Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
Posted by feww on November 30, 2013
SHAME ON YOU!
An entire generation of Syrian children are becoming casualties of the Saudi-supported terrorist war in the country, with the UN refugee agency calling the situation as “a shameful milestone of conflict.”
More than half of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees are children, young people aged 17 or under, as the country faces losing an entire generation, warns UNHCR.
Some 75 per cent of the refugee children are under the age of 12.
“Too many have been wounded physically, psychologically or both. Some children have been drawn into the war—their innocence ruthlessly exploited,” said UNHCR in a report.
Many of those not at school go out to work for long hours and for low pay from as young as seven years old.
As many as 300,000 living in Lebanon and Jordan could be without formal education by the end of 2013, said UNHCR.
Thousands of children in Jordan and Lebanon are living without one or both of their parents, or with no adult caregivers at all.
Death toll from Super Typhoon HAIYAN climbed to 5,632, after 34 bodies were recovered in central Tacloban city since Thursday, said the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The number of people missing also rose to 1,759, with 26,136 others reported injured due to HAIYAN [ locally known as YOLANDA.] Read more…
Another day of massacre in Iraq leaves at least 55 dead
At least 55 people were killed on Friday as sectarian violence continues to spiral in Iraq.
Most of the victims were targeted individuals who had been snatched from their homes in Baghdad and neighboring towns, and executed, authorities said.
Police discovered 18 corpses early morning, including four policemen, an army major and two tribal chiefs, dumped in farmland near the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.
More than 8,000 people have been killed in Iraq, so far this year.
Mozambique airliner carrying 34 people vanishes
A passenger plane carrying 34 people vanished from radar screens over northeast Namibia en route from Mozambique to Angola on Friday, said the Mozambique Airlines .
The Embraer 190 with 28 passengers and six crews failed to arrive at the Angolan capital Luanda, authorities said.
Ukraine riot police break up pro-Europe demonstrations
Ukrainian riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of pro-Europe protesters on Saturday following a night of violence in the capital Kiev after President Yanukovich decided against a landmark pact with Europe. Read more…
Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow “pub”
At least three people were killed and dozens of other injured after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow, Scotland.
Scottish authorities have declared a major incident after a police helicopter with a crew of three came down on the roof of a public house with an estimated 120 people inside.
55 found HIV positive in tests for blood donation in Japan
Some 55 of the 782 cases of new HIV infections confirmed across Japan between January and September 2013 were detected in tests for blood donors, according Japan’s health ministry.
Among every 100,000 blood donors, 1.4 people tested positive for HIV this year, the ministry’s data show. The rate is 1.8 times the nationwide ratio for HIV carriers detected last year.
Earlier this month, blood donated from an HIV-infected man was given to 2 people, one of whom became infected, said NHK.
The health authorities have not revealed the criteria for the test. It’s unclear what percentage of the donors are tested for HIV, given the latest infections.
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Posted by feww on November 4, 2013
Japan’s war time atrocities and baseless claim to Dokdo leave “no purpose” for talks: SK President
As the rift between South Korea and Japan deepens, the region struggles to reach agreement concerning control of North Korea’s growing nuclear capability.
“The fact is there are certain issues that complicate [any relationship with Japan,]” said South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
“One example is the issue of the comfort women. These are women who have spent their blossoming years in hardship and suffering, and spent the rest of their life in ruins.” She told Bbc.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
“And none of these cases have been resolved or addressed; the Japanese have not changed any of their positions with regard to this. If Japan continues to stick to the same historical perceptions and repeat its past comments, then what purpose would a summit serve? Perhaps it would be better not to have one.”
Japan’s war-time atrocities against Korea, including the use of Korean woman as military sex slaves, or “comfort women,” as well as its illegitimate claim to Dokdo, a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan (known as Takeshima in Japan), draws great public anger in South Korea.
Park Geun-hye, who took office in February, is the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee. She has promised to redistribute wealth, reform big conglomerates and seek greater engagement with North Korea.
Panoramic View of Dokdo, Photo dated 2008/06/28. Permission: CCL 2.0by-sa-kr
Much to her credit, Ms Park has refused to meet with the Japanese Prime Minster, and correctly asserts any talk of a summit would be premature, until the long-standing issues between the two country have been resolved.
Japan Continues to Deny its WWII Atrocities: Former “Comfort women” seek Japan’s apology for WWII rapes
SURVIVING WWII ‘COMFORT WOMAN’ - Downloaded under Creative Commons License – Source: http://flickr.com/photos/keithpr/772549382/sizes/o/
Former Filipino “comfort woman” Piedad Nobleza, 86, holds slogans during a demonstration outside the Japanese Embassy in suburban Manila on Friday Aug. 15, 2008. Elderly Filipino women and their supporters demanded Tokyo’s clear-cut apology and compensation for wartime sexual slavery by Japanese troops. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila). Image may be subject to copyright.
Rangoon, Burma. August 8, 1945. An ethnic Chinese woman who was in one of the Imperial Japanese Army’s “comfort battalions” is interviewed by an Allied officer. Source: Comfort Women
Former “comfort woman” Lee Yong-Soo (L) stands beside her supporters holding portraits of Chinese, Philippine, South Korean and Taiwanese comfort women who were sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, at a protest held in front of the Japanese parliament in Tokyo, in this 14 June 2007 file photo. Japan on 27 June 2007 brushed aside calls from US lawmakers for a fresh apology to wartime sex slaves, even as the former “comfort women” renewed their demands for Tokyo to acknowledge their plight. Japan said the US move to pass a resolution calling for an “unambiguous” apology from Japan for the coercion of women into army brothels during World War II would not damage relations between the two allies. Photo from Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images. Caption Daily life. Image may be subject to copyright.
SURVIVING WWII ‘COMFORT WOMAN’ awaiting justice! Source: Survivor_1. Creative commons license. Some rights reserved.
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Posted by feww on October 23, 2013
Typhoon FRANCISCO to Swipe Japan’s Pacific Coast
FRANCISCO, the 27th Typhoon of 2013, would likely follow a somewhat similar path to typhoon WIPHA, which dumped more than 800 millimeter of rain over Izu Ōshima Island in 24 hours, as it swiped Tokyo region.
WIPHA unleashed massive landslides on the volcanic Island, killing dozens of people (29 confirmed dead , 16 others missing presumed dead), destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate last Wednesday.
FIRE-EARTH Models show FRANCISCO making landfall with probability of about 55 percent, as of 03:00UTC on October 23, 2013.
Typhoon FRANCISCO moves closer to southern Japan, watched by Super Typhoon LEKIMA. VISIBLE/INFRARED satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 01:30UTC on October 23, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
- Time: 03:00UTC – October 23, 2013
- Movement: NW (305 degrees) at 15km/hr
- Position: Near 24.3ºN, 131.1ºE
- Location: About 270km Southeast (118 degrees) of Naha, Okinawa, Japan
- Max Sustained Winds: 140km/hr
- Max Wind Gusts: 215km/hr
- Significant Wave Height: 10m
- Source: FIRE-EARTH and others
Projected paths of Typhoon FRANCISCO and Super Typhoon LEKIMA as of 01:30UTC on October 23, 2013. Original images sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH
Typhoon Stats for NW Pacific
- The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons: 20.9
- No of typhoons so far this year: 28
- Percent Increase: 34 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]
Nansei Sekiyu KK, a Japanese refiner owned by Petrobras, has shut down marine operations at its 100,000 barrels-per-day refinery in Okinawa, due to typhoon FRANCISCO, said a report.
More details to follow…
Links to Typhoon WIPHA
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Posted by feww on October 20, 2013
FRANCISCO back into fourth gear
Typhoon FRANCISCO is currently targeting Tokyo area, but will significantly weaken before potentially making a landfall. FIRE-EARTH Models show the two system still likely to interact, if favorable conditions continue.
- Time: 14:00UTC – October 20, 2013
- Movement: NW (305 degrees) at 08km/hr
- Position: Near 18.9ºN, 136.8E
- Location: About 1,240km Southeast (130degrees) of Okinawa, Japan
- Max Sustained Winds: 235km/hr [Cat 4B on FIRE-EARTH Scale]
- Max Wind Gusts: 280km/hr
- Significant Wave Height: 18m
- Source: FIRE-EARTH and others
Typhoon FRANCISCO. VISIBLE/INFRARED satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 13:32UTC on October 20, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
Projected Paths of TY FRANCISCO and TD TWENTYSEVEN (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement). Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
More details to follow…
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Posted by feww on October 19, 2013
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO shifting to overdrive
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO, currently packing sustained winds of about 260km/hr, is expected to continue intensifying, gaining wind speeds of about 280km/hr.
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO
- Time: 09:00UTC – October 19, 2013
- Movement: NW (305 degrees) at 15km/hr
- Position: Near 16.9ºN, 139.5E
- Location: About 920km South of Iwo To (Iwo Jima), Japan
- Max Sustained Winds: 260km/hr [increasing to 280km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
- Max Wind Gusts: 315km/hr [increasing to 335km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
- Significant Wave Height: 18m [Expected to rise —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
- Source: FIRE-EARTH and others
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO. VISIBLE/INFRARED satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 09:32UTC on October 19, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. [Image added at 11:30UTC on October 19, 2013.]
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO is closely followed by Tropical Depression 27W [JTWC nomenclature.] FIRE-EARTH models show the two systems could interact, with a probability of about 60 percent, under favorable conditions.
Super Typhoon FRANCISCO’s Projected Path. At 09:32UTC on October 19, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. [Image added at 11:30UTC on October 19, 2013.]
More details to follow…
Posted in Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Extraterrestrial Storm, FRANCISCO, Japan, Super Typhoon, Super Typhoon FRANCISCO, TROPICAL DEPRESSION 27W | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 15, 2013
WIPHA Currently Large and Strong
WIPHA, the 26th typhoon of the year, was located about 1,040km SSW of Yokohama (211 degrees), Japan, tracking N at about 25km/hr. [Timed at 00:15UTC on October 15, 2013]
- Time: 00:15UTC – October 15, 2013
- Movement: N (05 degrees) at 25km/hr
- Position: Near 27.26ºN, 133.94E
- Location: Near 1,040km SSW of Yokohama (211 degrees), Japan
- Max Sustained Winds: 170km/hr [Cat 2B on FEWW Scale]
- Max Wind Gusts: 210km/hr
- Significant Wave Height: ~ 15m
- Source: FIRE-EARTH and others
WIPHA is expected to weaken to a cat 1 storm force before landfall. (Probability of WIPHA making landfall is about 78 percent, as of posting—FIRE-EARTH projection.)
Typhoon Stats for NW Pacific
- The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons: 20.9
- No of typhoons so far this year: 26
- Percent Increase: 24.4 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]
Typhoon WIPHA. Visible/Shortwave IR satellite image recorded at 23:32UTC on October 14, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.
Typhoon WIPHA. Water Vapor (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) satellite image recorded at 00:32UTC on October 15, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
Typhoon WIPHA. MTSAT-2 IR satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 02:00UTC on October 15, 2013. Source: Digital Typhoon
More details to follow…
Posted in Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Japan, landfall probability, Tokyo, TY 1326, typhoon, Typhoon 25W, typhoon WIPHA | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 9, 2013
TS DANAS Dumping Significant Rains throughout Japan
DANAS weakened to a tropical storm, continues to dump significant amounts of rain on Japan Islands, triggering extensive flooding, numerous flash floods and mudslides.
On Tuesday, while still punching typhoon-strength winds, DANAS caused significant damage to buildings on the Island of Kyushu, tearing rooftops, uprooting trees and utility posts and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.
Tropical Storm DANAS (TS 1324)
- Time: 00:00UTC – October 9, 2013
- Position: Near 37°N, 134°E
- Movement ENE 45km/h
- Max winds: 85km/h
- Max gusts: 120km/h
- Source: JMA and others
Tropical Storm DANAS Dumping Significant Rains on Japan. Image: MTSAT-2 via Digital Typhoon, recorded at 00:00UTC on October 9, 2013.
DANAS has also forced hundreds of flight cancellations across Japan, NHK reported.
The storm also caused major disruption to public transport, and ferry services from Kyushu, including “Jet Ferry” between Fukuoka and Busan, South Korea, said the report.
Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: DANAS, flooding, Japan, Kyushu, storm damage, Storm DANAS, typhoon damage, Typhoon DANAS | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 7, 2013
Okinawa and Miyako Islands battered by Typhoon FITOW Followed by Typhoon DANAS
FITOW uprooted trees and knocked down utility posts, tearing rooftops and causing blackouts of thousands of homes in Miyakojima city; however, the full extent of damaged caused by Typhoon DANAS was not known, as of posting.
Okinawa Island almost bore the full brunt of Cat 4 Typhoon DANAS, several hours ago.
DANAS is a “heat-seeking,” “custom-made” typhoon in FIRE-EARTH parlance, “designed” to impact the full length of Japan islands, and at this stage of its life it looks fully capable of causing damage comparable only to Hurricane SANDY. We’ll see!
DANAS Details @ 13:00UTC on October 7, 2013
Position: 28.3°N, 127.7°E
Movement: NNW – 330 degrees at 30km/hr
Max Sustained Winds: 230km/hr
Max Wind Gusts: 280km/hr
Max Significant Wave Height: 20m (60 feet)
Category: DANAS is a Cat. 4B on FEWW New Hurricane Scale
Source: FIRE-EARTH, JTWC, JMA and others
DANAS Projected Path. IR Satellite Image recorded at 12:32UTC on October 7, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Typhoon DANAS. VIS/IR Satellite Image recorded at 12:32UTC on October 7, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Location and Impact Forecast
DANAS was near 630 km SSW of Fukuoka, Kyushu, at 13:00UTC on October 7, 2013.
The typhoon is expected to dump as much as 200 mm of rain on Japan’s Amami region and southern Kyushu and 150 mm on Okinawa and northern Kyushu by Tuesday morning, according to local reports.
- FITOW Turns Deadly October 7, 2013
- Typhoon FITOW Forces Hundreds of Thousands of Evacuations October 6, 2013
- Typhoon FITOW Chased by Cyclone DANAS October 5, 2013
- Typhoon FITOW Makes Minor Detour October 4, 2013
- Two Cyclones Moving Toward Japan October 1, 2013
- WUTIP Hammers Central Vietnam October 1, 2013
- Typhoon WUTIP Headed for Vietnam, Laos, Thailand September 29, 2013
- USAGI Disaster Update: 25 Dead; 7,100 Homes Destroyed September 23, 2013
- FEWW New Hurricane Scale September 3, 2008
- Satellite Imagery
Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: DANAS, Fukuoka, Hurricane SANDY, Japan, Kyushu, Miyako Islands, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, TY 1324, TYPHOON 23W, Typhoon DANAS, Typhoon FITOW | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 1, 2013
Tropical Cyclone SEPAT strengthening; tracking close to Fukushima
Tropical Cyclone SEPAT (TS 1322) is strengthening and models show it would track close to the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The news comes amid yet another revelation by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) that it had found yet another leak at the plant, which caused 4 tons of radioactive water to enter the sea.
The criminally negligent government of Japan and TEPCO apparently won’t rest until the entire region, the country, the sea and all of its content, is contaminated with radiation.
Tropical Storms SEPAT and FITOW. Visible/Shortwave IR Satellite Image recorded at 07:32UTC on October 1, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
Tropical Storm SEPAT (TS 1322) @ 06:50 UTC, 1 October 2013
Location: N30.0°, E141.3°
Movement and speed: NNW 15km/h(9kt)
Central pressure: 996hPa
Max sustained wind: 20m/s (40kt)
Max wind gust: 30m/s (60kt)
Tropical Cyclone FITOW (TS 1323)
Tropical Storm FITOW. Visible/Shortwave IR Satellite Image recorded at 07:32UTC on October 1, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Location: N15.0°, E131.5°
Movement and speed: NNW, Slow [quasi stationary]
Central pressure: 994hPa
Max wind speed: 18m/s (35kt)
Max sustained wind: 25m/s (50kt)
List of Typhoons in the Western North Pacific [October 1, 2013]
Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: FITOW, fukushima meltdown, Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Japan, List of Typhoons, ongoing nuclear disaster, radiation leak, SEPAT, Tepco, Tropical Cyclone FITOW, Tropical Cyclone SEPAT, TS 1322, TS 1323, typhoon | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 16, 2013
Up to two million people under mandatory evacuation or advised to evacuate: Report
Authorities in Japan have issued mandatory evacuation orders for an estimated 800,000 people in 205,000 households in seven prefectures, and advised an additional 1.2 million people in 346,000 residences in 18 prefectures to evacuate their homes due to the massive Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI.
The cyclone is currently racing up in a northeasterly direction in the northeastern Japan, including the Tohoku region, having made landfall in Aichi prefecture on Monday morning.
The cyclone has already dumped in excess of 550 millimeters (20 inches) of rain in western and central Japan, with eastern and northern regions told to expect more than 80 mm per hour.
Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI. IR/WV Difference Image 2013-09-16 @ 07:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
Weather officials issued special warnings for Shiga, Kyoto and Fukui prefectures. The warning is reserved for events when there is a significant likelihood of a major natural disaster “of a magnitude observed only once every few decades,” said NHK.
The storm has killed at least one person, left five people missing and injured 671 others, reports said.
More than 360 homes have reportedly been damaged, many of them severely.
- About 74,000 households have been left without electricity.
- More than 500 domestic flights have been cancelled.
- Bullet train services have partially been suspended after wind speeds exceeded the safety limit, said NHK.
There are reports of widespread flooding and numerous mudslides in the affected regions, according to reports.
Posted in Climate Change, disaster calendar, disaster diary, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, global deluge, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: Aichi prefecture, Japan, Japan Mass Evacuation, MAN-YI, Mandatory Evacuation Orders, Tokyo, Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 15, 2013
Cyclone Man-YI Intensifies
FIRE-EARTH models show Man-Yi could strengthen into a typhoon-force storm [probability ~ 55%] before making its first landfall on Japan’s Honshu Island.
Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI. Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-15 @12:32:00UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
MAN-YI Projected track. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
STS 1318 (MAN-YI)
Issued at 13:45 UTC, 15 September 2013
Center position: N31°35′(31.6°), E135°00′(135.0°)
Direction and speed of movement: NNE 30km/h (15kt)
Central pressure: 975hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center: 108 km/s
Maximum wind gust speed: 144 km/h
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
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Posted by feww on September 15, 2013
Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI pounding S. Japan with heavy rain, tracking toward Tokyo, Fukushima
MAN-YI is currently tracking NNw at a forward speed of about 30km/h with maximum sustained wind of about 90km/h and wind gusts exceeding 125km/h.
Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI. Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-15/04:32:00UTC Source: CIMSS/ SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
The cyclone is expected to hit Tokyo Metropolitan Area at about 06:00UTC on Monday, September 16, 2013.
STS 1318 (MAN-YI)
Issued at 03:40 UTC, 15 September 2013
Center position: N29°05′(29.1°), E134°10′(134.2°)
Direction and speed of movement: NNW 30km/h(15kt)
Central pressure: 980hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center: 25m/s(50kt)
Maximum wind gust speed: 35m/s(70kt)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
Posted in disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Fukushima, Japan, MAN-YI, Pacific Ocean, Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI, typhoon | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 6, 2013
Drought 2013: Agricultural Disaster Declared in 1,336 Counties Across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 1,336 counties across 29 states as agricultural disaster areas, so far this year.
The designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
Map of the U.S. Drought Disaster areas as of September 4, 2013. At least 1,336 counties, or 42.5% of all U.S. counties¹, were designated as agricultural disaster areas² due to the ongoing drought. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.
1. [U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]
2. Agriculture officials declare disaster when crop damage has exceeded 30 percent.
The Disaster President Signs Arkansas Disaster Declaration
The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas due to severe storms and flooding during the period of August 8-14, 2013.
Most of the losses and damage caused by the severe storms and flooding occurred in the counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, FEMA has said.
S. Korea bans seafood from eastern Japan
The South Korean government has banned imports of seafood products from 8 prefectures in eastern Japan due to the threat of radioactive contamination from toxic water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant.
The ban, announced on Friday, will take effect on Monday, September 9, 2013, and will apply to ALL seafood imports from fisheries in 8 prefectures: Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma.
“The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of metric tons of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan,” a spokesman for the South Korean Prime Minister’s office said.
“The officials also say the country will ask for test certificates if even a trace of radioactivity is found in fish, dairy products and other foods from anywhere in Japan,” said a report.
China banned imports of seafood products, dairy and vegetable from at least 5 Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, immediately after the triple meltdown at Fukushima nuclear plant on March 11, 2011.
Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: Agricultural disaster, Arkansas, Arkansas disaster declaration, China, Drought, drought and deluge, drought disaster, Fukushima nuke, import ban, Japan, marine products, radioactive contamination, South Korea, U.S. Drought Map, US Drought, US drought 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 4, 2013
Massive blackout paralyzes Venezuela
A major power cut has left more than two-thirds of Venezuela without electricity including most of the capital Caracas.
The blackout disabled stoplights in the capital, and disrupted the subway causing chaos.
Venezuelan President Maduro has accused the far-right opposition of “sabotaging” the power lines.
“Everything seems to indicate that the far-right has resumed its plan for an electrical strike against the country,” he said.
Critics blame poor management and the failure to upgrade the infrastructure, reports said.
The twister that struck near Tokyo on Monday has been rated as an F2 tornado, Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported.
The tornado left a 19km-long path of destruction, measuring up to 200m wide and extending from the eastern part of Saitama City to Bando City in Ibaraki Prefecture, the agency said.
Tropical Storm TORAJI Made Landfall in SW Japan
Severe Tropical Storm TORAJI, the 17th typhoon of the season, made landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture early on Wednesday, said Japan’s Meteorological Agency.
The powerful storm is moving through southwestern Japan, bringing heavy rain and high winds.
The authorities have issued flood and mudslide warning in the affected regions.
Toraji dumped more than 80 mm of rain per hour on the island of Shikoku, and at least 250mm over Kagoshima Prefecture by Wednesday morning local time.
The Iraq Insanity
At least 60 people were killed and and scores more wounded in a series of car bomb attacks and shootings in several districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, officials have said.
Some 804 Iraqis were killed and another 2,030 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in August, said UNAMI).
“Despite the decrease in casualty figures in August, compared to July, the impact of violence on civilians remains disturbingly high, with almost 5,000 civilians killed and 12,000 injured since the beginning of 2013,” the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ms. Jacqueline Badcock, warned.
Baghdad was the bloodiest governorate in August with 1,272 civilian casualties (317 killed and 955 injured), followed by Salahuddin, Ninewa, Diyala, Anbar, Kirkuk, Babil, Wasit and Basra, said UNAMI.
Posted in disaster areas, disaster calendar, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Baghdad, Blackout, Caracas, Iraq Insanity, Japan, Japan tornado, Kagoshima, Shikoku, Tropical Storm TORAJI, Venezuela | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on August 25, 2013
Extreme Rain Events (ERE) Deluge Shimane Prefecture, W. Japan
Record 470mm of rain has fallen in parts of Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, since Friday. The city of Gotsu received up to 80mm of rain per hour on Saturday, prompting the country’s weather agency (JMA) to urge tens of thousands of residents in the area to evacuate and “take immediate action to protect life.”
The record rainfall was more than twice the average for the whole of August. The rain is expected to reach 250 mm in a 24-hour period through Sunday in the Chugoku area and northern Kyushu, according to JMA.
Local authorities in Shimane and neighboring Yamaguchi Prefecture have urged more than 45,000 people to evacuate due to fear of landslides and overflowing rivers, said NHK.
The heavy rains have damaged the railroads facilities and toppled several buildings in the area.
“Part of a railway bridge was washed away in Kawamoto Town, Shimane, shutting down a route to neighboring Hiroshima Prefecture,” said NHK.
A nondescript photo posted on the NHK website to show the impact of of the extreme rain events in western Japan.
Some parts of the western Japan should expect about 80mm of rain per hour through Sunday, said JMA.
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Posted by feww on August 8, 2013
State Of Emergency Declared for East Russia, Thousands Evacuated
Russian authorities have declared states of emergency for five populated regions in Russia’s far east following severe flooding.
“An emergency situation has been declared in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region, and a federal level of response has been introduced there,” according to a statement posted on the Emergency Situations Ministry website.
The decision was made “in view of the current hydrological situation in the Far Eastern Federal District and an adverse weather forecast,” it said.
“For preemptive purposes, 2,285 people, including 940 children, were evacuated beforehand from populated areas, children’s recreational institutions, and Federal Corrections Service’s correctional institutions. As many as 1,169 people, including 338 children, have been evacuated right from flooded homes. A system of the people’s vital support has been arranged.”
“According to earlier reports, the flood situation aggravated in the Amur region due to lengthy rains and the dumping of water from the Zeisk Hydroelectric Power Plant, which have affected dozens of populated areas. A state of emergency has been put in place in the region,” said a report.
Disaster Declared in Raton, NM
Torrential rains and flooding in Raton have caused substantial damage to the infrastructure, prompting the authorities to declare the city a disaster area, said a report.
In July, Governor Martinez declared a statewide emergency following the damage caused by severe storms and flooding.
State of emergency declared in Miller County, Missouri
Officials have declared a State of Emergency in Miller county due to serious flooding concerns, said a report.
Ameren crews are preparing to open the Bagnell Dam floodgates, which could result the river level to rise 3 feet. “That’s why Miller County Sheriff’s Deputies are notifying people living in low lying areas. There are no mandatory evacuations, but they do want people to be aware of the rising waters.”
Outagamie County, Wis., Declares a State of Emergency
Outagamie County has declared an emergency, after severe damage caused by two tornadoes, an F1 and F2, and a line of powerful storms in which they were hidden, said a report.
The storms left at least 1 dead and 3 others injured, said a report.
Grand Chute, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following damage from storms, tornadoes
“The storm caused damaged in Fremont, New London, Waupaca and Weyauwega, knocking down numerous trees and power lines. In New London, Trinity Lutheran Church on Beckert Road was severely damaged. Power is out near the Waupaca airport and areas to the east,” according to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.
State of Emergency declared in Hortonville
The Village of Hortonville in Outagamie County, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following significant damage to property and infrastructure and a blanket power outage caused by storms that hit Wisconsin early Wednesday morning.
- The storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in the region.
- The authorities have also issued a curfew, effective Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Storms News Links
Japan Sweltering in 100-degree Heat
A severe heat alert was issued for 38 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, as temperatures climbed over 35ºC (95ºF), said Japan Meteorological Agency.
Shimanto town in southwestern Kochi prefecture recorded a high of 37.7ºC (100F), the agency said.
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Posted by feww on August 5, 2013
TEPCO’s “sense of crisis is weak:” Japan’s NRA
Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking into the ocean creating an “emergency” that the operator, TEPCO, may be unable to contain, said an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog.
“This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force,” told Reuters.
Tokyo Electric Power Co’s “sense of crisis is weak,” Kinjo said. “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone” to deal with the ongoing disaster.
“Right now, we have an emergency,” he said.
A total of up to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium may have leaked into the ocean since the disaster, said TEPCO, insisting that it was within legal limits.
The following probability figures calculated by FIRE-EARTH on April 8, 2011 still hold!
- Japan (880)³
- United States (865)
- France (855)
- Taiwan (850)
- Belgium, China, Finland, India, South Korea, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Canada (810)
- Germany, Sweden, Netherlands (800)
- Switzerland (750)
- The list represents a snapshot of events at the time of calculating the probabilities. Any forecast posted here is subject to numerous variable factors.
- Figures in the bracket represent the probability of an incident occurring out of 1,000; the forecast duration is valid for the next 50 months.
- Probability includes a significant worsening of Fukushima nuclear disaster, and future quakes forecast for Japan.
- A nuclear incident is defined as a level 5 (Accident With Wider Consequences), or worse, on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). See below.
- Safety issues considered in compiling these lists include the age, number of units and capacity of nuclear reactors in each country/state, previous incidents, probability of damage from human-enhanced natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, flooding…]
- The Blog’s knowledge concerning the extent to which the factors described in (3) might worsen during the forecast period greatly influences the forecast. (Last UPDATED: June 26, 2011)
Nuclide Analysis Results of the Underground Reservoirs
Also search the blog for dozens of additional entries on “Fukushima.”
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Posted by feww on April 19, 2013
FIRE-EARTH members have initiated a limited release of some details of a previous forecast concerning the next Megaquake to strike Japan region, and believe this information has reached the Japanese authorities.
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Posted by feww on November 27, 2012
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,201 Days Left
[November 27, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,201 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
- Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...
Global Disasters/ Significant Events
When was the last time Japan cared about its victims?
Japanese government has adopted overly optimistic views of radiation risks and has conducted only limited health checks after the core meltdowns at multiple reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, said Anand Grover, a UN special rapporteur on the right to health, who is charged with investigating Japan’s handling of the health risks from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
- More than 2 million people lived in the Fukushima area surrounding the power plant, but only a quarter of them have been tested for radiation effects so far.
- The U.N. official said the health tests should cover “all radiation-affected zones” because the impact of radiation affected large areas far beyond Fukushima’s borders.
- “The scope of the survey is unfortunately narrow as they draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation,” Grover said.
- According to some studies there’s no clear evidence that radiation exposures of up to 100 millisieverts per year pose higher cancer risks, he said. “But that is controversial. And there are a lot of studies which indicate otherwise. The government need not say which is right. The government has to err on the side of caution and be inclusive,” he said.
- “They draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation,” Grover said.
- The cumulative radiation exposure from Fukushima in towns around the disaster stricken power plant was between 43 and 122 millisieverts, according to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), which “leaked” to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper over the weekend.
South Korean nuclear regulators have reportedly discovered about a thousand more fake parts supplied for their nuclear plants with bogus quality certificates.
- Earlier this month, eight companies were found to have submitted 60 fake certificates that covered more than 7,000 parts mostly used in the two reactors that were shut, said a report.
- S. Korean government is planning an additional 11 nuclear reactors, to add to its existing fleet of 23, reports said.
- About 12,500 tons of nuclear waste filled more than 70 percent of the country’s storage capacity at reactors, as of June 2012.
- S. Korea’s four nuclear power plant complexes, which provide onsite storage facility for spent fuel and other radioactive waste, will run out of waste storage space by as early as 2016, said a report.
- South Korea is slightly larger than Indiana, and has a population of more than 50 million.
- More than half of South Korea’s population, and about 1/3 of a million international residents, live in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on December 19, 2011
Image of the Day: Sea of Dolphin Blood
Image copyrighted by Sea Shepared see Blog’s Fair Use Notice.
Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.
“Killing Nation, Killing Town”
“The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.” Sea Shepard
“The Taiji Slaughter Cove”
“As many as 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japanese waters each year. Most (18,000 of that number) are Dall’s porpoises killed at sea by harpoon in the northern part of the country. The March 11, 2011, tsunami destroyed much of the infrastructure associated with this slaughter. It remains to be seen if the slaughter will revive to its pre-earthquake numbers.”
“Most of the dolphins and small whales captured in the Taiji FU drive hunts are killed and the meat is sold in for human consumption. Respected scientists the world over report on the high levels of mercury and other contaminants in the meat of these animals, but many Taiji locals ignore these warnings. They often say that there are plenty of old people around who ate dolphin all their lives, and they unfortunately accept the propaganda served to them by the Japanese government that the levels and threat of mercury in the meat is not significant.”
“This year (September 2011 – August 2012) the Taiji FU has a permitted quota for 2,165 dolphins and other small whales.” History of Taiji’s Cetacean Kill
Taiji, is located on the eastern shore of Wakayama Prefecture.
Following the arrest of Dutch citizen Erwin Vermeulen three days ago, Wakayama police has now raided the hotel where Sea Shepherd cove guardians and a Save Japan Dolphins monitor are staying.
In a desperate act and “an attempt to muzzle free speech and to cover-up the horrific slaughter of the dolphins at the Cove,” the Japanese police have confiscated the monitors’ property including “all laptops, cameras, phones” and other monitoring equipment, Sea Shepard said on their website.
 The actual numbers each year vary. 20,000 is on the high end. The reported numbers in recent years are dropping.
 Bottlenose dolphin – 652, Striped Dolphin – 450, Spotted Dolphin – 400, Risso’s Dolphin – 275, Long-finned Pilot Whale – 184, Pacific White-sided Dolphin – 134, False Killer Whale – 70.
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Posted by feww on November 30, 2010
Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Strikes Bonin Islands, Rattling Japan’s Entire Eastern Seaboard
The quake struck at a depth of about 480km, too deep to cause a tsunami.
Earthquake Location Map. Cross shows epicenter of the 6.9Mw quake, while the colored bubbles indicate the intensity at various monitoring centers in Japan. Source: Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA). Image may be subject to copyright.
Quake Details (JMA)
- Time Occurred: 12:25 (JST) 30 Nov 2010
- Epicenter: 28.4N, 139.7E
- Dept: 480km
- Magnitude: 6.9 Mw
- Region Name: Ogasawara-shoto Seiho-oki (Bonin Islands), Japan Region
- 335 km (210 miles) WNW of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan
- 455 km (285 miles) NNW of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan
- 525 km (325 miles) S of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
- 810 km (500 miles) S of TOKYO, Japan
Japan Earthquake Forecasts (FEWW)
earthquake forecast, Honshu Earthquake Warning, Tokyo Bay earthquake, Tokyo Earthquake Forecast
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Posted by feww on October 28, 2010
Typhoon CHABA strengthens to a cat. 4A force, may steer away from Japan
CHABA is moving NE with maximum sustained winds of about 225 km/hr [FEWW estimate]
See: FEWW New Hurricane Scale
Click image to enlarge. Source: Digital Typhoon
Typhoon CHABA – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement) – 2km res. Source: CIMSS
Typhoon CHABA – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement) – 4km res. Source: CIMSS
Typhoon CHABA Projected Paths. Source: CIMSS.
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Posted by feww on September 22, 2010
SICK OF CHINA’S EMPTY THREATS?
Japan to Jiabao: You Don’t Have the Balls!
Image of the day:
The detained Chinese fishing trawler is flanked by two Japanese Coast Guard vessels during an investigation by Japanese authorities near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture of Japan Sept. 12, 2010. (Xinhua, File Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.
Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan ‘swiftly and unconditionally’ release the trawler’s detained captain.
Japan seized a Chinese trawler, and has held its Chinese captain and 14 crews in detention since September 7, after the boat collided with two Japanese coast guard vessels in waters off the disputed Islands, despite strong protests from China.
Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan swiftly and unconditionally release the trawler’s captain. But, Japan isn’t impressed.
The Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Maps printed in Japan in 1783 and 1785 that marked out the boundary of the Ryukyu Kingdom show that the Diaoyu Islands belonged to China.
Jiang also said China has complete sovereignty and jurisdictional rights over the Chunxiao oil and gas field 450 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, adding that Chinese activities in the area are “reasonable and lawful.”
“Japan has extended the detention of the trawler’s captain to Sept. 29,” the report said.
Could this situation escalate, or would Japan blink?
The dispute arises from the two countries territorial claims over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese), a group of uninhabited islands situated northeast of Taiwan and west of Okinawa. The Japanese government says the islands are a part of Okinawa prefecture. The Chinese say the islands have been part of China’s territory since ancient times.
- Clearly, China doesn’t really believe in its own sovereignty claims over the islands; otherwise, why pussyfoot about for so long?
- Japan’s deranged policymakers continue to remain in their delusional prewar imperial stupor.
Posted in Chunxiao oil and gas field, Ishigaki Island, Ming Dynasty, Okinawa prefecture, sovereignty claims | Tagged: China, Diaoyu Islands, East China Sea, Japan, Senkaku Islands | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on September 5, 2010
Japan Feeling the Heat
Japan facing its hottest summer with Kyoto recording 39.9ºC (103.8ºF) today, and 128 other cities higher than 35ºC.
Japan’s hottest summer since records began in 1898 has claimed about 700 lives [150 deaths confirmed by govt in mid August due to heatstroke and another 496 dying from heat-related complications,] with 50,000 others hospitalized from heatstroke.
The country’s average temperature between June and August was 1.64ºC (2.95ºF) higher than the 30-year average calculated between 1971 and 2000.
Since early August, many parts of the country has experienced temperatures above 35ºC, Japan’s Meteorological Agency earlier reported.
“It can be said that weather was abnormal in this summer,” an agency official said.
Their earlier forecast for the temperature to exceed 35ºC in many parts of the country has proven right.
The intense heatwave has also killed up to 1,200 cows, about 660 pigs and as many as half a million chicken, according to a report.
“The latest survey does not cover Miyazaki Prefecture, which was hit by foot-and-mouth disease among its livestock and was forced to slaughter around 289,000 cows and pigs. The prefecture announced the end of the outbreak last week.”
NOTE: The hottest ever temperature recorded in Japan was 40.9ºC in Kumagaya city, Saitama prefecture (state) in August 16, 2007.
List of countries with record temperatures in summer 2010 (A-Z)
- Ascension Island
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- United States
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