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Strong Earthquake Strikes SE of Shingu, Planet of the Abes

Posted by feww on April 1, 2016


EQ Details

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

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


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

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M4.0 Quake Strikes near Fremont, California

Posted by feww on July 21, 2015

Earthquake rattles Fremont, California

Centered at 37.581°N, 121.977°W, some 3km  NNE of Fremont, the quake struck at a depth of 8.1 km, reported USGS/EHP.

The event was followed by two aftershocks measuring 2.7 and 2,6Mw.

Fremont is the 4th largest city [pop: 235,000] in the San Francisco Bay area.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.4Mw
Location: 37.581°N, 121.977°W; depth=8.1 km (5.0 mi)
Date/Time: 2015-07-21 at 09:41:14 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 3km (2mi) NNE of Fremont, California
  • 4km (2mi) ESE of Union City, California
  • 7km (4mi) NE of Newark, California
  • 12km (7mi) SW of Pleasanton, California
  • 118km (73mi) SSW of Sacramento, California

Other Significant Earthquakes

M5.0 shakes Fukushima Nuke Plant

EQ Details ( Japan weather agency)
Magnitude: 5.0Mw
Location: 7.8N, 141.7E; depth=60 km (Offshore Fukushima prefecture)
Time/Date:  09:17 UTC  July 21, 2015

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M5.7 earthquake Strikes Planet of the Abes

Posted by feww on July 13, 2015

Earthquake strikes Kyushu island

Centered at 33.0N, 131.9E the quake struck at a depth of about 60km, said Japan’s weather agency.

The quake registered “5+” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale of 1-7.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.7Mw
Location: 33.0N, 131.9E
Depth: 60km
Date/Time: 2015-07-12 at 17:52:06 UTC
Aftershocks: 4.3Mw (31.4N, 131.9E; depth=40 km)

Nearby nuclear power stations:

  • Ikata Nuclear Power station
  • Sendai Nuclear Power station
  • Genkai Nuclear Power station

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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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Eruption Continues at Mt. Asama

Posted by feww on June 17, 2015

Asama spewing smoke and ash

About 90 tremors were recorded on June 7, and the volcano released an estimated 1,700 tons of sulfur dioxide (20 times more than the amount released last month), said officials.

Japan’s weather agency raised the alert level for the volcano to Level 2 [“Do not approach the crater”] last week.

Ashfall from the eruption was also reported around the mountain as far as 4 km from the volcano, said officials. Aashfall  from a September 2004 eruption covered a large area.

Recent Volcanic Activity on the Planet of the Abes

Mt. Ontake
In September, a series of volcanic tremors was followed by a powerful eruption at Mt. Ontake in central Japan, which left at least 57 people dead and 6 others missing.

The country’s worst volcanic disaster in 70 years would have been easily prevented had the authorities not failed to heed the warning signs.

Mt Shindake (Kuchinoerabujima)
A powerful eruption ejected an ash cloud to a height of about 9,000 meters in the air, forcing the authorities to evacuate the 140 or so residents from Kuchinoerabujima island on May 29, 2015.

Latest Warnings for Japan’s Volcanoes [Sourced from Japan’s weather agency]

  • Warning Level 5 (Evacuate) Shindake (Kuchinoerabujima), 29 May 2015
  • Near-crater warning Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano) Ontake, 31 March 2015
  • Near-crater warning Warning in non-residential areas near the crater Nishinoshima, 24 February 2015


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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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Japan 2nd Greatest ‘Military Threat’ to S. Korea: Poll

Posted by feww on June 3, 2015

About 57% of South Koreans see Japan as a “militaristic state”

More than 58 percent of those polled in South Korea thought Japan was a “military threat” to their country, 2nd only to North Korea.

[In May, the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved new legislation authorizing Japan to expand its military outreach and play an international role beyond self-defense. In January, Planet of the Abes approved its largest military budget since WWII, raising it to about 5 trillion yen, or about US$42 billion.]

Tokyo-based Genron NPO, together with its South Korean partner, the East Asia Institute, have published the findings of a joint public opinion survey concerning “the course of mutual understanding and views among the peoples of Japan and South Korea.”

In their third survey of its kind, each of the two think tanks interviewed about 1,000 people in their respective countries, ahead of a landmark meeting between the South Korean and Japanese defense ministers to be held in Tokyo on June 21, just a day before the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Japan.

Sentiments among Japanese and South Korean peoples toward each other’s country, and their views about the current situation of Japan-South Korea relations worsened sharply last year, and this year’s survey showed no sign of improvement. The situation in South Korea remains harsher even than last year, said Genron.

Highlights of the Survey

  • Almost 80 percent of Korean respondents despised the Japanese, while 52 percent of Japanese felt the same way about South Koreans.
  • Nearly 57 percent of South Koreans  saw Japan  far worse than just a threat, but a “militaristic state,” up from 53.1 percent in 2014.
  • About 65 percent of “well-informed” S. Korean respondents felt there was a strong current of “nationalism” in today’s Japan, up from 57.8 percent last year.
  • More than 58 percent of the respondents thought Japan was a “military threat” to South Korea. Japan ranked only second to North Korea (83.4 percent), and China (36.8 percent), meaning that Korean people perceived Japan as a greater military threat to their country than China.
  • As many as 37.8 percent of the S. Koreans said a military clash between Japan and South Korea was likely, compared to 9.3 percent for the Japanese respondents. The corresponding figure among S. Korean intellectuals was much higher, at 43 percent.

Japan Continues to Deny its WWII Atrocities: Former “Comfort Women” seek Japan’s apology for WWII rapes

surviving comfort-women - flickr
SURVIVING WWII ‘COMFORT WOMAN’ – Downloaded under Creative Commons License – Source:

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Former Filipino “comfort woman” Piedad Nobleza, 86, holds slogans during a demonstration outside the Japanese Embassy in suburban Manila on Friday Aug. 15, 2008. Elderly Filipino women and their supporters demanded Tokyo’s clear-cut apology and compensation for wartime sexual slavery by Japanese troops. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila). Image may be subject to copyright.
Rangoon, Burma. August 8, 1945. An ethnic Chinese woman who was in one of the Imperial Japanese Army’s “comfort battalions” is interviewed by an Allied officer. Source: Comfort Women

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Former “comfort woman” Lee Yong-Soo (L) stands beside her supporters holding portraits of Chinese, Philippine, South Korean and Taiwanese comfort women who were sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, at a protest held in front of the Japanese parliament in Tokyo, in this 14 June 2007 file photo. Japan on 27 June 2007 brushed aside calls from US lawmakers for a fresh apology to wartime sex slaves, even as the former “comfort women” renewed their demands for Tokyo to acknowledge their plight. Japan said the US move to pass a resolution calling for an “unambiguous” apology from Japan for the coercion of women into army brothels during World War II would not damage relations between the two allies. Photo from Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images. Caption Daily life. Image may be subject to copyright.

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SURVIVING WWII ‘COMFORT WOMAN’ awaiting justice! Source: Survivor_1. Creative commons license. Some rights reserved.


FIRE-EARTH Population Models show Japan as the greatest military threat in the region, not only due to its culture and history, but especially because of  its dependency on foreign energy, food and material resources, which is also reflected in its current program of re-militarization.


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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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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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‘Severe’ Earthquake Rattles NZ South Island

Posted by feww on May 4, 2015

M6.0 quake strikes NW of Wanaka, NZ

Centered at 44.54°S, 168.83°E the quake struck at a depth of 5km, reported NZ geonet, describing the shock as ‘Severe.’

EQ Details [NZ geonet]

  • Magnitude: 6.0Mw
  • Epicenter: 44.54°S, 168.83°E
  • Depth: 5 km
  • Location:
    • 30 km north-west of Wanaka
    • 57km NNE of Queenstown, New Zealand

NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

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Other Significant Seismicity


  • Cluster of 8 aftershocks with the largest measuring 5.6 144km SSW of Kokopo, on 2015-05-03 at 22:32:42 UTC depth=35.0 km

Planet California

  • 3.6Mw, 1km S of Concord, California 2015-05-03 at 22:13:19 UTC depth=14.6 km

Planet of the Abes

  • 4.9Mw, 19km SW of Tomioka, Japan 2015-05-03 at 14:30:16 UTC depth=146.3 km
  • 4.6Mw, 3km SSE of Iwai, Japan 2015-05-03 at 06:53:59 UTC depth=51.6 km
  • 5.0Mw, 45km E of Namie, Japan 2015-05-03 at 04:02:52 UTC depth=42.4 km

Global Seismic Hot Spots (June 2015 – August 2015)

Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at the following times :

18:32, 19:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.

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