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    Quake Area Residents Turn to Old Means of Communications to Keep Informed

    Among the casualties of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 were modern communications networks, which proved surprisingly vulnerable. Millions of people in eastern and northern Japan, including Tokyo, lost some or all cellphone service. A total of 1.3 million land lines and fiber-optic links also went dead.

    While those interruptions pale in comparison to the human tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami — 27,000 people are dead or missing — the fragility of modern communications has emerged as one of the catastrophe’s sobering lessons.

    In a technology-crazed nation where many people were glued to cellphones and accustomed to the Internet’s nearly instantaneous access to information, being cut off has proved disorienting and frightening.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/wo...1&ref=business

    Local governments are using radios, newspapers and human messengers to get emergency information to the public. People are making good use of bicycles.

    I try to imagine the shock for this highly technological society to find the means of instant communication suddenly gone. It may have been the most stunning thing of all for many.

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    Re: Quake Area Residents Turn to Old Means of Communications to Keep Informed

    Humans are incredibly resilient.

    We will adapt to any major change.

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    Re: Quake Area Residents Turn to Old Means of Communications to Keep Informed

    It may sound weird to some young people but the use of CB radios are a good source of information in an emergency, and they are cheap these days.

    I once talked with a guy in Jamaica from Dallas Texas on a CB radio. He was running a 500 watt linear with a directional antenna, but it was pretty cool.

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    Re: Quake Area Residents Turn to Old Means of Communications to Keep Informed

    I talked to an alien on a cb radio once.

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