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2005-01-19 10:37:58 AM
Standard disasters in normal cities, however, are merely disconcerting.
 
2005-01-19 11:20:16 AM

I am Sweating Bullets

/not really

 
2005-01-19 11:23:07 AM
Well, mega no shiat!
 
2005-01-19 01:41:46 PM
Let's MEGANUKE the UN.
 
2005-01-19 01:42:54 PM
Department of Redundancy Department agrees also as well.
 
2005-01-19 01:43:08 PM
Dave Mustaine surrenders?
 
2005-01-19 01:43:35 PM
And it takes a Megaman to keep such a city in line...

 
2005-01-19 01:44:20 PM
Yes yes, quickly while the world is still in a generous mood, let's set up some Megastudygroups that will better enable us to megabilk the overflowing aid coffers. - megamorans.
 
2005-01-19 01:44:41 PM
>>shakes head wondering what it takes to get a submission posted. Looks in pocket for enough change to get Total Fark.
 
2005-01-19 01:44:47 PM
This news is megawhelming.
 
2005-01-19 01:45:11 PM




There ya go.....
 
2005-01-19 01:45:54 PM
"Perhaps the most frightening prospect would be to have a truly megadisaster in a megacity,"

Stop getting our hopes up.
 
2005-01-19 01:46:09 PM


has no comment
 
2005-01-19 01:46:46 PM
mega-cities beware... MECHA-STREISAND is coming
 
2005-01-19 01:47:03 PM
 
2005-01-19 01:47:08 PM
I wouldn't be too frightened by the destruction of a particular city that begins with a P and ends with an S...
 
2005-01-19 01:47:25 PM
The five most populated cities in the world are the greater Tokyo area with 35.3 million people, Mexico City with 19 million, New York-Newark with 18.5 million and Bombay and Sao Paulo both with a population of 18.3 million, U.N. figures show.

"New York-Newark"?!? Excuse me? That's like saying the shiat on the bottom of your shoe is part of the shoe.
 
2005-01-19 01:47:42 PM
Experts say ... detailed hazard maps showing danger areas ... are also needed

Uh... danger areas like areas 2' above sea level? No shiat...I don't need a map to tell me that
 
2005-01-19 01:47:59 PM
I think it would be a good idea if scientists directed efforts to working with our environment and building disaster friendly societies. These societies would be successful if the infrastructure co-existed with the environment during a phenomena instead of being destroyed by it.
 
2005-01-19 01:48:25 PM
And it takes a Megaman to keep such a city in line...

Blue bomber go

http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Ginza/6340/Megaman/megaman.html
http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Ginza/6340/Megaman/megaman.html
 
2005-01-19 01:49:04 PM
superninjaplus:
I wouldn't be too frightened by the destruction of a particular city that begins with a P and ends with an S...


Yeah, but watch out for the tsunami.

 
2005-01-19 01:49:10 PM
do we miss *any* drudge article?
 
2005-01-19 01:49:31 PM
Ha.
 
2005-01-19 01:49:33 PM
So the fact this headline raises the death toll by 50,000 isn't the point of the link? I think that in itself is scary enough.
 
2005-01-19 01:51:03 PM
How often do "mega-disasters" happen? Once every hundred years?

This is an honest question by someone who is NOW going to RTFA.

...Had to be the Weeners a megaman pic you know. Priorities!
 
2005-01-19 01:52:30 PM


Is that kinda like intensities in ten cities?
 
2005-01-19 01:52:45 PM
What's up with the photo/caption?


A tsunami warning system might help woo tourists back.
 
2005-01-19 01:53:41 PM
Be mega-careful, and keep a mega-kit handy.
 
2005-01-19 01:54:48 PM
Clavis:

The five most populated cities in the world are the greater Tokyo area with 35.3 million people, Mexico City with 19 million, New York-Newark with 18.5 million and Bombay and Sao Paulo both with a population of 18.3 million, U.N. figures show.

Wasn't there a story about how the Atlantic floor is pretty stable (no shifting plates) so really the only thing you might have to worry about in the way of a natural disaster would be the wind shifting and blowing from Newark to New York and carrying the smell over.

/sorry
 
2005-01-19 01:55:07 PM
Clavis:
"New York-Newark"?!?


Yeah! Great song!

"New York-Newark,
It's a town that's like hell!
The Bronx is up, and everything smells."

I'm still waiting for someone to refer to Gibson's Sprawl when speaking of Boston-Providence-New Haven-New York-Newark-DC
 
2005-01-19 01:56:00 PM
well, obviously a large wave hitting a large city would be bad. but so is a large wave hitting a crap-load of shacks on stilts built right next to the shore. honestly, what did you think would happen? and once every 100 years isn't that infrequent. its quite possible that you have family that was born in 1905 (or maybe at one point in your life you did). so that's 2 generations difference. cities can last for a while, so planning is appropriate.
 
2005-01-19 01:56:45 PM
Judge Dread unavalible for comment.


/megacity-1
 
2005-01-19 01:57:37 PM
On a related topic, I'm having trouble with my megafark account. My totalfark account and ultrafark account are working fine. Anyone else having this trouble?
 
2005-01-19 01:58:51 PM
Supposedly there is an island in the Atlantic that is in the process of sliding into the ocean and when it does, chances are it's going to produce a tsunami.

BTW. East coast has it's share of natural disaters, hurricanes, noreasters...
 
2005-01-19 02:03:13 PM
Build a dome around all cities that will withstand a tsunami. Then we don't have to worry about global warming either!
 
2005-01-19 02:04:21 PM
Day After Tomorrow sucked.
 
2005-01-19 02:07:15 PM
Godzilla: Tokyo SOS was a fun movie. I think Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Mothra duking it out in Tokyo counts as a megadisaster.
 
2005-01-19 02:11:37 PM
zappadog:

Supposedly there is an island in the Atlantic that is in the process of sliding into the ocean and when it does, chances are it's going to produce a tsunami.

BTW. East coast has it's share of natural disaters, hurricanes, noreasters...



actually I thought it was a piece of the rock of gilbraltar? or is it on an island in the Canaries? Something about producing Ginormous waves on the east coast an pretty much washing the entire surface of the U.K. off the map.
 
2005-01-19 02:13:29 PM
marzipanic: On a related topic, I'm having trouble with my megafark account. My totalfark account and ultrafark account are working fine. Anyone else having this trouble?

Yeah. From what I've heard, you need to team up with three other ultrafarkers and form Megafark.
Either that or Voltron.
 
2005-01-19 02:13:48 PM
What drives me nuts is that tourists won't go back unless if there's a tsunami warning system. When was the last time a tsunami started by an earthquake wiped out the coast of Thailand?

Same thing as when these cretins talk about how we're winning the war on terror because we haven't had a terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. When was the last time we were attacked before then?? Stupid shortsighted bullhonkie
 
2005-01-19 02:14:43 PM
Zappa, Jimmy, it's a volcano in the Canary Islands.
linky [pops]
 
2005-01-19 02:16:26 PM
Megadisasters in megacities" are "megafrightening," says UN Department of the megaObvious

...there,I megafixed it for ya.
 
2005-01-19 02:16:30 PM
If lots of people die, it would be bad.

/wants a captain obvious badge
 
2005-01-19 02:38:45 PM
CornFedIowan: "So the fact this headline raises the death toll by 50,000 isn't the point of the link? I think that in itself is scary enough."

No shiat. I've actually heard revised numbers that put the count in the 250k range as of this morning. I had a buddy that was standing on a beach north of Phuket when this thing rolled out/in, and it's pretty damned incredible. Check out www.preb.ca if you want to read a firsthand survivor account from someone that is both a good writer and didn't view this from the third floor of a hotel.
 
2005-01-19 02:39:41 PM
You forgot to add:

NAZI BUSH is MEGA-responsible
 
2005-01-19 02:45:05 PM
I'M MEGA-STOKED!
 
2005-01-19 02:51:49 PM
the UN has been heard from an awful lot lately.

typical for them to use disasters to increase their power yet don't do shiat about their own genocidal "members."

USSR and china = honored members from way back = worst mass-murdering regimes of all time.
 
2005-01-19 02:55:00 PM
I might be a proud New Jerseyan, but Newark is an armpit...no, it's a syphilitic tick on the armpit of NJ. I, for one, welcome the Tsunami Overlord who washes it off the face of the map.
 
2005-01-19 02:55:00 PM
2005-01-19 02:13:48 PM Jamespoon

What drives me nuts is that tourists won't go back unless if there's a tsunami warning system. When was the last time a tsunami started by an earthquake wiped out the coast of Thailand?


Nah, never happen. Humans have an amazing ability to forget things that don't directly affect them. People will be back in those places by summer. Some to say that they had been there and others just because they forgot that it ever happened. "Tsunami? What tsunami? Get out of my sun, you'll ruin my tan!"

/cynic

(Is truly horrified by the thought of that tsunami being in the pacific ocean and hitting a country like Japan. Can we say "instant world wide depression?")
 
2005-01-19 03:03:35 PM
zappadog:

Supposedly there is an island in the Atlantic that is in the process of sliding into the ocean and when it does, chances are it's going to produce a tsunami.

Ain't.gonna.happen. The non-alarmists (the "real" scientists") say the event would happen in stages, not one big KER-PLUNK.
 
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