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The Long Quiet?
by Konacha, posted on January 17, 2014 @ 04:44 pm EST
As you all can see, it has been a couple of years since we have updated the main site. This can be due to my college work causing us not to update. However, the most popular part of the site is still active and working which is the forums. We are also planning on changing up the website into an all media site soon. So be on the look-out for announcements in the forums and on the main page.
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Japan: 8.9 Earthquake & Tsunami
by Konacha, posted on March 12, 2011 @ 05:09 pm EST
A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii and warnings blanketed the Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai. Another 88 were confirmed killed and at least 349 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.



Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to evacuate because the plant's system was unable to cool the reactor. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles (270 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

Trouble was reported at two other nuclear plants as well, but there was no radiation leak at any.

Japan's coast guard said it was searching for 80 dock workers working on a ship that was swept away from a shipyard in Miyagi prefecture.

Even for a country used to earthquakes, this one was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged several miles (kilometers) inland before retreating. The apocalyptic images of surging water broadcast by Japanese TV networks resembled scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie.

Large fishing boats and other sea vessels rode high waves into the cities, slamming against overpasses or scraping under them and snapping power lines along the way. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water. Ships anchored in ports crashed against each other.

The highways to the worst-hit coastal areas were severely damaged and communications, including telephone lines, were snapped. Train services in northeastern Japan and in Tokyo, which normally serve 10 million people a day, were also suspended, leaving untold numbers stranded in stations or roaming the streets. Tokyo's Narita airport was closed indefinitely.

Jesse Johnson, a native of the U.S. state of Nevada, who lives in Chiba, north of Tokyo, was eating at a sushi restaurant with his wife when the quake hit.

"At first it didn't feel unusual, but then it went on and on. So I got myself and my wife under the table," he told The Associated Press. "I've lived in Japan for 10 years and I've never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming. It's gotten to the point where I don't know whether it's me shaking or an earthquake."

Waves of muddy waters flowed over farmland near the city of Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, inland as cars attempted to drive away. Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, was inundated with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways. Fires spread through a section of the city, public broadcaster NHK reported.

More than 300 houses were washed away in Ofunato City alone. Television footage showed mangled debris, uprooted trees, upturned cars and shattered timber littering streets.

The tsunami roared over embankments, washing anything in its path inland before reversing directions and carrying the cars, homes and other debris out to sea. Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.

"Our initial assessment indicates that there has already been enormous damage," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. "We will make maximum relief effort based on that assessment."

He said the Defense Ministry was sending troops to the quake-hit region. A utility aircraft and several helicopters were on the way.

A large fire erupted at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture and burned out of control with 100-foot (30 meter) -high flames whipping into the sky.

From northeastern Japan's Miyagi prefecture, NHK showed footage of a large ship being swept away and ramming directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city.

NHK said more than 4 million buildings were without power in Tokyo and its suburbs.

Also in Miyagi, a fire broke out in a turbine building of a nuclear power plant, but it was later extinguished, said Tohoku Electric Power Co. the company said.

A reactor area of a nearby plant was leaking water, the company said. But it was unclear if the leak was caused by tsunami water or something else. There were no reports of radioactive leaks at any of Japan's nuclear plants.

Jefferies International Limited, a global investment banking group, said it estimated overall losses to be about $10 billion.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2:46 p.m. quake was a magnitude 8.9, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s, and one of the biggest ever recorded in the world.

The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

A tsunami warning was extended to a number of Pacific, Southeast Asian and Latin American nations, including Japan, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Chile. In the Philippines, authorities ordered an evacuation of coastal communities, but no unusual waves were reported.

Thousands of people fled their homes in Indonesia after officials warned of a tsunami up to 6 feet (2 meters) high. But waves of only 4 inches (10 centimeters) were measured. No big waves came to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory, either.

The first waves hit Hawaii about 1400 GMT (9 a.m. EST) Friday. A tsunami at least 3 feet (a meter) high were recorded on Oahu and Kauai, and officials warned that the waves would continue and could become larger.

In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. The tremor bent the upper tip of the iconic Tokyo Tower, a 1,093-foot (333-meter) steel structure inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Osamu Akiya, 46, was working in Tokyo at his office in a trading company when the quake hit.

It sent bookshelves and computers crashing to the floor, and cracks appeared in the walls.

"I've been through many earthquakes, but I've never felt anything like this," he said. "I don't know if we'll be able to get home tonight."

Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks. It also showed a glass shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo completely smashed by the quake and a weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.

Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday that caused no damage.

Hiroshi Sato, a disaster management official in northern Iwate prefecture, said officials were having trouble getting an overall picture of the destruction.

"We don't even know the extent of damage. Roads were badly damaged and cut off as tsunami washed away debris, cars and many other things," he said.

Dozens of fires were reported in northern prefectures of Fukushima, Sendai, Iwate and Ibaraki. Collapsed homes and landslides were also reported in Miyagi.

Japan's worst previous quake was in 1923 in Kanto, an 8.3-magnitude temblor that killed 143,000 people, according to USGS. A 7.2-magnitude quake in Kobe city in 1996 killed 6,400 people.

Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur, including the one that triggered the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 nations. A magnitude-8.8 temblor that shook central Chile last February also generated a tsunami and killed 524 people.
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New Challenger Approaches
by Konacha, posted on August 30, 2010 @ 03:55 pm EDT
It's been a while hasn't it? Well, I've been doing some behind the scenes work and now I have finished the section of New Challenger Approaches with the help of Kurt and xXDragonXx. You can find the links on the left and in Comix Zone. We also have more sections then normal too as in Author, About and Characters along with the comix itself. So enjoy New Challenger Approaches.
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DEAD WRONG
by Konacha, posted on May 16, 2010 @ 06:25 pm EDT
Today is the day the last current comic in Comix Zone is open. We have now opened the doors to the comic DEAD WRONG.

DEAD WRONG

With DEAD WRONG opened, we have all but finished Comix Zone. Now I know New Challenger Approaches is the last one but with Kurt gone and the comic itself is somewhat in limbo we are holding off that one for now. It is in the works to put that up but no time table for it at this time. So enjoy Comix Zone now.

One last thing, I am currently making a index page for Comix Zone for the site. It will be later tonight when it is online but I won't be posting again about it, you should see it before the end of the day in the links box and updated on the links up above the banner.
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Shadow X
by Konacha, posted on May 16, 2010 @ 12:41 pm EDT
Another section of Comix Zone has been finished for The Sonic Factory. With the help of Flame the Fox, I am happy to open the newest comic to the Comix Zone section, Shadow X.

Shadow X

With that one done, there is only two more sections left. DEAD WRONG and New Challenger Approaches.
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Lawl Yourself to Sleep
by Konacha, posted on May 03, 2010 @ 09:12 pm EDT
With the help of SOGESNAKE, the next part of Comix Zone has officially open. Lawl Yourself to Sleep can be found under the Comix Zone section of the left bar. Comix Zone is moving very well and I'm hoping to have the rest of the section open up before the end of the month Shadow X and Dead Wrong as the last two. I will say that New Challenger Approaches will be the last one due to personal problems with Kurt, the artist of NCA. So anyway, enjoy everyone.
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Media Center Soundtracks
by Konacha, posted on May 02, 2010 @ 05:33 pm EDT
In working on restoring the website back to the way it was before changing, the soundtrack page that use to be in the old Media Center section has been restored. You can find it under Media Center bar on the left side of the page. We have uploaded all of them in zip files so you can have a easy time downloading them. I hope you all enjoy the old Sonic the Hedgehog music we have.
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Opening of The Sonic Factory Website
by Konacha, posted on May 01, 2010 @ 11:54 pm EDT
Yep, you heard it right... after months of delay. I am proud to open the doors to the new version of the website. Now, we are currently working on restoring all the original pages back from the last layout and we are also making new pages. However, I would like you to enjoy the site while you can as we make new changes. So you are most likely asking yourself, "Where is the SEGA stuff?"

Well, we thought the best way to do that was to start off small, so we have decided to add back the old Sonic the Hedgehog data that we already have to begin with. We will be adding onto those pages and changing some of the older images we have in the sections as time goes by. Now, I wasn't able to get posting on the forums to work 100% so that will be delayed for a while. So sit back and enjoy the updates and SEGA news updates to the website.
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