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M7.4 Quake Strikes Near E Coast of Honshu

Posted by feww on April 7, 2011

Mega Quake May Follow

Powerful 7.4Mw Strikes  66 km East of Sendai, Honshu

JMA has issued a tsunami warning, but it isn’t for a major tsunami

Earthquake Details (issued by Japan Meteorological Agency)

Issued at 23:36 JST 07 Apr 2011

Occurred at (JST)

Latitude
(degree)

Longitude
(degree)

Depth

Magnitude

Region Name

23:32 JST 07 Apr 2011 38.2N 142.0E

40 km

7.4

Miyagi-ken Oki

Tsunami Information NUMBER 2
(High Tide Time and Estimated Tsunami Arrival Time at each place)

Issued at 23:35 JST 07 Apr 2011

High Tide Time and Esti

mated Tsunami Arrival Time at each place
Exercise extreme caution if a tsunami arrives at high tide, as this boosts the height of waves.

Tsunami Forecast Region/
Tsunami Observation Site
High Tide Time Estimated Tsunami
Arrival Time
<Tsunami Warning (Tsunami)>
MIYAGI PREF. (*1)
Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawa 05:08 JST 08 Apr 23:40 JST 07 Apr
Sendai-ko 05:13 JST 08 Apr 00:10 JST 08 Apr
<Tsunami Advisory>
PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREF. 00:20 JST 08 Apr
Hachinohe 04:52 JST 08 Apr 00:40 JST 08 Apr
Mutsu-shi Sekinehama 04:50 JST 08 Apr 00:50 JST 08 Apr
Mutsuogawara-ko 04:50 JST 08 Apr 00:30 JST 08 Apr
IWATE PREF. (*1)
Miyako 04:54 JST 08 Apr 00:00 JST 08 Apr
Ofunato 05:01 JST 08 Apr 23:50 JST 07 Apr
Kamaishi 05:03 JST 08 Apr 00:00 JST 08 Apr
Kuji-ko 04:54 JST 08 Apr 00:20 JST 08 Apr
FUKUSHIMA PREF. 23:50 JST 07 Apr
Iwaki-shi Onahama 05:28 JST 08 Apr 00:20 JST 08 Apr
Soma 05:19 JST 08 Apr 00:20 JST 08 Apr
IBARAKI PREF. 00:20 JST 08 Apr
Oarai 05:25 JST 08 Apr 00:30 JST 08 Apr
Kamisu-shi Kashima-ko 05:35 JST 08 Apr 00:30 JST 08 Apr

*1 mark: Arrival of tsunami inferred.

Tsunami Warnings and/or Advisories are in currently effect for the following coastal regions of Japan:
Tsunami Warning (Tsunami)
MIYAGI PREF.
<Tsunami Advisory>
PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREF.
IWATE PREF.
FUKUSHIMA PREF.
IBARAKI PREF.
Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions other than the above, no tsunami damage is expected in those coastal regions.

Earthquake Information
Occurred at 23:32 JST 07 Apr 2011
Region name MIYAGI-KEN OKI
Latitude 38.2N
Longitude 142.0E
Depth about 40 km
Magnitude 7.4

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Links to Forecasts

March 16, 2011

Global Disaster Forecast – 16 Mar 2011

TOKYO AREA QUAKE WARNING
Large Earthquake Could Strike Tokyo Area – Megaqauke measuring up to 9.2Mw could strike Tokyo / Chiba Area:  FIRE-EARTH Forecast

March 13, 2011

FIRE-EARTH Forecasts: Japan Earthquakes
Japan Earthquakes: A Summary of Forecasts by FIRE-EARTH Blog

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Japan Tsunami Floods Kitakami – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on March 17, 2011

Deadly Tsunami Spawned by Japan Megaquake Floods Kitakami River Basin


Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG) —  acquired March 14, 201


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Download larger image (4 MB, JPEG) acquired January 16, 2011

The magnitude 9.0 megaquake that struck northeastern Honshu, Japan on March 11, 2011, spawned a deadly tsunami which inundated vast coastal areas along the eastern seaboard of the country’s main island. Top image shows flooded croplands and settlements along the Kitakami River, which was taken by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on March 14, 2011. The bottom image posted for comparison was taken two months earlier. Source: NASA-EO.

Megaquake and Tsunami, Nuclear Power Plant Crisis  -UPDATE (17 March 2011, at 05:00 UTC)

The confirmed death toll from Friday’s 9.0Mw megaquake and  tsunami has climbed to 5,178, police said. At least 8,606 people are still missing.

The US state department has advised the US citizens living within 80km of Fukushima Daiichi NPP to leave the area. Japanese government’s exclusion zone is 20km, with a 20-30km caution zone.

Intelligent People and Nuclear Power Plants

The governor of Fukushima prefecture, where the doomed  nuclear plant is located, has complained that the NPP evacuees lack basic necessities, including sufficient hot food, warm clothes  and water, reports say.

As of Sunday March 13, about 230,000 people had been evacuated from the vicinity of the badly damaged nuclear plants, according to a government report.

More Serious Than Reported

TheUS Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman, Greg Jaczko, has told a congressional energy and commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington that problems with attempts to cool the troubled reactors are more serious than reported.

“We believe that around the reactor site there are high levels of radiation.”

“[It’s] very difficult for emergency workers to get near the reactors. The doses they could experience would potentially be lethal doses in a very short period of time” he told the US lawmakers.

Three Mile Island

Meanwhile, the US Energy Secretary said the situation seemed to be more serious than the 1979 partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island NNP in Pennsylvania.

According to nuke scientists in France, the Three Mile Island partial meltdown was a 5 on a scale of 1 to 7, with the Chernobyl core meltdown scoring 7, and the Fukushima NPP crisis so far rating 6 in severity.

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Meltdown Threat at a Sixth Fukushima Reactor

Posted by feww on March 13, 2011

A 6th Reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Faces Core Meltdown

Pressure buildup has reached a critical level in a sixth reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has said in a statement.

Authorities are pumping in massive amounts of seawater to cool down all the reactors at the two Fukushima plants.

Radiation has reportedly been detected outside more than one reactor unit as a total of 6 reactors are either undergoing at least partial meltdown, or face the eminent threat of  explosion or meltdown

Meanwhile, Japan govt has mobilized a rescue team consisting of more than 100,000 personnel to assist victims of the deadly earthquake and tsunami.

According to the latest NHK news bulletin, the rescue and recovery teams in Miyagi prefecture have recovered  another 200 bodies. The official death toll currently stands at more than 1,000, with another 1,000 reported as missing,  but the total could reach into many thousands, possibly tens of thousands.

A video of the first explosion at Fukushima Plant No. 1

Comment by an Expert

“An early tipoff that Japanese authorities felt that events at Fukushima were very serious was the ordering of an evacuation within a couple of hours of the earthquake.  Though the area was small and the evacuation was called ‘precautionary,’ the fact is that ordering several thousand more people into motion during the immediate aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami is something that no government would do if it could possibly help it.” Said a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Peter Bradford.

Trying to avert multiple core meltdown

Tokyo Electric Power Co is planning to vent more steam from the core containment units to reduce the danger of explosion and core meltdown, but that entails releasing even more radiation into the environment.

Power Shortages

Several areas near the quake area have been without electricity [as well as water, gas and phone services] since the megaquake struck two days ago.

Tokyo electricity is currently buying power from western Japan districts, and people have been asked to conserve electricity.

Mounting Aftershocks

A total of 170 significant aftershocks (≥5.0) have now struck near the east coat of Honshu, mostly close to the Mega Quake’s epicenter.

The Sinking Land

The land in many areas of Miyagi prefecture has sunk by about 70cm, trapping water brought in buy the deadly tsunami waves.

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MEGA QUAKE STRIKES NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU

Posted by feww on March 11, 2011

M8.9 QUAKE STRIKES OFFSHORE JAPAN

BASED ON THE EARTHQUAKE REPORTS, A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI SHOULD BE EXPECTED

This quake may be a foreshock, with a larger event yet to follow: FIRE-EARTH

LATEST REPORT FROM EMSC

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GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan
Time: 2011-03-11 05:46:22.5 UTC
Magnitude: 8.5
Epicenter: 142.49°E 38.32°N
Depth: 5 km
Status: C – confirmed

The Japan Meteorological Agency’s website is currently down and the blog was unable to get a confirmation.

USGS has apparently recorded the event as a magnitude 8.8Mw with a 7.9Mw aftershock.

JMA has just issued the following report:

Earthquake Information (Information about Seismic Intensity at each site)

Issued at 14:53 JST 11 Mar 2011

Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree)
Longitude
(degree)
Depth Magnitude Region Name
14:46 JST 11 Mar 2011 38.0N 142.9E 10km 7.9 Sanriku Oki


Earthquake location map. Epicenter is marked by a red cross. Bubbles indicate severity of the tremor as felt by local monitoring stations throughout Japan. Source: JMA.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS

EIGHT of Japan’s Prefectures are currently under a MAJOR Tsunami/Tsunami warning:

JMA has issued the following:

Tsunami Warning/Advisory

Issued at 14:49 JST 11 Mar 2011

Major Tsunami and Tsunami have been issued.
PACIFIC COAST OF TOHOKU
CENTRAL PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO
IBARAKI PREF.
KUJUKURI AND SOTOBO AREA, CHIBA PREF.
IZU ISLANDS
Evacuate from the seashore immediately to the safe places near the above coasts.
Tsunami attentions are in effect at some of the other coasts now.

Tsunami Warning
<Major Tsunami>
*IWATE PREF.
MIYAGI PREF.
FUKUSHIMA PREF.
<Tsunami>
CENTRAL PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO
PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREF.
IBARAKI PREF.
KUJUKURI AND SOTOBO AREA, CHIBA PREF.
IZU ISLANDS
Evacuate from the seashore immediately to the safe places near the above coasts.

Tsunami Advisory

EASTERN PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO
WESTERN PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO
JAPAN SEA COAST OF AOMORI PREF.
UCHIBO AREA, CHIBA PREF.
OGASAWARA ISLANDS
SAGAMI BAY AND MIURA PENINSULA
SHIZUOKA PREF.
PACIFIC COAST OF AICHI PREF.
SOUTHERN PART OF MIE PREF.
WAKAYAMA PREF.
TOKUSHIMA PREF.
KOCHI PREF.
MIYAZAKI PREF.
TANEGASHIMA AND YAKUSHIMA AREA
AMAMI ISLANDS AND TOKARA ISLANDS

At the following coasts (* marks) tsunamis are expected to arrive right away.
IWATE PREF

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