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Very Large Earthquake Strikes Japan

Neil

Deckhand
An earthquake has struck the northern parts of Japan with a reported magnitude of 8.9.

This is reported to be the largest earthquake in Japan for 140 years.

A tsunami has been created and expected to spread across the Pacific Ocean.

Train services have shut down as have the nuclear power stations.

So far, due to the construction methods used, there has been no reports of large scale damage to most properties in Tokyo although many are without power due to the shut downs and fires have started in some of them.

This is preventing lifts working in many of the taller buildings.

The ports of Sendai and Tokyo have been closed.

Pictures from the BBC news service -
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Neil

Deckhand
Princess Daphne Off Yokohama

The Classic International Cruises ship Princess Daphne has arrived off the port of Yokohama today ( 12th March in Japan ) having called at Okinawa on the 9th March 2011.

She was due to dock at 08.00hrs and be in port for two days but the port is at present closed so she is cruising around off the port.

Picture of the 1954 built classic cruise ship below -
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Neil

Deckhand
News from Japan this morning is that the cruise ship Princess Daphne has cancelled the call at Yokohama due to the closure of the port and will now proceed direct to Kobe.
 
Princess Daphne is no stranger to tsunami affected areas. As Ocean Monarch she sailed to Sri Lanka as an aid ship for victims of the December 2004 tsunami disaster.
 

Neil

Deckhand
Hi sunshine girl

I had forgotten about her use in Sri Lanka when they had their tsunami problems.

Not too sure now what is going on as news reports suggest all Japanese ports have been closed.

It is possible that Princess Daphne will now arrive early at Pusun, which was her port of call after visiting Japan, and then spend some extra time at Shanghai before returning to Hong Kong.

Her scheduled arrival date at Pusan is shown as the 18th March 2011, Shanghai on the 20th March and arrival back at Hong Kong on the 23rd March 2011..
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Neil

Deckhand
Japan - Cruise Ship Update

Although news reports from Japan yesterday said that all ports had been closed the Princess Daphne has docked in Kobe at about 10.00hrs local time on the 13th March 2011..

Also in port at Kobe is the Japanese cruise ship Pacific Venus.

The call at Nagasaki by ' QM 2 ' is reported as cancelled and she is to proceeding direct to Beijing in China where she will arrive on Monday, the 14th March 2011.
She will then call at Shanghai on Wednesday and Hong Kong on Friday.

It is also reported that some passengers were on an overland trip and due to rejoin the ship at Osaka.

Arrangements are being made for those passengers to rejoin the ship at another port.
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Hi Neil

Cunard have been posting updates on Facebook and Twitter. This was posted yesterday

'We can confirm that QM2 has now boarded the small group of guests and immigration officials and has now sailed for China with all guests and crew on board.

Our thanks go to our agents in Nagasaki for their assistance today and our thoughts remain with the people of Japan'.
 

Neil

Deckhand
Hi sunshine girl

Many thanks for the update about Cunard and QM 2.

In view of the ports being closed it is interesting that Princess Daphne was able to dock in Kobe.

She is at present providing fly cruise holidays from Singapore and Hong Kong which are mainly being sold in Australia.

She remains in Kobe tonight, Uk Time.
 

Laurene19996

Deckhand
1/2016 sendai I just returned from Japan. I absolutely can not recognize a terrifying tsunami that happened here. Sendai beautiful land bustling with life. Japan is a strong country and valiant. I really admire them.
 
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