2011/04/08

Suspended Rail Service

When they say suspended rail service

they really do mean suspended...


Cue the mine car chase from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom...

This is north of us on the Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo line - the train I take when I go to lake Hinuma on my own. I'd have to take a bus between two stations now. Too much hassle when carrying a backpack and folding bike. That section will reopen in June. Until then, I'll rely on my crew to drive us up there.

PS - can someone please turn off the plate tectonics for a while?

7 comments:

Uhooi said...

Wwooo... Uhooi...!!

HappySurfer said...

haha... great idea to turn off the plate tectonics. For a while? Permanently is more like it!

Kehlwok said...

A flexing train with retrorockets could negotiate those tracks. Sounds like a job for Studio Ghibli.

Here's to hoping that the earth gets settled for a few hundred more years in that area.

Pandabonium said...

Happy - I don't mind a jostle now and then if it keeps the big shake ups at bay.

Kehlwok - That's the ticket.

I keep telling myself that now that we've had a 9.0, things will quiet down for a long time. But there are lots of plates converging at Japan...

K and S said...

wow! I agree that plate tectonics should be turned off for awhile.

The Moody Minstrel said...

What's really bizarre is the poor city of Hokota, just north of Kashima. It's apparently located right on the junction of a couple of fault lines. If you look at the lists of aftershocks (or just plain "shocks") that have been occurring lately, the few that have been significantly strong have been centered in either Fukushima or Tochigi and thus have always been most powerful in either of those prefectures...AND Hokota! It's weird when the table says, for example, a tremor was "only" a level 3 or 4 in Kashima and Mito but a "strong 5" in northern Fukushima and Hokota. It makes me wonder what that poor, mild-mannered farmtown ever did to deserve it!

No wonder parts of the K.R.T. line are dangling over slides.

Pandabonium said...

They do get clobbered. We saw lots of road damage up there when we visited lake Hinuma.

Kitaibaraki, way up next to Fukushima border, does too.

Lucky we live where we do, eh?