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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Sept. 6, 2013

Posted by feww on September 6, 2013

Drought 2013: Agricultural Disaster Declared in 1,336 Counties Across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 1,336 counties across 29 states as agricultural disaster areas, so far this year.

The designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

US agri disaster map - 04sep2013
Map of the U.S. Drought Disaster areas as of September 4, 2013. At least 1,336 counties, or 42.5% of all U.S. counties¹, were designated as agricultural disaster areas² due to the ongoing drought. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

1. [U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]
2. Agriculture officials declare disaster when crop damage has exceeded 30 percent.

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The Disaster President Signs Arkansas Disaster Declaration

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas due to severe storms and flooding during the period of August 8-14, 2013.

Most of the losses and damage caused by the severe storms and flooding occurred in the counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, FEMA has said.

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S. Korea bans seafood from eastern Japan

The South Korean government has banned imports of seafood products from 8 prefectures in eastern Japan due to the threat of radioactive contamination from toxic water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant.

The ban, announced on Friday, will take effect on Monday, September 9, 2013, and will apply to ALL seafood imports from fisheries in 8 prefectures: Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma.

“The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of metric tons of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan,” a spokesman for the South Korean Prime Minister’s office said.

“The officials also say the country will ask for test certificates if even a trace of radioactivity is found in fish, dairy products and other foods from anywhere in Japan,” said a report.

China banned imports of seafood products, dairy and vegetable from at least 5 Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, immediately after the triple meltdown at Fukushima nuclear plant on March 11, 2011.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 9-4-2013

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

Massive blackout paralyzes Venezuela

A major power cut has left more than two-thirds of Venezuela without electricity including most of the capital Caracas.

The blackout disabled stoplights in the capital, and disrupted the subway causing chaos.

Venezuelan President Maduro has accused the far-right opposition of “sabotaging” the power lines.

“Everything seems to indicate that the far-right has resumed its plan for an electrical strike against the country,” he said.

Critics blame poor management and the failure to upgrade the infrastructure, reports said.

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Japan Tornado

The twister that struck near Tokyo on Monday has been rated as an F2 tornado, Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported.

The tornado left a 19km-long path of destruction, measuring up to 200m wide and extending from the eastern part of Saitama City to Bando City in Ibaraki Prefecture, the agency said.

tokyo tornado

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Tropical Storm TORAJI  Made Landfall in SW Japan

Severe Tropical Storm TORAJI, the 17th typhoon of the season, made landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture early on Wednesday, said Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

The powerful storm is moving through southwestern Japan, bringing heavy rain and high winds.

The authorities have issued flood and mudslide warning in the affected regions.

Toraji dumped more than 80 mm of rain per hour on the island of Shikoku, and at least 250mm over Kagoshima Prefecture by Wednesday morning local time.

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The Iraq Insanity

At least 60 people were killed and and scores more wounded in a series of car bomb attacks and shootings in several districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, officials have said.

Some 804 Iraqis were killed and another 2,030 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in August, said United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

“Despite the decrease in casualty figures in August, compared to July, the impact of violence on civilians remains disturbingly high, with almost 5,000 civilians killed and 12,000 injured since the beginning of 2013,” the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ms. Jacqueline Badcock, warned.

Baghdad was the bloodiest governorate in August with 1,272 civilian casualties (317 killed and 955 injured), followed by Salahuddin, Ninewa, Diyala, Anbar, Kirkuk, Babil, Wasit and Basra, said UNAMI.

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45,000 People Urged to Evacuate amid Japan ERE

Posted by feww on August 25, 2013

Extreme Rain Events (ERE) Deluge Shimane Prefecture, W.  Japan

Record 470mm of rain has fallen in parts of Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, since Friday. The city of Gotsu received up to 80mm of rain per hour on Saturday, prompting the country’s weather agency (JMA) to urge tens of thousands of residents in the area to evacuate and “take immediate action to protect life.”

The record rainfall was more than twice the average for the whole of August. The rain is expected to reach 250 mm in a 24-hour period through Sunday in the Chugoku area and northern Kyushu, according to JMA.

Local authorities in Shimane and neighboring Yamaguchi Prefecture have urged more than 45,000 people to evacuate due to fear of landslides and overflowing rivers, said NHK.

The heavy rains have damaged the railroads facilities and toppled several buildings in the area.

“Part of a railway bridge was washed away in Kawamoto Town, Shimane, shutting down a route to neighboring Hiroshima Prefecture,” said NHK.

Japan ERE
A nondescript photo posted on the NHK website to show the impact of of the extreme rain events in western Japan.

Some parts of the western Japan should expect about 80mm of rain per hour through Sunday, said JMA.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 8, 2013

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

State Of Emergency Declared for East Russia, Thousands Evacuated

Russian authorities have declared states of emergency for five populated regions in Russia’s far east following severe flooding.

“An emergency situation has been declared in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region, and a federal level of response has been introduced there,” according to a statement posted on the Emergency Situations Ministry website.

The decision was made “in view of the current hydrological situation in the Far Eastern Federal District and an adverse weather forecast,” it said.

“For preemptive purposes, 2,285 people, including 940 children, were evacuated beforehand from populated areas, children’s recreational institutions, and Federal Corrections Service’s correctional institutions. As many as 1,169 people, including 338 children, have been evacuated right from flooded homes. A system of the people’s vital support has been arranged.”

“According to earlier reports, the flood situation aggravated in the Amur region due to lengthy rains and the dumping of water from the Zeisk Hydroelectric Power Plant, which have affected dozens of populated areas. A state of emergency has been put in place in the region,” said a report.

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Disaster Declared in Raton, NM

Torrential rains and flooding in Raton have caused substantial damage to the infrastructure, prompting the authorities to  declare the city a disaster area, said a report.

In July, Governor Martinez declared a statewide emergency following the damage  caused by severe storms and flooding.

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State of emergency declared in Miller County, Missouri

Officials have declared a State of Emergency in Miller county due to serious flooding concerns, said a report.

Ameren crews are preparing to open the Bagnell Dam floodgates, which could result the river level to rise 3 feet. “That’s why Miller County Sheriff’s Deputies are notifying people living in low lying areas. There are no mandatory evacuations, but they do want people to be aware of the rising waters.”

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Outagamie County, Wis., Declares a State of Emergency

Outagamie County  has declared an emergency, after severe damage caused by two tornadoes, an F1 and F2, and a line of powerful storms in which they were hidden, said a report.

The storms left at least 1 dead and 3 others injured, said a report.

Grand Chute, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following damage from storms, tornadoes

“The storm caused damaged in Fremont, New London, Waupaca and Weyauwega, knocking down numerous trees and power lines. In New London, Trinity Lutheran Church on Beckert Road was severely damaged. Power is out near the Waupaca airport and areas to the east,” according to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.

State of Emergency declared in Hortonville

The Village of Hortonville in Outagamie County, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following significant damage to property and infrastructure and a blanket power outage caused by storms that hit Wisconsin early Wednesday morning.

  • The storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in the region.
  • The authorities have also issued a curfew, effective Wednesday  10:00 p.m.

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Japan Sweltering in 100-degree Heat

A severe heat alert was issued for 38 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, as temperatures climbed over 35ºC (95ºF), said Japan Meteorological Agency.

Shimanto town in southwestern Kochi prefecture recorded a high of 37.7ºC (100F), the agency said.

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Radioactive Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’: Watchdog

Posted by feww on August 5, 2013

EXCLUSIVE

TEPCO’s “sense of crisis is weak:”  Japan’s NRA

Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking into the ocean creating an “emergency” that the operator, TEPCO, may be unable to contain, said an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog.

“This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force,” told Reuters.

Tokyo Electric Power Co’s “sense of crisis is weak,” Kinjo said. “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone” to deal with the ongoing disaster.

“Right now, we have an emergency,” he said.

A total of up to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium may have leaked into the ocean since the disaster, said TEPCO, insisting that it was within legal limits.

Probability of a Nuclear Disaster by Country

The following probability figures  calculated by FIRE-EARTH on April 8, 2011 still hold!

  • Japan (880)³
  • United States (865)
  • France (855)
  • Taiwan (850)
  • Belgium, China, Finland, India,  South Korea, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania,  Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain,  Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico,  South Africa, Canada (810)
  • Germany, Sweden, Netherlands (800)
  • Switzerland  (750)

Notes:

  1. The list represents a snapshot of events at the time of calculating the probabilities. Any forecast posted  here is subject to numerous variable factors.
  2. Figures in the bracket represent the probability of an incident occurring out of 1,000; the forecast duration is valid for the next 50  months.
  3. Probability includes a significant worsening of Fukushima nuclear disaster, and future quakes forecast for Japan.
  4. A nuclear incident is defined as a level 5 (Accident With Wider Consequences), or worse, on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). See below.
  5. Safety issues considered in compiling these lists include the age, number of units and capacity of nuclear reactors in each country/state, previous incidents, probability of damage from human-enhanced natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, flooding…]
  6. The  Blog’s knowledge concerning the extent to which the factors described in (3) might worsen during the forecast period greatly influences the forecast. (Last UPDATED: June 26, 2011)

Nuclide Analysis Results of the Underground Reservoirs

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UPDATE: Japan Megaquake Forecast

Posted by feww on April 19, 2013

FIRE-EARTH members have initiated a limited release of some details of a previous forecast concerning the next Megaquake to strike Japan region, and believe this information has reached  the Japanese authorities.

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Japan Underestimating Nuclear Fallout Risks: U.N.

Posted by feww on November 27, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,201 Days Left 

[November 27, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,201 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

When was the last time Japan cared about its victims?

Japanese government has adopted overly optimistic views of radiation risks and has conducted only limited health checks after the core meltdowns at multiple reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, said Anand Grover, a UN special rapporteur on the right to health, who is charged with investigating Japan’s handling of the health risks from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • More than 2 million people lived in the Fukushima area surrounding the power plant, but only a quarter of them have been tested for radiation effects so far.
  • The U.N. official said the health tests should cover “all radiation-affected zones” because the impact of radiation affected large areas far beyond Fukushima’s borders.
  • “The scope of the survey is unfortunately narrow as they draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation,” Grover said.
  • According to some studies there’s no clear evidence that radiation exposures of up to 100 millisieverts per year pose higher cancer risks, he said. “But that is controversial. And there are a lot of studies which indicate otherwise. The government need not say which is right. The government has to err on the side of caution and be inclusive,” he said.
  • “They draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation,” Grover said.
  • The cumulative radiation exposure from Fukushima in towns around the disaster stricken power plant was between 43 and 122 millisieverts, according to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), which “leaked” to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper over the weekend.

Korea

South Korean nuclear regulators have reportedly discovered about a thousand more fake parts supplied for their nuclear plants with bogus quality certificates.

  • Earlier this month, eight companies were found to have submitted 60 fake  certificates that covered more than 7,000 parts mostly used in the two reactors that were shut, said a report.
  • S. Korean government is planning an additional 11 nuclear reactors, to add to its existing fleet of 23, reports said. 
  • About 12,500 tons of nuclear waste filled more than 70 percent of the country’s  storage capacity at reactors, as of June 2012.
  • S. Korea’s four nuclear power plant complexes, which provide onsite storage facility for spent fuel and other radioactive waste, will run out of waste storage space by as early as 2016, said a report.
  • South Korea is slightly larger than Indiana, and has a population of more than 50 million.
  • More than half of South Korea’s population, and about 1/3 of a million international residents, live in the Seoul metropolitan area.

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Massacred in Japan

Posted by feww on December 19, 2011

Image of the Day: Sea of Dolphin Blood


Image copyrighted by Sea Shepared see Blog’s Fair Use Notice.


Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.

“Killing Nation, Killing Town”

“The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.”  Sea Shepard

“The Taiji Slaughter Cove”

“As many as 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japanese waters each year[1]. Most (18,000 of that number) are Dall’s porpoises killed at sea by harpoon in the northern part of the country.  The March 11, 2011, tsunami destroyed much of the infrastructure associated with this slaughter.  It remains to be seen if the slaughter will revive to its pre-earthquake numbers.”

“Most of the dolphins and small whales captured in the Taiji FU drive hunts are killed and the meat is sold in for human consumption.  Respected scientists the world over report on the high levels of mercury and other contaminants in the meat of these animals, but many Taiji locals ignore these warnings.  They often say that there are plenty of old people around who ate dolphin all their lives, and they unfortunately accept the propaganda served to them by the Japanese government that the levels and threat of mercury in the meat is not significant.”

“This year (September 2011 – August 2012) the Taiji FU has a permitted quota for 2,165 dolphins and other small whales[2].” History of Taiji’s Cetacean Kill

Taiji, is located on the eastern shore of Wakayama Prefecture.

Following the arrest of Dutch citizen Erwin Vermeulen three days ago, Wakayama police has now raided the hotel where Sea Shepherd cove guardians and a Save Japan Dolphins monitor are staying.

In a desperate act and “an attempt to muzzle free speech and to cover-up the horrific slaughter of the dolphins at the Cove,” the Japanese police have confiscated the monitors’ property including “all laptops, cameras, phones” and other monitoring equipment, Sea Shepard said on their website.

[1] The actual numbers each year vary.  20,000 is on the high end.  The reported numbers in recent years are dropping.

[2] Bottlenose dolphin – 652,  Striped Dolphin – 450,  Spotted Dolphin – 400,  Risso’s Dolphin – 275,  Long-finned Pilot Whale – 184,  Pacific White-sided Dolphin – 134,  False Killer Whale – 70.

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Powerful 6.9Mw Quake Strikes Bonin Islands, Japan

Posted by feww on November 30, 2010

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Strikes Bonin Islands, Rattling Japan’s Entire Eastern Seaboard

The quake struck at a depth of about 480km, too deep to cause a tsunami.


Earthquake Location Map.
Cross shows epicenter of the 6.9Mw quake
, while the colored bubbles indicate  the intensity at various monitoring centers in Japan. Source: Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA). Image may be subject to copyright.

Quake Details (JMA)

  • Time Occurred:  12:25 (JST) 30 Nov 2010
  • Epicenter: 28.4N, 139.7E
  • Dept: 480km
  • Magnitude: 6.9 Mw
  • Region Name:  Ogasawara-shoto Seiho-oki (Bonin Islands), Japan Region

Distances (USGS)

  • 335 km (210 miles) WNW of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan
  • 455 km (285 miles) NNW of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan
  • 525 km (325 miles) S of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
  • 810 km (500 miles) S of TOKYO, Japan

Japan Earthquake Forecasts (FEWW)

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Fierce typhoon CHABA may miss Japan

Posted by feww on October 28, 2010

Typhoon CHABA strengthens to a cat. 4A force, may steer away from Japan

CHABA is moving NE with maximum sustained winds of about 225 km/hr [FEWW estimate]

See: FEWW New Hurricane Scale


Click image to enlarge. Source: Digital Typhoon


Typhoon CHABA – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement) – 2km res. Source: CIMSS


Typhoon CHABA – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement) – 4km res. Source: CIMSS


Typhoon CHABA Projected Paths. Source: CIMSS.

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Japan Defies China Ultimatum!

Posted by feww on September 22, 2010

SICK OF CHINA’S EMPTY THREATS?

Japan to Jiabao: You Don’t Have the Balls!

Image of the day:


The detained Chinese fishing trawler is
flanked by two Japanese Coast Guard vessels during an investigation by Japanese authorities near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture of Japan Sept. 12, 2010.  (Xinhua, File Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan ‘swiftly and unconditionally’ release the trawler’s detained captain.

Japan seized a Chinese trawler, and has held its Chinese captain and 14 crews in detention since September 7, after the boat collided with two Japanese coast guard vessels in waters off the disputed Islands, despite strong protests from China.

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan swiftly and unconditionally release the trawler’s captain. But, Japan isn’t impressed.

The Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Maps printed in Japan in 1783 and 1785 that marked out the boundary of the Ryukyu Kingdom show that the Diaoyu Islands belonged to China.

Jiang also said China has complete sovereignty and jurisdictional rights over the Chunxiao oil and gas field 450 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, adding that Chinese activities in the area are “reasonable and lawful.”

“Japan has extended the detention of the trawler’s captain to Sept. 29,” the report said.

Could this situation escalate, or would Japan blink?

The dispute arises from the two countries territorial claims over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese), a group of uninhabited islands situated northeast of Taiwan and west of Okinawa. The Japanese government says the islands are a part of Okinawa prefecture. The Chinese say the islands have been part of China’s territory since ancient times.

NOTES:

  1. Clearly, China doesn’t really believe in its own sovereignty claims over the islands; otherwise, why  pussyfoot about for so long?
  2. Japan’s deranged policymakers continue to remain in their delusional prewar imperial stupor.

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20 Nations Facing Record Temps

Posted by feww on September 5, 2010

Japan Feeling the Heat

Japan facing its hottest summer with Kyoto recording 39.9ºC (103.8ºF) today, and 128 other cities higher than 35ºC.

Japan’s  hottest summer since records began in 1898 has claimed about 700 lives [150 deaths confirmed by govt in mid August due to heatstroke and another 496 dying from heat-related complications,] with 50,000 others hospitalized from heatstroke.

The country’s average temperature between June and August was 1.64ºC (2.95ºF) higher than the 30-year average calculated between 1971 and 2000.

Since early August, many parts of the country has experienced temperatures above 35ºC, Japan’s Meteorological Agency earlier reported.

“It can be said that weather was abnormal in this summer,” an agency official said.

Their earlier forecast for the temperature to exceed 35ºC in many parts of the country has proven right.

The intense heatwave has also killed up to 1,200 cows, about 660 pigs and as many as half a million chicken, according to a report.

“The latest survey does not cover Miyazaki Prefecture, which was hit by foot-and-mouth disease among its livestock and was forced to slaughter around 289,000 cows and pigs. The prefecture announced the end of the outbreak last week.”

NOTE: The hottest ever temperature recorded in Japan was 40.9ºC  in Kumagaya city,  Saitama prefecture (state) in August 16, 2007.

List of countries with record temperatures in summer 2010  (A-Z)

  • Ascension Island
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Ukraine
  • United States

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Submarine Volcano Erupts Near Japan

Posted by feww on February 6, 2010

Fukutokuokanoba submarine volcano erupts

White smoke was observed rising from the sea about five kilometers north-northeast of the Minami-Iwoto island in Ogasawara Islands, a Japanese coast guard patrol vessel reported, Yomiuri Shimbun said.

Smoke believed to be emanating from an underwater volcano was previously detected in the area, about 1,200 kilometers south of central Tokyo, in July 2005.

Tokyo Institute of Technology geoscience Professor, Kenji Nogami, reportedly said: “In the 1986 eruption, a new island appeared after lava accumulated. The island was washed away by waves, but seabed upheaval reduced the water depth to 22 meters in 1999. It’s possible that this [recent] volcanic activity could form a permanent island.”


Location Map, Volcano Islands, Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Image credit: Lim Tor


Bonin Islands (aka, Ogasawara Group, in Japan).  Click Image to Enlarge.

The volcano reportedly ejected  smoke and ash to a height of about about 100 meters above the sea level. The surrounding sea area was reported as changing to a greenish yellow color with other nearby areas turning cloudy.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the volcano, called Fukutokuokanoba, has erupted seven times since 1904, forming ephemeral islands (temporary land masses) on three occasions, all of which later sank below the ocean surface.

The first known ephemeral island called Shin-Iwo-jima (New Sulfur Island) was formed in 1904, and the most recent in 1986.

What the Volcano Islands Look Like


North Iwo Jima Island (Official Japanese name Kita-iōtō, but commonly known as Kita-iōjima, meaning “north sulfur island”) is the northernmost island of the Volcano Islands cluster of the Ogasawara Islands, about 1175 km south of Tokyo. Image Credit: Chisatos

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Typhoon Etau Wreaks Havoc Along Coast of Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on August 10, 2009

Typhoon Etau Monday pummeled the coast of Honshu, Japan, bringing torrential rains, which caused floods and landslides, and killing at least 13 people, with a dozen more missing.

The town of Sayō in Hyōgo prefecture  was reportedly inundated after torrential rains dumped a record 326 mm of rain in just 24 hours, disrupting air and rail links, Japan’s NHK reported the police as saying.

Typhoons Morakot and Etau
The Paths of typhoons Morakot and Etau. Image Source: Pacific Disaster Center. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Diagrammatic representation of the above image.
Source: Pacific Disaster Center/via BBC. Image may be subject to copyright.

“Brown waters engulfed the town, ripping through the walls of buildings, toppling trees and flushing cars and furniture through the streets, television images showed from Sayo in Hyōgo prefecture on Honshu island.” AFP reported.

“It was so scary, the water came surging with a roar,” a resident told japan’s  NHK. “I’ve lived here for 60 or 70 years, but I’ve never seen a scene like this before.”

Hyōgo and Okayama prefectures  were the hardest hit by floods and landslides caused by record rainfall, Xinhua reported.

hyogo pref
In
Hyōgo prefecture, Japan, more than 100 troops were deployed as a river burst its banks and inundated about 480 houses. AFP Photo. Image may be subject to copyright.

Japan Typhoon
The town of SAYO sumo-wrestled to the geound by Etau. Original caption: A man walks by a light truck turned over on its side in a street following a nearby river floods caused by a torrential rain in Sayo, western Japan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. Typhoon Etau slams into Japan causing floods and landslides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News). Image may be subject to copyright.

Storm Toll

In the past three days, at least 55 people have been killed in SE Asia as a result of the storms, with twice as many hurt and hundreds missing.

Reuters reported the farm-related losses in Taiwan and China which were  caused typhoon Morakot at about $500million. The news agency quoted local officials in Taiwan as saying that large numbers of houses were buried in mudslides, and that they had lost contact with up to 600 villagers.


A collapsed hotel building is seen in floods after Typhoon Morakot hit Taitung county, eastern Taiwan August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright.

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How Sarychev Peak Moved from Russia to Japan!

Posted by feww on June 25, 2009

Better late than never mate, goes the Australian saying

As for the reporting accuracy, close but no shrimps!

better late than never mate
Sarychev Volcano moved to Japan (!) See section underlined in red.
A condensed screen dump of the news URL at Australia‘s Melbourne Herald Sun site http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25688161-24331,00.html

Even the Aussies should be entitled to accurate, prompt reporting!

Heaven knows we have criticized Earth Observatory often enough for holding on to images of public interest instead of releasing them instantly on Internet.  However it took the Australian broadcaster nearly two weeks and a major political shift, taking the Sarychev Peak out of the hands of Russians and handing it over to the Japanese, to report the eruption.

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Japan’s Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor

Posted by feww on February 3, 2009

A pipe dream turned into a nightmare

The following Editorial by Japan’s Asahi Newspaper is about the fate of Monju, a prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor located in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture, which remains idle for more than 13 years. Monju was shut down after dangerous sodium coolant leaked from its cooling system in December 1995.

There’s a false [often fatal] tendency among the pronuclear lot to assume that the nuclear industry is run by responsible people. According to the following Editorial and other reports, the now-defunct corporation that managed Monju prior to its 1995 leak had falsified reports and systematically concealed important information about the extent and seriousness of the problem.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), which took over Donen’s operations has also been criticized by the IEA and “sharply rebuked” by Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency for their failure to carry out maintenance and do repair work.

The cost of building and maintaing Monju will soon exceed ¥1trillion [about $11.2billion at the current exchange rate.]

The Editorial poses a pertinent question:

Is it really necessary to reactivate Monju despite all these concerns?

EDITORIAL: Monju test reactor

Monju, the prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor located in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, remains idle with little hope of resuming operations any time soon. It has been shut since dangerous sodium coolant leaked in December 1995.

Last autumn, holes caused by corrosion were found in an outdoor ventilation duct. This delayed a planned test to verify the safety of the plant, making it difficult for the operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), to achieve its target of reactivating the reactor in February. That’s the agency’s explanation for the fourth postponement of its plan to reopen the experimental reactor.

It is said that the agency aims to reactivate Monju in December, but the agency has yet to announce a timeframe. This is a good opportunity to take a fresh look at the worries and doubts that plague the Monju project.

What is most troubling is the agency’s poor track record concerning safety awareness and quality control.

After the sodium leak accident, the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. (Donen), the now-defunct organization that managed Monju back then, was harshly criticized for falsifying reports and concealing information. The JAEA, which has taken over Donen’s operations, is supposed to have made an all-out effort to fix the problems that arose from the way Monju was previously managed.

When a sodium leak detector sounded a false alarm last spring, however, the agency failed to swiftly notify the local governments and other parties concerned. With regard to the exhaust duct, the agency neglected to carry out maintenance and repair work for so long that the corrosion went unchecked. After a special safety inspection into the JAEA last year, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, an arm of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, sharply rebuked the entity. It wouldn’t take much to torpedo what remains of public confidence in the Monju project. However, there is apparently no sense of crisis within the JAEA.

There have been few cases at home or abroad where a nuclear power facility has been reactivated after remaining dormant for so long. Naturally, there are concerns that new problems with the facility may have emerged during the prolonged suspension of operations.

Is it really necessary to reactivate Monju despite all these concerns? The wisdom of continuing the project is now being called into question. Fast-breeder reactors, which produce more nuclear fuel than they consume, have been presented by promoters as “dream reactors.” This is the core technology for the government’s plan to establish a nuclear fuel cycle that relies on reprocessed spent nuclear fuel. The government aims to build a demonstration reactor around 2025 and put commercial reactors into operation around 2050.

The construction of Monju, designed as a test facility to confirm the viability of the technology, began in 1985. In addition to the construction cost of 590 billion yen, an additional 17.9 billion yen has been spent on improving the prototype reactor since the 1995 accident. Even though it is out of operation, Monju still costs the government an average 9.8 billion yen a year. The annual operation cost after restarting operations has been estimated at between 15 billion and 18 billion yen.

It is not clear what specific benefits would be gained from such a huge expense outlay.

A new active fault has been discovered in areas around the Monju site, causing concern about the facility’s ability to withstand an earthquake. The government cannot win public support for the Monju project by merely claiming that this important nuclear policy must be promoted.

The government has argued that fast-breeder reactors, which convert non-fissionable uranium in the fuel to fissionable plutonium, are crucial for resource-poor Japan’s future energy needs. But it is far from clear whether the Monju project will really lead to a practical use of the technology. It is probably time for the government to reconsider its road map to developing fast-breeder reactors.

Copyright The Asahi Shimbun, Feb. 2(IHT/Asahi: February 3,2009)

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Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Strikes East of the Kuril Is.

Posted by feww on January 16, 2009

Magnitude 7.4 Quake Strikes EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 7.4
Date-Time:

  • Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 17:49:39 UTC
  • Friday, January 16, 2009 at 03:49:39 AM at epicenter

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20-degree Quake Map Centered at 45°N,155°E  – Source: USGS

Location: 46.861°N, 155.154°E
Depth: 36 km (22.4 miles) set by location program
Region: EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
Distances:

  • 430 km (270 miles) S of Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands, Russia
  • 590 km (365 miles) ENE of Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands
  • 1785 km (1110 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
  • 7245 km (4500 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.6 km (2.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID: us2009bwa8


Source: NOAA/NWS

Tectonic Summary:

The Kuril Islands earthquake of January 15th, 2009 occurred as a result of thrust faulting within the Pacific plate. The event occurred near the outer-rise of the Pacific plate about 30 km to the east of where the Pacific plate subducts beneath the Okhotsk plate. In this region, the Pacific plate moves northwest with respect to the Okhotsk plate with a velocity of about 90 mm/yr.

Large and great earthquakes are not uncommon in this region. The location of this event is approximately 90 km to the northeast of the Mw 8.1 outer rise earthquake of January 13th 2007, which occurred as a result of normal faulting near the Pacific plate outer-rise. On November 15th 2006, an Mw 8.3 subduction-related thrust earthquake occurred approximately 160km to the southwest. [Source: USGS]

Tsunami Warning:
NO destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is expected.

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Papua Quakes Damge Report

Posted by feww on January 5, 2009

At least 4 fatalities were reported after the quake cluster hit Papua

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Residents inspect a collapsed hotel after an earthquake struck in Manokwari, Papua province, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. A series of powerful earthquakes at dawn killed at least three people and injured dozens more in remote eastern Indonesia on Sunday, cutting power lines and badly damaging buildings. (AP Photo/Budi Setiawan). Image may be subject to copyright.

Reported Death Toll: Of the 4 fatalities reported, at least one was caused by the quake.

Other casualties: About fifty people were admitted to hospitals with broken bones and head injuries and another 300 were treated for minor injuries.

Property damage: Up to 150 homes and other structures collapsed or were badly damaged throughout the province.

Other damage:

  • Blackout after power lines were damaged.
  • Runway of Manokwari’s Rendani airport was damaged and commercial flights were subsequently canceled.

The authorities issued a tsunami warning, which was lifted after it was confirmed that the epicenter was on land, not water.

“Quakes centered onshore pose little tsunami threat to Indonesia itself, but those close to the coast can churn up large waves that sometimes reach the coastlines of other countries such as Japan.” AP reported.

Small tsunamis measuring between 10 and 40 centimeters high reached the southern coasts of Japan.

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Japan’s CO2 at Record High

Posted by feww on November 13, 2008

Japan’s GHG emissions increased to 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2e in 2007/08

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 2.3 percent last year reaching a record high in the year to March, making her Kyoto goals looking increasingly illusive.

Japan is now the fourth largest producer of GHG after China (more than 10 times the population of Japan), United States (about 2.5 times the population) and Russia.

Emissions increased to 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) for 2007/08 fiscal year, the Ministry of the Environment reported.

About 93 percent of Japan’s GHG emissions is energy based (comes from fossil fuel consumption).  Japan was expected to cut emissions by about 13.5 percent to achieve its Kyoto 2008-2012 target.


GHG Emissions in Japan. Undated Photograph: PA/Haydn West. Source. Image may be subject to copyright.
Emission Data for Japan in 2007/08:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions total: 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2e in 2007/08 [UP from 1.340 billion tons in 2006/07 and 1.261 billion tons in the Kyoto Protocol's benchmark year of 1990.
  • Manufacturers (energy-based): 476 MMT, up 3.6% from 2006/07, but down 1.3 percent from 1990, due to an increase in industrial output and higher per-kilowatt emissions.
  • Transportation-sector: 249 MMT of CO2e down 1.6 percent from the previous year due mainly to a decline in auto travel.
  • Service-sector: 233 MMT of CO2e, a rise of 1.2 percent (blamed on a hotter summer and colder winter compared with the previous year).
  • Household emissions: 180 MMT of CO2e, a rise of  8.4 percent (due to higher use air-conditioning).
  • Power Generation and oil refining: 78 MMT of CO2e, a rise 3.6 percent.

The electric power industry has a voluntary target for reducing CO2 emissions to 0.34 kg per kilowatt hour. However, their emission averaged 0.45 kg/kWhr in 2007/08, which means to meet Kyoto goals they need to reduce emissions by about 100 million MMT a year for the next four years, based on the estimated power generation of 931 billion kWhr.

[Note: All figures provided above should be independently verified!]

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Heavy Rains Flood Central Japan

Posted by feww on August 30, 2008

Heavy rains wreak havoc in central Japan

About 1.5 million people from 500,000 households in Aichi prefecture, central Japan, were ordered to evacuate as heavy rains flooded central Japan Friday, Kyodo News agency reported.

The evacuation orders were later lifted as rain abated; however, the officials warned about more rains in the area.

Cars travel down a flooded street between fields in Okazaki, 230 km (143 miles) west of Tokyo, August 29, 2008. (Credit: Reuters). Image may be subject to copyright.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said a police official in the city of Okazaki, about 230 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said Naoyuki Kato, a police official in the hardest-hit city of Okazaki, 140 miles (230 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.

Okazaki, the worst affected city in the area, experienced a recors  downpour of about 15 centimeters per hour, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

A 76 year-old woman was drowned in her home, a man was in serious condition, and three others were missing in Okazaki.

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Homes are seen flooded after heavy rain in Okazaki, 230 km west of Tokyo August 29, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo. Image may be subject to copyright.

Other highlights from Asahi Shimbun report:

  • The Tokai and Kanto regions were worst affected by the downpours from Thursday through Friday.
  • Heavy rain caused floods and landslides across wide areas. A mudslide in Hachioji, western Tokyo, derailed a Keio Takao Line train late Thursday.
  • In the 24 hours to 8:50 a.m. Friday, the rainfall had reached 302.5 millimeters.
  • As of 6 p.m. Friday, a total of 829 houses in 12 prefectures, including 687 in Aichi, were flooded above floor level.
  • In addition, 2,493 houses in 17 prefectures were flooded below floor level.
  • In the Kanto region, heavy rain damaged points at Takao Station late Thursday, cancelling 195 train runs and affecting 130,000 people.
  • On Thursday night, a Keio Takao Line train was derailed by a mudslide on the tracks.
  • Thunderstorms caused power outages to 20,000 households in Tokyo as well as in Kanagawa, Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures on Friday morning.
  • Water levels were critical at six rivers in the Tokai and Kanto regions.
  • Sporadic torrential rain could fall again because continued atmospheric instability was expected.


Japanese firefighters search for a missing 80-year-old woman at the Iga river near her damaged house in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture, on August 29.  (AFP/Jiji Press). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Magnitude 6.8 Quake Hits Japan

Posted by feww on July 24, 2008

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Eastern Honshu, Japan about 25 km ENE of Morioka

The quake caused substantial damage to buildings, collapsed power lines and left as many as 10,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

car-dealership-japanCars were buried in a landslide, according to local news reports, and the tremor triggered dozens of fires. Fujitsu Ltd. in Iwate reported that its “semiconductor production machines were partially damaged.”

About 130 people needed hospital treatment, thousands more trapped in stranded trains, motorways closed and train services canceled. the tremor was felt widely in southern Hokkaido and in the main island of Honshu as far south as Tokyo.

According to witness reports, the quake caused strong shaking lasting up to 40 seconds in areas near the epicenter in northern Japan.

Japan sits atop the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates whose movements cause numerous earthquakes. The country experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

People clean up the pieces of glasses shattered by a strong earthquake at an auto dealership in Karumai, Iwate prefecture Thursday, July 24, 2008. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck off the northern Japanese coast early Thursday, injuring at least 91 people, causing blackouts and landslides, officials said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Did you know?

With a total of 203 earthquakes measuring 6.0 Mw or greater, 1995 experienced the largest number of quakes for the period 1980 to 2007 [2007 was runner up with 195 large quakes.] With a total of 110 quakes so far [as of July 23,] 2008 could prove a record-breaking year for large tremors. [The stats are based on USGS data.]

Historic Seismicity

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green [USGS]

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green [USGS]

Quake Details:

- Magnitude: 6.8

- Date-Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 15:26:20 UTC [Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:26:20 AM at epicenter]

- Location: 39.807°N, 141.467°E

- Depth: 111 km (69.0 miles) set by location program

- Region: EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN

- Distances:

  • 30 km (20 miles) ENE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan;
  • 75 km (50 miles) S of Hachinohe;
  • 120 km (75 miles) E of Akita;
  • 485 km (300 miles) NNE of TOKYO

- Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.8 km (2.4 miles); depth fixed by location program

The Mainshock was followed by a magnitude 5.1 aftershock almost exactly 11 hours later at 11:27:42 AM (time at epicenter).

Location of aftershock: 39.576°N, 141.385°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distance: 25 km (15 miles) SE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan [455 km NNE of TOKYO]

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Powerful Offshore Quake Strikes Japan’s Eastern Coast

Posted by feww on July 19, 2008

Magnitude 7.0 Quake – OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:


Earthquake Location: Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green. Map: USGS

An earthquake occurred about 125 km (75 miles) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan or about 130 km (80 miles) ESE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan or about 305 km (190 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan at 8:39 PM MDT, Jul 18, 2008 (Jul 19 at 11:39 AM local time in Japan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

The mainshock was followed by a 5.3 aftershock. A tsunami warning was issued for sections of Japan’s eastern coast. However, only a small wave of about 20 cm was reported.

Japan sits atop the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates whose movements cause numerous earthquakes. The country experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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CO2 Emissions Must Be Criminalized!

Posted by terres on July 13, 2008

Your jokes just ain’t funny!

Bush to G8: ‘Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter’

The Independent on Sunday – By Andrew Grice, Political Editor in Hokkaido

President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit.

As he prepared to fly out from Japan, he told his fellow leaders: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”

President Bush made the private joke in the summit’s closing session, senior sources said yesterday. His remarks were taken as a two-fingered [cf., middle finger] salute from the President from Texas who is wedded to the oil industry. He had given some ground at the summit by saying he would “seriously consider” a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.

More …

George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets. (Source: AP). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

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More Whaling? No Way!

Posted by feww on July 11, 2008

Submitted by a CASF Member

Folks, It’s High Time We Said to Japan: Enough Is Enough!

NO MORE WHALING!

Here’s a report that caught our eye earlier. It’s about two environmental activists who have been charged with stealing a box of whale meat in Japan while conducting a covert operation to expose the Japanese whaling authorities … We [CASF Members] don’t necessarily agree with Greenpeace tactics, or trust their management [because of their abject failure, or lack of commitment, in making the world a better place, or achieving any lasting objective, whatever;] however, the anti-whaling activists have our support!


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. (Australian Customs Service)

Japan charges Greenpeace members over whale theft

TOKYO (Reuters) – Environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday two of its activists had been charged with stealing a box of whale meat while conducting a covert operation into suspected cases of embezzlement.

The public prosecutors office in Aomori, northern Japan, charged Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki with theft and trespass, the group said in a statement.


Workers rest after butchering a Baird’s Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo, June 28, 2008. Whales emerged the big losers as a weeklong International Whaling Commission meeting wrapped up in Chile on Friday, conservation groups said after anti-whaling nations failed to halt No. 1 hunter Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

A spokesman for the Aomori Public Prosecutors Office declined to comment.

Greenpeace had used the meat as evidence when complaining to prosecutors that members of Japan’s whaling fleet crew shipped large quantities of the meat home, which they said amounted to embezzlement.

Japan has come under fire from environmentalists and foreign countries for its whaling program. The government says its whaling is for scientific research purposes.

Commercial whaling was banned under a 1986 international moratorium, but Tokyo has campaigned for a lifting of the ban, saying whaling is part of the country’s cultural tradition.

A recent poll showed that a majority of Japanese support whaling, although whale meat is now less popular among the public than in the past.

The country’s fleet caught only 551 minke whales compared with a planned 850 in its latest Antarctic hunt, after obstruction by anti-whalers. (Source)

Japan says its whaling is legal and part of its culture.

We Say: NOT ANYMORE!

Let’s Stop Japan Whaling!

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Mt. Kurikoma Coughs, Still Comatose!

Posted by feww on June 18, 2008

The Year of Volcanoes, Too?

Steam, hot volcanic plumes rise near Mt. Kurikoma

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces personnel observed Monday hot volcanic plumes about seven kilometers southwest of the summit of Mt. Kurikoma, a 1,627-meter-high volcano located on the border of Miyagi, Iwate and Akita prefectures, Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Aerial observation from a helicopter showed plumes rising from several spots near both Hanayama in Kurihara, and Yu no Hama hot-spring spa.

Sadato Ueki of Tohoku University’s Research Center for the Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions said the plumes might be volcanic gases rising to the surface, or steam coming from underground hot water channels whose course was diverted by the powerful Mw 6.8 quake Saturday. The Iwate quake struck about 22km NW of the Mt. Kurikoma summit.

“There’s a possibility that volcanic gases that had been confined below ground are gushing out through fissures in the mountain created by the earthquake,” he said. However, he ruled out increased volcanic activity on Mt. Kurikoma, because the plumes were very far from the volcano’s summit.

Kurikoma volcano last erupted in 1950.

MT. KURIKOMA is a dormant stratovolcano stretching across three prefectures (states) of Miyagi, Iwate and Akita, standing high at an altitude of 1,627.7m.


Kurikoma volcano seen from the SSE with its summit at the right-center, the satellitic cone of Daichimori on the left, and Higashi-Kurikoma on the right. On the opposite side of the volcano, the summit is cut by a 4-km-wide caldera breached to the north that is partially filled by the Tsurugi-dake central cone, once mined for sulfur. (Caption: Source) Image Copyright: Shingo Takeuchi (Japanese Quaternary Volcanoes database, RIODB, http://www.aist.go.jp/RIODB/strata/VOL_JP/index.htm). See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Coordinates: 38° 57′ 0″ N, 140° 46′ 48″ E
Decimal: 38.95°, 140.78°

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