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#1 OFFLINE   Maximus

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 02:30 AM

Just got this email. Hopefully all our fellow collectors in Japan are ok and get out of this ok.


Dear Collectors,
  
As everyone know, Japan are hit by this massive magnitude 9.0 earth quake that happen on 11 March, it came without warning and took thousands of life away making it one of their worst ever tragedy that happen in Japan history. We are very sad to inform you that Versus model factory, situated in Rikuzentakata town in Iwate (See attach Photo) are destroyed by this terrible Tsunami that swept the entire town away,  At this moment we do not have any information whether Mr Masanori (Owner Versus Model) are alive or dead but we are trying all our means and way to get into contact with him or the authority there.  We pray for his safety and return and nothing else more important than that.

We are not able to deliver any pre-order in the near future and collectors who wish to cancel their special orders may contact us to have your deposit refund back to you. We seek your cooperation and patience as we have to deal with each and everyone on their special orders and it a long list for us to go through.
Neverthesless anyone with any information on Mr Masanori may also contact us to provide us with the information so that we can share with the rest of you.
Lastly we hope to be able to receive good news about Mr Masanori and do wait till our newsletter to update on this matter.   Thank you.


They also sent a pic on the email showing a pic of where the factory used to be.
Unbelievable to see such devastation and destruction.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 02:42 AM

wow thats heavy...i dont know the guys there but yet somehow i feel related to them..hope Masanori and everyone else is ok, love versus models.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 03:54 AM

Masanori and his staff were true modelling artists. The tragedy that has befallen the Japanese people is beyond my imagination and I certainly hope that Japan and Versus soon find their feet.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:11 AM

Jesus, I hope the owner is okay!
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:48 AM

Guys, Here is a pic of where the factory was.

Hope everyone is ok, but with 18000 still missing its not looking good.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:50 AM

thats terrible news & very sad.

i hope Mr Masanori is found alive & well, maybe he managed to get to that piece of land above where the factory was located, if that were the case i would have thought his team would have heard from him though.

:(

there is a video here of the town



there is a image here of the school (Daiichi jr High School) that is in the image above on the higher ground, it's the picture at the very bottom of the page.

http://www.dailymail...shi-habour.html

there is a video here of the town filmed as the waves hit :(



at the end you can see the waves coming in.

Edited by mr-big, 20 March 2011 - 06:35 AM.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:00 AM

Very sad :(

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:30 AM

Absolutely terrible! My thoughts go out to all.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:35 AM

Wow, the bad news keep on coming....
Very sad, but I'm hoping for the best!
But...but...but the Chinese labor rates!

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 10:41 AM

Wow, that's just amazingly overwhelming news to digest. These people are in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish the best for all of Japan. This is a genuine tragedy. Posted Image

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

View PostBiblitect, on 20 March 2011 - 10:41 AM, said:

Wow, that's just amazingly overwhelming news to digest. These people are in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish the best for all of Japan. This is a genuine tragedy. Posted Image

i have done a bit of looking about,


if you look at this image you can see that where the factory (where the + is) was wasn't very far at all from a road that was in the clear;
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in this video it shows just how strong the water was,



here you can see just how high the water went,



that video looks like it could have been filmed on a hill like the school was on just above the Versus factory, i have had a look at many satellite images of Rikuzentakata before the tsunami but they are all very poor, the best i have been able to find is this one (from the arrow in the main image in the email, where the factory was located is in the centre of the image, the trees above are where the start of the hill is)
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Rikuzentakata was reported to have been "wiped off the map" by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake.[1] According to the police, every building smaller than three stories high has been completely flooded,[2] with buildings bigger than three stories high being flooded partially, one of the buildings being the city hall, where the water also reached as high as the third floor.[3] The Japan Self-Defense Forces reports between 300 and 400 bodies have been found in the town.[4]
On 14 March, an illustrated BBC report showed a picture of the town, describing it as "almost completely flattened." "It is not clear how many survived."[5] The town's tsunami shelters were designed for a wave of three to four metres in height, but the tsunami of March 2011 created a wave 15 metres high which inundated the designated safe locations. Local officials estimate that 20% to 40% of the town's population is dead. "Rikuzen-Takata effectively no longer exists.
http://en.wikipedia....entakata,_Iwate

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 01:39 PM

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:07 PM

That is terrifying. One of the more shocking videos I've seen.


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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:56 PM

i saw this today for the first time   :giggle:


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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:56 PM

View PostDiecast24/7, on 20 March 2011 - 04:07 PM, said:

That is terrifying. One of the more shocking videos I've seen.



Yes, for some reason that vid. has risen to my most shocking.
I still cannot believe the destructive power of water.
I wonder how far out they where, I also wonder if they thought that was just a rouge wave, tidal wave, or new full well it was a Tsunami!
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 06:17 PM

Since they headed straight into it and there was so much obvious excitement, they must have known it was coming! It's horrifying to think that monster was relentlessly rolling toward claiming so many lives.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 06:33 PM

The most dramatic video I've seen yet was on TV and I've since looked and looked on YouTube but just can't find it. It showed the wave breaking on a beach and it looked like a wave you'd see a surfer on in the North Shore but it was jet black and gigantic. Does anyone know what I mean or know where it is?
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:48 PM

View PostDiecast24/7, on 20 March 2011 - 06:17 PM, said:

Since they headed straight into it and there was so much obvious excitement, they must have known it was coming! It's horrifying to think that monster was relentlessly rolling toward claiming so many lives.

Actually, it was a series of monsters as at the end of the vid they go over yet another one, seemed even taller!
Coast Guard personnel are known to be true "mariners", and if they got so excited over a series of waves, it shows you how awful the damn thing was given they are trained to work in the worst conditions!
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:06 PM

This was one of the first videos i've seen, and so far it's still at the top. It shocked me to my core.
after seeing this, the video from the ship isn't nearly as terrifying.




I wish the best for the Japanese people. I can't begin to imagine what they are going through right now.
My hearts go out to those who are still looking for loved ones, and everyone looking for shelter.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:20 PM

Ok I definitely spoke too soon about the last video.

this one might be top for for me.





I wish I was in a position to help these people :(

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:52 AM

Everytime I see one of these videos (and the one from Thailand a few yrs ago) it appears like the sea has taken on a horrible personality and is angry and coming for people. Do you see how black it is?  :giggle:
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:46 AM

I couldn't even imagine something like this hitting in the middle of the night. That terror would just be incomprehensible.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:28 AM

View PostPumcy, on 20 March 2011 - 09:20 PM, said:

Ok I definitely spoke too soon about the last video.

this one might be top for for me.





I wish I was in a position to help these people :(

amazing how that building on the left the pinkish color one stood up to the water, the pressure on it would have been immense & when you look into the distance the water is the same height as far as you can see, it's difficult to say where is safest because if you are at the front like in this video you only have the water to contend with, but further back you will have the water & cars & other stuff hitting into the buildings.

this is a video from inside a house when it hits (on the left you can see the guy has some models in a case)





:omg:

you can clearly see the skyscrapers moving about here,




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sg3Uk5w1Y0

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:47 PM


Okay, I just noticed something mind-blowing about this video. Watch it at :35 and see all those bldgs on the left side of the video? Now watch from about 2:08 forward and everything is gone!  :giggle:

View Postmr-big, on 21 March 2011 - 11:28 AM, said:

amazing how that building on the left the pinkish color one stood up to the water, the pressure on it would have been immense & when you look into the distance the water is the same height as far as you can see


I thought the same thing!  :omg:  That thing is standing against the weight of the ocean. It must be anchored down several stories into rock. The water level just kept rising!!
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:12 PM

Terrible, terrible. Prayers to Masanori San, his staff, and the people of Japan.
Sad, sad, shocking tragedy.

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