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Monday March 11st, 2019 evening edition

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"Many of those solutions worked in this case and prevented, for example, the Shinkansen from suffering serious damage.".

JR East’s urgent earthquake detection and alarm system (UrEDAS) is made up of seismometers installed at 97 locations.

The quakeproof systems and reinforcement works couldn’t, however, save the railways from avoiding any damage whatsoever.

"According to Higashi, only one train, running under test without passengers, derailed that day.".

"Tracks were displaced in 2,590 places, and 1,150 electrification masts were broken, leaning or cracked," said JR East’s Higashi in International Railway Magazine.

"Scheduled blackouts led to fewer train operations than in the normal situations in the Tokyo metropolitan area," says Fukayama.

Regular preparation has resulted in a mostly smooth evacuation this time but the quality has to be further improved. »

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Study suggests humor could be an emotion regulation strategy for depression

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Humor can help decrease negative emotional reactions in people vulnerable to depression, according to new research published in the journal Brain and Behavior.

The study of 55 patients with remitted major depression found evidence that the use of humor could dampen negative emotional reactions.

Humor as an emotion regulation strategy in remitted depression“, was authored by Anna Braniecka, Małgorzata Hanć, Iwona Wołkowicz, Agnieszka Chrzczonowicz‐Stępień, Agnieszka Mikołajonek, and Monika Lipiec. »

'We need help': Anger mounts as Venezuela's worst-ever blackout enters day 4

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Opposition leader Juan Guaido in January invoked the constitution to assume the presidency after declaring Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud.

Lines extended for blocks at fuel stations as drivers queued up for gasoline and buses waited fill up with diesel.

But only around 100 of the country's 1,800 service stations were in operation due to the blackout, according to gas station industry sources. »

China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women

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An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according to a researcher.

Victor Gevers, a Dutch internet expert from the non-profit group GDI.Foundation, found the insecure data cache while searching for open databases in China.

The average age of women in the database was 32, with the youngest being 15, he said. »