Earthquake in Japan & iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ChristianVirtual, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    What a Day ... I was really happy to have my iPhone and my wife having a MBP.

    Why it helped ? because voice communication was down so FaceTime made me a connection to my wife and son, seeing each other and knew we are safe.
    Plus having google maps helped to walk home because public transportation was not working as usual.

    I was surprised that wifi and data was working.

    Don't want that experience again ... :(

    Now let's hope & pray that the nuclear plant stay stable.
  2. saccento macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    New Jersey
    thoughts and prayers to you, your family, and everyone else in japan. such a tragedy
  3. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    good luck and I hope you and everyone else stays safe.
  4. v66jack macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Events like today in Japan make you put things like ipad2 in prospective. Suddenly it's not such a big deal, there are much more important things in the world to be concentrating on.

    My thoughts go out to all affected by these terrible events. And let's hope they can keep the nuclear plants stable.
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Glad you and yours made it out ok, thoughts are definitely with you and the country. Take care.
  6. raymondpaul macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011
  7. MarximusMG macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone else affected by this tragedy.
  8. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Exactly how I feel about it.

    After seeing YouTube videos of the Japanese earthquake rocking people's homes and stores as well as tsunamis wiping a city away, all our possesions or hearing about Lindsay Lohan stealing don't mean much anymore and are not newsworthy. Material things really are just temporary and less significant no matter how well you take care of them. It takes very little time to lose it all.

    I went to Japan for the first and only time back in April 2009 for a week. Beautiful and clean country and people were polite. Lived up to everything I expected. I never had grudges about World War II to begin with and always looked up to them. Same with current Germany. History is history. I pray for the people out there. My native country just south of Japan could easily get rocked by earthquakes and then get wiped away from a tsunami or typhoons. It has a smaller land mass too. Imagine that 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake killed over 230,000 people and most were in Indonesia. I live in a city near an ocean, so earthquakes and tsunami is always a concern.

    My heart goes out to Japan. It is the one country in Asia I wouldn't mind living in. It is a geek's paradise.
  9. b0blndsy macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2010
    Best wishes for you and everyone struck in this tragedy.
  10. Hook'Em2006 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009
    Plano, TX
    Hope all is well.

    Now, the power plant, thats another story.
  11. engaged44 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Hope all is well. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone over there. Stay safe!
  12. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I'm always surprised people from the US talk about the existence or non-existence of grudges against the Japanese people, while in fact it should be the other way around. More Japanese people were killed by Americans than Americans by the Japanese.

    Either way, no one should hold grudges. But it bothers me that some American people think they have the right to hold a grudge if they want to.
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I hear ya!

    Wow, what a day. Surprised how bad it was in Tokyo and the surrounding area.

    As for as cell phones, we couldn't make calls between cell phones. Had to use land lines.

    Let's hope for the best concerning the nuclear reactors, and for those devastated by the tsunami.
  14. Godzirra macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2010
    Somewhere on Salisbury plain, and Apple, UK
    Didn't even think to try FaceTime, and have been trying to contact my little brother since we heard the news, but no joy yet. Trying it now.
  15. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Err this kind of history should not even be an issue...I will correct you a bit in that more Germans were also killed by the Americans as well-and I think you should realise if any country should hold a grudge from the Pacific war it should be China who lost the most civilians and military in that conflict. (I am not American btw).

    But to put this in perspective-even the atomic bombs were puny in power to what was released in this quake and tsunami. Or the one in 2004-or the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Recall how the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano grounded flight in Europe for a couple of weeks. Nature cares not for our conflicts-our gadgets (what we are in this forum for) and our other concerns. Should make us humble no?
  16. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    We had just finished up with a military exercise Friday and got sent home. I had fallen asleep on my couch and was woken up as the quake started. After a bit I realized this was no normal tremor and grabbed my iPhone to record what was happening.

    After the quake I went out walking to see if there was any damage in the local area. While I was out I realized I couldn't place any calls on the cellular network so I used Skype for iPhone to call some people back home in the States and to call some friends here in Japan that have VOIP with US numbers.

    I was able to keep up with what was going on with the NHK World Live app, twitter, and going to

    I love technology.
  17. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
    Luckily, the iMacs stayed up :D
  18. gb1631 macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2009
    PNW Puget Sound
    My thoughts and prayers to you, your family, and everyone else in Japan.
  19. gb1631 macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2009
    PNW Puget Sound
    I do not hold any grudges or have any problems with the Japanese people. I served in Japan from 1947 to 1948 on Occupation duty both in the Tokyo and Osaka areas. I came to love the Japanese people, during that time. I have been back there a few times since as well.

    I don't think those that have grudges or bad feelings left from WW II are about who killed the most. I think one would have to agree that the Japanese Armed forces treated Allied POW's (To include civilians.) rather badly. Starvation, Executions, Beatings, etc.

    Remember the 'Bataan Death March?,' Rape of Naking? Execution of some Doolittle Pilots? Beheading of POW pilots on some of the Islands in the Pacific? The Secret lab's that tried various atrocities on POWs?

    Still, my Prayers go out to the Japanese people affected by this tragedy, and I wish them well.

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