thursday, with rescuers racing to find survivors, just days after the country was battered by its worst typhoon in 25 years. Photo: […]

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8 Comments on "Earthquake Blackout Points to Japan’s Fragility"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 6:52 pm 

    Japan has more to worry about than typhoons, earthquakes and huge debt. The effects of Fukushima are now becoming real.

    “In a First, Japan Says Fukushima Radiation Caused Worker’s Cancer Death”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/world/asia/japan-fukushima-radiation-cancer-death.html
    or:
    https://news.sky.com/story/fukushima-worker-dies-of-cancer-caused-by-radiation-seven-years-after-disaster-11491282
    or:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5770131/

    Another Imperial wannabee suffering the pains of collapse. Building a nuke plant under General Electric’s guidance, on a fault line, near the ocean, in an earthquake and typhoon prone country. LOL

  2. Outcast_Searcher on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 8:12 pm 

    Ah Mak. Too bad you generally post drivel. You might occasionally have a point. As it is, your credibility is near zero, with all the usual constant fast crashers, so there’s that.

  3. makati1 on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 8:29 pm 

    OS, too bad you cannot see reality when it hits you in the face. BLAM! LMAO

  4. DMyers on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 9:50 pm 

    There are numerous reasons for a crasher to anticipate the crash. A lot of complicated analyses of the opposing positions are necessary before pronouncing drivelization.

    According to Sartre, the moral measure of every human act is contained in the following question: “What if everyone did this?” That is the question Mak continues to ask. It is a discourse that already has standing.

  5. Bloomer on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 9:53 pm 

    Just in time inventory, aging infrastructure, huge debt loads and oil dependency it’s not just Japan that is vulnerable to black swan events. It’s the entire Western World.

  6. makati1 on Sun, 9th Sep 2018 6:00 am 

    Americans are stocking up on Chinese stuff at Walmart? “Three days after the US reported a record trade deficit with China, overnight Beijing confirmed this record print when the General Administration of Customs announced that China’s trade surplus with the U.S. hit another record monthly high in August, rising to $31.05 billion from $28.09 billion in July, and surpassing the previous record set in June as the world’s second-largest economy faced the threat of more tariffs from the Trump administration.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-08/chinas-trade-surplus-us-hits-record-high-worst-possible-time

    Looks like the panic before a hurricane or blizzard. Stocking up on those necessities before they disappear or become too expensive. Slip slidin’… LMAO

  7. twocats on Sun, 9th Sep 2018 7:50 am 

    exactly bloomer – how often have we heard the words “extremely rare case” or “unprecedented” 100 year, 500 year, 1,000 year. We are extrapolating events on multi-hundred year scales when we have barely decades worth of (good) data. We are trying to evaluate the vulnerability of a global infrastructure that has never existed before – 1st generation items that are too expensive to replace anyway.

    Its like asking how long the pyramids will last. 5,000 more years? 10,000 more? we’re dealing with things we simply don’t understand.

  8. onlooker on Sun, 9th Sep 2018 10:27 am 

    Bloomer good points but it is not even black swan events it is the approaching quite foreseen, quite apprehensible discontinuities related to our huge population stressing the planet and its resources and the chaotic, unequal and unjust economic/political system that is now wholly unresponsive(unable to respond) to the vulnerable situation of humanity and its dependence upon a degrading depleting Earth. Nothing should be surprising about all that.
    Black swan event definition is = The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.

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