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#1 Posted by Agent47 (1894 posts) -

There was that mayor earthquake in Haiti, and now Japan has gotten a tsunami, earthquake, and the nuclear reactors going off around the island.I was just watching some raw footage of it all, and now I am pretty depressed.Why all the sudden strikes of large scale disasters?(pardon my grammer I am rushing and spellcheck isn't on the spanish version of Firefox) These things are common but lately they have getting more mayor.
As I breeze through topics on GB's site it got me thinking of all the little things.How Japan is suffering so much yet I see all this talk about Nintendo and What PSP game should I get for $5?Which is not bad cause I don't want to feel like shit like I am now.I see all this suffering and got me wondering will I join them soon?
 
I live and south Florida and most of you guys probably don't care or aren't worried cause you live in Eurpoe and are surrounded by other countries and borders.I live next to a body of ocean!? So what is the possibility that it could happen to Florida?Pretty high I say, but if anybody knows anything about a possible tsunami in Florida please tell me.I fear not for myself but for my family's sake.I just want to tell them that we should move to South America and live in peace.(mostly)I was joking thinking about rushing to my roof with my games and dog intact, thinking I much rather die then suffer.
 
Maybe I am over reacting...but that's what everyone says until it happens.Like when they said someone should add more security measures to the Twin towers incase of a terrorist attack, if only people listened.
Sorry for strechting this out.I just I like coming to GB to watch gameplay vids, relax from school, think about games that relive me of worries, laugh at the GB's crew's antics...but as I watch all this it brings the harsh realities of life, and escepcially that of ours being so insignificant.That from the stars we appear as mere dwarves to the rest of the ever lasting...ever expanding galaxy.

#2 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I grew up in Florida, and  this never worried me. You really can't compare Florida to Japan, seeing how one is an Island and has had several earthquakes in the past.

#3 Posted by rt44tbtb4 (117 posts) -

There are PSP games for $5??!

#4 Posted by HisDudeness (251 posts) -
@Agent47 said:
" I just I like coming to GB to watch gameplay vids, relax from school, think about games that relive me of worries, laugh at the GB's crew's antics...but as I watch all this it brings the harsh realities of life, and escepcially that of ours being so insignificant.That from the stars we appear as mere dwarves to the rest of the ever lasting...ever expanding galaxy. "
That's inspired. You should come to Buenos Aires, they say it's best city in the world for living in, if you talk about natural disasters n' shit.
#5 Posted by Dtat (1623 posts) -

I live in California. Could an earthquake hit and destroy my home? sure. Do I worry about it? Sometimes.  
 
Don't dwell on things you have no control over.

#6 Edited by Agent47 (1894 posts) -
@HisDudeness: Yeah I am from Puerto Rico but South America seems more safe.Plus I would be right at home.Buenos Aires sounds like the perfect name too.
#7 Posted by sorawesome (72 posts) -

the reason for the increase in natural disasters is because of planet nibiru.

#8 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -
@Agent47: I'm trying to find the right words to emphasis the insanity that's involved with abandoning the coastline because something bad might happen at some point. I'm pretty sure air pollution, obesity, and smoking are all probably much more deadly than terrible natural disasters. 
#9 Edited by Agent47 (1894 posts) -
@Dtat: Earthquake in Florida?Don't be silly. Besides that California I just been known to have minor ones from time to time, similar to Japan except come to found out Japan is lying on a basicly unawakened volcanic reaction of seismic activity.So this was bound to happen at one point in history, don't know about Cali though.
 It is not that I am worried it is just my family means a lot to me and I would hate to have something happen to them.Don't care if I myself perish as long as they are safe.Also not so much I am thinking about it but just the possiblity of something like that happening, and did you see that footage from Japan!?Thanks for making me feel like shit NBC.I saw some on the news and in school but it is 1:41AM over here and they showed this midnight raw footage thing.Damn did it get me.
#10 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1171 posts) -

The only thing we have to worry about in Florida is hurricanes, tornadoes, and elderly racists. We're very well versed in these so you really shouldn't worry about a major disaster. You have a better chance of a stroke or heart attack or something.

#11 Posted by Dtat (1623 posts) -
@Agent47: I live on the San Andreas fault. A quake like that is bound to happen again someday. Heard of the San Fransisco Quake? It was a lot like the Japan one. And as we all know, earthquakes cause tsunamis. It's scary stuff, but my point is: it's just not worth worrying over. 
#12 Posted by Bismarck (430 posts) -

From what I san see Florida isn't in a fault like Calli with San Andreas. People in Europe also go crazy, from what i heard last on the news in Switzerland had some signs from the radiation from Japan, as well as Iceland. So yeah i think you are a little bit over reacting. My country is divided in 5 faults(that cause earthquakes) and people dont really care.

#13 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5808 posts) -

You should be worried about hurricanes, not tsunamis.

#14 Posted by gamb1t (964 posts) -
@Agent47 said:
" There was that mayor earthquake in Haiti, and now Japan has gotten a tsunami, earthquake, and the nuclear reactors going off around the island.I was just watching some raw footage of it all, and now I am pretty depressed.Why all the sudden strikes of large scale disasters?(pardon my grammer I am rushing and spellcheck isn't on the spanish version of Firefox) These things are common but lately they have getting more mayor.As I breeze through topics on GB's site it got me thinking of all the little things.How Japan is suffering so much yet I see all this talk about Nintendo and What PSP game should I get for $5?Which is not bad cause I don't want to feel like shit like I am now.I see all this suffering and got me wondering will I join them soon?  I live and south Florida and most of you guys probably don't care or aren't worried cause you live in Eurpoe and are surrounded by other countries and borders.I live next to a body of ocean!? So what is the possibility that it could happen to Florida?Pretty high I say, but if anybody knows anything about a possible tsunami in Florida please tell me.I fear not for myself but for my family's sake.I just want to tell them that we should move to South America and live in peace.(mostly)I was joking thinking about rushing to my roof with my games and dog intact, thinking I much rather die then suffer.  Maybe I am over reacting...but that's what everyone says until it happens.Like when they said someone should add more security measures to the Twin towers incase of a terrorist attack, if only people listened. Sorry for strechting this out.I just I like coming to GB to watch gameplay vids, relax from school, think about games that relive me of worries, laugh at the GB's crew's antics...but as I watch all this it brings the harsh realities of life, and escepcially that of ours being so insignificant.That from the stars we appear as mere dwarves to the rest of the ever lasting...ever expanding galaxy. "
i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
#15 Posted by Vodun (2370 posts) -
@Agent47: Stop watching the news. They pick up every terrible thing in the world and show it over and over again. If you watch the news you'll get the idea that nothing but major disasters occur. Since "nothing happened today" doesn't make for good viewing they don't show that, this means you have unabated badness coming out of your TV, when in fact for the vast majority of people for the vast majority of the time "nothing happened today" will be the truth.
#16 Edited by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -
@gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked.
#17 Posted by gamb1t (964 posts) -
@Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked. "
thats cause i write as i would talk socially. cause i have a social life rather then one just on da interNETs. axhole. see what i did thAR?!?!
#18 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Damn it,now im depressed -.-

#19 Posted by gakon (1946 posts) -

It's my understanding that 2010, despite being a year where the press were talking about a new earthquake every week, was actually pretty normal in terms of seismic activity. I forget where that data comes from though.

#20 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -
@gamb1t said:
" @Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked. "
thats cause i write as i would talk socially. cause i have a social life rather then one just on da interNETs. axhole. see what i did thAR?!?! "
You type like an idiot because you have a social life. That makes a lot of sense.
#21 Posted by Commisar123 (1790 posts) -

don't worry bout it

#22 Posted by Beaudacious (927 posts) -

There are about 20,000 Earth quakes a year, about 2000+ of those are above 5.0 magnitude. Also about a week or two before the 8.9 in japan there was a 7.2 earthquake which was the trigger for the 8.9. As well following the major earthquake there have been several after shock ranging in the 6's and 7's. Some geologist worry that this earthquake might also only be a trigger for another even larger earthquake.

California being close to the San andreas fault is in prime earthquake territory. The major issue there is that the san andreas fault according to geological records is over due for a massive earthquake by about 2500 years, which is referred to as the big one i believe. Although you must understand that earthquake research isn't an accurate science as scientist have failed time and again to accurately predict earthquakes, but are fairly accurately able to predict locations( within 100's of meters) and possible strength.

I don't believe Folrida is in any danger of earthquakes or tsunamis caused by earthquakes. The main danger i believe is intense storms/hurricanes.

Natural disasters are fairly common around the world, its just that japan is a very modern country so this disaster has been  endlessly documented. The Tohuku Earthquake/natural disaster has been the most documented earthquake and tsunami to date in world history .

Just don't watch the regular news for pertinent information regarding any natural disasters, if your interested look up information regarding the issue from scientific groups.

#23 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

In a long enough timeline everybody dies. 

#24 Posted by Bigrhyno (505 posts) -

In Florida you should be worried about hurricanes, rather than tsunamis or earthquakes. But really you shouldn't worry about anything at all. You will know days in advance if a major hurricane is headed your way and will have plenty of time to evacuate if it really worries you.

#25 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -

Don't fear the reaper.

#26 Posted by CastroCasper (1300 posts) -

If you pay very close attention, you will notice that these major events happen all the time. It is usually in a country that doesn't get nearly as much press due to its impact on the rest of the world. If you think about it, Japan has such a large impact on America and the rest of the world, that when something like this happens, hundreds of industries are affected. That is why you are noticing more news on Japan than you would Chile.  
 
The world is acting like a world, it's not new. We could put up 20 foot storm walls and get killed by a lightning storm, hindsight is always 20/20. 

#27 Edited by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -
@Axxol said:

" @gamb1t said:

" @Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked. "
thats cause i write as i would talk socially. cause i have a social life rather then one just on da interNETs. axhole. see what i did thAR?!?! "
You type like an idiot because you have a social life. That makes a lot of sense. "
Cool kidz type liek dis cause dey dont got no time fro spellcheck yo! Deis 2 busy getting BJs frum supermodels. Haterz gonna h8!
#28 Edited by JapanMan (23 posts) -

I was searching around for a suitable place to post a link to an article about how to play Japanese Language Games, when I found this post about the Japanese disaster. 
 
 As someone who is currently living in Japan, I have to say that the devastation along the coast in Fukushima and Sendai has been devastating.  As well, it has had a major ripple affect through the country, but one thing I tell everyone, just be more concerned about the people who were directly affected by the natural disaster.  In other words, those who were hit by the tsunami.  
 
The whole mumbo jumbo about the power plant causing the next chernobyl is bs right now.  It's just something that's gotten so pulled out of context by the media.  As well, Vodum has the right idea: Stop watching the news.  

#29 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3482 posts) -
@gamb1t said:
" @Agent47 said:
" There was that mayor earthquake in Haiti, and now Japan has gotten a tsunami, earthquake, and the nuclear reactors going off around the island.I was just watching some raw footage of it all, and now I am pretty depressed.Why all the sudden strikes of large scale disasters?(pardon my grammer I am rushing and spellcheck isn't on the spanish version of Firefox) These things are common but lately they have getting more mayor.As I breeze through topics on GB's site it got me thinking of all the little things.How Japan is suffering so much yet I see all this talk about Nintendo and What PSP game should I get for $5?Which is not bad cause I don't want to feel like shit like I am now.I see all this suffering and got me wondering will I join them soon?  I live and south Florida and most of you guys probably don't care or aren't worried cause you live in Eurpoe and are surrounded by other countries and borders.I live next to a body of ocean!? So what is the possibility that it could happen to Florida?Pretty high I say, but if anybody knows anything about a possible tsunami in Florida please tell me.I fear not for myself but for my family's sake.I just want to tell them that we should move to South America and live in peace.(mostly)I was joking thinking about rushing to my roof with my games and dog intact, thinking I much rather die then suffer.  Maybe I am over reacting...but that's what everyone says until it happens.Like when they said someone should add more security measures to the Twin towers incase of a terrorist attack, if only people listened. Sorry for strechting this out.I just I like coming to GB to watch gameplay vids, relax from school, think about games that relive me of worries, laugh at the GB's crew's antics...but as I watch all this it brings the harsh realities of life, and escepcially that of ours being so insignificant.That from the stars we appear as mere dwarves to the rest of the ever lasting...ever expanding galaxy. "
i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "
It's you're, idiot. Also, if that's how you speak in real life then you're in a bit of trouble, my gregarious buddy.
#30 Posted by Wolverine (4280 posts) -
@Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:
" @Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked. "
thats cause i write as i would talk socially. cause i have a social life rather then one just on da interNETs. axhole. see what i did thAR?!?! "
You type like an idiot because you have a social life. That makes a lot of sense. "
You didn't know one of the requirements of having a social life is having horrific grammar? People who use proper English while typing are such losers. :-(
#31 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@Agent47 said:
" There was that mayor earthquake in Haiti, and now Japan has gotten a tsunami, earthquake, and the nuclear reactors going off around the island.I was just watching some raw footage of it all, and now I am pretty depressed.Why all the sudden strikes of large scale disasters?(pardon my grammer I am rushing and spellcheck isn't on the spanish version of Firefox) These things are common but lately they have getting more mayor.As I breeze through topics on GB's site it got me thinking of all the little things.How Japan is suffering so much yet I see all this talk about Nintendo and What PSP game should I get for $5?Which is not bad cause I don't want to feel like shit like I am now.I see all this suffering and got me wondering will I join them soon?  I live and south Florida and most of you guys probably don't care or aren't worried cause you live in Eurpoe and are surrounded by other countries and borders.I live next to a body of ocean!? So what is the possibility that it could happen to Florida?Pretty high I say, but if anybody knows anything about a possible tsunami in Florida please tell me.I fear not for myself but for my family's sake.I just want to tell them that we should move to South America and live in peace.(mostly)I was joking thinking about rushing to my roof with my games and dog intact, thinking I much rather die then suffer.  Maybe I am over reacting...but that's what everyone says until it happens.Like when they said someone should add more security measures to the Twin towers incase of a terrorist attack, if only people listened. Sorry for strechting this out.I just I like coming to GB to watch gameplay vids, relax from school, think about games that relive me of worries, laugh at the GB's crew's antics...but as I watch all this it brings the harsh realities of life, and escepcially that of ours being so insignificant.That from the stars we appear as mere dwarves to the rest of the ever lasting...ever expanding galaxy. "
I wouldn't worry to much about it. I will say that if there was a mayor earthquake where I live, I would vote for him.
#32 Posted by MonetaryDread (1995 posts) -

There aren't more natural disasters than usual. What you see is just a product of the globalization of the planet. People have overcrowded the planet, forcing civilizations to move into less stable territories. Combined with the fact that more people have camcorders and internet access now to spread the information of these disasters, and you get what seems like more disasters every year. 
 
People have already mentioned this in the thread, but Florida isn't in much danger when it comes to Earthquakes. It is in severe danger for hurricanes though, combined with the fact that a large portion of land is actually below sea level and you have a place I wouldn't want to live in.
 
On a side note, you asked why people are talking about 3DS and $5 PSP titles when disaster has struck? Well that is an easy one. This is a video game website and the disaster was two weeks ago now. There are numerous threads about the disaster, and I am sure many of us have helped out wherever possible. My thought is though, since this sort of incident is a regular occurrence, why should all life still be stopped and focused on one disaster for so long? It is a tragedy, sure, but outside of quitting my job and spending my life savings to help clear rubble, what do you expect me to do? Sitting around talking on a gaming forum isn't going to do anything.  
 
Talk - Action = Nothing

#33 Posted by chrissedoff (2075 posts) -

i'm not aware of florida having a problem with earthquakes. worry about hurricanes, not tsunamis.

#34 Posted by darkdragonsoul99 (137 posts) -
@Agent47:  It's not all of a sudden this stuff has been happening sense mankind took to living on fault lines and on coast lines.  They have only gotten more major because there are more idiots living there. The more people the worse this stuff seems.  Yes this will happen to   Florida sooner or later  you get hit by hurricanes every year. You aren't going to get hit by a   earthquake but yes Florida  will get hit by a tsunami   at some point  you live on a coast after all earthquakes are not the only causes of tsunami.  The odds of it happening is 100% the only question is when. 
#35 Posted by chrissedoff (2075 posts) -
@darkdragonsoul99: seismic activity is the only cause of tsunamis barring a meteor or a nuclear bomb
#36 Posted by EveretteScott (1449 posts) -
@sorawesome said:
" the reason for the increase in natural disasters is because of planet nibiru. "
be joking, please.
#37 Posted by 1337W422102 (1005 posts) -
@Dtat said:
" I live in California. Could an earthquake hit and destroy my home? sure. Do I worry about it? Sometimes.   Don't dwell on things you have no control over. "
Wait, but you DO have control over that, to a certain extent.  If you're in a disaster-prone area, move away.  Know what I mean?
#38 Posted by natetodamax (19177 posts) -

You should be more worried about dying in your next car ride then having your family perish in a natural disaster.

#39 Posted by MattyFTM (14354 posts) -

Natural disasters like that have always been super common. It's just that advances in technology has made it easier for people to document and broadcast their experiences. Nothing has changed with regards to the frequency of these things.

Moderator
#40 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@Agent47:
You should try putting your feelings into action. Sounds like you want to. Help someone out with something.
#41 Posted by Lotus (204 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" Natural disasters like that have always been super common. It's just that advances in technology has made it easier for people to document and broadcast their experiences. Nothing has changed with regards to the frequency of these things. "
True lithosphere is always a bitch, also, damn you hot and cold air combinations.
#42 Posted by Time_Lord (714 posts) -

I live in Wellington In New Zealand were the threat of major earthquakes are something we have to live with I have been rasied all my life with people saying saying the major one is going to happen soon you just live with it and be prepared the best you can. As for Japan it sucks the intal earth quake did not do much damage as Japan is used to earthquakes much like NZ is was the tsuami and the nuclear accdient that has done the most.

#43 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@gamb1t said:
" @Axxol said:
" @gamb1t said:


i wrote something but in conclusion your just dumb. TSUNAMIS IN FLORIDA OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "

This made me laugh. You called him dumb, but your comment is all sorts of fucked. "
thats cause i write as i would talk socially. cause i have a social life rather then one just on da interNETs. axhole. see what i did thAR?!?! "
Playing Bingo at the Center for the Mentally Disabled in your pj's isn't a social life despite what your patents and therapist might have said.
#44 Posted by Swoxx (2988 posts) -

I'm Mayor Earthquake! 
 
on a more serious note: global warming

#45 Posted by Red12b (9081 posts) -

@Axxol  
 
Hey Axhol 
 
ahar hatr har hhaaaaarrrgggghhh 
exasperation! Vexation frustration fixation  
 
 
...emergence
#46 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@swoxx said:
" I'm Mayor Earthquake!  on a more serious note: global warming "
beat you to it.
#47 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -
Odds of Death for US residents
 
Heart disease - 1 in 5 
Cancer - 1 in 7 
Stroke - 1 in 23  
Accidental Injury - 1 in 36 
Motor Vehicle Accident - 1 in 100 
Suicide - 1 in 121 
Falling Down - 1 in 246 
Assault by Firearm - 1 in 325 
Fire or Smoke - 1 in 1,116 
Natural Forces (Combined) - 1 in 3,357 
Electrocution - 1 in 5,000 
Drowning - 1 in 8,942 
Air Crash - 1 in 20,000 
Flood - 1 in 30,000 
Legal Execution - 1 in 58,618 
Tornado - 1 in 60,000 
Lightening Strike - 1 in 83,930 
Snake, Bee or Venomous Bite - 1 in 100,000 
Earthquake 1 in 131,890 
Dog Attack - 1 in 147,717 
Asteroid Impact - 1 in 200,000-500,000 
Tsunami - 1 in 500,000 
   
http://www.livescience.com/3780-odds-dying.html    
 
See, you have a lot more shit to worry about than Tsunamis. 
#48 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -
@Buck_Sexington:  What's with the huge range on death by asteroid?
#49 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -
@Slaker117:  I imagine it's because there are lots of different ways you can die from an asteroid. You could be hit on the head by a tiny one where the odds would be amazingly high or the earth could be hit by a giant asteroid which wipes out all life where the odds are rather lower.
#50 Edited by PenguinDust (12455 posts) -


 This is a map of the world's tectonic plates.  Earthquakes usually happen when these plates rub against each other.  Japan is along the edge of the 4 different plates (North American, Pacific, Philippine, and Eurasian) so it gets a lot more earthquakes.  The closest plate to Florida is the Caribbean plate however it's not too active.  There have been earthquakes in Cuba but they've never been recorded over 6.9.   As you should know by now, a tsunami results from an underwater earthquake.  So, is there a chance of a tsunami hitting Florida?  Sure, but I wouldn't worry about it.   
 
I, too live in Florida and close to the shore.  I have first hand experience with hurricanes.  If you want to needlessly worry about something, you should start there.  The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  has forecasted 9 to 12 named storms, of which 5 to 7 will reach hurricane strength and 1 to 3 should become major hurricanes for 2011.  That's a pretty light season in comparison to 2004 or 2005.   
 
Additionally, to further fan your anxiety, you should know you're more likely to be struck dead by lightening in Florida than engulfed by a tsuami.    The Sunshine State leads the nation in lightning strikes, with a daily average of more than 3,500, and ranks first in lightning-related deaths.    Florida leads the nation in deaths caused by lightning.  The reasons for that are straightforward – Florida has both a high population and typically a large amount of lightning.  In Hillsborough County, 32 people were killed by lightning between 1959 and 2003 – a number matched only by Miami-Dade County.  
 
All you can do is have a emergency safty kit prepared and go on with your life accepting that from the moment you're born, you're a moment closer to your death.