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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Burma Pursuing ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya –UN

Posted by feww on November 25, 2016

 Japanese establishment financially supports Buddhist Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing of Rohingya  –Informed sources

  • Myanmar is pursuing the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told reporters.
  • John McKissick, a representative of the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said Burmese troops have been “killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river” into neighboring Bangladesh.
  • “The Rohingya are being squeezed by the callous actions of both the Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities. Fleeing collective punishment in Myanmar, they are being pushed back by the Bangladeshi authorities. Trapped between these cruel fates, their desperate need for food, water and medical care is not being addressed,” said Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.
  • The Bangladeshi authorities have cracked down on the flow of Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers from Myanmar. Over the past week, the Bangladesh Border Guards have detained and forcibly returned hundreds.
  •  Myanmar’s Buddhist majority consider the Rohingya as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Fukushima Coast, Japan

Posted by feww on November 22, 2016

M7.3 quake generates tsunami waves of up to 1.8m*

Major tsunami warnings have been downgraded to tsunami advisories.

Earthquake Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 7.3
Coordinates: 37.3N, 141.6E
Region: FUKUSHIMA COAST (Offshore), Japan
Depth: 10km
Time: 2016-11-21 20:59:49 UTC

*Tsunami Heights at MIYAGI and FUKUSHIMA Prefectures UNKNOWN/ UNDECLARED, as of posting.

  • Further details and analysis available from FIRE-EARTH Pulsars.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: GISP

Posted by feww on October 13, 2016

CJ Members

FIRE-EARTH Alert: The Latest Strain of Gonorrhea “Superbug” Spreading from Japan

[Information Bulletin provided by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.]

  • Details of the Bulletin will be available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS shortly.

Related Links and Background Information

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Selected Seismicity – June 24, 2019

Posted by feww on June 24, 2016

M5.9 strike 102km SSE of Yonakuni, Japan Region

Location: 23.614°N 123.386°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-23 21:05:29 UTC

M2.9 – 1km NW of Lakeland South, Washington
Location: 47.286°N 122.292°W
Depth: 22.0 km
Time: 2016-06-24 08:38:34 UTC

M4.9 – 89km S of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska
Location: 51.158°N 179.423°E
Depth: 35.0 km
Time: 2016-06-24 09:23:02 UTC

M4.4 – 13km N of Aratoca, Colombia
Location: 6.813°N 73.028°W
Depth: 147.0 km
Time: 2016-06-23 22:28:55 UTC

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Significant Earthquake Strikes South of Sapporo, Japan

Posted by feww on June 16, 2016

Quake registers ‘6-‘ on the local seismic scale, rattles S Hokkaido, N  Honshu

Measuring magnitude 5.3Mw [6- 0n the local seismic scale of 0 to 7,] the event was centered at 42.0N,141.0E [110km S of Sapporo,] striking at a depth of 10km, Japan’s weather forecasters reported.

The quake is the latest episode in the renewed waves of seismicity striking Japan region.

Tomari Nuclear Power Station

The quake occurred about 120km SSW of Tomari Nuclear Power Station [43.036N, 140.512E] home to three PWR reactors.

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Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, Alaska, Montana, Nevada

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

M5.7 quake strikes SW of Guatemala City

Magnitude: 5.7Mw [EMSC]
Location: 14.22 N ; 91.44 W
Depth: 100km [77.5km USGS/EHP]
Date/ time: 2016-06-15 13:46:58.7 UTC
Distances:

  • 110 km SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala [pop: 994,938]
  • 35 km S of Mazatenango, Guatemala [ pop: 44,132 ]
  • 11 km SW of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala [pop: 18,189]

Alaska
M5.1 – 39km SW of Adak, Alaska
Location: 51.611°N 177.033°W
Depth: 48.2 km
Time: 2016-06-14 17:13:26 UTC

Montana
M4.0 – 52km W of West Yellowstone, Montana
Location: 44.733°N 111.765°W
Depth: 9.7km
Time: 2016-06-14 14:35:28 UTC

Nevada
M3.7 – 17km SSE of Gabbs, Nevada
Location: 38.721°N 117.842°W
Depth: 9.9 km
Time: 2016-06-15 10:12:24 UTC

Other Significant Seismicity

Afghanistan
M5.0 – 43km W of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan
Location: 36.097°N 70.301°E
Depth: 112.1 km
Time: 2016-06-15 09:02:16 UTC

Indonesia
M5.6 – 194km ESE of Enarotali, Indonesia
Location: 4.606°S 137.965°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-14 22:09:26 UTC

Japan
M5.6 – 171km SSE of Naze, Japan
Location: 26.948°N 130.188°E
Depth: 6.0 km
Time: 2016-06-14 15:01:56 UTC

Vanuatu
M5.2 – 66km NW of Sola, Vanuatu
Location: 13.428°S 167.147°E
Depth: 222.4 km
Time: 2016-06-15 13:31:17 UTC

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Japan

Posted by feww on June 12, 2016

M5.0 quake strikes 36.0 km NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Centered at 36.0N, 139.9E [6km ENE of Noda, Ibaraki Pref.] the event occurred at a depth of 40km.

The quake struck at 07:54 local time [UTC + 9hrs] on 12 Jun 2016 and registered 4/7 on the local seismic intensity, the weather agency said.

M4.3 quake strikes Kumamoto Pref.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.3Mw [-5/7]
Location: 32.5N, 130.7E; depth= 10km
Region Name: Kumamoto-ken, Kumamoto-chiho
Time: 22:08 [UTC+ 9hrs]  on 12 Jun 2016

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Significant Earthquake Strikes South of Palm Springs, CA

Posted by feww on June 10, 2016

M5.2 strikes 44km S of Palm Springs, Calif.

Centered at 33.431°N, 116.443°W [20.0 km NNW of Borrego Springs] the event occurred at a depth of 12.3km, reported USGS/EHP.

  • The quake struck at 08:07:11 UTC [2016-06-10] and was followed by a swarm of at least nine aftershocks, as of posting.

Testimonies [EMSC]

Witness location : La Quinta (United States) (28 km NE from epicenter)
Strongest I have felt in a long time. Things really rattled. Pictures sitting on furniture came down

Witness location : Palm Desert (United States) (32 km N from epicenter)
First felt a rumble then the house shook and could here stretching sounds. This was the scariest I’ve experienced in CA in last50 years. The cats were terrified and are hiding somewhere in the house. Street lights still on, nothing fell inside house which seems to be intact.

Witness location : Cathedral City (United States) (38 km NW from epicenter)
the whole ground shaking… seeing everything around shaking is the scariest feeling imaginable… i felt like the ground was going to open.

Witness location : Cathedral City (United States) (38 km NW from epicenter)
We are used to earthquakes in Southern California but for some reason, this one was felt as a very big one. Surprised it was only 5.2. I heard most people felt it through southern California from San Diego to Joshua Tree.

Witness location : Temecula (United States) (65 km W from epicenter)
Born and raised in Ca. & this earthquake truly got my attention. We were sleeping in my second story and it shook so vigorously I thought the earthquake felt like a 6.0 pretty bad rattling on second floor.

Witness location : Homeland (United States) (70 km NW from epicenter)
Felt way bigger than a 5.2 was a lot longer than other quakes.

Witness location : Fallbrook (United States) (75 km W from epicenter)
There was some thunderous sound and the whole house swayed.

Witness location : Rosarito (Mexico) (132 km SW from epicenter)
Scary woke up to approx 10 second jolt in Baja Mexico felt like a railroad train passed by me.

Witness location : Los Angeles (United States) (204 km NW from epicenter)
At the hospital and noticed the curtains and IV bag shaking.

Witness location : Mohave Valley (United States) (238 km NE from epicenter)
Lived here 20 years in mohave desert never felt anything like this. 3 to 4 seconds of rolling pretty strong

Witness location : Bullhead City (United States) (258 km NE from epicenter)
I’m in Arizona and felt light shifting like motion, totaling 6-10 seconds

Witness location : Bodfish (United States) (303 km NW from epicenter)
A little rolling lasted a couple seconds.

Other Significant Seismicity

  • M5.3 at 38.396°N, 144.528°E; depth=25.1km  about 249km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan 2016-06-10 12:07:02 UTC

 

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Global Seismicity – June 8, 2016

Posted by feww on June 8, 2016

M6.3 quake strikes 126km WNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

M6.3 [1.295°N, 126.355°E; depth=38.3 km] 126km WNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia 2016-06-07 19:15:16 UTC 38.3 km

M5.1 [13.577°N, 90.804°W; depth=52.0 km] 38km S of Puerto San Jose, Guatemala 2016-06-08 10:38:29 UTC

M4.5 ~ 78km SW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador 2016-06-08 09:56:54 UTC 32.3 km
M5.0 Central East Pacific Rise 2016-06-08 08:31:39 UTC 10.0 km
M4.9 ~ 175km SSE of Naze, Japan 2016-06-08 02:02:22 UTC 10.0 km
M4.9 ~ 147km SSE of Naze, Japan 2016-06-08 01:54:27 UTC 10.5 km
M4.9 ~ 87km S of Nishinoomote, Japan 2016-06-08 00:56:39 UTC 19.0 km

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Strong Earthquake Strikes ENE of Taipei, Taiwan

Posted by feww on May 31, 2016

M7.2 Earthquake Strikes 73km ENE of Keelung City, Taiwan: CWB Earthquake Report

The quake was felt as far away as the coast of mainland China, about 400km away, according to several reports.

Centered at 25.572°N, 122.516°E the quake struck at a depth of 242.9km, reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.1Mw [Downgraded from M6.4, and subject to further changes due to unresolved procedural issues at USGS/EHP]
Location: 25.572°N, 122.516°E; depth of 242.9km
Time: 2016-05-31 05:23:47 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 92.0 km (57.2 mi) ENE of Keelung, Taiwan
  • 114.0 km (70.8 mi) ENE of Taipei, Taiwan
  • 118.0 km (73.3 mi) NE of Yilan, Taiwan
  • 122.0 km (75.8 mi) ENE of Banqiao, Taiwan
  • 925.0 km (574.8 mi) ENE of Hong Kong

Other Significant Seismicity

Earthquake strikes 230km SSW of Naha, Japan
Magnitude: 5.2Mw
Location: 24.448°N, 126.469°E  – 126km ESE of Hirara, Japan
Depth: 10.0km
Time: 2016-05-30 09:47:47 UTC

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Significant Global Seismicity – May 27, 2016

Posted by feww on May 27, 2016

M5.2 – 13km WNW of Campoverde, Peru

Location: 8.450°S 74.927°W (13.0 km WNW of Campoverde, Peru) depth=132.4 km
Time: 2016-05-27 10:00:49 (UTC)

M4.6 – 103km ESE of Khonsa, India

Location: 26.517°N 96.447°E (103.0 km ESE of Khonsa, India) depth=74.8 km
Time: 2016-05-27 05:03:11 (UTC)

M5.8 quake strikes SSE of Naze, Japan

Location: 26.987°N 130.195°E (168.0 km SSE of Naze, Japan) depth=10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-27 03:44:29 (UTC)

M6.4 – 19km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Location: 20.826°S 178.671°W (19.0 km  S of Ndoi Island, Fiji) depth=572.1 km
Time: 2016-05-27 04:08:44 (UTC)

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Latest Significant Global Seismicity – May 24, 2016

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016

KAH

M5.2 quake strikes 11km W of Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

  • Location: 16.747°N, 93.822°W depth=124.0 km (77.1 mi)
  • Time: 2016-05-23 at 19:20:39 (UTC)

Chile, China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan

  • 4.9 – 50km SSE of Putre, Chile 2016-05-24 00:29:35 UTC 120.7 km
  • M4.6 – 52km N of Miyako, Japan 2016-05-24 09:48:03 UTC 35.0 km
  • M4.8 – 4km SE of Pilar, Philippines 2016-05-23 23:57:33 UTC 74.2 km
  • M4.5 – 178km NNW of Dili, East Timor 2016-05-23 21:14:00 UTC 511.4 km
  • M4.5 – 5km SSW of Yachimata, Japan 2016-05-23 16:42:58 UTC 56.4 km
  • M4.8 – 102km W of Makurazaki, Japan 2016-05-23 15:17:42 UTC 14.8 km
  • M4.8 – 30km WNW of Chaoyang, China 2016-05-22 09:08:06 UTC 16.5 km
  • M4.9 – 20km N of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-22 02:06:18 UTC 10.0 km
  • M5.0 – 21km ENE of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-21 20:51:39 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.8 – 3km N of Carlagan, Philippines 2016-05-21 11:14:49 UTC 40.0 km
  • M4.5 – 107km NE of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands 2016-05-21 08:17:35 UTC 32.0 km
  • M5.5 – 239km S of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2016-05-21 06:06:42 UTC 130.4 km

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Earthquakes Strike Taiwan, Russia, NZ, Japan, Cyprus

Posted by feww on May 12, 2016

M 5.6 quake strikes Su’ao, Taiwan Region

The event, registered as M5.8 by Taiwan Govt., was followed by a M5.5 aftershock, reported USGS/EHP.

  • At least a dozen earthquakes and aftershocks have struck Taiwan on May 12 (local time).

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.6Mw
Location: 24.674°N, 121.966°E [14km NE of Su’ao, Taiwan]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-12 03:17:16 UTC

Magnitude: 5.5Mw
Location: 24.682°N, 122.039°E [21km ENE of Su’ao, Taiwan]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-12 04:29:56 UTC

Magnitude: 5.0Mw – Russia
Location: 43.326°N, 146.659°E [52km S of Shikotan, Russia]
Depth: 65.3 km
Time: 2016-05-12 06:32:30 UTC

Magnitude: 5.2 [classified locally as ‘STRONG’ by NZ geonet]
Location: 40.92°S, 175.42°E [20 km west of Masterton]
Depth: 27km
Date/Time: May 11 2016, 19:55:18

Magnitude: 4.4Mw – Japan
Location: 32.690°N, 130.606°E [5km W of Uto, Japan]
Depth: 6.4 km
Time: 2016-05-12 08:04:25 UTC
This aftershock, measuring 4/7 on Japan’s seismic scale, was one of about two dozen shocks to strike the Kumamoto disaster zone on May 12.

Magnitude: 4.3Mw – Cyprus
Location: 34.950°N, 33.511°E [4km E of Psevdhas, Cyprus]
Depth: 6.3 km
Time: 2016-05-12 00:18:37 UTC

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Significant Seismicity – April 20, 2016

Posted by feww on April 20, 2016

M6.1 event occurs in coastal Ecuador

Details
Magnitude: 6.1Mw  [emsc-csem.org]
Location: 0.67°N, 80.17°W
Depth: 15km
Time: 2016-04-20 at 08:33:48 UTC
Distances:

  • 208 km NW of Quito, Ecuador [pop: 1.4 million]
  • 17 km NW of Muisne, Ecuador [pop: 14k]

M7.8 Ecuador Earthquake Casualty Update

  • Death toll: About 500 dead, more than 100 others missing
  • Injuries: About 5,000 injured
  • Damage: 1,500 buildings destroyed, many others damaged, multiple landslides have destroyed roads and other public infrastructure
  • Estimated Damage: USD2.5 Billion

Japan

Magnitude: 5.8Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 37.83°N, 141.60°E  [About 90km east of Fukushima NPP]
Depth: 38.8km
Time: 2016-04-20 12:19:45.1 UTC
Distances:

  • 80 km SE of Sendai-shi, Japan [ pop: 1,037,562]
  • 65 km NE of Namie, Japan [pop: 21,866 ]

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Significant Quakes, Aftershocks Hit Chile, Ecuador, Japan, Vanuatu

Posted by feww on April 18, 2016

Powerful earthquake, aftershocks devastate coastal areas of Ecuador

A M7.8 quake and its aftershocks have devastated multiple towns and communities in Ecuador. The death toll from the earthquake and aftershocks has now reached about 370, and could rise further.

Additionally, more than 2,000 people have been injured, many of them seriously.

The worst affected region is the coastal province of Manabi; however, the full extent of damage remains unknown, as of posting.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked the disaster zone including at least three that measured between 5.4Mw and 5.6Mw.

Japan Deadly Earthquakes

Dozens of significant aftershocks continue to rattle the disaster area in Kyushu, Japan.

Up to 200,000 people have been evacuated following the two deadly quakes that have killed dozens of people, and left thousands more injured.

The quakes and aftershocks have destroyed or damaged more than 3,000 houses. Bridges, tunnels, roads and large sections of highways have also been destroyed.

Ground movements of up to 2 meters have been reported, apparently due to a new active fault line!

Up to a quarter of a million households are without power, natural gas, or water.

Serious food and water shortages have been reported. Piles of garbage are posing a health threat throughout the disaster area.

Chile
M5.6 [31.715°S, 71.175°W] about 9km S of Illapel, Chile 2016-04-18 11:38:38 UTC depth=39.4km

Vanuatu
M5.9 [19.479°S, 169.034°E] 25km WNW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-04-18 13:06:11 UTC depth=74.5km

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Deadly Kyushu Earthquakes – April 16 Update

Posted by feww on April 16, 2016

Aftershocks continue to rock Kyushu

The latest significant aftershocks are listed below:

00:19 JST 17 Apr 2016 00:14 JST 17 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M4.9 (4)
21:08 JST 16 Apr 2016 21:05 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)

16:05 JST 16 Apr 2016 16:02 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)
14:30 JST 16 Apr 2016 14:27 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)
14:07 JST 16 Apr 2016 14:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M4.5 (4)
09:51 JST 16 Apr 2016 09:48 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.4 (6-)
09:20 JST 16 Apr 2016 09:16 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)
08:23 JST 16 Apr 2016 08:20 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.6 (4)
07:27 JST 16 Apr 2016 07:23 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.8 (5-)
07:14 JST 16 Apr 2016 07:11 JST 16 Apr 2016 Oita-ken Chubu M5.3 (5-)
03:59 JST 16 Apr 2016 03:55 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M5.8 (6+)

03:09 JST 16 Apr 2016 03:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M5.8 (5+)
02:09 JST 16 Apr 2016 02:04 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.9 (4)
02:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:56 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.7 (4)
01:58 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:46 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.0 (6-)
01:47 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:44 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)

USGS has upgraded its casualty and damage estimates for the 7.1Mw event [widely reported as a magnitude 7.3 quake by the local media.]

RED Pager

  • Estimated Fatalities: 1,000 – 10,000 [P: 56%]
  • Estimated Economic Losses: USD10 – 100 billion  [P:42%]

Official Figures: About 3 dozen fatalities and up to 2,000 injuries reported, including 200 in a serious condition, as of posting.

Extent of reported Damage:

  • Scores of homes, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels and highways have been destroyed or damaged.
  • A major, 200-m long bridge has collapsed.
  • Major landslides, mudslides and earth movement (up to 97cm) reported.
  • About 150mm of rain expected to exacerbate the damage across the disaster area.
  • About 100,000 families evacuated.
  • Tens of thousands of home s are without power and natural gas.
  • Up to 2 million people (400,000 households) are left without water.
  • Earthquake-triggered ash-eruptions eruptions reported at Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan.

 

 

 

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Powerful Earthquake Rocks Kyushu, S. Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 15, 2016

M7.1 event strikes Kyushu, felt in southern Honshu, Japan

The powerful quake occurred at a depth of 10km about 5km ENE of Kumamoto city.

USGS/EHP has issued a RED Pager for this event:

  • Yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible. Estimated fatalities between 10 and 100 with a probability of 57%.
  • Red alert level for economic losses. Extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Japan. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response. Damage estimated between USD1 billion and USD10 billion, with a probability of 42%, as of posting.

Kyushu 7-1 JMA 20160416013006395-160125

EQ Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 7.1Mw
Location: 32.8N, 130.8E ( Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho)
Depth: 10 km
Time: 01:25 JST (UTC -9hrs) 16 Apr 2016

Nearby Cities:

  • 5.0 km (3.1 mi) ENE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan
  • 9.0 km (5.6 mi) SW of Ozu, Japan
  • 15.0 km (9.3 mi) SE of Ueki, Japan
  • 17.0 km (10.6 mi) NE of Uto, Japan
  • 633.0 km (393.3 mi) SE of Seoul, South Korea

The event registered 6+ on Japan’s s seismic intensity scale (1 – 7) at 10 seismic monitoring stations, JMA said.

The quake was immediately followed by three significant aftershocks:

01:50 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:46 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.0 (6-)
01:47 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:44 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)
01:37 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:30 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.4 (4)

  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale (1 – 7).

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Earthquake Update – Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 15, 2016

Aftershocks Plague Kumamoto, Kyushu

Earthquake death toll has been revised down to [at least] 9 by Japanese authorities, while more than 1.3k people have been injured.

About 170 aftershocks of all sizes have been registered as of posting, with the two most significant events detailed below

01:56 JST 15 Apr 2016 01:53 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.8 (5-)
00:09 JST 15 Apr 2016 00:03 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4 (6+)

  • JST = UTC -9 hrs.
  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale of 1 to 7.

The 6.4-magnitude and its aftershocks have destroyed or severely damaged scores of homes, other buildings, roads and highways.

Part of the walls and roof of Kumamoto castle have been severely damaged.

About 45,000 people fled to designated earthquake shelters.

The quake cut power to more than 12,000 homes and left about 60,000 others without water.

Operations have been suspended at many factories operating in the region including Toyota, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Bridgestone, and others.

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Japan Earthquake Fatalities, Damage Upgraded by USGS

Posted by feww on April 14, 2016

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Kyushu, Japan

The event occurred at a depth of 10km about 65km east of Nagasaki. It registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale at Mashiki-machi Miyazono monitoring station.

USGS/EHP has now upgraded the estimated fatality and damage from the event and its aftershocks, so far, as follows.

RED Pager:

  • Yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible. Estimated fatalities between 10 and 100 with a probability of 57%.
  • Red alert level for economic losses. Extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Japan. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response. Damage estimated between USD1 billion and USD10 billion, with a probability of 42%, as of posting.

Significant Aftershocks

00:09 JST 15 Apr 2016 00:03 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4  (6+)
23:47 JST 14 Apr 2016 23:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.0 (4)
23:32 JST 14 Apr 2016 23:28 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.4 (4)

22:46 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.3 (4)
22:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:38 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.0 (5-)

22:27 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:22 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.6 (4)

22:20 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:16 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.2 (4)
22:15 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:09 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.3 (4)
22:12 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:07 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.7 (6-)

21:58 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:53 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.0 (4)
21:48 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:42 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.9 (4)
21:44 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:37 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M3.9 (4)
21:32 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:26 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4  (7)

  • JST = UTC -9 hrs.
  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale of 1 – 7.

NHK Report

  • At least 12 people confirmed dead.
  • Dozens injured.
  • At least 19 buildings have collapsed.

 

 

 

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 14, 2016

TEN

[CJ Members: EQ Corresponds to April 8 Event]

The quake registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale

The quake struck at a depth of 10km about 65km east of Nagasaki. It registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale at Mashiki-machi Miyazono monitoring station.

Magnitude: 6.4 [JMA]
Location: 32.7N, 130.8E [Kumamoto-ken/ Kumamoto-chiho]
Date & Time: 14 Apr 2016 at 21:26 JST [12:26 UTC]
Depth: 10 km

USGS Model: Yellow Pager

  • Estimated Fatalities: 1
  • Possible damage: up to USD100 million (p: 42%)
  • Secondary Effects: Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Aftershocks: At least a dozen aftershocks have been reported, as of posting, with the most significant ones measuring 5.7 and 5.0Mw respectively.

Nearby Cities:

89 km S of Fukuoka-shi, Japan [pop: 1,392,289] 21:26:36.2 2016-04-14
11 km W of Kumamoto-shi, [pop: 680,423] – emsc-csem.org

kumamoto EQ location map - JMA
Image Source: JMA

Map of Japan's NPP and 6-4 Kumamoto EQ Location

 

Felt reports

Witness location : Shinjuku-ku (Japan) (893 km E from epicenter)
We are on the 21 floor of the Keio Plaza in Toyko. I barely felt it but my wife did not.

Witness location : Seoul (South Korea) (623 km NW from epicenter)
Was lying in bed and started gentle rocking from side to side. Looked at clock and it read 9.26 pm (KST). Went to google and saw a tremor in Japan at the same time. Just wondering is Seoul too far away to be felt?

Witness location : Shimonoseki (Japan) (129 km N from epicenter)
Quake motion was sharp side to side movement for 5 seconds, then slowed down for 3 seconds then much stronger for another 5 seconds. We are located 70 miles north of the epicenter.

Witness location : Shimonoseki (Japan) (129 km N from epicenter)
Quake motion was sharp side to side movement for 5 seconds, then slowed down for 3 seconds then much stronger for another 5 seconds. We are located 70 miles north of the epicenter. [emsc-csem.org]

Police told NHK they had received reports of a dozen people being trapped under collapsed houses.

 

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Japan’s Whaling Sickness Reemerges

Posted by feww on April 9, 2016

Japan starts new whaling round

Japanese whalers have started an eight-week whaling expedition to massacre more than four dozen minke whales in coastal waters off the northeast of the country despite ICJ Ruling and long-standing international objection, AAP reported.

A fleet of four whaling ships left Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki city, about 340km northeast of Tokyo, the report said.

The Association for Community-Based Whaling, a nonprofit group for what they call coastal research whaling, plans to hunt in an 80km radius from the port.

In March 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s research whaling program in the Antarctic contravened a 1986 moratorium on whale hunting.

The ruling led Japan to suspend whaling in the Antarctic in the 2014 season. But it resumed the operation in December and caught 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean during a two-month hunt. [AAP]

In 1987, Japan officially halted commercial whaling in accordance to the previous year’s moratorium. However, the country has since used a loophole to continue whaling under the guise of scientific research despite ICJ Ruling, and international objection.

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Volcano Eruption Alert: Mt Sakurajima Ejects Large Plume of Ash

Posted by feww on April 1, 2016

Sakurajima ejects  impressive column of ash 5km into the air

The explosive eruption occurred Friday morning producing a large plume of smoke and ash.

Today’s eruption is reportedly the most powerful eruption in recent months.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan)
Ontake crater
31°35′19″N,  130°39′17″E
Summit Elevation: 1,117 m
Minamidake crater
31°34′38″N, 130°39′32″E
Summit Elevation: 1,060 m

Authorities upgraded the volcanic warning to a “Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano)” on February 5.

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is located in Kagoshima Bay, southern Kyushu, Japan (about 1,100km WSW of Tokyo). The composite volcano has three peaks: Kitadake, Nakadake and Minamidake (southern peak).

Since 1955 the Minamidake crater, has been continually active. The ongoing activity includes strong strombolian to ash explosions at least once and as many as 8 times a day.

Sendai nuclear power station was built about 50km from the volcano, and despite hundreds of recent eruptions, it was restarted on August 11, 2015.

Sakurajima is a post-caldera cone of the Aira caldera, a gigantic caldera in the southern portion of the island of Kyushu. The caldera was formed by a massive VEI 7 eruption (~ 400km³ of ejecta), about 22,000 years ago, “shortly” after the Oruanui eruption of New Zealand’s Taupo Volcano.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes SE of Shingu, Planet of the Abes

Posted by feww on April 1, 2016

M6.0 QUAKE STRIKES NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.0Mw
Location: 33.37N, 136.38E
Depth: 10km
Time: 2016-04-01 02:39:07 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 396km SW of Tokyo, Japan [pop: 13,800,000]
  • 168 km SE of Osaka city, Japan [pop: 2,700,000]
  • 147 km SE of Wakayama city, Japan [pop: 370,000]
  • 55 km SE of Shingu, Japan [pop: 32,000]

Source: http://www.emsc-csem.org/

Tsunami Evaluation: No destructive tsunami generated as a result of this earthquake.

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Resurgence of Fascism and Remilitarization in Japan

Posted by feww on March 29, 2016

Sent by a reader in New Mexico

Another Abeshit Day in Japan’s Ignominious History

Despite its pacifist Constitution, Japan’s controversial “security laws” took effect today, enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the nation’s total and utter defeat in World War II.

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state.

In the Constitution, which came into effect on May 3, 1947, following Japan’s defeat in World War II, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of belligerency and aims at an international peace based on justice and order.

The Article 9 also forbids Japan from maintaining an army, navy or air force. Therefore, the Self Defense Forces are supposed to be extensions of the national police force.

The full text of Article 9 in Japanese is

“ 第九条  日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。

二  前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。”

The official English translation of the article is

“ ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized. ”

In July 2015, however, Abe’s Cabinet decided to unilaterally reinterpret the clause. The new legislation allows Japan to use force by exercising its right to “collective self-defense.”

“It makes a mockery of constitutional constraints on government power if governments can, through executive decree, reinterpret those constraints away. To permit such a reinterpretation of Article 9 would throw into question the integrity and meaning of all other provisions of the Constitution, and thus undermine the normative power of the entire Constitution,” said Craig Martin is an associate professor at the Washburn University School of Law.

“And of course this particular reinterpretation would gut one of the three pillars of Japan’s constitutional order. In short, it poses a serious risk to the rule of law and principles of democracy in Japan.”

“Prime Minister Abe changed the interpretation of the Constitution by force. Is it OK to change the Constitution’s pacifism so easily?” said Katsuya Okada, head of the main opposition Democratic Party, on Monday.

“We have to stop the ‘reckless driving’ of the Abe administration. This is the last chance to realize the politics in which it is possible to change ruling parties,” Okada said.

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Japan Sending Weapons Grade Plutonium to U.S. this Weekend: Activists

Posted by feww on March 18, 2016

Joint Statement by Activists Condemning “Secret” Plutonium Shipment from Japan to U.S.

Japan will send 331kg of weapons-grade plutonium as early as this weekend to the United States, Greenpeace said in a statement.

A shipment of weapons-grade plutonium scheduled to depart the port of Tokai, Ibaraki prefecture this coming weekend highlights the failure, but also the proliferation risks, of the current Japanese nuclear policy, a coalition of five non-governmental organizations warned today. A cargo of 331kg of plutonium will be loaded on to the Pacific Egret, an armed British nuclear transport ship, prior to departure under armed escort to the United States. It will be the largest shipment of separated plutonium since 1.8 tons of plutonium was delivered to Japan by controversial Akatsuki-maru in 1992. The two month voyage to the Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station will then see the plutonium dumped at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, which is responsible for the shipment, has identified that storage in Japan poses a security risk justifying its removal.

“Citizen Nuclear Information Center (Japan); Green Action (Japan); Savannah River Site Watch (U.S.); CORE (England), and Greenpeace, condemn the shipment as a dangerous distraction from the major problem in Japan which is its overall nuclear energy policy, where over 9 tons of plutonium remains stockpiled and there are plans to produce many tons more during the coming decade. The representatives of the five organizations have worked together over the past quarter century against Japan`s plutonium and nuclear fuel cycle program,” said a joint statement.

Two-hundred and thirty six kilograms of the Tokai plutonium was supplied to Japan from the UK, with 2 kilograms from France and the remainder from the U.S. for neutronic testing purposes at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency Fast Critical Assembly facility at Tokai-mura in Ibaraki. The facility has been used as a basis for Japan`s failed fast breeder reactor program, in particular the MONJU reactor. For more than five decades, Japanese nuclear policy has been based on the production and use of plutonium as a nuclear fuel. However, the failure of both its breeder program and plans to use plutonium as mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in light water reactors, has led to Japan acquiring the largest stockpile of weapons usable plutonium of any non nuclear weapon state.

Japan’s current stockpile of plutonium is about 46,700kg, of which 9,528kg is located locally, with the balance being stored in France and the UK. About 8kg is required for a nuclear weapon.

“Two reactors, Takahama 3 and 4, owned by Kansai Electric, began operation in January and February 2016 loaded with plutonium MOX fuel, with unit 3 operating with 24 assemblies containing 1,088kg of plutonium and unit 4 with 4 assemblies containing 184kg of plutonium. Unit 4 shutdown due to an electrical failure three days after start up, while unit 3 was forced to shutdown on March 10th following a court order. Both reactors remain shutdown and are subject of a court injunction preventing operation issued by the Otsu district court, Shiga prefecture on March 9th. They are expected to be non operational for many months. Of the 26 reactors under review by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Ikata-3, Genkai-3 and Tomari-3 are all intended to operate with plutonium MOX fuel,” said the statement.

The U.S. Department of Energy reportedly “has no plans for final disposal of the Japanese plutonium, which will be added to the existing stockpile of 13 tons at the SRS, demonstrating that the shipment is largely a commercial dumping operation to secure funds for the beleaguered weapons material production site near Aiken, South Carolina, as pointed out by Savannah River Site Watch.”

An analysis of Japan’s plutonium program: Nuclear Proliferation in Plain Sight

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