Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
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
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Japan, nuclear fuel cycle, plutonium, Savannah River Site Watch, Takahama NPP, Tokai-mura, Weapons Grade Plutonium | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 19, 2016
Much of Japan hammered by high wind, giant waves and heavy snowfall
At least 9,700 people have been ordered to evacuate Nemuro, a town in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, as heavy snowfall, high wind and giant waves plagued the region leaving more than 50,000 residents without power, the media reported Tuesday.
Warnings have also been issued to residents in the region concerning the threat of flooding as high waves batter the coastal areas putting some 4,000 families at risk, Kyodo News reported.
At least 169 people were injured in the Kanto area, which includes Tokyo, after heavy snow blanketed eastern and northern Japan early on Monday.
Heavy snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellation, and suspension of train services as of posting.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Extreme weather events, Extreme Weather Warning, giant waves, high winds, Hokkaido, Japan, Mass Evacuation, Nemuro, snow | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 14, 2016
M6.7 strikes SE of Sapporo, sends tremors as far as Tokyo Bay
Centered at 41.952°N, 142.720°E the quake struck at depth of 51.4 km (31.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.
The tremors were reportedly felt as far as the Tokyo Bay area, about 750km to the SSW of the epicenter, according to FIRE-EARTH Science Team.
This event did not generate a destructive tsunami.
Location: 41.952°N 142.720°E (150km SE of Sapporo, Japan)
Depth: 51.4 km
Time: 2016-01-14 at 03:25:34 UTC
- 51km (32mi) SE of Shizunai, Japan
- 114km (71mi) SSW of Obihiro
- 119km (74mi) SE of Tomakomai
- 122km (76mi) SSW of Otofuke
- 743km (462mi) NNE of Tokyo
On January 11 (UTC), another significant earthquake struck the Hokkaido region.
- M6.2 centered at 44.465°N 141.076°E depth=239.9 km (149.0 mi) about 74km NW of Rumoi, Japan [2016-01-11 17:08:03 (UTC)]
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Posted by feww on January 12, 2016
Latest significant global seismicity
M6.5 centered at 3.864°N 126.867°E depth=20.8 km (12.9mi) about 230km SE of Sarangani, Philippines [2016-01-11 16:38:07 UTC]
M6.2 centered at 44.465°N 141.076°E depth=239.9 km (149.0 mi) about 74km NW of Rumoi, Japan [2016-01-11 17:08:03 (UTC)]
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Global Seismicity, Hokkaido, Japan, Philippines, Sapporo, Sarangani, Significant Earthquake | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 11, 2016
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“Atoms for Peace”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was set up in 1957 supposedly to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to prevent its use for military purpose, including nuclear weapons. It’s based in Vienna, and has “Regional Safeguards Offices,” one in Toronto and the other in Tokyo. The IAEA also has liaison offices both in New York City, and in Geneva. Additionally, it has three laboratories in Vienna, Seibersdorf, and Monaco.
Despite being established independently of the United Nations through a separate international treaty, the IAEA Statute, the “Atoms for Peace” reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.
The organization describes itself as follows:
The IAEA is widely known as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization within the United Nations family. Set up in 1957 as the world’s center for cooperation in the nuclear field, the Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
How Safe are the Nuclear Power Plants in Japan?
Japan sits near major tectonic plate boundaries, in a volcanic zone situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire. It has had a long history of seismic activity, with powerful, destructive earthquakes that often result in tsunamis.
If there were a 101 on where not to build your nuclear power plants, Japan would fill all criteria as the experts’ top choice for the most dangerous example.
Yet the crowded country of 130 million has 54 nuclear reactors.
On 11 March 2011, Japan experienced the strongest and most destructive earthquake in its history, followed by a deadly tsunami. The magnitude 9.0 Tōhoku earthquake generated a tsunami about 14 meters high. The quake and tsunami, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, including some measuring 7.0Mw or larger, killed thousands of people, razing entire towns and villages, destroying or damaging more than 120,000 buildings. The giant tsunami also crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi I nuclear power plant, resulting in a nuclear disaster with multiple core meltdowns and large scale radioactive fallout.
If the IAEA was effective, it would have shut down all nuclear power plants in Japan, long before the Fukushima meltdowns, to prevent such disasters.
If the IAEA was NOT corrupt, it would have permanently shut down all nuclear power plants in Japan after Fukushima meltdowns, to prevent repeat disasters.
Meanwhile, back in Japan…
IAEA Begins Evaluating Japan’s Alleged Efforts on making Nuclear Power Plants Safe (!)
On Monday, IAEA began evaluating Japanese government’s alleged improvement work on ensuring “safety” of nuclear power plants, according to a report.
“A group of experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began on Monday its planned assessment of the Japanese government’s efforts to ensure safe use of nuclear power plants.”
“This mission will assess the new regulatory framework established in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi [disaster,]” Philippe Jamet, the IAEA delegation’s head, told reporters.
“The IAEA mission to Japan includes representatives from 24 countries, according to the organization’s website. They are expected to visit nuclear facilities to inspect the infrastructure, to meet with representatives of the Japanese nuclear power industry. The mission will end on January 22. Based on the results, the IAEA will produce a report on the country’s nuclear safety,” the report said.
WE WILL SEE!
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Atoms for Peace, Fukushima Dai-ichi, IAEA, Japan, nuclear power, nuclear safety, Pacific Ring of Fire, Tōhoku earthquake | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 7, 2016
Messages of support, sympathy and anger condemn Japanese gov. aggression
FIRE-EARTH Moderators have received hundreds of messages from our colleague and affiliates throughout the world strongly condemning the acts of harassment, vandalism and intimidation that are being perpetrated against our colleague in Japan by Abe government and their supporters.
We thank everyone and the organizations for their expressions of support.
- W12 advisers have suggested a call to boycott Japanese products, which we are currently reviewing.
- Other suggestions to shame the Japanese government are also being reviewed by the Science Team.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: foreigners in Japan, harassment, Japan, japan aggression, Shinzo Abe, STATE TERRORISM, Taiji, terrorizing activists in Japan, vandalizing property, Wakayama | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on December 21, 2015
Criminal pharma firm previously embroiled in HIV scandal
Japan’s health ministry is investigating the pharmaceutical firm Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute (aka, Kaketsuken) over its suspected mishandling of a potentially deadly toxin botulinum that can be used for biological warfare.
The botulinum toxin (BTX) is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and several other related species. It is also produced commercially for medical, cosmetic, and other uses. BTX is the most poisonous biological toxin known to science, natural or synthetic, and can cause a severe flaccid paralytic disease in humans and other mammals, with a lethal dose of as little as 1.3 nanogram per kilogram (ng/kg) in humans.
The firm was found to be in violation of the official transportation rules on at least four separate occasions since 2007, said the ministry spokesman.
HIV-contaminated blood products
Kaketsuken was illegally manufacturing blood products for about 40 years, while falsifying documents to allow it to take shortcuts.
“The company was sued in 1989 by HIV-infected hemophiliacs for receiving tainted products. The lawsuit wasn’t settled however until 1996, when both the government and the Kaketsuken-linked companies paid 45 million yen (370,000 U.S. dollars) to each plaintiff,” said a report.
“Kaketsuken’s malpractice caused 2,000 hemophiliacs to contract HIV from unheated blood products but their systematic falsification of documents continued long after the settlement, the panel found.
“Kaketsuken is one of Japan’s oldest manufacturers of blood products and vaccines.”
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Biological Warfare, Botulinum, BTX, HIV-infected hemophiliacs, Japan, Kaketsuken, neurotoxic protein | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on November 29, 2015
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Japan says it will resume whaling in the Antarctic
Japanese Fisheries Agency has notified the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that it will resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season, despite an International Court of Justice ruling last year that they cease whale hunt in the Antarctic.
Their plan reportedly calls for hunting 333 minke whales, which they say is “scientifically reasonable.” [Previously, their self-declared quota was over 1,000 minke whales per season.]
A lactating mother and her calf? Why, they taste better together? Japan has said the pictures were misleading and did not show a lactating mother and her calf. July 11, 2008. (Australian Customs Service)
Japan managed to kill 251 minke whales in the Antarctic in the 2013-14 season and 103 the previous year, far fewer than their annual target of 1,000, mainly because of direct action by the Sea Shepherd.
To the best of our knowledge, the whalers have not provided a detailed account of why a single whale must be butchered in the name of science, let alone so many hundreds.
Iceland and Norway recently began exporting whale meat for sale in Japan. Photo: via BBC. May 11, 2009. Image may be subject to copyright.
In fact, the meat from the butchered mammals finds its way on supermarket shelves at a very early stage of the “research,” often within hours of being harpooned.
What Officials in Australia said:
Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt: “We do not accept in any way, shape or form the concept of killing whales for so-called ‘scientific research,'” adding that Australia strongly opposes Japan’s decision.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: “Our position is standard, that we […] strongly encourage Japan to cease its whaling operations in any time, in any season, in any year.”
Green Party conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage: “We are glad the Government has spoken out against Japan’s resumption of this cruel and inhumane practice, but New Zealand must do more.”
“Japan is determined to flout the court’s ruling, even though it’s been proven that their so-called ‘scientific research’ can be done without actually killing whales.
“Japan is determined to flout the court’s ruling, even though it’s been proven that their so-called ‘scientific research’ can be done without actually killing whales.
“Giving Japan a verbal telling-off isn’t going to save these beautiful animals from needless slaughter. Countries that are opposed to whaling are going to have to show some backbone, and follow up their condemnation with action,” asking the Australian government to send navy ships to the Antarctic to monitor the whaling fleet.
Fishermen slaughter a 10m-long bottlenose whale at the Wada port in Minami-Boso city, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, June 25, 2008. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Antarctic, ecoterrorism, International Court, International Whaling Commission, Japan, whale meat, Whaling | 8 Comments »
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 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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Posted by feww on November 8, 2015
M6.1 quake strikes S of Medan, Indonesia
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
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
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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).
Location: 37.349°N, 141.097°E; depth=28.2 km (17.5 mi)
Time: 2015-10-21 06:04:49 (UTC)
- 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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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.
Location: 35.487°N 139.948°E
Time: 2015-09-11 at 20:49:06 UTC
- 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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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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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.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Chiba, flood, Japan, Kii Peninsula, Landslide, Tornado, Tropical Storm ETAU | Leave a Comment »
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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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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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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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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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.
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 .
Posted in volcano alert, Volcano Watch, volcanoes of japan | Tagged: Japan, Kagoshima Bay, Kyushu, PRF, Sakurajima Volcano, Sendai Nuclear Power station | Leave a Comment »
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.
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.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: dolphin massacre, Japan, Shinzo Abe, Taiji Slaughter, Wakayama, war criminal family, War Objector, warmonger | 2 Comments »
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
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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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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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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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.
Location: 39.629°N, 143.456°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2015-06-11 04:45:29 UTC
- 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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