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M7.0 quake rattles Sendai NPP

Posted by feww on November 14, 2015

Strong Earthquake Strikes WSW of Makurazaki, Japan

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • M6.7, about 144km WSW of Makurazaki, Japan  (30.998°N, 128.836°E) 2015-11-13 20:51:31 UTC depth=10.0 km

EQ details according to Japan weather agency

  • M7.0, located in Satsuma-hanto Seiho-oki ( 30.9°N, 128.7°E)  depth=10.0 km at 05:51 JST 14 Nov 2015

Tsunami Report

Tsunami warnings issued for Kagoshima and Satsunan islands was later lifted. Authorities reported  a 30-cm tsunami on Nakanoshima island, south of Kagoshima prefecture.

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Strong Quake Strikes NW Sumatra

Posted by feww on November 8, 2015


M6.1 quake strikes S of Medan, Indonesia

Magnitude: 6.1Mw
Location: 0.743°N 98.875°E (about 250km south of Medan, North Sumatra)
Depth: 75.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 09:34:57 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

Latest Significant Earthquakes

M 5.3 – 273km SSW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
Location: 48.388°N 154.768°E
Depth: 44.2 km
Time: 2015-11-08 15:40:55 UTC

M 5.7 – 114km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.500°N 172.981°W
Depth: 33.5 km
Time: 2015-11-08 11:33:16 UTC

M5.4 – 98km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.624°N 173.116°W
Depth: 47.6 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:46:21 UTC

M5.2 – 138km NW of Sabang, Indonesia
Location: 6.880°N 94.548°E
Depth:  27.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:42:04 UTC

M 5.3 – 58km ENE of Tarata, Peru
Location: 17.369°S 69.495°W
Depth: 165.0 km
Time: 2015-11-08 08:13:37 UTC

M 5.7 – 3km N of Binabalian Ricor, Philippines
Location: 16.456°N 119.927°E
Depth: 35.3 km
Time: 2015-11-07 19:40:12 UTC

M 5.3 – 1km W of Moriya, Japan
Location: 35.931°N 139.982°E
Depth: 106.1 km
Time: 2015-11-07 13:44:44 UTC

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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To the ‘royal’ parasites in Saudi Arabia, Japan

Posted by feww on October 27, 2015

It’s time to quit!


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Earthquake Rattles Fukushima Daiichi Nuked Power Plant

Posted by feww on October 21, 2015

M5.4 earthquake strikes 7km SE of crippled Fukushima Daiichi NPP

Centered at 37.349°N, 141.097°E, about 7km southeast of the stricken nuclear plant (37.316N, 141.027E), the  quake struck at a depth of 28.2 km (17.5 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was reported as a magnitude 5.5 by Japan’s weather agency, and registered 4 on the local Seismic Intensity Scale (1 to 7).

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Location: 37.349°N, 141.097°E; depth=28.2 km (17.5 mi)
Time: 2015-10-21 06:04:49 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 17km (11mi) SSE of Namie, Japan
  • 38km (24mi) NNE of Iwaki, Japan
  • 46km (29mi) ESE of Funehiki, Japan
  • 55km (34mi) E of Miharu, Japan
  • 223km (139mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

Other Recent Quakes

Earthquake Strikes SSE of Sendai Nuke Plant August 17, 2015

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Significant Earthquake Strikes Tokyo Bay Area

Posted by feww on September 12, 2015

M5.4 earthquake strikes SE Tokyo, Japan

Centered at 35.487°N, 139.948°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 47.2km, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake measured 5 – (five minus) on Japan’s seismic scale (0 – 7) and reportedly shook buildings around the Tokyo Bay Area.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Location: 35.487°N 139.948°E
Depth: 47.2km
Time: 2015-09-11 at 20:49:06 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 12km (7mi) WSW of Ichihara, Japan
  • 20km (12mi) SW of Chiba-shi, Japan
  • 32km (20mi) SE of Tokyo, Japan

Other Significant Quakes (September 12)

5.3 90km NNW of Lae, PNG 2015-09-11 23:51:52 UTC 11.7 km
4.5 130km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico 2015-09-11 21:34:44 UTC 20.0 km
5.5 89km NNW of Lae, PNG 2015-09-11 21:19:19 UTC 30.3 km
5.2 142km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico 2015-09-11 21:16:12 UTC 25.7 km
4.6 42km SE of Iwaki, Japan 2015-09-12 02:44:52 UTC 25.7 km
4.7 216km ESE of Kuril’sk, Russia 2015-09-12 02:29:11 UTC 42.3 km
5.0 3km NE of Nueve de Julio, Argentina 2015-09-12 08:13:49 UTC 10.0 km

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Mass Evacuations Ordered near Tokyo amid Major Flooding

Posted by feww on September 10, 2015

About 250,000 people ordered to abandon their homes as floods bury parts of two prefectures in Japan

Japanese authorities have also advised up to a million people to evacuate as multiple weather systems dump more than 500mm of rain, triggering widespread flooding across large areas surrounding the capital Tokyo.

Emergency weather warnings were in effect across Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, where the Kinu River [“Kinugawa”] burst its banks, flooding vast areas, sweeping away entire buildings, and causing major damage to infrastructure.

“This is a scale of downpour that we have not experienced before. Grave danger could be imminent,” said the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency at an emergency press conference.

Meanwhile, more rain is forecast for Japan, threatening severe flooding and landslides across large parts of the country, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

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Powerful Tornado Destroys Dozens of Homes in Chiba, Japan

Posted by feww on September 7, 2015

Tornado tears through central Japan

A powerful tornado tore through central Japan, destroying or damaging more than 100 homes and injuring about a dozen people in Chiba city, near Tokyo.

The tornado reportedly uprooted scores of utility posts, and damaged cars and trains.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm ETAU moved closer to Kii Peninsula, Japan, threatening to dump up to 20 inches of rain on the western part of the Kansai region, which would trigger severe flooding and landslides.


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Earthquakes Strike near Atka, Alaska

Posted by feww on September 4, 2015

Multiple quakes strike Andreanof Islands

History: A magnitude 8.6Mw megathrust earthquake struck Andreanof Islands (51.5°N 175.7°W) on March 9, 1957, causing Vsevidof Volcano (53.1256°N,168.6937°W) to erupt, and triggering a 16-meter high tsunami that destroyed two communities in Oahu, Hawaii.

Vsevidof Volcano on Umnak Island viewed from an Alaska Airlines en route to Adak, Alaska, May 31, 2012. Credit: Cyrus Read/AVO/USGS.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • M4.5, 110km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2015-09-04 13:35:37 UTC depth= 46.4km
  • M4.8, 111km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2015-09-04 12:48:55 UTC depth= 36.3km
  • M4.9, 81km SW of Atka, Alaska 2015-09-04 12:42:06 UTC depth= 42.1km
  • M4.8, 98km SW of Atka, Alaska 2015-09-04 12:24:24 UTC depth= 46.4km
  • M4.8, 105km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2015-09-04 12:15:42 UTC depth= 29.3km

Other Significant Earthquakes

  • M5.4, 15km SSE of Oguz, Azerbaijan 2015-09-04 04:49:38 UTC depth= 13.8km
  • M5.5, 142km NE of Naze, Japan 2015-09-04 04:49:21 UTC depth= 10.0km
  • M5.4, 224km E of Namie, Japan 2015-09-03 16:51:47 UTC depth=10.0km

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Evil Japan Govt Spending $40+ Billion on Arms, while 1 in 6 Kids in Poverty

Posted by feww on August 29, 2015

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One in six Japanese kids live below poverty line, amid rising defense budget: Report

Japan is one of the world’s most economically developed countries, but one in six Japanese children live in poverty—one of the worst rates in the industrialized world.

More than half a million single Japanese mothers live below the poverty line, earning less than $10,600 a year, while the defense budget for next year will likely hit an all-time high, exceeding 5 trillion yen ($40.2 billion) for the first time.

The cost of feeding all the poor kids in Japan would be about $1 billion per year, a tiny fraction of the country’s defense budget.

“Many working parents are paid wages that are so low, they can be categorized as working poor. The situation has become especially serious with parents who are in their 20s and 30s.” —Prof. Ryoichi Yamano, Chiba Meitoku College

“Last year, a 28-year-old mother and her 3-year-old child were found dead in a condo near Tokumaru’s previous workplace. They were presumed to have died 3 months earlier from starvation. A memo left by the mother apologized to the child for not being able to provide good food,” said a report.

In 2013, the mother had visited a local government office asking for welfare benefits, but she was turned down, according to the report.

The latest child poverty rate (2013) for children under 18 living in households earning ¥1.22 million, half of the median equivalent disposable income, was 16.3%, the highest ever recorded, said a report.

Japan’s relative poverty rate has been steadily increasing since mid-2000s. Today, it has climbed well above the OECD average.

Meanwhile, Japan has launched a new helicopter carrier, one of the country’s biggest warships since World War II.

Japan’s second largest naval vessel —the helicopter carrier “Kaga”—was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama earlier this week.

The original vessel Kaga was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). It participated in the bombings of the ports of Shanghai and Nanjing in 1937, and later joined the naval group that attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Kaga was sunk by the US navy in the Battle of Midway the following year, in June 1942.

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Two Major Fires Break out Near Tokyo, Japan

Posted by feww on August 24, 2015

Massive Fire Breaks Out at a Steel Plant in Kawasaki

A massive fire broke out at a steel plant in the industrial city of Kawasaki, near Haneda airport, about 25km from central Tokyo.

The fire started at a cooling tower in the plant, which is owned by Nippon Steel, a company official told AFP.

The blaze was the second large fire to break out in Japan on Monday, after a series of explosions rocked a US military base in Sagamihara, said a report.

Sagamihara [pop: 850,000,] located 40km southwest of Tokyo, is the third most populous city in Kanagawa prefecture.

Eyewitnesses described the blasts as a series of continuous explosions that lasted up to 15 minutes.

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Earthquake Strikes SSE of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on August 17, 2015

M5.1 earthquake strikes 100km SSE of Sendai, Japan

Centered at 30.8N, 131.1E the quake struck at a depth of about 10km and was felt across the southern tip of Kyushu island, according to Japan’s weather agency.

At the Sendai earthquake monitoring station, the quake registered 3 on Japan’s Seismic Intensity Scale (1 to 7).

Other Significant Earthquakes:

  • M5.2, 145km E of Chichi-shima, Japan, 2015-08-17 at 00:45:42UTC depth=7.4km
  • M4.0, 1km N of Piedmont, California 2015-08-17 at 13:49:17UTC depth=5.4 km

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Sakurajima Volcano ‘Unhappy’ with Sendai Nuke Restart

Posted by feww on August 15, 2015

Sakurajima Volcano Warning Raised

Mt Sakurajima volcanic warning level has been raised to Level 4, “prepare to evacuate,” amid signs of increased activity, said Japan’s weather agency.

Mt Sakurajima could have a larger than usual eruption, officials said.

The news follows Tuesday’s restart of a reactor at the Sendai nuclear power station, located less than 50km from the angry volcano.

Volcano Information

One of Japan’s most active volcanoes, Sakurajima is situated in Kagoshima Bay, south of Kyushu, Japan (about 1,000km WSW of Tokyo). The volcano has three active craters: Kitadake, Minamidake and Nakadake.

Multiple eruptions have occurred at Minamidake crater since 1955 .

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Terrorists Vandalize Our Colleague’s Car in Japan, Again

Posted by feww on August 7, 2015

Fire-Earth contributor’s car vandalized by terrorists in Wakayama, Japan twice in three weeks

Supporters of the warmongering PM of Japan repeatedly terrorize our colleague in Wakayama. 

terrorists vandalize colleague-s car in japan -2

terrorists vandalize car

Massacring defenseless dolphins and terrorizing anyone who objects to the inhumanity!

Before Abe became prime minister, our colleague was targeted by various groups because of his views against the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Wakayama.

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Deadly Typhoon NANGKA Striking Japan

Posted by feww on July 16, 2015

Deadly NANGKA barrels toward Shikoku, Japan

Typhoon NANGKA, the season’s 11th typhoon, is making landfall on Japan’s Shikoku island, prompting the authorities to evacuate up to a third of a million people in 11 prefectures, with more than 1.5 million others on standby to evacuate their homes, if necessary.

Flash floods triggered by the powerful typhoon have already killed at least two people, and left about 20 others injured, locals have reported.

Torrential rains brought by NANGKA [Malaysian name for the Jack fruit, no reason given for the choice of name,] have already caused multiple landslides in several prefectures, and forced Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways to cancel hundreds of domestic flights. Many train cancellations were also reported.

Japan’s weather agency has issued Warnings or Advisories for the entire country, with storm, high waves, heavy rain,
flooding, storm surge, thunderstorm and/or ground-loosening inundation topping the typhoon’s list of impacts.

NANGA was on course to hit the island of Shikoku at about midnight local time [UTC+ 9.00  hrs,] before slamming the main island of Honshu, on Friday.

TY 1511 (NANGKA) – issued by Japan’s weather agency at 12:50UTC on July 16, 2015

Scale: Large
Intensity: Strong
Center position: N33°00′(33.0°), E134°20′(134.3°)
Direction and movement speed: N 20km/h(10kt)
Central pressure: 960hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center: 35m/s(70kt)
Maximum wind gust: 50m/s(100kt)

The weather agency has forecast total rainfall amounts of up to 800mm on Shikoku, 600mm in nearby prefectures of Osaka, Nagoya and the neighboring areas, as well as 300mm in the Tokyo region in the 24 hours through noon Friday.

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Volcanic Vent at Owakudani Valley near Tokyo Erupts

Posted by feww on June 30, 2015

Mt. Hakone erupts spewing ash and steam

A “minor volcanic eruption” has occurred at Mt Hakone near Tokyo starting Monday night through Tuesday, according to officials.

Fresh layers of volcanic ash were discovered Tuesday morning around a newly-formed vent in the Owakudani valley, which forms part of the Mount Hakone range (Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park) located in Kanagawa prefecture.

Volcanic tremors have been shaking the Hakone mountain since Monday morning, officials said, warning nearby residents that the volcano could eject sizable rocks to a radius of about one kilometer and smaller rocks even further.

The warning level on the Hakone was  raised to level 3 [“Do not approach the volcano,”] at 12:30 JST today [June 30,  2015.]

The volcano has been ejecting steam over the past few months.

Mt Hakone is located about 80 km SW of central Tokyo. More than 45 million people live within a 100-km radius of the volcano according to FIRE-EARTH Population Models.

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M6.9 Quake Strikes North of Bonin Islands, Japan Region

Posted by feww on June 24, 2015

Deep earthquake occurs WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

Centered at 27.7N, 140.3E the quake occurred at a depth of about 480km at 21:19 JST (UTC + 9:00 hours) on Tuesday, according to Japan weather agency.

The epicenter was located about 900km south of Tokyo, Japan.

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Significant Quakes Strike Planet of the Abes

Posted by feww on June 11, 2015

 M5.7 quakes strikes NE Japan

 Centered at 39.629°N, 143.456°E the quake struck at a depth of 10.0 km, USGS/EHP reported.

The event was followed by at least three significant aftershocks.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.7Mw
Location: 39.629°N, 143.456°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2015-06-11 04:45:29 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 129km (80mi) E of Miyako
  • 130km (81mi) E of Yamada
  • 549km (341mi) NE of Tokyo

Other significant earthquakes that have occurred in he region include:

4.7, 122km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-11 05:29:59 UTC depth=10.0 km
5.3, 109km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-11 04:56:32 UTC depth=10.0 km
5.4, 117km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-11 04:51:24 UTC depth=10.0 km
5.7, 129km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-11 04:45:29 UTC depth=10.0 km
5.0, 152km S of Kushiro, Japan 2015-06-10 20:06:55 UTC depth=11.1 km
4.7, 19km ESE of Hasaki, Japan 2015-06-10 10:25:22 UTC depth=50.8 km
4.7, 170km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-10 08:44:44 UTC depth=19.8 km
5.5, 120km E of Miyako, Japan 2015-06-10 08:33:02 UTC depth=26.1 km
4.7, 134km ENE of Hachinohe, Japan 2015-06-09 18:44:52 UTC depth=26.5 km
4.5, 3km WNW of Tsukuba, Japan 2015-06-08 20:44:07 UTC depth=60.6 km
6.1, 70km ENE of Mutsu, Japan 2015-06-08 06:01:08 UTC depth=47.0 km
4.6, 62km WNW of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2015-06-06 07:28:15 UTC depth=10.0 km

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan Region

Posted by feww on June 8, 2015

M6.2 Strikes 99km NNE of Misawa, Japan

Centered at 41.459°N, 141.954°E the quake occurred at a depth of 44.3 km (27.5 mi), USGS/EHP reported.

Tsunami Evaluation: NO destructive tsunami generated by the earthquake.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Location: 41.459°N, 141.954°E; depth = 44.3 km (27.5 mi)
Time: 2015-06-08 06:01:08 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 64km (40mi) ENE of Mutsu, Japan
  • 99km (62mi) NNE of Misawa, Japan
  • 102km (63mi) SSW of Shizunai, Japan
  • 107km (66mi) ESE of Hakodate, Japan
  • 670km (416mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

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Significant Aftershock Strikes Japan Region

Posted by feww on May 31, 2015

M 6.3 aftershock strikes Izu Islands

Centered at 30.7N, 143.0E, about 625km SSE of Tokyo, the shock occurred at a depth of 10km, according to Japan weather agency.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.3Mw  (JMA)
Location: 30.7N, 143.0E  depth=10km
Date/Time: 31 May 2015 at 03:49 JST (UTC + 9.0 hrs)

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M8.5 Quake Strikes Ogasawara Islands, Japan

Posted by feww on May 30, 2015


Powerful earthquake rocks Bonin Islands, Japan

Centered at 27.9N, 140.8E the quake struck at a depth of 590km, according to Japan’s weather agency.

The quake registered up to ‘Upper 5′ on Japan’s seismicity scale of 1 to 7 in the Tokyo area. The epicenter of the quake was about 875km south of Tokyo, Japan.

Tsunami Evaluation: NO Pacific-wide destructive tsunami generated by this quake.

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M7.8 Quake Strikes Offshore Japan

Posted by feww on May 30, 2015

M7.8 quake strikes 189km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

27.831°N 140.493°E depth=677.6 km (421.0 mi)

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Volcano Erupts 160km S. of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on May 29, 2015

Japan’s Mt. Shindake erupts prompting highest level alert on Kuchinoerabujima island

Officials are considering evacuation of about 150 residents of the small island of Kuchinoerabujima, reported NHK.

The explosion was followed by a pyroclastic flow of super-heated volcanic matter which swept down the side of the mountain and reached the ocean, NHK said.

It’s unclear whether the eruption and recent earthquakes in the region, or anything short of another direct nuclear catastrophe, would affect the restart of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai nuclear power plant, which the nuclear regulator cleared on Wednesday.

Shindake erupted about 10:00am local time, ejecting a large plume of black smoke and ash into the air, promoting the weather agency to issued a level-five warning for the area, the highest on its scale, and advising evacuations.

The Kuchinoerabujima island [area of 38.04km², population of 149 persons] is located about 160km south of the Sendai nuclear plant, on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu.

EQ Details (recent seismic activity)

  • M4.8 quake strikes 10km ESE of Makurazaki, Japan 2015-05-27 at 01:51:25 UTC depth=150.2 km (USGS/EHP)
  • M4.5 quake 4km E of Makurazaki, Japan 2015-05-24 at 00:09:38 UTC depth=161.7 km (USGS/EHP)
  • M4.0 quake strikes Fukuoka pref. (33.0N, 130.5E) 27 May 2015-05-27 at 16:11 JST (UTC + 9 hrs.)  depth=10 km  (JMA)
  • M5.2 quake 24km NNE of Naze (28.573°N 129.567°E), Japan 2015-05-22 at 13:28:49 UTC Depth=35.9 km

Current Volcanic Alerts in the Region (JMA)

  • Kuchinoerabujima, Level 5 (Evacuate)   10:07 JST, 29 May 2015
  • Sakurajima,  Level 3 Alert ,  since 21 March 2012
  • Asosan,  Level 2 Alert (Do not approach the crater) since 30 August 2014
  • Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake),  Level 2 Alert,  since 22 October 2013
  • Suwanosejima, Level 2  Alert, since 01 December 2007
  • Kirishimayama,  volcano is potentially active, since 01 May 2015

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Significant Quake Strikes Near Tokyo

Posted by feww on May 25, 2015

M5.6 Earthquake strikes north of Tokyo, Japan

Centered at 36.1N, 139.6E the quake struck at a depth of about 50km, the local weather agency reported.

EQ Details [JMA]

  • Magnitude: 5.6
  • Location: 36.1N, 139.6E; depth=50km
  • Region: Saitama prefecture (about 32km N of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Date/Time: 14:28 JST (UTC + 9hrs) on May 25, 2015

The quake was felt throughout Japan’s main island of Honshu.

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Strong Earthquake Rattles Planet of the Abes

Posted by feww on May 13, 2015

M 6.8 quake strikes SE of Ofunato, Japan

Centered at 38.902°N, 142.032°E the quake struck at a depth of 38.9 km (24.1 mi), USGS/EHP reported.

This quake did NOT generate a pacific-wide destructive tsunami. No significant aftershock reported, as of posting.

EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 6.8Mw [Magnitude as reported by the local weather agency, JMA: 6.6Mw]
  • Location: 38.902°N 142.032°E
  • Depth: 38.9 kmime: 2015-05-12 21:12:58 UTC
  • Nearby Cities
    • 33km (21mi) SE of Ofunato, Japan
    • 42km (26mi) SSE of Kamaishi, Japan
    • 52km (32mi) SSE of Otsuchi, Japan
    • 63km (39mi) SE of Tono, Japan
    • 412km (256mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

The quake registered  up to ‘Upper 5′ on Japan’s seismicity scale of 1 to 7, and ‘Lower 5’ near Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California and Japan

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity to protest Internet censorship, Google’s manipulation of information, theft of FIRE-EARTH intellectual property and other reasons, as stated earlier on the blog.

The Team has suspended its research also on Japan seismicity due to the resurgence of militarism in that country and other reasons that have also been stated previously.

Recent Significant EQs in Japan Region

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Planet of the Abe’s Membership of Zoos & Aquariums Suspended

Posted by feww on May 10, 2015

Cruelty to dolphins: Japan’s membership of Zoos and Aquariums suspended

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended Japan’s membership following a unanimous vote by its council.

WAZA is the “umbrella” organization for the world zoos and aquariums, with its  permanent Executive Office based in Berne, Switzerland.

WAZA said it regards the dolphin drive hunting, a brutal fishery method practiced in Taiji  (Wakayama Prefecture), “cruel” to dolphins and has therefore suspended Japan’s membership.

Dolphin drive hunting is a method of hunting dolphins by driving them together with boats into a bay where they are encircled and their escape route to the open waters is blocked with nets. The dolphins are then harpooned, or clubbed to death, with a few captured (live takes) and sold to aquariums (dolphinariums).

However, WAZA itself has been the target of a court action launched by conservationists for “effectively approving the cruel dolphin hunts,” said a report.

Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge. Sea Shepard

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which takes dolphins from the hunt, had rejected a WAZA proposal for a two-year moratorium on drive hunting.

JAZA has 153 zoos and aquariums in Japan, with 30 of the outlets holding dolphins in their dolphinariums, according to reports.

Some 5,000 dolphins have been viciously killed at Taiji, with a further 750 live takes sold to dolphinariums worldwide since 2010, according to the whale and dolphin database Ceta Base.

WAZA suspended Japan’s membership on April 21.

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