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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby piqaboo » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:51 pm

Ya think? ;)
Tho I think its an Aussie company that makes the mindbogglingly huge ones.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby dai bread » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:49 pm

Probably. They've got mind-bogglingly huge farms there. Mind you, their carrying capacity is in terms of acres per sheep, so they need big farms. We, who run sheep per acre, smile pityingly.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:45 pm

John Deere makes pretty big ones, but I think Steiger makes the really big ones here. I don't know if Japan's farms are big enough to turn one of those around, though...
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby piqaboo » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:44 pm

The aussies use them in the mines. Wheel diameters > 12 feet, things like that. I saw some of them working on the dam on the Yangtze River. Not far away were the guys w shoulder baskets and brooms, sweeping up small debris into the baskets, then walking it to the edge and dumping it over, repeat.

I love your comment about sheep capacity. Well said!
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:02 pm

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Here's a big John Deere.

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This one, The Challenger MT975B claims to be the World's largest production tractor.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby jamiebk » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:26 pm

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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:54 am

I thought we were talking farm tractors. Must be the Midwesterner in me...

If you're going to talk Earth-moving equipment, you need to think a little bigger:

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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:20 am

Here's what happens if you leave your bulldozer parked too close to that big machine:

Bulldozer 1
Bulldozer 2
Bulldozer 3


Here's another view of the machine, to give it some perspective:

Krupp Bagger 288
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby jamiebk » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:35 pm

Nothing in the world tops those rotary excavators...king of the hill for size and power. Uber-cool too!
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Haggis@wk » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:37 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b-2iByq ... r_embedded

This is the most terrifying and gut wenching video I've seen todate of the damage the tsunami caused. It's as Biblical as it can get, truly scary, those poor people.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby dai bread » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:48 pm

I hadn't realised it overcame their seawall so much. It makes me glad I gave them a hefty donation.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Haggis@wk » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:51 am

dai bread wrote:I hadn't realised it overcame their seawall so much. It makes me glad I gave them a hefty donation.



There's a morbid fascination watching these kinds of videos. I wondered what happen to the big boat that was on the left side of the initial video.There is nothing like a spanking from Mother Nature to expose the the vanities of man.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:15 am

I see the chief of Tepco, the company that owns the Fukushima Daiichi plant, is having dizzy spells and entered the hospital. In the middle of this crisis. Boy, did they get the wrong guy to run that company.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:33 am

It keeps getting worse with every piece of news coming out of Japan. I'll be thinking they will finally get this thing under control and then the problem gets bigger. With the benefit of hindsight, they should have asked the Russians immediately for advice.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Haggis@wk » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:26 am

Giant Communist Robot wrote:It keeps getting worse with every piece of news coming out of Japan. I'll be thinking they will finally get this thing under control and then the problem gets bigger. With the benefit of hindsight, they should have asked the Russians immediately for advice.



Well, the Russians are certainly masters of maskirovka....oh, wait, you meant something else...... :rofl:
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:54 am

They announed today that the 'Faceless 50', who have offered to sacrifice themselves in order to remain on site to do what could be done to contain the damage, will likely begin dying "within weeks". My hat is off to them.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Haggis@wk » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:15 am

Shapley wrote:They announed today that the 'Faceless 50', who have offered to sacrifice themselves in order to remain on site to do what could be done to contain the damage, will likely begin dying "within weeks". My hat is off to them.


Japan's Nuclear Rescuers: 'Inevitable Some of Them May Die Within Weeks'
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby piqaboo » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:27 pm

They should not be faceless. That's heroism and should be recognized as such.
I guess that very western-centric of me ?
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Shapley » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:59 pm

piqaboo wrote:They should not be faceless. That's heroism and should be recognized as such.
I guess that very western-centric of me ?


I suppose no cameraman will venture in there, or is allowed to venture in there, to show their faces. I'm sure that, at some point, their faces will be known to the world. I think, for now, the Anonymity adds another dimension to the selflessness of their sacrifice.
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Re: Massive Earthquake In Japan Triggers Tsunamis

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:52 pm

Russians have offered their help. The iodines' short half-life made its' danger transitory, but I see now they are finding cesium isotopes. With that stuff spreading through the dust and soil maybe covering the whole radius in concrete would be a good idea.
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