Fire Earth

Earth is fighting to stay alive. Mass dieoffs, triggered by anthropogenic assault and fallout of planetary defense systems offsetting the impact, could begin anytime!

Posts Tagged ‘Japan Tsunami Floods Satellite Images’

Japan Tsunami Floods Kitakami – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on March 17, 2011

Deadly Tsunami Spawned by Japan Megaquake Floods Kitakami River Basin


Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG) —  acquired March 14, 201


Click image to enlarge.
Download larger image (4 MB, JPEG) acquired January 16, 2011

The magnitude 9.0 megaquake that struck northeastern Honshu, Japan on March 11, 2011, spawned a deadly tsunami which inundated vast coastal areas along the eastern seaboard of the country’s main island. Top image shows flooded croplands and settlements along the Kitakami River, which was taken by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on March 14, 2011. The bottom image posted for comparison was taken two months earlier. Source: NASA-EO.

Megaquake and Tsunami, Nuclear Power Plant Crisis  -UPDATE (17 March 2011, at 05:00 UTC)

The confirmed death toll from Friday’s 9.0Mw megaquake and  tsunami has climbed to 5,178, police said. At least 8,606 people are still missing.

The US state department has advised the US citizens living within 80km of Fukushima Daiichi NPP to leave the area. Japanese government’s exclusion zone is 20km, with a 20-30km caution zone.

Intelligent People and Nuclear Power Plants

The governor of Fukushima prefecture, where the doomed  nuclear plant is located, has complained that the NPP evacuees lack basic necessities, including sufficient hot food, warm clothes  and water, reports say.

As of Sunday March 13, about 230,000 people had been evacuated from the vicinity of the badly damaged nuclear plants, according to a government report.

More Serious Than Reported

TheUS Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman, Greg Jaczko, has told a congressional energy and commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington that problems with attempts to cool the troubled reactors are more serious than reported.

“We believe that around the reactor site there are high levels of radiation.”

“[It’s] very difficult for emergency workers to get near the reactors. The doses they could experience would potentially be lethal doses in a very short period of time” he told the US lawmakers.

Three Mile Island

Meanwhile, the US Energy Secretary said the situation seemed to be more serious than the 1979 partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island NNP in Pennsylvania.

According to nuke scientists in France, the Three Mile Island partial meltdown was a 5 on a scale of 1 to 7, with the Chernobyl core meltdown scoring 7, and the Fukushima NPP crisis so far rating 6 in severity.

Related Links:

Posted in japan earthquake, Japan earthquake forecast, Japan Earthquakes 2011, Japan quake | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Japan’s Tsunami Floods – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on March 13, 2011

The images don’t show much, but that’s all NASA-EO has released so far!

Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan


True-color image acquired by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 12:10 pm local time on March 12, 2011. Download larger image (11 MB, JPEG). Click image to enlarge.

Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan


Download larger image
(9 MB, JPEG) – acquired March 12, 2011


Download larger  image (15 MB, JPEG) – acquired February 26, 2011.  Click images to enlarge.

The two images of ‘Flooding from Tsunami’ were made with a combination of infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water. “NASA’s Terra satellite’s first view of northeastern Japan in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami reveal extensive flooding along the coast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired the top image of the Sendai region on March 12, 2011, at 10:30 a.m.” The lower image dated February 26, 2011, is provided as reference.  Water is black or dark blue; plant-covered land is green;  snow-covered areas are pale blue; clouds are white and pale blue; paved areas in the city of Sendai is shown in brown. Source: NASA-EO.

Posted in japan earthquake, Japan Earthquakes 2011 | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »