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2004-04-23 12:30:55 PM  
That train a sploded!
2004-04-23 12:31:02 PM  
Wonder if that part of town allows smoking outdoors?
2004-04-23 12:31:13 PM  
Hehe... English DONGa.
2004-04-23 12:32:19 PM  
oooooh wow and old satellite photo of the station, and another picuture compeltely obscured by smoke!!!!!
2004-04-23 12:32:24 PM  
grab it now while you can, server's gonna be farked soon... i can feel it. took a minute for the pic to come up.
2004-04-23 12:32:33 PM  
Farked for me...........?
2004-04-23 12:33:03 PM  
double kill
multi kill
mega kill
ultra kill
ludacris kill

Sorry I've been playing too much Unreal Tournament 2004.
2004-04-23 12:33:05 PM  
Oh, Those wacky Koreans.
2004-04-23 12:33:11 PM  
2004-04-23 12:33:12 PM  
Of course, Kim Jong-Il will let the people burn rather than asking any outside source for help.
2004-04-23 12:33:18 PM  
just came over here to get outta the Pat Tillman flamewar, and I found another fire!
2004-04-23 12:33:35 PM  
Oh noes!
2004-04-23 12:33:47 PM  
No more yanky my wanky, donga unavailable.
2004-04-23 12:35:00 PM  
Farked....I wanted to see some asploded trains...
2004-04-23 12:35:02 PM  
All I see is a black-and-white picture of broccoli.
2004-04-23 12:35:08 PM  
and its down for the count... 1.... 2..... 3...... its all over.
2004-04-23 12:35:20 PM  
Healthcare under Communism is incredible. 3000 people killed, 2800 brought back to life!!!
2004-04-23 12:35:30 PM  
2004-04-23 12:35:59 PM  
Your train a-splode
2004-04-23 12:36:00 PM  
It's dead Jim.
2004-04-23 12:36:23 PM  
Somehow it doesn't look so bad.
2004-04-23 12:36:26 PM  
Fruitless GIS for dong-a.
The colorful garb is called 'han-bok.'
/Korean ex-wife trivia...
2004-04-23 12:36:37 PM  
someone got a mirror?
2004-04-23 12:37:30 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2004-04-23 12:37:41 PM  
I'm sure glad the article was good enough to point out that "May 13th, last year" was "before the explosion". Otherwise I might have taken the photos out of context with yesterday's news.
2004-04-23 12:38:11 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Since the site appears farked/slow.

You can't really tell much from the picture, since the "after" shot is of a much lower resolution. Hard to say how many houses were damaged. But since it appears to be in a densely-packed residential neighborhood, it must've been pretty ugly.
2004-04-23 12:38:15 PM  
God damn HTML
[image from too old to be available]
2004-04-23 12:38:28 PM  
someone tell me why we're afraid of this country again?
2004-04-23 12:38:29 PM  
Nobody ever said "3,000 killed". Everything I read said "3,000 casualties" or "3,000 killed and injured". Obviously there will be more injuries than deaths. The 100 confirmed dead is only the 100 *bodies* they've found so far, and they've hardly gone through any of the destroyed buildings. Plus, there are now at least 12,000 people confirmed injured (as in, having actually gone to the hospital and been recorded there). So this is actually *worse* than was reported yesterday.
2004-04-23 12:38:32 PM  
You guys that can't get the image - you aren't missing much.

It's a side by side comparison of two satellite photos. The first is of the train station last year, and the second of the station 18 hours after the explosion.

The second is from a slightly different perspective from the first, is grainy, black & white, and mostly obscured by a huge smoke cloud. You can't see jack or even get a sense of scale from it.

Nothin' ta see here. Move along.
2004-04-23 12:39:44 PM  
Looks like PPL_Wannabe beat me to it. Oh well.
2004-04-23 12:39:46 PM  

Axis o' Evil, remember?
2004-04-23 12:40:48 PM  
Mouser, your server will probably last longer than mine. ;)
2004-04-23 12:41:13 PM  

always fear an enemy that has nothing to lose.
2004-04-23 12:41:56 PM  
That's gotta be a load of sh*t. If the image is top-down like a satellite image is I can understand the smoke seeming like it's still expanding instead of burning off of a fire, but in 18 hours it isn't drifting noticeably in any direction?
2004-04-23 12:42:28 PM  
2004-04-23 12:38:28 PM Radworld4
someone tell me why we're afraid of this country again?

Cuz they got nukes and they don't even know how to drive a train. Would you trust them?
2004-04-23 12:42:28 PM  
Huk Huk
2004-04-23 12:42:54 PM  
someone tell me why we're afraid of this country again?

Because they can't even handle fuel-oil, yet they're tinkering with atoms.
2004-04-23 12:43:42 PM  
I remember toe AOE but somehow I'm not too worried about them deleivering a missile to my doorstop when they can't keep to trains from hitting each other.
2004-04-23 12:43:55 PM  
Wytchocolate - From your post, I see that you're a Boortz fan, too.
2004-04-23 12:45:21 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Live footage just on CNN.

The humanity!!!
2004-04-23 12:46:02 PM  
I think it's a slight oblique photo - that would explain the smoke cloud (and possibly what looks like the foundations of nearby buildings).
2004-04-23 12:46:22 PM  
"Because they can't even handle fuel-oil, yet they're tinkering with atoms."

Does that make them a bigger danger to us or themselves? Let him...tinker away.
2004-04-23 12:48:00 PM  
FARK: Proudly doing this...
[image from too old to be available]
for nigh on 5 years now.
2004-04-23 12:49:03 PM  
North Korea's official homepage:
It's really dorky.
2004-04-23 12:50:49 PM  
Cuz they got nukes and they don't even know how to drive a train. Would you trust them?

We have nukes and our commander doesn't know how to tie his shoe laces *shrug* North Korea doesn't seem that dangerous in comparison.
2004-04-23 12:51:37 PM  
"It's dead Jim."

For some silly reason, that always gets me giggling like a little school girl. Good job !

2004-04-23 12:51:55 PM  
I call shenanigans on that photo too. Assuming two trains collided you would think (duh) that this would happen on the railway line and yet I can't make out where the rails are, relative to the smoke in the "after" photo.
2004-04-23 12:55:12 PM  
Since the original site is farked, this is speculation... But...

I call tentative shenanigans on the supposed satelite photo. It doesn't look right -- it looks like an explosion caught "in progress", not something that burned 18 hours ago. I'd expect to see drifting smoke. But then the picture is so crappy it's hard to tell what's going on. It's also interesting that neither photo appears to be credited (either as one of the commercial imaging sources, or as a leaked photo from an unnamed gov't source).

A quick check of some of the likely sources shows some interesting shots from the past couple years, but nothing more recent...


See also and

If I had to guess, I'd say someone mixed up a photo from Iraq. I could swear I saw a similar photo a few months ago that was notable because it caught the explosion of a bomb (or some big explosive) just seconds after it hit. But I could easily be wrong.

/not a satelite imaging expert, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night
2004-04-23 12:56:19 PM  
I sed boom boom boom, let me hear you say "way-oh"

/nothins, we don't need no stinking nothins!
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