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Scary Quake

2016年1月8日

 

Scary Quake

 


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Subject:

Are you alright

after the big quake last night?


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From: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Wed., Dec. 30, 2015 7:57 PM

To: diane705@yahoo.ca

Hello Diane,

We had a terrible quake last night, didn’t we?

I was reading a book titled “Primate’s memoir” written by Robert M. Sapolsky.

I really enjoyed reading it immensely while listening to the AM1130 news program.

Then suddenly at about 11:50 PM, a big quake shook the whole building.


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I thought, “Oh my Gosh, that giant maginitude-9 earthquake finally hits Vancouver

and we all Vancouverites die at this moment!”

To my relief, however, the quake wasn’t as big as I expected.
Anyway, your God as well as my God seem to have saved all the Vancouverites.

Hallelujah!

I kinda expected another much bigger quake, but fortunately it didn’t take place with a big bang.

Then the female annouuncer of the AM1130 screamed:


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“Folks, there are so many calls to 911, almost jamming the phone line.

Please call 911 only in emergency.”

I gathered that so many Vancouverites felt the big jolt, thinking as I did—the mega earthquake has hit Vancouver eventually!
So they called 911.

This morning, when I stepped out of my suite to walk to the library, I came across one of my neighbours.
Nancy is a woman like an Amazoness in her late forties.


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I thought she would be the last and sole survivor because she appeared to be a strong-willed, strong-limbed, powerfully-built woman with big boobs.

However, she seemed utterly terrified with the last night’s quake.


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“Kato, did you feel the giant quake, last night?” she cried.

“I thought I was going to die!

That’s the biggest quake I’ve ever experienced in my whole life.”

Suddenly your image appeared to the back of my mind.

Even Amazoness-like Nancy got shocked to death.

So, Diane, you might as well have been thrilled to death.

Now I’m really asking you.

“Are you alright after the big quake last night?”

Ten minutes after the quake, the female announcer told the audience that the epicenter was somewhere 23 kilomenters north of Victoria.
Its magnitude was 4.8.

Mind you, I was expecting a magnitude-9 quake.

Compared to magnitude 9, 4.8-quake is such a tiny quake that most of the Japanese would ignore it.


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MegaQuake Could Hit North America


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Anyway, I was really worried about you, Diane, because you’re not accustomed to big quakes.

You might have got a heart attack.

Just kidding….

In any case, enjot the holiday season and have fun.

…see you soon.


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Your smiling Bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love as always


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Kato, you’re preoccupied with a mega-quake.


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You think so, don’t you?

Yes, most definitely.

I think the one that shook Vancouver on December 29 is a harbinger of the coming mega quake.

You gotta be kidding.

Well… many Vancouverites think as I do.

How do you know?

Diane, have you read the metro news papers lately?

Yes, I have.

Then you’ve probably read the following news.


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“Actual Page”

You see, Diane… On December 29, the Lower Mainland was rattled by a 4.7-magnitude earthquake. And now many Vancouverites are buying emergency kits before the big one will hit.

I don’t believe it.

But, Diane, that’s what the above article says… Many Vancouverites are getting ready for the big one.  Diane, are you aware that we had several quakes in the past?

No, not really.  As a matter of fact, I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver—except for the one on December 29.

So, the last one might be a harbinger of the mega quake.

Tell me, Kato, if there were any recorded quakes in and around Vancouver.

Yes, there were quite a few.

You must be kidding!

Well…, if you don’t believe it, look at the following chart.


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The mark on the left means a big quake that happened in ths past.

Wow! …  So, in 1909 there was a big one in Vancouver, wasn’t it?

You’re telling me, Diane… Another big one is coming.

You mean, a giant quake like the one that took place in 1700?

That’s right.

No kidding!  How do you know?

Well … I’ve watched the following DVD.


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DVD Description

Uses earthquake survivors’ account and interviews with experts to uncover the significant earthquake dangers that are unique to Cascadia, the region that surrounds the Cascade mountain range, extending from southern British Columbia to northern California.

Discusses the effects of previous earthquakes in the region, including the 1964 Alaska earthquake and the 2001 Nisqually Quake.

 

Kato’s Comment – Aug. 15, 2012

If you live in the northwest of America—that is, Cascadia, you should be prepared for a giant earthquake.
Since 10,000 years ago, 18 earthquakes of magnitude 9 and over (equal to the East Japan Great Earthquake that devastated Fukushima and its surrounding areas in Japan on March 11, 2011) have caused catastrophic damages on the coasts of Cascadia.

Seemingly, a super-quake occurs approximately every 500 years.
The last super-quake attacked Cascadia on January 19, 1700.

So, a super-quake might take place along the Cascadia subduction zone any time because 312 years has already passed since the last super-quake.
Mind you, a 500-years cycle is an approximation.

If you’re in doubt, watch the DVD for yourself.


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Tōhoku Earthquake 2011

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But, Kato, how do you know that the super quake occurred in 1700?

A certain geologist dug up the old layers of the earth near Vancouver and found out the trace of giant tsunamis that had taken place 18 times since 10,000 years ago.

Amazing!

Besides, the 1700 mega-quake was recorded in the Japanese chronicle.


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Why on earth in the Japanese chronicle?

Well …, the super quake in 1700 created the super tsunami, which hit the pacific coast of Japan.


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The Japanese people at the time were totally puzzled because they didn’t felt any quake at all.

So scientists found out recently that the 1700 super quake caused the super tsunami that devastated the pacific region of Japan, didn’t they?

You’re telling me, Diane.

But I can hardly believe that a big one is coming to Vancouver.

Well…, I searched for the video clip on the Net so that you could understand the imminent danger caused by a super-quake.

Did you get it, Kato?

Yes, I did.  Here it is.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

M9 Earthquake Imminent

(Documentary)

Amazing! … Unbelievable!

Seeing is believing, isn’t it?

I wish I hadn’t seen it.

Diane, a super quake is coming to Vancouver for sure.

I hope not.

Vancouver Earthquake

You must face the reality, though nobody can tell exactly when a big one will come.

If a mega quake occurs every 500 years, then we still have many more years before the estimated mega quake hit Vancouver.

Diane, the 500-year cycle is an approximation.  A super quake may occur tomorrow.  Nobody knows for sure, but the big one will certainly come in the future.

I hope, a super quake won’t hit Vancouver in my lifetime.

But you see, Diane, we had an amazingly sizeable quake on December 29… So the big one might come in the near future.  That’s a possibility, isn’t it?


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So the top of Vancoure revolving restaurant might disappear in the case of a mega quake… That’s why you went up there with Mayumi the other day and enjoyed dinner with her, isn’t it?


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The Vancouver Lookout


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You’re telling me, Diane.  You cannot visit the World Trade Center in New York any more, can you?

So, Kato, you enjoyed the Vancouver view from the top of Vancouver before a meg quake hits Vancouver.  Is that it?

Yes, you’re right on… In any case, Diane, why don’t you get ready for the big one?

You know what, Kato, if a mega quake hits Vancouver, what can I do anyway?

You need an emergency kit to survive the mega quake… So, the people in Vancouver start ordering those from the Burnaby firm.  According to the above news article, the staff at the firm have been working around the clock, seven days a week, to get the shipments out.

I think it’s mass hysteria.

Maybe, you’re right, Diane.  But the quake on December 29 is a good wakeup call because people are now realizing that we gotta prepare for the disaster.  So, why don’t you get yourself an emergency kit?

I’m still busy because I’m in the holiday season mode.

That’s one of the top three barriers for not being prepared. 1) Apathy, or it-won’t-happen-to-me attitude, 2) money, too expensive, and 3) time, too busy doing trifle things.

Kato, don’t get worried about me…  I’ll build my own emergency kit.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you been to Canada?

Canada extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) in total, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.

Canada’s common border with the United States forms the world’s longest land border.

Naturally, many wild animals live in the vast land—especially in the northern part of the country.

Some of these animals are shown in this documentary called “Snow Babies,” which depicts the first year of baby animals and their families originally broadcast on television as individual episodes in 1996.

Prepare for your heart to melt as the “BBC Eath” program brings you an in-deapth look at adorable baby animals in the beautiful but harsh world of ice and snow.

It is a fascinating and entertaining documentary.

Please take a look at the following trailer.


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In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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Aftershock

2015年6月25日

 

Aftershock

 


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Kato, how come you’ve brought up a shocking image?


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Diane, do you remember what we talked about the last time?

Yes, we talked about an upcoming Vancouver earthquake, didn’t we?

Yes, you’re telling me.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

M9 Earthquake Imminent

(Documentary)


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Vancouver Earthquake

Amazing! … Unbelievable!

Seeing is believing, isn’t it?

But I don’t think we’re gonna see this mega earthquake in our lifetime.

Well… according to many seismologists, a super quake occurs every 300 to 400 years in Cascadia. And chances are we’ll see one giant quake pretty soon since the mega quake hit Vancouver on January 19, 1700.

Kato, I think you’re worried too much.

I don’t think so… you know something Diane?… I’ve been watching many movies… Last night, I watched my 857th movie.


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I see… you viewed “Calcutta” on June 23, didn’t you?


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Yes, I did watch “Calcutta.”

So what?

Well… I watched “Aftershock” on May 5.


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I see… you viewed “Aftershock” on May 5, and then jotted down your comment, didn’t you?

Yes, I did… the thing is, I’ve watched many movies since then.


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I see… you watched “Orgasm Inc” on the same day, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.

…sounds quite interesting… Maybe, I should see it, too… How did you like it?


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Well… Diane, I wanna get into this movie, but I’ve almost forgotten viewing “Orgasm Inc.”

Why is that?

…’Cause the shocking images of “Aftershock” have remained in the back of my mind ever since.


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I see… your mind has been inprinted with the above images, hasn’t it?

Yes, it has. The movie “Aftershock” still stands out in my mind.

What is the movie all about in the first place?

Well, “Aftershock” is a 2010 Chinese disaster-drama directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film depicts the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. It is a major box office success, and has grossed more than US$100 million at the Chinese box office. The story goes like this:

Aftershock

 


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In 1976 Tangshan, Li Yuanni lives in a small apartment with her husband and their twins Fang Deng and Fang Da.
Li tells her husband, Fang Daqiang, that she wishes to have one more child, and they get into the back of their truck after putting their son and daughter to bed.

Suddenly the ground shakes, and buildings begin tumbling down.

Running back to save their children, Li is pulled back by her husband, who runs ahead of her and is instantly crushed.
Their house collapses, trapping her two children.


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In the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, a rescue team informs Li that her twins are trapped together under a slab of concrete.
Lifting the slab in any way will kill one of her children.
Heartbroken, she decides to save her son, Fang Da.

The girl, Fang Deng, survives and wakes up later to find herself among several dead bodies.

Assumed to be an orphan, Fang Deng is adopted by a military couple.
She refuses to speak, but eventually opens up and bonds with her adopted parents (Wang Deqing and Dong Guilan).


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Ten years later, Fang Deng (renamed to “Wang Deng” after taking on her adoptive father’s surname) is accepted into medical school and moves away, where she meets a graduate student, Yang Zhi, and begins an intimate relationship with him.
In Fang Deng’s third year of study, her adoptive mother falls ill.
Before dying, she asks Fang Deng to use the money they saved to find her real family.

Fang Deng finds out she is pregnant, and despite being pressured by Yang to get an abortion, she refuses to abandon her baby.
She secretly drops out of university and loses contact with Yang and her adoptive father.

During that period of time, Fang Da grows up with his mother.
The earthquake claimed his left arm, leaving him physically disabled.
Rather than taking his university entrance exams, Fang Da opts to make it on his own by transporting people with his bike.

He leaves his mother in Tangshan and moved to Hangzhou, and eventually becomes the boss of a successful travel agency.
He marries and has a son, named Diandian.

After a four-year absence, Fang Deng goes back to see her adoptive father with her daughter, also named Diandian.
She apologises to her adoptive father and reconciles with him.

On New Year’s Eve, Fang Deng tells her adoptive father that she is getting married to a foreigner and will be emigrating to Vancouver, Canada, with her daughter.


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In 2008, Fang Deng sees the earthquake in Sichuan on television.
She immediately volunteers to join rescuers and returns to China.

Fang Da has also decided to help in the rescue efforts.
While taking a break, Fang Deng overhears Fang Da talking about the Tangshan earthquake.
She reunites herself with her brother, and they both decide to visit their mother.


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At first, Fang Deng is angry at her mother for abandoning her.
Later, after realising the remorse, emotional agony and guilt that her mother had gone through, she forgives the latter.


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SOURCE: “Aftershock (2010 film)”
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, the heroine immigrated to Vancouver, huh?

Yes, she did. Her husband is a Canadian lawyer living in West Vancouver.

Really? What a coincidence? So, Kato, that’s why you think a super quake like Tangshan Quake may take place in Vancouver, huh?

Yes, it might happen… Anyway, Diane, you should borrow the DVD and be prepared mentally for the upcoming Vancouver quake.

Well … maybe I’ll see “Aftershock” after watching “Orgasm Inc.”

That’s a good idea.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you ever been to Vancouver?

It is a beautiful city—one of the best cities in the world.


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Beautiful Vancouver


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Kato says that Vancouver is a paradise.

As you know, however, nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect.

So no city is perfect.

However, no matter what disaster hits the city, I wish, Vancouver remains to be a beautiful city.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


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“Actual Listing Page”


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So far, he’s watched 857 movies.

That is, he must see 144 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 857 in the above list.


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“Actual Catalogue Page”

Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1969 French documentary directed by Louis Malle.

It explores the poorest part of the city.

One-third of the population, or 1.5 million people, lived in 3,500 unregistered squatter-occupied and 2,011 registered slums.

The authorised slums (with access to basic services like water, latrines, trash removal by the city) can be broadly divided into two groups—bustees, in which slum dwellers have some long term tenancy agreement with the landowners; and udbastu colonies, settlements which had been leased to refugees from present-day Bangladesh by the Government.

The unauthorised slums (devoid of basic services provided by the municipality) are occupied by squatters who started living on encroached lands—mainly along canals, railway lines and roads.

Some living conditions are unimaginable and nauceating.

You might get sick and feel like throwing up.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?

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『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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