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Earthquake Strikes SSE of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on August 17, 2015

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

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

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

Other Significant Earthquakes:

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

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Volcano Erupts 160km S. of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on May 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

EQ Details (recent seismic activity)

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

Current Volcanic Alerts in the Region (JMA)

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

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Quakes Strike North and South of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

Earthquakes strike as Japan nuclear regulator clears two-reactor Sendai NPP

Two quakes struck about 55km south of Sendai NPP, USGS/EHP reported. A third quake  occurred [about 60km] north of the plant, according to Japan weather agency (JMA).

Japan’s nuclear regulators said Wednesday that Kyushu Electric Power Co’s that the two reactors at Sendai nuclear plant had cleared “safety hurdles,” according to reports.

Kyushu Electric company is planning to restart the Sendai No. 1 reactor in late July, and the No. 2 reactor in late September 2015 despite public opposition.

In April, a Kyushu court rejected a legal bid by residents to block the resumption of power generation at Sendai despite the potential threats posed by nearby volcanoes.

EQ Details

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

Current Volcanic Alerts in the Region (JMA)

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

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M6.1 Quake Strikes Japan

Posted by feww on March 13, 2014

Strong Quake Strikes Iyo-nada, Japan

The quake struck at a depth of 80km rattling the entire southern tip of Japan, according to JMA.

NO Tsunami Warning or Advisories are in effect: JMA

Sendai, Ikata and Genkai Nuclear Power Plants

The quake which occurred less than three days after the third anniversary of the triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear station, also coincided with the announcement by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) that two reactors operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co have been placed on a list for priority screening at a meeting of officials reviewing restart applications.

The quake occurred about 250km NE of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai Nuclear Power Plant (31.83°N 130.19°E), less than 57km NW of Ikata Nuclear Power Plant (three reactors) located in Ehime Prefecture, and about 180km east of Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (4 reactors) in Saga Pref.

WE consider both the timing and location of this powerful seismic warning as perfect!

Japanese authorities should base any and all of their nuclear planning on one factor alone: There’ll be NO more warning before the big ones…

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Earthquake Location Map with the location of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant marked by FIRE-EARTH.  (Map sourced from USGS)

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Japan’s Nuclear Facilities. Copyright © Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA, Japan). All Rights Reserved.

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Magnitude: 6.1Mw (6.3Mw by USGS/EHP)
Time and Date: 02:07 JST  (UTC + 9:00 hrs) on 14 Mar 2014
Epicenter: 33.7°N, 131.9°E (33.683°N, 131.737°E -USGS)
Depth: 80 km  (82.9km -USGS)
Region: Iyo-nada (The Seto Inland Sea)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

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