MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:32PM

TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- A powerful earthquake shook northeastern Japan Friday and strong tremors caused violent shaking to buildings in Tokyo. A tsunami alert has been issued, local media reported.


this was an 8.8 * first reports has a leve broke with cars floating around right after this quake hit.. it was a shallow one

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:36PM

a 19 foot high tsumini is feared due to this earthquake

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:38PM

Public broadcaster NHK showed cars, trucks, houses and buildings being swept away by tsunami in Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture per huffingtonpost.com

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:43PM

Japan's meteorological agency warned that a tsunami as high as 20 feet (6 meters) could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicenter. Smaller tsunamis of up to 50 centimeters reached some coastal communities, the agency said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and U.S. state of Hawaii.

per the [Click Here]

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:49PM

so far the earthquakes for this area since the 8.8 is

6.4/ 6.4/ 6.8 and a 7.1

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:52PM

The agency says the quake struck at 2:46 p.m. Friday at a depth of 6 miles, about 80 miles off the eastern coast.



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Craig ⭐, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:55PM

EARTHQUAKE HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN 8.9 PER USGS

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 11:23PM

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWSISSUED AT 0555Z 11 MAR 2011THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFICOCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANASA TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR GUAM / WAKE IS. / TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. /
BELAU / MIDWAY IS. / POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / NAURU / HAWAIIFOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FORINFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKEDECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA ANDANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
REPORTED BY THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY. ORIGIN TIME - 0546Z 11 MAR 2011 COORDINATES - 38.0 NORTH 142.9 EAST DEPTH - 10 KM LOCATION - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN MAGNITUDE - 7.9
EVALUATION IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN STRIKE COASTLINES NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES AND MORE
DISTANT COASTLINES WITHIN HOURS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA FROM GAUGES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE TO DETERMINE IF A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND ESTIMATE THE SEVERITY OF
THE THREAT.ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTSWITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUALARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THELARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR. LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME JAPAN KATSUURA 35.1N 140.3E 0635Z 11 MAR KUSHIRO 42.9N 144.3E 0642Z 11 MAR
HACHINOHE 40.5N 141.5E 0700Z 11 MAR SHIMIZU 32.8N 133.0E 0756Z 11 MAR OKINAWA 26.2N 127.8E 0912Z 11 MAR RUSSIA URUP_IS 46.1N 150.5E 0714Z 11 MAR
SEVERO_KURILSK 50.8N 156.1E 0834Z 11 MAR PETROPAVLOVSK_K 53.2N 159.6E 0836Z 11 MAR UST_KAMCHATSK 56.1N 162.6E 0840Z 11 MAR MEDNNY_IS 54.7N 167.4E 0903Z 11 MAR
MARCUS IS. MARCUS_IS. 24.3N 154.0E 0757Z 11 MAR N. MARIANAS SAIPAN 15.3N 145.8E 0853Z 11 MAR GUAM GUAM 13.4N 144.7E 0909Z 11 MAR WAKE IS. WAKE_IS. 19.3N 166.6E 0925Z 11 MAR
TAIWAN HUALIEN 24.0N 121.7E 0932Z 11 MAR HUALIEN 24.0N 121.6E 0933Z 11 MAR TAITUNG 22.7N 121.2E 0936Z 11 MAR CHILUNG 25.2N 121.8E 1004Z 11 MAR
YAP YAP_IS. 9.5N 138.1E 0944Z 11 MAR PHILIPPINES PALANAN 17.1N 122.6E 0955Z 11 MAR LEGASPI 13.2N 123.8E 1026Z 11 MAR DAVAO 6.8N 125.7E 1053Z 11 MAR
MARSHALL IS. ENIWETOK 11.4N 162.3E 1013Z 11 MAR KWAJALEIN 8.7N 167.7E 1044Z 11 MAR MAJURO 7.1N 171.4E 1124Z 11 MAR BELAU MALAKAL 7.3N 134.5E 1025Z 11 MAR
MIDWAY IS. MIDWAY_IS. 28.2N 182.6E 1026Z 11 MAR POHNPEI POHNPEI_IS. 7.0N 158.2E 1027Z 11 MAR CHUUK CHUUK_IS. 7.4N 151.8E 1034Z 11 MAR KOSRAE KOSRAE_IS. 5.5N 163.0E 1043Z 11 MAR
INDONESIA GEME 4.6N 126.8E 1049Z 11 MAR BEREBERE 2.5N 128.7E 1058Z 11 MAR WARSA 0.6S 135.8E 1110Z 11 MAR MANOKWARI 0.8S 134.2E 1118Z 11 MAR
PATANI 0.4N 128.8E 1124Z 11 MAR JAYAPURA 2.4S 140.8E 1135Z 11 MAR SORONG 0.8S 131.1E 1135Z 11 MAR PAPUA NEW GUINE MANUS_IS. 2.0S 147.5E 1124Z 11 MAR
KAVIENG 2.5S 150.7E 1124Z 11 MAR VANIMO 2.6S 141.3E 1134Z 11 MAR WEWAK 3.5S 143.6E 1146Z 11 MAR RABAUL 4.2S 152.3E 1154Z 11 MAR
NAURU NAURU 0.5S 166.9E 1149Z 11 MARBULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTILFURTHER NOTICE.THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTHCHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THEMORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CA LIFORNIA.Source: [Click Here]




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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 11:28PM

an oil refinery is on fire now per cnn.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 11:49PM

in Sendia of Northern Japan there is a major power outage affecting about 4 million residents in tokyo and surrounding area, per bbc news

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Rain, Thu Mar 10 2011, 11:51PM

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 3NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI931 PM HST THU MAR 10 2011TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAIISUBJECT - TSUNAMI WARNINGA TSUNAMI WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0931 PM HST.AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0746 PM HST 10 MAR 2011 COORDINATES - 38.2 NORTH 142.5 EAST LOCATION - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN MAGNITUDE - 8.8 MOMENT
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER DART 21413 30.5N 152.1E 0659Z 0.76M / 2.5FT 32MIN HANASAKI HOKKAIDO J 43.3N 145.6E 0657Z 2.79M / 9.2FT 76MIN
DART 21401 42.6N 152.6E 0643Z 0.67M / 2.2FT 40MIN DART 21418 38.7N 148.7E 0619Z 1.08M / 3.5FT 06MIN LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH) LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST) TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.EVALUATION A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG
COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD
COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT
RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED
BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD. THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS 0259 AM HST FRI 11 MAR 2011
MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.Source: [Click Here]
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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 12:08AM

there have been 14 fires since the earthquake ..

In various locations along Japan's coast, TV footage showed severe flooding, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK.

per huffingtonpost.com

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 12:21AM

more earthquakes from this same area

1.- 8.9

2.- 6.4

3. -6.4

4.-6.8

5.-7.1

6.-6.3

7.- 6.3

8. -5.8

9.-5.9

10.- 6.3

11.- 6.1

12.- 6.1

13.-5.9

14. 5.8

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 12:34AM

the pacific warning center has added other counties to this warning for a tsunuami for austrailia / new zealand/ mexico/ centeral and north america

russia has also evaucated 11,000 people from their low lyning areas

info per huffingtonpost.com

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:02AM

we were under a tsumani watch but have been upgraded to a tsumani warning for all the california coast,, per california disasters

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:05AM

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 4NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK1244 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011THIS MESSAGE UPDATES THE ALERT STATUS TO WARNING AND ADVISORY....A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER......A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES
W OF ADAK/ TO ATTU ALASKA......THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA......THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA......THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA TO AMCHITKA PASS
ALASKA/125 MILES W OF ADAK/...RECOMMENDED ACTIONS A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF
THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL ------------------------ ----- ------ ------- -----------
TOSASHIMIZU JAPAN 32.8N 132.9E 0747UTC 00.9FT/00.27M TOKAI JAPAN 33.8N 137.6E 0645UTC 00.8FT/00.25M OFUNATO JAPAN 39.0N 141.8E 0605UTC 10.8FT/03.29M HANASAKI JAPAN 43.3N 145.6E 0643UTC 09.3FT/02.82M
BOSO JAPAN 34.8N 140.8E 0609UTC 02.6FT/00.78MTIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENTAMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). DEEP OCEAN SENSORS INDICATE A LARGE TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED.PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS MAGNITUDE - 8.9 TIME - 2046 AKST MAR 10 2011
2146 PST MAR 10 2011 0546 UTC MAR 11 2011 LOCATION - 38.3 NORTH 142.4 EAST - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN DEPTH - 12 MILES/20 KMTSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD
INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. WARNINGS INDICATE THATWIDESPREAD DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFULCURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THEINITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.
TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCINGSTRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THEWATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATIONIS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY. CURRENTS MAY BE
HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS... BOATS... AND COASTAL STRUCTURES AND MAYCONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT ATWWW.WEATHER.GOV/PTWC.THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 60 MINUTES OR SOONER IFTHE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITEWCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.PZZ530-CAZ034-035-529- 530-006-505>509-002-001-ORZ021-022-002-001-111014-
/O.CAN.PAAQ.TS.A.0006.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z//O.NEW.PAAQ.TS.W.0006.110311T0844Z-000000T0000Z/COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING POINT CONCEPCIONCALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER1244 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011
...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO
HIGHER GROUND.TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREADINUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OFWAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
TIME. ESTIMATED TIMES OF INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL FOR SELECTEDSITES IN THE WARNING ARE PROVIDED BELOW.CHARLESTON-OR 0715 PST MAR 11 SEASIDE-OR 0724 PST MAR 11CRESCENT CITY-CA 0723 PST MAR 11 SAN FRANCISCO-CA 0808 PST MAR 11
FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS SEEWCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOVSource: [Click Here]
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per california disasters

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:17AM

i lost connection for a sec so if this is a repeat sorry about that

The National Weather Service list includes Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and the United States.

Numerous Pacific islands, including some U.S. territories, are also on the list

per cnn.com



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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:26AM

the refinery on fire is now one giant 1,000 foot tall column of fireballs.

per california disasters

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L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:20AM

News reports anticipate perhaps a 6 foot wave will reach Hawaii around 3AM HST.

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L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:26AM

A state of emergency was declared for one of the Japanese nuclear plants which is unable to pump water to cool the reactor core.

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L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:30AM

13 aftershocks greater than magnitude 6.0 so far.

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L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:51AM

News reports anticipate 2 foot surge for Orange County when waves reach California.

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 06:59AM

Breaking news | ABC7 Los Angeles Friday, March 11, 2011

The Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the entire West Coast of the United States following the quake in Japan.

Tsunami-related waves may occur in:

San Francisco at 8:16 a.m.
Santa Barbara at 8:24 a.m.
San Pedro at 8:32 a.m.
Santa Monica at 8:39 a.m.
Newport Beach at 8:45 a.m.
La Jolla at 8:48 a.m.

Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival. Coastal residents in the watch area should prepare for possible evacuation, officials said.

Los Angeles County coastal residents are advised to stay away from currents, says Sgt. Ron Walker of Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Hawaii is under a separate tsunami warning, with the first wave expected to arrive at 4:59 a.m. PT. (2:59 a.m. HST)


per california disasters

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:04AM

per ktla the earthquake was 3,000 times worse then the north ridge earthquake..

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:13AM

per california disasters

Posted: 6:30 am Friday, Mar. 11, 2011
Areas of coastal San Luis Obispo County are being evacuated this morning due to the possibility of a tsunami causing major flooding in low-lying areas.
Residents, visitors and businesses in Port San Luis, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano and Cayucos are being advised by the County Office of Emergency Services to evacuate to high ground immediately.

Specific areas that need to evacuate are:

All areas of Port San Luis, including the pier, beaches and parking lot;
All of downtown Avila Beach, including the beach;
All residents and properties along creeks that flood, including Sycamore Hot Springs, Avila Valley Barn, Avila Hot Springs, Ocean Canyon Pines Resorts and Avila Beach Drive;
Hidden Creek Canyon Road and Bellevue Orchard Drive residents and Bellevue-Santa Fe school.
Pismo Coast Village(a temporary evacuation center is being opened in the rear parking lot of the Five Cities Center behind Marshall's);
All areas of Oceano west of Highway 1 from Grand Avenue south to 24th Street.(a temporary evacuation center is being opened in the rear parking lot of the Five Cities Center behind Marshall's);
Cayucos areas west of the ocean from Old Creek North to Lucerne at Highway 1 (a temporary evacuation center is being opened at St. Joseph's Church)
The County Office of Emergency Services plans to provide more information as soon as possible.


Read more: [Click Here]




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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:21AM

photos

[Click Here]

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Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:23AM

Honolulu (CNN) -- Tsunami waves resulting from Japan's deadly earthquake rolled onto the Hawaiian Islands about every 15 minutes Friday morning, bringing waves of nearly 7 feet to a harbor in Maui, authorities said.

No significant damage had been reported two hours after the first waves arrived, but officials said they will know more after sunrise.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center predicted the waves "are not going to be a major damaging event" for Hawaii, but will cause scattered damage, particularly to harbors and coastal facilities.

It appeared the state's residents had heeded calls to move away from the coast. Honolulu officials told residents to "be aware that inundation effects could continue for several hours."



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Quake causes ceiling to collapse "We called this one right," said center geophysicist Gerard Fryer. "This evacuation was necessary."

Waves of between 6 and 7 feet were reported on the island of Maui, said Fryer, adding it was difficult to tell what would happen on all the islands. "We have significant energy bouncing around the Hawaiian Islands."

Waves of about 3 feet were reported on Hilo.

Fryer said the waves are rolling in about 15 minutes apart. Forecasters said some areas may see waves of up to 9 feet.

A tsunami warning was in effect until at least 7 a.m. (10 a.m. ET).

Communities along much of the U.S. West Coast were under tsunami warnings, too.

The National Weather Service said the waves could hit Oregon and California between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time (10:15-10:30 a.m. ET).

The first impact in Hawaii was felt shortly after 3:07 a.m. (8:07 a.m. ET), according to Hawaii State Civil Defense, which issued a tsunami warning.

Tidal gauge readings on the southern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai were "somewhat encouraging," CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano said.

Honolulu was planning for several contingencies, because it is not certain how large the waves could be and where they may rush inland, Mayor Peter Carlisle told CNN.

"It is a very difficult situation to confront," Carlisle said.

Hawaii Public Radio news director Bill Dorman told CNN some roads were closed as a precaution.

Hawaiian emergency officials reminded residents that tsunami evacuation maps can be found in front of their telephone directories. People were advised not to make unnecessary phone calls and a coastal evacuation was conducted.

Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson in Honolulu told CNN the U.S. Coast Guard has been working with local port authorities and harbor masters to get the word to all mariners to get out to sea.

The Coast Guard prepared for the worst-case scenario, Frederickson said. "We are moving our assets out to sea. We are moving our aircraft to more suitable locations."

The threat of a tsunami prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue a warning for at least 50 countries or territories around the Pacific after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan Friday. The warning for Guam was later lifted.

Warnings also were in effect for coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California, to the Oregon-Washington border, according to the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A warning also was in effect also for Alaska, from Amchitka Pass to Attu, and in Canada's British Columbia.

President Barack Obama said he instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be prepared to help Hawaii and other U.S. regions "that could be affected" by the disaster.

He also said the United States "stands ready to help the Japanese people" slammed by a destructive tsunami.

CNN iReporter Ken Papagno, who lives on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, recorded sirens that sounded throughout the island.

Hawaii had a tsunami scare in February 2010 after an 8.9-magniture earthquake hit Chile. A warning cancellation occurred nearly two hours after the first waves came ashore. Coast Guard crews said they had found no significant damage to ports or waterways as a result of the tsunami, ending a significant evacuation to higher ground.

CNN's Carter Evans is reporting from Hawaii.



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:29AM

The Japanese military is readying 300 planes and 40 ships to assist the rescue operation, according to the Kyodo news agency.


per [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:33AM

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND HARBORS SOUTH OF POINT CONCEPTION... BASED ON THE LATEST TELECONFERENCE AND PRELIMINARY MODEL INFORMATION... THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE EXPECTED FORECAST TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ALONG THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST. COASTAL AREAS NORTH OF POINT CONCEPTION WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE A TSUNAMI INUNDATION BETWEEN 3.5 TO 7 FEET. HIGHEST WAVE INUNDATION TO AROUND 7 FEET CAN BE EXPECTED AROUND PORT SAN LUIS. FOR AREAS SOUTH OF POINT CONCEPTION...EXPECTED TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS OF 2 FEET TO AROUND 3 FEET CAN BE EXPECTED FROM SANTA BARBARA TO LONG BEACH. THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL WILL BEGIN WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIMES LISTED BELOW: PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR...AT 803 AM PST. POINT CONCEPTION.......AT 757 AM PST SANTA BARBARA HARBOR...AT 817 AM PST. RINCON.................AT 828 AM PST SANTA MONICA HARBOR....AT 831 AM PST. SAN PEDRO HARBOR.......AT 832 AM PST. NEW INFORMATION... THE LATEST EXPECTED TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHT AMPLITUDES... MORRO BAY...............3.9 FT PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR....7.1 FT PISMO BEACH.............2.4 FT SANTA MARIA.............3.3 FT SANTA BARBARA...........1.6 FT CARPINTERIA.............1.6 FT VENTURA.................2.9 FT MALIBU..................1.2 FT SANTA MONICA............2.8 FT REDONDO BEACH...........2.1 FT SAN PEDRO HARBOR........1.3 FT HUNTINGTON BEACH........2.3 FT THE TSUNAMI IS A RESULT OF A LARGE EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 8.9 ON THE RICHTER SCALE THAT OCCURRED AT 945 PM PST LAST EVENING. THE EARTHQUAKE LOCATION WAS JUST OFFSHORE OF JAPAN.



Instruction:
REMEMBER... THESE EXPECTED TSUNAMI WAVE AMPLITUDES ARE HEIGHTS BEYOND NORMAL SEA LEVELS. THEY WILL LOOK LIKE AN ELEVATION OF SEA LEVEL IN WHICH THE TSUNAMI WAVE AMPLITUDE WILL RETAIN THIS RISE FOR 10 TO 15 MINUTES... BEFORE RECEDING AND RETURNING AGAIN... .AND REPEATING FOR UP TO 10 HOURS IN VERY STRONG CURRENTS. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS... PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND AND BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. TSUNAMIS OFTEN ARRIVE AS A SERIES OF WAVES WHICH COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR AS MUCH AS 10 HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL. A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR COASTAL AREAS SOUTH OF POINT CONCEPTION. A TSUNAMI ADVISORY MEANS THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR NEAR THE WATER AS WELL AS BOATS MOORED IN HARBORS IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. A TSUNAMI WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A POTENTIAL TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. WARNINGS ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT WIDESPREAD...DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFUL CURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE. WARNINGS ALSO ALERT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO TAKE ACTION FOR THE ENTIRE TSUNAMI HAZARD ZONE. APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY LOCAL OFFICIALS MAY INCLUDE THE EVACUATION OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS AND REPOSITIONING OF SHIPS TO DEEP WATERS WHEN THERE IS TIME TO SAFELY DO SO.

Area: CATALINA ISLAND-LOS ANGELES COUNTY COAST INCLUDING DOWNTOWN LOSANGELES-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY CENTRAL COAST-SANTA BARBARA COUNTYCENTRAL COAST-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SOUTH COAST-VENTURA COUNTY COAST-

Affected Counties or parts of: Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles

Sent: 2011-03-11T07:15:07-08:00

Original Sender: KLOX©nwws.oes.ca.gov

From: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:35AM

TOKYO -- A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii and warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast. In Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant in the northeast was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed.

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Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture (state) closest to the quake's epicenter. Another 88 were confirmed killed and at least 349 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter. A large section of Kesennuma, a town of 70,000 people in Miyagi, burned furiously into the night with no apparent hope of the flames being extinguished, public broadcaster NHK said.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

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AdvertisementThe government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama city to move back at least two miles (three kilometers) from the plant. The reactor was not leaking radiation but its core remained hot even after a shutdown. The plant is 170 miles (270 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

Trouble was reported at two other nuclear plants as well, but there was no radiation leak at either.

Japan's coast guard said it was searching for 80 dock workers working on a ship that was swept away from a shipyard in Miyagi.

Even for a country used to earthquakes, this one was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged several miles (kilometers) inland before retreating. The apocalyptic images of surging water and uncontrolled conflagrations broadcast by Japanese TV networks resembled scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie.

Large fishing boats and other sea vessels rode high waves into the cities, slamming against overpasses or scraping under them and snapping power lines along the way. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water. Ships anchored in ports crashed against each other.

The tsunami roared over embankments, washing anything in its path inland before reversing directions and carrying the cars, homes and other debris out to sea. Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.

Waves of muddy waters flowed over farmland near Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, inland as cars attempted to drive away. Sendai airport was inundated with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways.

The highways to the worst-hit coastal areas were buckled and communications, including telephone lines, were snapped. Train services in northeastern Japan and in Tokyo, which normally serve 10 million people a day, were also suspended, leaving untold numbers stranded in stations or roaming the streets. Tokyo's Narita airport was closed indefinitely.

Jesse Johnson, a native of the U.S. state of Nevada who lives in Chiba, north of Tokyo, was eating at a sushi restaurant with his wife when the quake hit.

"At first it didn't feel unusual, but then it went on and on. So I got myself and my wife under the table," he told The Associated Press. "I've lived in Japan for 10 years, and I've never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming. It's gotten to the point where I don't know whether it's me shaking or an earthquake."

NHK said more than 4 million buildings were without power in Tokyo and its suburbs.

As night fell, the streets were jammed with cars, buses and trucks trying to get around and out of the city. Pedestrians swarmed the sidewalks to walk home, or at least find a warm place to spend the night as the temperatures dropped.

Tomoko Suzuki and her elderly mother stood on a crowded corner in central Tokyo, unable to get up to their 29th-floor condominium because the elevator wasn't working. They unsuccessfully tried to hail a taxi to go to a relative's house. They called around to dozens of hotels, but they were full.

"We are so cold," said Suzuki. "We really don't know what to do."

A large fire erupted at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture and burned out of control with 100-foot (30 meter) -high flames whipping into the sky.

"Our initial assessment indicates that there has already been enormous damage," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. "We will make maximum relief effort based on that assessment."

He said the Defense Ministry was sending troops to the quake-hit region. A utility aircraft and several helicopters were on the way.

Also in Miyagi, a fire broke out in a turbine building of a nuclear power plant, but it was later extinguished, said Tohoku Electric Power Co. the company said.

A reactor area of a nearby plant was leaking water, the company said. But it was unclear if the leak was caused by tsunami water or something else. There were no reports of radioactive leaks at any of Japan's nuclear plants.

Jefferies International Limited, a global investment banking group, said it estimated overall losses to be about $10 billion.

Hiroshi Sato, a disaster management official in northern Iwate prefecture, said officials were having trouble getting an overall picture of the destruction.

"We don't even know the extent of damage. Roads were badly damaged and cut off as tsunami washed away debris, cars and many other things," he said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2:46 p.m. quake was a magnitude 8.9, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s, and one of the biggest ever recorded in the world.

The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday that caused no damage.

A tsunami warning was extended to a number of areas in the Pacific, Southeast Asian and Latin American nations, including Japan, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Chile. In the Philippines, authorities ordered an evacuation of coastal communities, but no unusual waves were reported.

Thousands of people fled their homes in Indonesia after officials warned of a tsunami up to 6 feet (2 meters) high. But waves of only 4 inches (10 centimeters) were measured. No big waves came to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory, either.

The first waves hit Hawaii about 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT) Friday. A tsunami at least 3 feet (a meter) high were recorded on Oahu and Kauai, and officials warned that the waves would continue and could become larger.

Japan's worst previous quake was in 1923 in Kanto, an 8.3-magnitude temblor that killed 143,000 people, according to USGS. A 7.2-magnitude quake in Kobe city in 1996 killed 6,400 people.

Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur, including the one that triggered the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 nations. A magnitude-8.8 temblor that shook central Chile last February also generated a tsunami and killed 524 people


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 07:38AM

(CNN) -- Workers at a nuclear power plant in north-central Japan are having trouble cooling the reactor and authorities have asked nearby residents to evacuate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was shut down after the earthquake that hit the country.

"This is a precautionary instruction for people to evacuate. There is no radioactive leakage at this moment outside of the facility," he said. "At this moment there is no danger posed to the environment."

Japan declared a state of atomic power emergency after the earthquake, the Kyodo News agency reported. The government is sending senior officials and the defense force's Chemical Corps to the power plant, it said.



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Buildings, windows damaged in Japan Fire broke out at a second facility, the Onagawa plant, but crews were able to put that fire out, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Edano said workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant were having trouble generating sufficient electricity to pump water into the cooling system. They were using all available backup electricity, he said.

"The emergency shutdown has been conducted but the process of cooling down the reaction is currently not going as planned," he said.

Residents living within a 3-kilometer radius of the plant were asked to evacuate, while residents living within a zone 3 to 10 kilometers away were asked to stay inside their homes.

About 2,000 people were affected by the evacuation order, according to the Kyodo News Service.

Edano urged people to remain calm, saying there is plenty of time to evacuate.

per cnn.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Cornbread, Fri Mar 11 2011, 08:52AM

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but here are some amazing video's from Japan.

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 09:15AM

Should have very minimal impact in Southern California, with the exception of inside harbors. Here's a more specific statement for out area...

901 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ORANGE COUNTY AND SAN DIEGO
COUNTY COASTAL AREAS...

A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED IN THE FAR WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN NEAR
JAPAN AND HAS ARRIVED IN CALIFORNIA.

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THE LEADING SURGE HAS ARRIVED AND
ADDITIONAL CYCLES OR SETS WILL CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST SEVERAL
HOURS. A TSUNAMI ADVISORY MEANS WAVE HEIGHTS ARE FORECAST TO BE
FROM 1 TO 3 FEET.

THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES OCCURRED AT:

SAN PEDRO HARBOR.......AT 832 AM PST.
LA JOLLA...............AT 841 AM PST.

FORECAST TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS THIS MORNING:

HUNTINGTON BEACH.......2.3 FEET
LAGUNA BEACH...........2.0 FEET
LA JOLLA...............2.8 FEET
BALLAST POINT..........2.3 FEET
SAN DIEGO NAVY PIER....1.2 FEET
NORTH IMPERIAL BEACH...2.6 FEET

LOW TIDE AT LA JOLLA FRIDAY WAS AT 757 AM PST.

ALTHOUGH NO WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS LIKELY IN SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA...THERE IS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF STRONG CURRENTS AND WAVES
DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR NEAR THE WATER. THE STRONG CURRENTS
WILL BE HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS...BOATERS...AND COASTAL STRUCTURES.
STRONG CURRENTS IN THE HARBORS AND BAYS WILL CONTINUE FOR 10 TO
12 HOURS HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY WAS ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AFTER AN
8.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK JAPAN AT 946 PM PST THURSDAY.

COASTAL RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER...OFF THE
BEACH...AND AWAY FROM HARBORS AND MARINAS. WAVE HEIGHTS AND
CURRENTS ARE AMPLIFIED BY IRREGULAR SHORELINE AND ARE DIFFICULT TO
PREDICT. THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. LATER WAVES MAY
BE LARGER. MARINERS IN WATER DEEPER THAN 600 FEET SHOULD NOT BE
AFFECTED.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Deeliteful, Fri Mar 11 2011, 09:26AM

For anyone who has friends or family in Japan, here is the People Finder tool from Google: [Click Here] . It was recently used during the earthquake crisis in New Zealand. It's a simple way for people to register where they are & okay (if there is internet access nearby). Hope this helps!


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 10:18AM

Tokyo (CNN) -- Officials ordered an evacuation Friday of residents living near a Japanese nuclear power plant, saying there has been no sign yet of leaks but indicating a struggle to "cool down" one of the atomic facilities.

A 8.9-magnitude earthquake led to cooling problems and a fire at two of Japan's nuclear plants closest to its epicenter, said government officials.

Late Friday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that people within 2 to 3 kilometers (1.2 to 1.8 miles) of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have been told to leave the area. Those closer by -- within 3 to 10 kilometers -- were asked to stay home. Japan's Kyodo News Agency estimated that the evacuation order directly affected about 3,000 people.

"This is a precautionary instruction for people to evacuate," Edano said. "There is no radioactive leakage at this moment outside of the facility."



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Yet Edano said the Fukushima Daiichi reactor "remains at a high temperature," because it "cannot cool down." The Kyodo agency reported Friday that the radiation level was rising in a turbine building at the plant.

That plant and three others were shut down following the quake, after Japan declared a state of atomic power emergency.

Cham Gallas, a professor of disaster management at the University of Georgia, said that it wouldn't be surprising if reactors get "both thermally hot and radioactively hot" after the reactors were shut down.

"When they shut down reactors, it takes a long time for them to go down," said Dallas. "It does not necessarily mean radioactive material got out of the reactor."

While authorities are "bracing for the scenario," the minister said, "At this moment, there is no danger to the environment."

Fire broke out at a second facility, the Onagawa plant, but crews were able to put that fire out, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The trouble at the Fukushima plant happened after the plant successfully shut down, Edano said. Crews had difficulty generating enough electricity to pump water into the facility to cool it, he said.

Janie Eudy told CNN that her husband, Joe, was working at the plant and was injured by falling and shattering glass when the quake struck. As he and others were planning to evacuate, at their managers' orders, tsunami waves struck and washed buildings from the nearby town past the plant.

"To me, it sounded like hell on earth," she said, adding that her husband ultimately escaped.

The government said earlier that it was sending senior officials and the defense force's Chemical Corps to Fukushima power plant, according to the Kyodo news agency
per cnn

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 10:36AM

The Oregonian reports that 6-foot waves have hit Curry County, Ore., along the southern coast, despite low-tide conditions:


“We’re looking at 4 and a half to 5 feet so far,” said Don Kendall, emergency services coordinator for the county. “We’re in the middle of a low tide so it’s not hitting us as bad as it would have had we had high tide.”

He said conditions at Gold Beach resemble a winter storm, with rough seas. Port Orford reported 4-and-a-half foot waves with larger ones expected in Brookings around 7:30 a.m.

Two hours later, about the time the peak waves were supposed to hit, buoy readings 20 to 40 miles off Port Orford showed waves cresting about 6 feet, Kendall said.

per huffingtonpost.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 10:52AM

The Daily Mail reports:


A large number of tourists are thought to be among 400 passengers feared drowned after a high-speed bullet train and cruise ship went missing following the devastating Japanese earthquake earlier today.The massive earthquake - 8,000 times stronger than the one that hist New Zealand last month - sent a catastrophic 33 foot tsunami hurtling across the Pacific Ocean.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 11:14AM

ABC News reports:


In the Bay Area, some of the biggest damage is at Santa Cruz's Harbor. Around 8:10 a.m., within seconds, the water dropped by about 9 feet as the harbor turned into a river as water was sucked out to sea. Several boats broke loose and part of a dock was also pulled away during one of several surges, each of which took about 10 minutes.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 11:21AM

1:42 p.m. ET, 3:42 a.m. Tokyo] Using Air Force planes, the U.S. government has sent over coolant for the Fukushima nuclear plant, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. Japan's officials say a small radiation leak could occur at the plant after Friday's earthquake and tsunami.



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
MtMan, Fri Mar 11 2011, 11:46AM

Funny, they asked a Japanese physicist about this "special coolant" that Hillary said we are sending them, he gently laughed and said there is no "special coolant", it's plain distilled water, period. The trouble was getting electricity to the pumps. Sounds like Hillary put her foot in mouth.....again.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 12:30PM

Ventura Harbor Update: During the last significant surge event there was a collission between a California Fish and Game vessel and two neighboring docked vessels. The damage to the other vessels appear to be limited and will not cause any danger of sinking. Their was a minor injury to one of the California Fish and Game Warden's during the accident. The injury was minor but will require stitches at a local hospital. The Harbor Patrol transported the Warden back to the harbor where he will drive himself to a local hospital.



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Cornbread, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:01PM

It really sucks that it took a disaster like this to finally get the media to stop talking about Charlie Sheen.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
SCM ALERT🚨, Fri Mar 11 2011, 01:23PM

Charlie Sheen said he is suing the media for dropping their attention of him during his raid last night

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 02:10PM

Picture sent to me, taken up the in Bay Area this morning. Only a foot or two but wow, pretty damn impressive.





Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:49PM

wow thanks ben

also the nuclear reactors are in trouble in japan

more on this story at [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:55PM

CBS/AP) CRESCENT CITY, Calif. - A tsunami swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea Friday and ripped docks out of harbors in California, spreading the destruction of a devastating Japanese earthquake to the shores of the United States.


Four people were rescued from the water in Oregon, but one man who was taking photos in Northern California was still missing Friday afternoon. Coast Guard helicopters searched for him near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, Calif., after his two friends made it back to shore.


About 25 miles north, four people were swept off a beach north of Brookings, Ore. Two got out of the water on their own and the others were rescued by law enforcement and fire officials.


A man was found dead aboard a commercial vessel in Brookings, but sheriff's officials said it appeared to be from natural causes.

The large waves shook loose boats in that weren't moved in time and tore apart wooden docks in at least two California harbors.


"This is just devastating. I never thought I'd see this again," said Ted Scott, a retired mill worker who lived in Crescent City when a 1964 tsunami killed 17 people on the West Coast, including 11 in his town. "I watched the docks bust apart. It buckled like a graham cracker."


The waves didn't make it over a 20-foot break wall protecting the rest of the city, and no home damage was immediately reported.


The tide began rising shortly after 7:30 a.m. along beaches in Crescent City, a fishing town of about 7,000 near the Oregon border. The highest wave was measured at 8.1 feet, reports CBS Affiliate KTVL.


"There has been major damage to our harbor," Crescent City Councilman Richard Enea told CBS News. "At least 35 boats by count so far have been damaged or destroyed by the surges and the tsunamis. Our docks have been destroyed."


Damage estimates in Crescent City were in the millions, and more boats and docks were hit in Santa Cruz on California's central coast. Surges are expected throughout the afternoon.


President Barack Obama said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to come to the aid of any U.S. states or territories who need help.


Enea said the water receding from the harbor leaves boats stuck on the mud at the bottom of the harbor, and then when the surging tsunami waters racing back in, the boats are just dislodged from their mornings and overturned - "tossed about" and smashing into one another.


Local officials activated tsunami warning sirens in Del Norte and Humboldt counties at dawn, and sheriff's deputies went door to door in Crescent City at dawn to urge residents in low-lying areas to seek higher ground.


Officials are telling residents that the waves may not peak until an hour or two after the tsunami's initial arrival.


By mid-morning, waves were crashing against the 30-foot bluffs, as residents gathered on the overlooks to witness the spectacle. At the harbor, officials scrambled to secure fishing boats as surging water knocked some loose from their docks.


On March 28, 1964, a tsunami produced by the 9.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in Prince William Sound, Ala., caused a series of waves to slash across the shores of Washington, Oregon and California, killing 128 people. Eleven people died in Crescent City - the only tsunami-related deaths on the continental U.S.


The topography of Crescent City's coastline in effect channeled the force of a tsunami inland.


The city's commercial district was flattened, and fuel tanks burned.



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 03:57PM


CNN just reported an estimated $10 million in damage to the marinas and boats in Santa Cruz harbor; also that a search is under way for a man swept off the beach by the wave, Humbolt Co coast.




Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 05:18PM

9.0 earthquake, Tsunami on it's way, let go venture out on the breakwater for a peak. What could go wrong?

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Deb Doodah⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 06:10PM

Benny ☀ wrote ...

9.0 earthquake, Tsunami on it's way, let go venture out on the breakwater for a peak. What could go wrong?


This is commonly known as thinning the herd.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 06:19PM

more photos from hawaii

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Bookworm, Fri Mar 11 2011, 06:41PM

Debbie Doodah wrote ...

Benny ☀ wrote ...

9.0 earthquake, Tsunami on it's way, let go venture out on the breakwater for a peak. What could go wrong?


This is commonly known as thinning the herd.


Sorry, but this made me laugh out loud.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Deb Doodah⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 06:48PM

Bookworm wrote ...

Debbie Doodah wrote ...

Benny ☀ wrote ...

9.0 earthquake, Tsunami on it's way, let go venture out on the breakwater for a peak. What could go wrong?


This is commonly known as thinning the herd.

Sorry, but this made me laugh out loud.
. I made someone laugh today. My job is done.







Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 08:57PM

BULLETIN
PUBLIC TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 23
NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
756 PM PST FRI MAR 11 2011
ADVISORY CANCELED FOR CAL-MEX BORDER TO ALAMITOS BAY CALIF.

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM ALAMITOS BAY
CALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO CASCADE HEAD OREGON/70
MILES SW OF PORTLAND/...
...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA TO ATTU ALASKA...
...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS
OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO ALAMITOS
BAY CALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
OREGON - WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM
CASCADE HEAD OREGON/70 MILES SW OF PORTLAND/ TO CHIGNIK BAY


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 11:57PM

per cnn.com

[2:19 a.m. ET, 4:19 p.m. Tokyo] A small amount of radioactive Cesium has escaped into the air surrounding a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Agency said.

The agency said there was a strong possibility that this was caused by the melting of a fuel rod, adding that plant engineers were continuing to cool the fuel rods by pumping water around the rods.




Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Mar 11 2011, 11:59PM

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

"At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).

The temblor, which struck Friday afternoon near the east coast of Japan, killed hundreds of people, caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.



Victims of quake head to shelter

Tsunami demolishes Japan's north coast

A day of destruction in Japan RELATED TOPICS
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The quake was the most powerful to hit the island nation in recorded history and the tsunami it unleashed traveled across the Pacific Ocean, triggering tsunami warnings and alerts for 50 countries and territories as far away as the western coasts of Canada, the U.S. and Chile. The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours -- 141 measuring 5.0-magnitude or more.

The quake occurred as the Earth's crust ruptured along an area about 250 miles (400 kilometers) long by 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, as tectonic plates slipped more than 18 meters, said Shengzao Chen, a USGS geophysicist.

Japan is located along the Pacific "ring of fire," an area of high seismic and volcanic activity stretching from New Zealand in the South Pacific up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America. The quake was "hundreds of times larger" than the 2010 quake that ravaged Haiti, said Jim Gaherty of the LaMont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

The Japanese quake was of similar strength to the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia that triggered a tsunami that killed over 200,000 people in more than a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean. "The tsunami that it sent out was roughly comparable in terms of size," Gaherty said. "[The 2004 tsunami] happened to hit some regions that were not very prepared for tsunamis ... we didn't really have a very sophisticated tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean basin at the time so the damage was significantly worse."

The Japanese quake comes just weeks after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on February 22, toppling historic buildings and killing more than 150 people. The timeframe of the two quakes have raised questions whether the two incidents are related, but experts say the distance between the two incidents makes that unlikely.

"I would think the connection is very slim," said Prof. Stephan Grilli, ocean engineering professor at the University
of Rode Island.

per cnn

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:09AM

Explosion heard at quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan - AFP via Sky News

per huffingtonpost.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:11AM

Japan nuclear plant update: Several workers injured following explosion at quake-hit site - NHK
Story data:

per breakingnews.com ( japan website)

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:26AM

one structure of the buidling that houses the reactor at the Fukushima plant appears to have blown off. per huffingtonpost.com



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:31AM

Tepco says explosion may have been hydrogen used to cool Fukushima plant - Kyodo; Tepco says 4 people taken to hospital after reported explosion, no word on condition - Jiji"

per huffingtonpost.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:33AM

Japan nuclear plant update: Walls and roof of a building at site destroyed by blast - NHK via Sky News
( japanese website in english)

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:31AM

here is more info on the reactor problem in japan

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:41AM

A city that knows the damage a tsunami can bring gets hit Friday once again
By LORI PREUITT
Updated 5:50 PM PST, Fri, Mar 11, 2011
The power of an 8.9 earthquake in Japan generated enough energy to cause damage more than 5,000 miles away along the California coast.
The entire Northern California coast was under a tsunami warning for most of Friday. That changed to an advisory late in the day.

The Santa Cruz and Crescent City harbors suffered the most damage. In Southern California, the only damage was in Catalina Island where three boats sank and a section of a pier was damaged.

FEMA said Crescent City suffered the worst damage from the tsunami. A wave at 8:44 a.m., measured at 8.1-feet, took out piers, docks and several boats. It was the first of several damaging tsunami surges. One local called the harbor a total loss. Most of the docks were "gone" according to the Del Norte County sheriff's office and at least 35 boats (both small and large fishing and pleasure vessels) were heavily damaged. In 2006, the area suffered $10 million in damage from a tsunami and officials said Friday's damage was much worse.

Some 20 miles south of Crescent City, the Coast Guard was called in to search for a 25-year-old man who was swept out to sea by a powerful wave generated by the tsunami. Officials say the man was taking photos with two friends near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County. The two friends were able to get back to shore, but the man could not make it back. At 1:45 p.m. the Del Norte County Sheriff's office said the Coast Guard recovered his body. Five other people were rescued across the state line in Oregon. They were also taking photos of the waves.
Complete Tsunami Coverage Here

FEMA said most of the damage was to private property, which should not impact California's dire fiscal situation. A representative said insurance companies would be responsible for repairing damage to private boats and docks.

Crescent City was one of the first tsunami ready communities in the United States and federal officials said that paid off Friday. Crescent City, which is close to the Oregon state line, was the scene of a deadly tsunami back in 1964 that killed 11 people and destroyed 289 homes and businesses.

The preliminary damage estimate was $2 million in Santa Cruz, where a proclamation of a local emergency has been declared by the Director of Emergency Services.

Due to the nature of the tsunami, subsequent waves were likely to occur throughout the day, according to experts. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo was in Santa Cruz harbor all day Friday and said that there was yet another smaller wave that rolled through just before 3 p.m.

NOAA posted the below animation that shows how an earthquake thousands of miles away in Japan can generate a tsunami here in California.

View source and accompanying graphics and videos here:


[Click Here]








Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:47AM

Continued Tsunami Advisories For CA Coast‏
7:34 AM
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Sent: Sat 3/12/11 7:34 AM
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...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM ALAMITOS BAY CALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER......THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO ALAMITOS BAY CALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./......THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF OREGON - WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER TO ATTU ALASKA...RECOMMENDED ACTIONS A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL ------------------------ ----- ------ ------- ----------- ADAK AK 51.9N 176.6W 1755UTC 03.6FT/01.09M
KODIAK AK 57.7N 152.5W 2211UTC 00.9FT/00.28M LOS ANGELES CA 33.7N 118.3W 2115UTC 01.7FT/00.51M SAN DIEGO CA 32.7N 117.2W 2131UTC 01.7FT/00.51M LA JOLLA CA 32.9N 117.3W 2007UTC 01.4FT/00.43M
WESTPORT WA 46.9N 124.1W 1920UTC 02.0FT/00.62M ST PAUL IS. AK 57.1N 170.3W 1228UTC 02.1FT/00.65M OLD HARBOR AK 57.2N 153.3W 2154UTC 01.1FT/00.33M DUTCH HARBOR AK 53.9N 166.5W 2256UTC 01.7FT/00.53M
SHEMYA AK 52.7N 174.1E 1136UTC 05.2FT/01.58M ARENA COVE CA 38.9N 123.7W 1834UTC 08.7FT/02.65M CRESCENT CITY CA 41.7N 124.2W 1656UTC 08.2FT/02.49M SAN FRANCISCO CA 37.8N 122.5W 1749UTC 02.1FT/00.64M
MONTEREY HARBOR CA 36.6N 121.9W 2013UTC 02.4FT/00.72M NORTH SPIT CA 40.8N 124.2W 1639UTC 03.3FT/01.01M PORT SAN LUIS CA 35.2N 120.8W 1745UTC 08.6FT/02.64M SANTA BARBARA CA 34.4N 119.7W 2229UTC 03.2FT/00.97M
SANTA MONICA CA 34.0N 118.5W 2223UTC 02.8FT/00.84MTIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENTAMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). NO NEW UPDATE.PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS MAGNITUDE - 8.9 TIME - 2046 AKST MAR 10 2011 2146 PST MAR 10 2011 0546 UTC MAR 11 2011
LOCATION - 38.3 NORTH 142.4 EAST - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN DEPTH - 12 MILES/20 KMTSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCINGSTRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE
WATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATIONIS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY. CURRENTS MAY BEHAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS... BOATS... AND COASTAL STRUCTURES AND MAYCONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.
PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMIWARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT ATWWW.WEATHER.GOV/PTWC.
THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 60 MINUTES OR SOONER IFTHE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECTUNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITEWCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.
PZZ530-CAZ040-041-087-039-034-035-529-530-006-505>509-002-001-121634-/O.CON.PAAQ.TS.Y.0006.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING ALAMITOS BAYCALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA
BORDER704 AM PST SAT MAR 12 2011...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM ALAMITOS BAY CALIFORNIA/20 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER...
PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OFTHE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCINGSTRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR
WATER IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATIONIS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OFWAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVALTIME.Source: [Click Here]



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:50AM

Local Rescue Teams Head to Japan
By SCOTT WEBER
Updated 3:58 PM PST, Fri, Mar 11, 2011
Los Angeles relief and rescue agencies were preparing to head to Japan to provide assistance in the wake of the 8.9 earthquake that struck the region.
Task Force 2 from the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team was mobilizing at its Pacoima facility and plans to fly out of LAX once plans are finalized, according to the Daily News.

International Medical Corps was also planning to send relief teams. The LA-based organization has responded to emergencies in more than 50 countries, including the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, 2010 Haiti quake and Pakistan floods, according to the Daily News.

"We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities," Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of the IMC, told the Daily News.

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan's northeast coast Friday afternoon, creating a 23-foot tsunami that swept people, boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

Source: [Click Here]



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:52AM

US warns of quake-related Internet scams

From: AFP
March 12, 2011 5:20AM

US COMPUTER security authorities have warned that online scammers may seek to exploit the earthquake in Japan.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) told computer users to be wary of "potential email scams, fake antivirus and phishing attacks regarding the Japan earthquake and the tsunami disasters".

"Email scams may contain links or attachments which may direct users to phishing or malware-laden websites," US-CERT said in a statement.

"Fake antivirus attacks may come in the form of pop-ups which flash security warnings and ask the user for credit card information," it said.

"Phishing emails and websites requesting donations for bogus charitable organisations commonly appear after these types of natural disasters," US-CERT added.

Phishing refers to attempts to steal user names, passwords and other personal information from unsuspecting victims, mostly through email or instant messages.
The massive, 8.9-magnitude quake left hundreds dead in Japan and unleashed a tsunami in the Pacific.





Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:55AM

more on the reactor trouble

An explosion at an earthquake-struck nuclear plant was not caused by damage to the nuclear reactor but by a pumping system that failed as crews tried to bring the reactor's temperature down, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Saturday.

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have begun flooding the reactor containment structure with sea water to bring the reactor's temperature down to safe levels, he said. The effort is expected to take two days.

Radiation levels have fallen since the explosion and there is no immediate danger, Edano said. But authorities were nevertheless expanding the evacuation to include a radius of 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) around the plant. The evacuation previously reached out to 10 kilometers.

The government also expanded the evacuation radius for the Fukushima Daini plant to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The evacuation radius had been 3 kilometers. It was not immediately clear what led to the order.

Earlier Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Company reported that, while cooling systems at three of four reactors had failed after the quake, water levels in the Daini plant's reactors were stable and monitors had not detected elevated radiation levels at the plant's boundaries.



Expert: 'This is a serious situation'

Japan's nuclear worries

Nuclear crisis looms in Japan

Map: 8.9 earthquake hits Japan

Gallery: Massive quake hits Japan RELATED TOPICS
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U.S. Geological Survey
More than 83,000 people live within 10 kilometers of the two plants, according to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

If the reactors are not kept cool, the fuel rods inside the reactor can melt down, which can cause enormous damage to the reactor or, in a worse case, cause the release of radioactive material into the air or water, raising the threat of cancer and other health problems, experts say.

The government was also preparing to distribute iodine tablets to residents, the IAEA said. Iodine is commonly prescribed as to help prevent the thyroid gland from taking in too much radioactivity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.

The explosion about 3:30 p.m. Saturday sent white smoke rising above the plant a day after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled cooling systems at the plant in northeastern Japan. Four workers were injured in the blast.

The walls of a concrete building surrounding the reactor container collapsed, but the reactor and its containment system were not damaged in the explosion, Edano said.

A spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Agency earlier said atomic material had seeped out of one of the five nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant, located about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo.

Japan's nuclear agency said there was a strong possibility that the radioactive cesium the monitors detected was from the melting of a fuel rod at the plant, adding that engineers were continuing to cool the fuel rods by pumping water around them. Cesium is a byproduct of the nuclear fission process that occurs in nuclear plants.

Before Edano's announcement, Malcolm Grimston, associate fellow for energy, environment and development at London's Chatham House, said the explosion indicated that "it's clearly a serious situation, but that in itself does not necessarily mean major (nuclear) contamination."

"This is a situation that has the potential for a nuclear catastrophe. It's basically a race against time, because what has happened is that plant operators have not been able to cool down the core of at least two reactors," said Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday on its website that the quake and tsunami knocked out a Daiichi reactor's off-site power source, which is used to cool down the radioactive material inside. Then, the tsunami waves disabled the backup source -- diesel generators -- and authorities were working to get these operating.

On Saturday, Japanese nuclear authorities said the cooling system had also failed at three of the four reactors at the Fukushima Daini plant.

Authorities also ordered the release of valves at affected reactors at the two plants Saturday -- a move that experts said was likely done to release growing pressure inside as high temperatures caused water to boil and produce excess steam.

James Acton, a physicist who examined the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant after a 2007 earthquake, told CNN that releasing the valves at the two power plants might spew a relatively small amount of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

"The big problem is if it can't cool and the (reactors') core starts to melt -- then you have the possibility of a greater release of radioactivity into the environment," Acton said. If that happens, "there's a possibility of cancer in the long term -- that's the main hazard here."

The evacuations notwithstanding, the nuclear safety agency asserted Saturday that the radiation at the plants does not pose an immediate threat to nearby residents' health, the Kyodo News Agency said.

Janie Eudy told CNN that her 52-year-old husband, Joe, was working at the Daiichi plant and was injured by falling and shattering glass when the quake struck. As he and others were planning to evacuate, at their managers' orders, the tsunami waves struck and washed buildings from the nearby town past the plant.

"To me, it sounded like hell on earth," she said, adding her husband -- a native of Pineville, Louisiana -- ultimately escaped.

Utility officials reported Saturday that more than 3 million households were without power, NHK reported, and that power shortages may occur due to damage at the company's facilities.

"We kindly ask our customers to cooperate with us in reducing usage of power," the company said.

per cnn

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:57AM

[Click Here]

look at the front page on cnn. the tsumiani just tossed the large ships like nothing .. the power of a tsumani

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:01AM

9:48 a.m. ET, 11:48 p.m. Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Company warned Saturday that many areas could experience blackouts as quake and tsunami damage has forced power plants to shut down and put a strain on electrical supplies, the Japan Times reported. As of noon Saturday Japan time, 5.1 million households were without power, according to the report.

per cnn

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:05AM

The Washington Post reports:


When news of the disaster first spread Friday, Chinese leaders were quick to offer condolences and support. China is also earthquake-prone -- a deadly 5.8-magnitude tremor just hit southwestern Yunnan province Thursday -- and officials here immediately put a trained rescue team in place to dispatch to Japan if needed.

The Chinese defense minister, Liang Guanglie, called his Japanese counterpart, Toshimi Kitazawa, to offer military assets. The Chinese Red Cross Society pledged 1 million yuan, or about $152,087, to help Japan. Premier Wen Jiabao also had a telephone conversation Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and offered China's condolences and help.

per huffingtonpost.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:17AM

getting reports off a japanese website that has some of the towns are complety gone and burried in mud..

the town of Miyagi is gone except the hospital is still standing , the hwy is in bits and pieces.- 17,000 people are missing from this town. that came in about an hour ago

also the town of Minamisanrku town has 10,000 people missing mud is everywhere and the who town is gone,,



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
cricket, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:25AM

instead of posting the entire article, can you just post the link???

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:25AM

sure

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:27AM

here is a live blog from folks over there reporting in

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:28AM

here is a live blog also from cnn if you scroll down you will see it

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:30AM

[Click Here]

this is another website that has a live blog if you scroll down to the bottom,, this is where i am getting all this info

on here the cnn website and what comes in to california disasters... Enjoy

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Sat Mar 12 2011, 08:33AM

Re: the Nuclear power facilities affected in Japan "Chernoble style meltdown unlikely". Here's the link: [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:06AM

On Twitter, follow @W7VOA. He made his way as quickly as possible from his post in Korea to the area near the Fukushima reactor. He posts regularly from there, but only has access via his Blackberry.

One of his personal notes was that he spotted a donation bucket at a 7/11 (yes, a 7/11) in Fukushima for quake victims ... in New Zealand! The ultimate in irony.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Lumber Jill ⭐, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:18AM

cricket wrote ...

instead of posting the entire article, can you just post the link???

funny...I prefer the entire article posted. I'm rarely will to load another page before I know if something is worth reading.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Lumber Jill ⭐, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:20AM

Rain wrote ...

getting reports off a japanese website that has some of the towns are complety gone and burried in mud..

the town of Miyagi is gone except the hospital is still standing , the hwy is in bits and pieces.- 17,000 people are missing from this town. that came in about an hour ago

also the town of Minamisanrku town has 10,000 people missing mud is everywhere and the who town is gone,,



Can you be more specific about your source? I can only find news reports that death toll may rise to 1000.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:30AM

R, hearing same from Japanese and American news sources "on the ground"; notably: JMA, NHK and Fuji TV. Reuters and JT are also posting. Then, as I've mentioned before, the VOA folks, in particular W7VOA.

Note that Hams in Big Bear are uniquely positioned to listen to any HF traffic. I posted the 40m frequencies earlier, but I'd strongly suggest monitoring 10m because it's very popular in Japan. There's a lot to be said for having an antenna at 7000' and a relatively noise-free environment.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:36AM

R that last post you were refering too came from

a live blog on [Click Here] if you scroll to the bottom you will see the posts coming in..

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:37AM

Thought I'd posted the 40m frequencies here, but can't find them. So ...

Reports say emergency comm ops underway on 7.043 and 7.075 SSB. Please be courteous around these frequencies.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:41AM

thanks bc.. will try to do better guys..

per [Click Here]

Japan is trying to us sea water to cool down the damage of the nuclear reator to keep it from getting worse. ( their words melting down )

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:45AM

[Click Here]

Japanese authorites have widen the evaucation area near the Fukushima Power Plant to 12 miles now

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:56AM

[Click Here]

[12:27 p.m. ET, 2:27 a.m. Tokyo] Two hundred-fifteen Chinese tour groups visiting Japan have been confirmed as safe, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the country's National Tourism Administration. More than 4,500 Chinese tourists were in Japan at the time of the quake and tsunami, the agency reported.

[11:49 a.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. Tokyo] Japan public broadcaster NHK reported the country's Defense Ministry had sent a unit that specializes in dealing with radioactive contamination to a command post near the stricken plant.

[11:48 a.m. ET, 1:48 a.m. Tokyo] The British government will dispatch a team of 59 fire service search and rescue specialists, two rescue dogs and a medical support team to join the international relief effort in Japan. They will take up to 11 tons of specialist rescue equipment, including heavy lifting and cutting equipment to save the lives of people who are trapped in the debris.

[10:51 a.m. ET, 12:51 a.m. Tokyo] About 50,000 Japan Self-Defense Force personnel were being deployed Saturday in quake and tsunami relief efforts, according to a Kyodo report in The Japan Times. Japan's Defense Ministry said 190 aircraft and 25 ships were involved in the effort, according to the report.

[10:23 a.m. ET, 12:23 a.m. Tokyo] In Shiroishi, a town near the area hardest hit by the quake, two SH-60 helicopters from U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi delivered 1,500 pounds of rice and bread donated by people in Ebina, southeast of Tokyo, the U.S. 7th Fleet, said in a statement Saturday.

[10:03 a.m. ET, 12:03 a.m. Tokyo] Japan's government has ordered the evacuation of residents within 20 kilometers of one nuclear power plant and within 10 kilometers of a second. More than 83,000 people live within 10 kilometers of the two plants, according to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:57AM

Re Explosion at reactor site:

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:59AM

Re: the term "meltdown" per the Fox news article I posted:
"A "meltdown" is not a technical term. Rather, it is an informal way of referring to a very serious collapse of a power plant's systems and its ability to manage temperatures. It is not immediately clear if a meltdown would cause serious radiation risk, and if it did how far the risk would extend.
Yaroslov Shtrombakh, a Russian nuclear expert, said a Chernobyl-style meltdown was unlikely.

Read more: [Click Here]

Fox reports that they already have been using sea water to cool the reactor. The widening of the evacuation is being done as a precaution.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 10:23AM

per [Click Here]

nuclear safely authority says any radation from the explosion will be likely blown out over the pacific

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Sat Mar 12 2011, 10:47AM

Rain wrote ...

per [Click Here]

nuclear safely authority says any radation from the explosion will be likely blown out over the pacific


Please note, this live blog is coming to you through Aljazeera journalists.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 11:19AM


[Click Here]

here are photos



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 11:47AM

Major Trouble with the Reactors

Tokyo (CNN) -- Reactors at two Japanese power plants can no longer cool radioactive substances, a government official said Saturday, adding that a small leak had been detected at one of the facilities.

Atomic material has seeped out of one of the Fukushima Daiichi plant's five nuclear reactors, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo, said Kazuo Kodama, a spokesman for Japan's nuclear regulatory agency.

Potentially dangerous problems in cooling radioactive material appear to have cropped up there, as well as at another of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. nuclear plants, Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan's ambassador to the United States, confirmed to CNN.

The Fukushima Daini and Fukushima Daiichi power plants are separate facilities located in different towns in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture. Each one has its own set of individual nuclear reactors.

Kodama said the cooling system had failed at three of the four such units of the Daini plant.

Temperatures of the coolant water in that plant's reactors soared to above 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported, an indication that the cooling system wasn't working.

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:00PM

look at this photos of a split road in 2

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:21PM

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the national weather service has cancelled the tsunami advisories for the immediate coast of southern and centeral california.. which waring residents that there may still be tidal surges in harbors all over

this alert just came over the scanner too

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:33PM

not sure if this is new or not

50,000 troops are heading in for rescue and recovery

this was updated 2 hours ago

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:35PM

here is videos from [Click Here]

about the santa cruz harbor and that damage over there


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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 01:16PM

per [Click Here]

about 140,000 residents living near the area of Japan`s Nuclear Power Plants are being evacuated..

according to the IAEA this is the International Atomic Engery Agency and Reuters this is also a Group as a Global News Agency in London that brings brings news around the word

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 01:42PM

i found this off another link of friends of the earth dot com

TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY

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Press Release (Mar 12,2011)
Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 11PM March 12th )


All 6 units of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been shut down.

Unit 1(Shut down)
- Reactor has been shut down. However, the unit is under inspection due
to the explosive sound and white smoke that was confirmed after the big
quake occurred at 3:36PM.
- Also, we have been injecting sea water into the reactor core and then
boric acid which absorbs neutron. However, we tentatively ceased the
operation factoring in the impact of potential tsunami following the
earthquake which occurred at 10:15PM.

Unit 2(Shut down)
- Reactor and Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System have been shut down.
Current reactor water level is lower than normal level, but the water
level is steady. After fully securing safety, we are preparing to
implement a measure to reduce the pressure of the reactor containment
vessels under the instruction of the national government.

Unit 3(Shut down)
- Reactor has been shut down and we continue injecting water by High
Pressure Core Injection System. After fully securing safety, we are
preparing to implement a measure to reduce the pressure of the reactor
containment vessels under the instruction of the national government.
- Currently, we do not believe there is any reactor coolant leakage
inside the reactor containment vessel.

Unit 4 (shut down due to regular inspection)
- Reactor has been shut down and sufficient level of reactor coolant to
ensure safety is maintained.
- Currently, we do not believe there is any reactor coolant leakage
inside the reactor containment vessel.

Unit 5 (outage due to regular inspection)
- Reactor has been shut down and sufficient level of reactor coolant to
ensure safety is maintained.
- Currently, we do not believe there is any reactor coolant leakage
inside the reactor containment vessel.

Unit 6 (outage due to regular inspection)
- Reactor has been shut down and sufficient level of reactor coolant to
ensure safety is maintained.
- Currently, we do not believe there is any reactor coolant leakage
inside the reactor containment vessel.

- Currently, we are implementing a measure to reduce the pressure of the
reactor containment vessels of Unit 1. We have confirmed that the
radiation exposure of 1 TEPCO employee, who was working inside the
reactor building, exceeded 100mSv (106.3mSv). Because of the absence of
industrial physician, we were scheduling diagnosis later. However, we
had him diagnosed by a specialist physician at the off-site center
because of the deconditioning.

- We measured radioactive materials inside of the nuclear power station
area (outdoor) by monitoring car and confirmed that radioactive
materials level is higher than ordinary level. Also, the level at
monitoring post is higher than ordinary level.

We will continue to monitor in detail the possibility of radioactive
material being discharged from exhaust stack or discharge canal.

The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 20km radius of the periphery because it's possible
that radioactive materials are discharged.

Two workers of a cooperative firm were injured in the nuclear power
station premise. One with a broken bone was transported to the hospital
by an ambulance and the other by a company car.
Further, there are 2 TEPCO employees whose presence has not been
confirmed.
In addition, one subcontract worker standing near important earth
quake-proof buidling was unconscious and transported to the hospital
by an ambulance. When explosive sound was confirmed around the Unit 1
followed by white smoke, 4 workers were injured and transported to the
hospital.

We will continue to take all measures to restore the security of the
site and to monitor the environment of the site periphery.










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bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 01:58PM

This topic probably deserves its own thread, but for now:
[Click Here]

I'm all for nuclear power, but system designers have GOT to get their heads around the overall design problem. Otherwise we'll miss our best bet for (electrical) energy independence. Until we get fusion working ... tsk tsk.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 01:58PM

now about 300,000 people are being evacuated or have been

according to the National Police Agency

more info here

[Click Here]

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 02:12PM

this is scary..

per [Click Here]

radiation is now 1,000 times higher than normal

more info here

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 03:47PM

per cnn news another tsumani alert has been issued due to another aftersock of a 6.3, they said anything over a 6.0 will sound off alarms about a possible tsumani .. and this could go on for months..

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 03:55PM

check out this one picture its winter time over in Japan now

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 04:00PM

new photos here [Click Here]

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 04:19PM

U.S. NUCLEAR EXPERTS COMMENT ON JAPAN REACTOR CRISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C.///March 12, 2011///The following comments were made today
by U.S. nuclear experts on the rapidly evolving Japanese reactor crisis:

Peter Bradford, former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

"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. Neither Three Mile Island nor Chernobyl were accompanied by natural disasters. Even then, authorities were loathe to evacuate, in part because evacuations are themselves dangerous and in part because they are admissions of a major failure. But with natural disasters you have many people moving about in panic anyway. They have no place to go. Traffic lights aren't working. Roads are closed. Transport is disrupted. Police have other responsibilities. Many are seeing to their own families. Only gravest danger would justify an evacuation at such a moment. The viability of US emergency plans at densely populated reactor sites may have to be reexamined to determine whether they can be implemented in the context of a nuclear accident precipitated by a natural disaster. This was always a theoretical possibility. Now it's real."

Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research:

“The Japanese authorities seem to be working from a standard nuclear industry playbook whose byline seems to be ‘What me worry?' A frank appraisal of what is known and not known and the potential range of damage and consequences would be much more reassuring in that the public could at least have some confidence in the pronouncements of the authorities. That range could run from moderate to serious to catastrophic – at present it is just too difficult to tell, not least because official verbal reassurances about low radiation levels stand in stark contrast to repeated increases in the radius of evacuations.”

Ira Helfand, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility:

"It is not known how much radiation has been or will ultimately be released from the damaged Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan, but as found by the National Academy Sciences, any exposure to radiation increases a person’s risk of cancer. No one, including the plants operators, can say what is going to happen, and potentially millions of people are in harm’s way. The Japanese government should be preparing for the worst-case scenario. After one year of operation, a commercial nuclear reactor contains 1000 times as much radioactivity as was released by the Hiroshima bomb. From a public health perspective, the most important isotopes are short-lived isotopes of iodine (like Iodine-131), Cesium-137, Strontium-90, and possibly Plutonium-239. Radioactive iodine caused thousands of cases of thyroid cancer in children after the Chernobyl accident. Cesium and strontium cause a number of different kinds of cancer and remain dangerous for hundreds of years; plutonium causes lung cancer as well as other types of cancer and remains deadly for hundreds of thousands of years."

For additional background information, please refer to
http://www.psr.org/nuclear-bailout/ japan-earthquakenuclear.pdf.

** interesting ***

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 04:26PM

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us troops are arriving in Japan... ( Yes!

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 04:44PM

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the 2nd nuclear reactor is having trouble

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 04:58PM

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Tokyo Power Plant has said another reactor has lost it`s cooling functions. this is the 3rd reactor at the Fukushima plant , and the reactor is now in the progess of releashing radioactive stream according to one of the Top Govermental Personnel and according to Kyodo News

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 05:12PM

work under way to control the reactor trouble

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 06:05PM

here is a picture of a reactor and where the water goes

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 06:52PM

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The Tokyo Power Plant Co has notified Japan`s Nuclear Safety Agency that the radation levels at the Fukushima Plant has exceeded the legal amount..

hourly testing of radation at the site was measured at 882 micro sievert in excess of the allowable limit of 500

more info above

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:12PM

per [Click Here]

Press Release (Mar 13,2011)
Impact to TEPCO's Facilities due to Miyagiken-Oki Earthquake (as of 8AM)


Below is major impact to TEPCO's facilities due to the Miyagiken-Oki
Earthquake that occurred yesterday at 2:46PM.
*new items are underlined

[Nuclear Power Station]
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1 to 3: shutdown due to earthquake
Units 4 to 6: outage due to regular inspection
* The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 20km radius of the site periphery.
* The value of radioactive material (iodine, etc) is increasing according
to the monitoring car at the site (outside of the site). One of the
monitoring posts is also indicating higher than normal level.
* Since the amount of radiation at the boundary of the site exceeds the
limits, we decide at 4:17PM, Mar 12 and we have reported and/or noticed
the government agencies concerned to apply the clause 1 of the Article 15
of the Radiation Disaster Measure at 5PM, Mar 12.
* In addition, a vertical earthquake hit the site and big explosion has
happened near the Unit 1 and smoke breaks out around 3:36PM, Mar 12th.
* We started injection of sea water into the reactor core of Unit 1 at
8:20PM, Mar 12 and then boric acid subsequently.
* High Pressure Coolant Injection System of Unit 3 automatically stopped.
We endeavored to restart the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System but
failed. Also, we could not confirm the water inflow of Emergency Core
Cooling System. As such, we decided at 5.10AM, Mar 12, and we reported
and/or noticed the government agencies concerned to apply the clause 1 of
the Article 15 of the Radiation Disaster Measure at 5:58AM, Mar 13.
In order to fully secure safety, we operated the vent valve to reduce the
pressure of the reactor containment vessels (partial release of air
containing radioactive materials) and completed the procedure at 8:41AM,
Mar 13,
* We continue endeavoring to secure the safety that all we can do and
monitoring the periphery.

Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1 to 4: shutdown due to earthquake
* The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 10km radius of the periphery.
* At present, we have decided to prepare implementing measures to reduce
the pressure of the reactor containment vessel (partial discharge of air
containing radioactive materials) in order to fully secure safety.
These measures are considered to be implemented in Units 1, 2 and 3 and
accordingly, we have reported and/or noticed the government agencies
concerned.
* Unit 3 has been stopped and being "nuclear reactor cooling hot stop" at
12:15PM.
* The operator trapped in the crane operating console of the exhaust stack
was transferred to the ground at 5:13PM and confirmed the death at 5:17PM.

Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1, 5, 6, 7: normal operation
Units 2 to 4: outage due to regular inspection


[Thermal Power Station]
Hirono Thermal Power Station Units 2 and 4: shutdown due to earthquake
Hitachinaka Thermal Power Station Unit 1: shutdown due to earthquake
Kashima Thermal Power Station Units 2, 3, 5, 6: shutdown due to earthquake
Ohi Thermal Power Station Units 2, 3: shutdown due to earthquake
Higashi-Ohgishima Thermal Power Station Unit 1: shutdown due to earthquake

[Hydro Power Station]
* All the stations have been restored.

[Transmission System, etc.]
4 substations shown below have been shutdown:
- Naka Substation
- Shin Motegi Substation
- Joban Substation
- Ibaraki Substation
- Nishi Mito Substation

[Blackout in TEPCO's Service Area]
Total of about 0.31 million households are out of power.
Tokyo: 0
Kanagawa Pref.: 0
Tochigi Pref.: 7,221
Chiba Pref.: 301
Saitama Pref: 0
Gunma Pref.: 0
Ibaraki Pref: 298,977
Yamanashi Pref: 0
Shizuoka Pref: 0 (east of Fuji River)

[Supply and Demand Status within TEPCO's Service Area to Secure Stable
Power Supply]
Backup supply from Shinshinano Conversion Station: 600MW
Backup supply from Sakuma Conversion Station: 300MW
Backup supply from Higashi Shimizu Conversion Station: 100MW

Because TEPCO's facilities have been seriously damaged, power shortage
may occur. TEPCO appreciates customers' cooperation in reducing electricity
usage by avoiding using unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment.

We are taking all measures to restore power, however, we expect extremely
difficult situation in power supply for tomorrow as well.
We kindly ask our customers to cooperate with us in reducing usage of power.

Please do NOT touch cut-off electric wires.









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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:15PM

[Click Here]

1 nuclear power plant and now 2 of them on melt down

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:52PM



Japan NHK/World "Newsline" reporting Japanese Meteorological Agency has
upgraded the magnitude of the earthquake from M8.8 to M9.0

per california disasters

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 07:55PM

[Click Here]

the Fukushima Power Plant was tested to withstand a 7.9 quake not a 8.9 or 9.0 quake

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:17PM

more photos some old some new

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:27PM

a new video that shows the tsumani from the ground. pretty intense..

[Click Here]

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Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:41PM

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pierce morgan is saying on bbc that the situation is worse as to the power plants then authorities are saying

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat Mar 12 2011, 10:06PM

another good website for up to date info on the trouble in Japan

[Click Here]

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 01:42AM

[Click Here]

about 160 people now have been tested for radation expousure and at 5:47pm a round of sirens once again sent people up to higher ground..

more info on the link above *

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 01:55AM

[Click Here]

more intense photos and it makes me wonder how in the world will they upright the ship in one of the photos thats a huge ship

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 03:02AM

[Click Here]

rescuers are finding people Great News!! .. earlier yesterday it was reported that 3,000 people have been found and more is expected to be found..

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 06:56AM

1353: A state of emergency has been declared at a second nuclear power plant in Japan, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said. "Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that the first, or lowest, state of emergency at the Onagawa nuclear power plant has been reported by Tohoku Electric Power Company," a statement said, according to the AFP news agency. The alert was declared "as a consequence of radioactivity readings exceeding allowed levels in the area surrounding the plant". "Japanese authorities are investigating the source of radiation," it added.

bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 06:57AM

already 12,000 people have been found and more is expected

relief supplies and personnel is enroute from all over the world and some are already there ..

per [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 06:58AM

38,000 people are in shelters some with power and some with out power but help is on the way. per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 07:11AM

here is a image if you click on it will show you the damage of the area

[Click Here]

but you need to have google earth

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 10:25AM

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

The earthquake-triggered tsunami that thrashed California's coast Friday morning, killing one person, caused at least $50 million in damage, experts said Saturday.


Lori Dengler, a geology professor and director of the Humboldt Earthquake Education Center at Humboldt State, said the damage estimates were preliminary — and were likely to rise.

"It's going to go up," Dengler said. "How far up, I'm not going to predict. This is an expensive event for California."

Officials at harbors up and down the coastline spent Saturday assessing damage from Friday's ocean surge.

The two ports that were hit hardest were Crescent City and Santa Cruz.

The damage in Santa Cruz is estimated at $17 million, according to Port Director Lisa Ekers. She told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that 17 ships were sunk and up to 50 others were damaged.

In Santa Barbara, fierce waves turned the harbor into a tidal pool, sweeping away a barge that was used for the city's commercial fishing operation and nearly destroying a 200-ton crane barge that became unmoored in the tumult.

"The whole harbor entrance was kind of chaotic for about five hours," said Santa Barbara Patrol Officer Ryan Kelly. He said several boats were damaged when they collided with barges or other vessels.

In Ventura, a city sailing dock broke off and at least one boat was lost at sea, authorities said.

In Morro Bay, a dock came loose in the waves, according to Harbor Patrol Officer Cale Moore. He said the waves continued Saturday.

The National Weather Service cancelled its tsunami warning Saturday morning but warned that strong currents remain in Crescent City and in Santa Monica Bay.

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz.


kate.linthicum©latimes.com


per california disasters



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 10:34AM

[Click Here]

the Tokai power plant has 2 pumps that are being used to cool the water of a suppression pool to cool the reactors has stopped working ,,

also authorites have been putting seawater and boron into the reactors to cool them but now hearing that the boron and the seawater causes the reactor to errode..

more info above*

also authorites are at a loss as to what to do now and have called in other top authorities on this matter from other counties


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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 01:08PM

more pictures coming in

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 02:58PM

TOKYO — Japanese officials warned of a possible second explosion Sunday at a nuclear plant crippled by the earthquake and tsunami as they raced to stave off multiple reactor meltdowns, but they provided few details about whether they were making progress. More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.

Four nuclear plants in northeastern Japan have reported damage, but the danger appeared to be greatest at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, where one explosion occurred Saturday and a second was feared. Operators have lost the ability to cool three reactors at Daiichi and three more at another nearby complex using usual procedures, after the quake knocked out power and the tsunami swamped backup generators.

Possible meltdown
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Daiichi's Unit 3, the latest reactor to face a possible meltdown. That would follow a hydrogen blast Saturday in the plant's Unit 1.

per msn.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Lumber Jill ⭐, Sun Mar 13 2011, 03:38PM

Some amazing before and after comparison picture. Be sure to move the slider left and right on each pair of pictures...
[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 03:40PM

just unreall . thanks R

also at the Fukushima power plant radiation levels have again
topped legal limits,, per [Click Here]

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Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 05:36PM

[Click Here]

search and rescue teams have arrived in Misawa Japan this includes 144 men and women and 12 search and rescue dogs that are trained to detect people trapped under rubble



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 06:02PM

The tsunami that started with Japan's 8.9 quake reaches across the Pacific to bring disaster to a working harbor.
By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2011

Reporting from Crescent City, Calif. The day after a tsunami destroyed this beleaguered city's fishing harbor and battered the economy along with it, the sky here on the wild Northern California coast struggled to brighten. Rain pelted the debris-strewn harbor. Winds whipped through the redwoods.

And still the cars came, headlights glowing, passengers craning to see boats upended like toys. Most of the region's emergency staff had been working nonstop since the giant waves were first predicted, and the city was hard-pressed to stop a steady parade of gawkers.

Twenty-four hours earlier, in the wake of Japan's magnitude 8.9 earthquake, Crescent City had largely emptied, anticipating disaster. On Saturday morning, as the crushing waves subsided, residents and officials took stock.


"We're facing not only physical but financial disaster," harbormaster Richard Young told residents and elected officials during an early briefing. "Our business activity came to a screeching halt yesterday, and that affects the entire community."

Although harbors up and down the coast were damaged in the tsunami, officials say only one person died in California as a direct result, a young man taking pictures of the surging waves at the mouth of the Klamath River. On Saturday morning, Del Norte County Sheriff Cmdr. Bill Steven identified the dead man as Dustin Weber, 25, believed to be from Bend, Ore.

But the city struggled with conflicting emotions Saturday: relief that the damage wasn't greater, survivor's guilt ("Those poor people in Japan!" was a common refrain), pride that disaster planning had paid off and fear of the economic hit and looming reconstruction.

"Despite all we did to mitigate the problems," Young told his somber audience at the county administrative offices, "the harbor is destroyed."

Volunteers had knocked on doors for hours in advance of the tsunami, evacuating people on boats and in houses in the city's tsunami zone. Three shelters were activated. A child-care center for volunteers opened its doors at 2 a.m. Friday. An hour or so later, there was a shelter for animals.

The majority of the harbor's fishing boats had sailed to safety, warned that waves could have reached heights rivaling the 1964 tsunami, which killed 11, destroyed the harbor and leveled a large swath of downtown. On Saturday morning, the remaining vessels listed in the churning harbor. At least eight had sunk. A sheen of oil coated the water.

The city rebuilt after the '64 waves, but in 2006, a tsunami generated by an earthquake in Japan damaged the harbor again. Reconstruction — with a $20-million price tag — was in the works when the latest disaster hit, wiping out what Young called the "bridge" harbor that had allowed the fishing industry to continue over the last five years.

"There are no serviceable docks in the harbor," Young said. "The majority of our business fleet went to Eureka. They're not coming back soon. We need some help soon.... We don't have a fishing industry in Del Norte County this morning."


View entire article here: [Click Here]


-- per california disasters


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 07:21PM

just saw on cnn about another tsumaini suppose to hit in just a few mintues.. an evacuation notice has gone out for the folks in the city of Hachinohe in the North east.

per cnn.com and bbc.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 07:29PM

here is the latest from bbcnews.com

0227: There were two explosions at Reactor 3, the operator Tepco says - AFP.0225: Just to remind you: there were fears of a meltdown at Reactor 3 on Sunday. Also: an explosion occurred at Reactor 1 on Saturday but the core was reportedly not exposed.0224: "Hydrogen blast occurs at Fukushima nuke plant's No 3 reactor" - Kyodo.0221: Urgent: Explosion at Reactor 3 - AFP.0220: Sea level has dropped five metres off Fukushima, confirming imminent arrival of tsunami - Japanese TV.0218: Column of smoke escaping from Reactor 3 at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant - Japanese TV.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 07:46PM

[Click Here]

the wall of a building has collasp as a result of the 2 blasts that went off. 600 people who still live in the area of this Fukushima power plant have been orderd to stay inside buildings,,

the governor of tokyo has orderd radio activity levels in the city to be measured

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 08:00PM

[Click Here]

us detects radation 60 miles out from the fukishuma power plant and ths could go on for weeks

more info above

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 08:01PM

To recap, in the past hour we have had reports of a new tsunami which appears to have been a false alarm, and a blast has wrecked a wall at a nuclear reactor but its containment vessel withstood the impact.

per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 08:30PM

per [Click Here]

7 people are missing and 3 people are injured due to blast at the Fukushima Power Plant

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sun Mar 13 2011, 08:55PM

Full quotes from Yukio Edano on the explosion: "We believe that there is a low possibility that a massive amount of radiation has been leaked. But it is similar to the time when the hydrogen explosion took place in number 1 reactor (which exploded on Saturday). In the case of number 3 reactor, we can see higher level of radiation. We are now collecting information for the concentration of the radiation and the dose."

per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:07AM

There have been two explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, following Friday's earthquake and tsunami, and a third reactor is reportedly at risk of fuel-rod meltdown.

How great a danger do these problems pose for people in Japan and further afield?

Has there been a leakage of radioactive material?

It appears so. An American warship, the USS Ronald Reagan, has detected low levels of radiation at a distance of 100 miles (161km) from the Fukushima plant.

How much radioactive material has escaped?

This is not clear. The Japanese authorities say only very low levels of radiation have been detected outside the plant. The IAEA has described it as a level four event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), which is used for an accident "with local consequences". No abnormal levels of radiation have yet been detected in Russia.

What type of radioactive material has escaped?

There are reports of radioactive isotopes of caesium and iodine in the vicinity of the plant. Experts say it would be natural for radioactive isotopes of nitrogen and argon to have escaped as well. There is no evidence that any uranium or plutonium has escaped.

What harm do these radioactive materials cause?

Radioactive iodine could be harmful to young people in the vicinity of the plant. After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster there were some cases of thyroid cancer as a result. People who were promptly issued with iodine tablets ought to be safe, however. Radioactive caesium, uranium and plutonium are harmful, but do not target any particular organ of the body. Radioactive nitrogen decays within seconds of its release, and argon poses no threat to health.

Q&A: Health effects of radiation

What Went Wrong?

In graphics: Radiation alert step by step
How did the radioactive materials escape?

It appears that there have been problems with the power supply to pumps that fill the reactors with water, causing the reactors to overheat. When steam has built up to dangerous levels, small amounts have been vented. Experts say that the presence of caesium and iodine in the steam suggests that the metal casing of some of the fuel rods has melted or broken. Uranium has a very high melting point so it is unlikely to have melted, still less vapourised.

Could radioactive materials have escaped by any other means?

The authorities have pumped sea water into three reactors. This water will be contaminated by its passage through the reactor, but it is currently unclear whether any of it has been released into the environment.

How long will any contamination last?

Radioactive iodine decays quite quickly. Most will have disappeared within a month. Radioactive caesium does not last long in the body - most has gone within a year. However, it lingers in the environment and can continue to present a risk.

Has there been a meltdown?

The term "meltdown" is used in a variety of ways. As noted above, the reported detection of radioactive caesium and iodine may indicate that some of the metal casing enclosing the reactors' uranium fuel has melted (a "fuel-rod meltdown"). However, there is as yet no indication that the uranium fuel itself has melted. Still less is there any indication of a "China Syndrome" where the fuel melts, gathers below the reactor and resumes a chain reaction, that enables it to melt everything in its way, and bore a path deep into the earth. If there were to be a serious meltdown, the Japanese reactor is supposed to be able to handle it, preventing the China Syndrome from taking place. Reports suggest that underneath the reactor, within the outer containment vessel, there is a concrete basin designed to capture and disperse any molten fuel.

Could there be a Chernobyl-like disaster?

Experts say this is highly unlikely. The chain reaction at all Fukushima reactors has ceased and reactor 1 is reported already to be in a stable condition. The explosions that have occurred have taken place outside the steel and concrete containment vessels enclosing the reactors, which apparently remain solid. At Chernobyl an explosion exposed the core of the reactor to the air, and a fire raged for days sending its contents in a plume up into the atmosphere. At Fukushima the explosions - caused by hydrogen and oxygen vented from the reactor - have damaged only the roof and walls erected around the containment vessels.

Could there be a nuclear explosion?

No. A nuclear bomb and a nuclear reactor are different things.

What caused the hydrogen release from the reactor?

At high temperatures, steam can separate into hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of zirconium, the metal used for encasing the reactor fuel. This mixture is highly explosive.

How do iodine tablets work?

If the body has all the iodine it needs, it will not absorb further iodine from the atmosphere. The tablets fill the body up with non-radioactive iodine, which prevent it absorbing the radioactive iodine.

Is any level of exposure to radiation safe?

In some parts of the world, natural background radiation is significantly higher than others - for example in Cornwall, in south-west England. And yet people live in Cornwall, and many others gladly visit the area. Similarly, every international air flight exposes passengers to higher than normal levels of radiation - and yet people still fly, and cabin crews spend large amounts of time exposed to this radiation. Patients in hospitals regularly undergo X-rays. Scientists dispute whether any level of exposure to radiation is entirely safe, but exposure to some level of radiation - whether at normal background levels or higher - is a fact of life. We do not yet know how much higher than normal the levels around Fukushima are.

How do Fukushima's problems affect the rest of the world?

It depends on how much radiation is released. At present, the IAEA says the effects are of a "local" nature.

per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:16AM

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Ongoing U.S. Response to the Earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan

Our thoughts and our prayers remain with the people of Japan. The President has been kept fully briefed on developments and the response throughout the weekend. As directed by the President, we have offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed as America will stand with Japan as they recover and rebuild.

We have already been helping in a number of ways. USAID is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese government’s response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami that hit Friday and are currently directing individuals to [Click Here] for information about response donations. The U.S. Ambassador declared an emergency which opened up an immediate funding of $100K from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. They set up a Response Management Team in DC and sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Tokyo, which includes people with nuclear expertise from the Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services as well the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC members are experts in boiling water nuclear reactors and are available to assist their Japanese counterparts. Two Urban Search and Rescue Teams (LA County and Fairfax County teams) which total 144 members plus 12 search and rescue canines and up to 45 metric tons of rescue equipment are also on the ground in Misawa, Japan and will begin searching at first light March 14. The Department of Defense has the USS Reagan on station off the coast of Japan and the USS Essex en route, and is currently using an air facility in Misawa as a forward operating base. The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services team is supporting the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to assess the impact, determine response efforts, and assist the people of Japan.

Officials from the Department of Energy, NRC, and other agencies have maintained contact with Japanese officials and will provide whatever assistance the Japanese government requests as they work to stabilize their damaged nuclear reactors. United States citizens in Japan are encouraged to follow the protective measures recommended by the Japanese government. The NRC has announced that these measures appear to be consistent with steps the United States would take. With regards to the United States, the NRC has released information stating that Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity. For instance, according to the NRC, the U.S. evacuation standard at 10 miles is roughly equivalent to the 20-kilometer distance recommended in Japan. The United States and Japan both have highly advanced capabilities for monitoring and predicting the path of any radioactive release. American citizens in Japan should continue to listen to the local authorities regarding evacuation notices and any other preparedness measures and should contact the State Department if they have any questions.

From the moment this earthquake struck our State Department and Embassy and Consulates in Japan have been working around the clock to assist and inform U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to JapanEmergencyUSC©state.gov with detailed information about their location and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov.


per whitehouse.gov

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:19AM

if folks are thinking of getting iodine tablets here is alittle bit more info you might be interested in

They actually aren't, just a OTC with little turnover. If you miss getting any stock, BETADINE (the skin stain stuff) also contains enough iodine that your body can absorb some via skin, and get some protection. It's slower to build up, and like the pills, needs daily dose till 8-10 days after the creation event ceases.
Swab a 6"x6" patch of skin (there maybe better instructions on the web) every 24 hours.
DO NOT DRINK any iodine preparations, only the KI pills are safe to ingest.

some people are allergic to iodine..

per california disasters

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:22AM

Military Crew Said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in
U.S. Slight
By WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: March 13, 2011

The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrierRonald
Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud
from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to
receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials
said Sunday.
The officials added that American helicopters flying missions about 60 miles
north of the damaged reactors became coated with particulate radiation that
had to be washed off.
There was no indication that any of the military personnel had experienced
ill effects from the exposure. (Everyone is exposed to a small amount of
natural background radiation.)
But the episodes showed that the prevailing winds were picking up
radioactive material from crippled reactors in northeastern Japan. Ever
since an earthquake struck Japan on Friday, the authorities worldwide have
been laying plans to map where radioactive plumes might blow and determine
what, if any, danger they could pose to people.
Blogs were churning with alarm. But officials insisted that unless the
quake-damaged nuclear plants deteriorated into full meltdown, any radiation
that reached the United States would be too weak to do any harm.
Washington had “hypothetical plots” for worst-case plume dispersal within
hours of the start of the crisis, a senior official said Sunday. The aim,
the official added, was “more to help Japan” than the United States, since
few experts foresaw high levels of radiation reaching the West Coast.
For now, the prevailing winds over Japan were blowing eastward across the
Pacific. If they continue to do so, international stations for radioactive
tracking at Wake or Midway Islands might detect radiation later this week,
said Annika Thunborg, a spokeswoman for an arm of the United Nations in
Vienna that monitors the planet for spikes in radioactivity.
“At this point, we have not picked up anything” in detectors midway between
Japan and Hawaii, Ms. Thunborg said in an interview on Sunday. “We’re
talking a couple of days — nothing before Tuesday — in terms of picking
something up.”
Agencies involved in the tracking efforts include the World Meteorological
Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty Organization, which runs a global network of more than 60
stations that sniff the air for radiation spikes.
In the United States, the Departments of Defense and Energy maintain large
facilities and cadres of specialists for tracking airborne releases of
radiation, both civilian and military.
On Sunday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it expected no “harmful
levels of radioactivity” to move on the winds to Hawaii, Alaska or the West
Coast from the reactors in Japan, “given the thousands of miles between the
two countries.”
In interviews, some private nuclear experts called a windborne threat
unlikely. Others urged caution.
“We’re all worrying about it,” said Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert who,
from 1993 to 1999, was a policy adviser to the secretary of energy, who runs
the nation’s nuclear complex.
“It’s going to be very important,” he added, “for the Japanese and U.S.
authorities to inform the public about the nature of the plumes and any need
for precautionary measures.”
The plume issue has arisen before. In 1986, radiation spewing from the
Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine was spread around the globe on winds and
reached the West Coast in 10 days. It was judged more of a curiosity than a
threat.
Since then, scientists have refined their abilities to monitor such
atmospheric releases. The advances are rooted in the development of new
networks of radiation detectors, flotillas of imaging satellites and the
advent of supercomputers that can model the subtle complexities of the wind
to draw up advanced forecasts.
With the Japanese crisis, popular apprehension has also soared.
“Concern has been raised about a massive radioactive cloud escaping and
sweeping over the West Coast,” said a recent blog, recommending whole grains
and health foods for fighting radiation poisoning.
On another blog, someone asked, “Should I take iodine now?” That referred to
pills that can prevent poisoning from the atmospheric release of iodine-131,
a radioactive byproduct of nuclear plants that the Japanese authorities have
identified as escaping into the atmosphere.
While federal officials expected little danger in the United States from
Japanese plumes, they were taking no chances. On Sunday, Energy Department
officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the agency was
working on three fronts.
One main player is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
Officials said they had activated its National Atmospheric Release Advisory
Center, which draws on meteorologists, nuclear scientists and computer
scientists to forecast plume dispersal.
Separately, energy officials said the agency was readying plans to deploy
two-person monitoring and sampling teams, if necessary. The teams would
travel to consulates, military installations and Navy ships to sample the
air in a coordinated effort to improve plume tracking.
Finally, the department was preparing what it calls its Aerial Measuring
System. Its detectors and analytical equipment can be mounted on a variety
of aircraft. Officials said the equipment and monitoring team are staged out
of the department’s Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base in
Nevada, and are on two-hour call.
“We’re on top of this,” a department official said.
David E. Sanger contributed reporting from Washington.
A version of this article appeared in print on March 14, 2011, on page A7 of
the New York edition.

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:26AM

Fears of a partial meltdown at the Fukushima plant would appear to be growing, as Kyodo news agency reports that fuel rods in number 2 reactor are again "fully exposed".1513: Water level in reactor 2 at Fukushima has fallen again, AFP now reporting citing Japanese media.

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:39AM

[Click Here]

Japanese officals said the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all 3 of the most troubled nuclear reactors.

chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said on monday that even thou we cant see directly to check it.. it`s highly likly its happening

more on the link above

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:44AM

[Click Here]


this link above shows what is actually happening inside the nuclear reactors ..

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 09:53AM

Another four aftershocks in quick succession, measuring 5.1 and 5.2 magnitude, have again rattled the north-east coast of Japan, the US Geological Survey reports.1603: Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan are to screen food imported from Japan for radiation, AFP is reporting.

per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 10:09AM

[Click Here]

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commision has asked that the US help with Cooling down the Nuclear Reactors as its sounds like
Japan is a at lost of what to do now

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 10:22AM

1720: Back now to the tsunami rescue operation: The Pentagon says eight US Navy ships including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan are now assisting off the coast of Japan and five other ships are on their way

.1713: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano: "In face of all of the dimensions of disaster and difficulties, I pay tribute to the work of the Japanese government and experts to stabilise the reactors."

1712: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano: We need stable source of energy and to mitigate effects of climate change. We need to learn lessons from this incident

1710: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano: IAEA will give daily briefings on the situation with the damaged nuclear plant in Japan.

1709: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano: Satisfied Japan is providing all the information it has.

1707: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano is making a statement in Vienna: Says the focus is on cooling the Fukushima reactors.

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 11:10AM

more on the info of the Nuclear Reactors here in the US

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Mon Mar 14 2011, 12:35PM

Some intriguing video of liquefaction and water perculating up out of the ground, cracks opening up, scary stuff...



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Lumber Jill ⭐, Mon Mar 14 2011, 01:21PM

That video is just stunning!

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Mon Mar 14 2011, 01:30PM

Very creepy to see the ground gyrating like that. But they're also on a mud pit...

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Cornbread, Mon Mar 14 2011, 01:33PM

WOW That video is amazing and scary.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 03:59PM

Available Information Points to No Radiation Risk to U.S. From Damaged Japanese Plants
March 13, 2011
We are working with other U.S. government agencies to monitor the situation in Japan — and to monitor for radioactive releases and to be prepared to predict their path. Fortunately, all the available information at this time indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population.

And, importantly, given the thousands of miles between Japan and us – including Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. territories and the U.S. West Coast – we are not expecting to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity here. We would like to repeat — we are not expecting to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity here.

As expected, we are getting a lot of questions from people who are seeking information about developments at Japanese reactors. We understand the need for information, but we are not able to comment on the situation. It is an ongoing crisis for the Japanese and they have primary responsibility for handling it and communicating about it. But please stay tuned to this blog for the latest information we can provide.

Thank you for reading our blog. Remember to look at yesterday’s post about how you can help Japan in this crisis with donations.

Eliot Brenner
Public Affairs Director

Source

per california disasters

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Bookworm, Mon Mar 14 2011, 04:26PM

Not sure if this was already posted, but NHK News is live from Japan. This version is in English:
[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 04:37PM

bring it on girl

ok kyodo now says the suppression pool may be damaged due to the 2nd reactor having another explorsion.

radiation levels have exceeded the legal limits once again

also a spokes person from the Tokyo Electric Company says some of the staff has been evacuated from their site

info [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 04:54PM

on monday the USS Ronald Regan Ship moved to a different location due to higher levels of radiation, from the Fukushima Power Plant

more info here [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 04:57PM

this is the 3rd explosion at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 4 days

info - [Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 06:04PM

per [Click Here]

details are coming in about the radation levels now , as the Tokyo Electric officials say that 1 hour of radiation is = to 8 times at what a person might experience naturally during the year.

..(no wonder people are evaucating the area )

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bills grandson, Mon Mar 14 2011, 06:54PM

that is great video of the liquefaction. The whole South end of San Bernardino including hospitality lane, and a major interchange for Southern California is built on ground just like that. It is also where several fault lines cross. It has been a major concern for the day "the big one hits"
To say that the U.S. faces no threat is to ignore the weather maps we look at every day. If it gets in the air it will be here very quickly. After Chernobyl Radiaton circled the globe the first time within a week.
It is sad that our reactor future is probably tied to how well the Japanease handle this.
Maybe we should let the Navy run them?
I know that somehow this is all George Bush's fault



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rumor Mill, Mon Mar 14 2011, 07:26PM

Rain wrote ...

more on the info of the Nuclear Reactors here in the US

[Click Here]



Friend of the EARTH that’s a bit bias info on Nuclear power
[Click Here]


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bills grandson, Mon Mar 14 2011, 07:32PM

Next time you think you have had a bad day check these out.

Seems like seawalls can be better at holding water in then keeping it out

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rumor Mill, Mon Mar 14 2011, 07:35PM


Nuclear 'meltdown' no 'China Syndrome,' engineers say
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

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The fear with Japan's reactor troubles, of course, is the possibility of a nuclear meltdown. But engineers don't even agree on what the term means and prefer to use other ways to describe what happens.

Without water to cool nuclear fuel rods, temperatures above 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit can melt the metal that covers uranium pellets inside the rods, said nuclear consultant Douglas Chin of MPR Associates in Alexandria, Va., an engineering firm. That causes the release of radioactive material inside the rods and the metal to blister and peel away. If the rods grow hot enough, uranium disc pellets, the fuel in the fuel rod, slump into the center of the reactor, where they are cooled by the water still at the bottom of the reactor chamber and pile up in lumps.

Just don't call it a meltdown, some engineers say.

"Meltdown is a Hollywood term; nobody really uses it," said radiation safety specialist Bruce Busby of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "What we are really talking about is core damage."

Core damage sounds bad enough, but the distinction does matter.

"Meltdown is what I call the 'Jane Fonda scenario,' " said nuclear consultant Lake Barrett, a former Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission engineer, referencing the 1979 movie The China Syndrome, in which a melting reactor core breaks through the containment barriers below it.

In such a meltdown, the fuel rods inside a reactor melt together into a mass, hugging the steel floor of a reactor chamber. In this Hollywood depiction, the process goes out of control, the hot fuel eats through the 8-inch steel floor, and goes all the way to China. It reaches the groundwater and spreads radioactivity for hundreds of miles.

In reality, "that's impossible; it didn't even happen at Chernobyl," said Barrett, referring to the 1986 disaster in Soviet Ukraine, the worst nuclear reactor disaster in history.

Busby calls the fuel-rod disintegration more of a "crumbling," where the discs fall apart. Others use different analogies.

"In reality, first (the rods) drip down to the floor of the reactor like a candle melting," Barrett said. "There is still water at the bottom of the reactor. That cools the fuel off."

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rumor Mill, Mon Mar 14 2011, 07:44PM

BWR MARK 1

[Click Here]

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Mon Mar 14 2011, 07:58PM

Thank you JB! I believe this is becoming a political thread rather than "news". ALL of the "news sources" that are being used here are very biased in one direction, and are known to skew the "news" in a direction that feeds into their agenda. It would be nice to get some rational, factual, balanced information.
As to the post regarding the USS Ronald Reagan being "moved"...the post that was attached to it said nothing about the USS Ronald Reagan, and the actual word is "repositioned", which is common in the Navy..used as a standard operating procedural maneuver, following the book. There are no similarities between this situation and Chernobyl, and there is no reason to believe there will be any repercussions to the USA as far as the reactor problems.
A lot of the reason folks have had to be evacuated further is that the standard advisory for some of these folks would be to "shelter in place"...problem is they do not have an adequate place to shelter in! The radiation levels are not "desirable", but neither is being exposed to unnecessary X-rays.



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:03PM

Breaking news | ABC7 Los Angeles Monday, March 14, 2011

Officials in Japan say a nuclear fourth reactor has caught fire and is leaking radiation.

The latest development came after an explosion earlier Tuesday that may have damaged a unit's container and caused a radiation leak at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

ABC7's David Ono will be providing more details on the story live from Japan in the 11 p.m. newscast. His reports can also be seen on abc7.com.

Get more details





Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bills grandson, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:05PM

If I remember right the movie "China Syndrome" they lost water and the rods warped preventing them from being moved to shut the reactor down.
It has always seemed to me that if there is a 'safe" way to build and run a reactor there must be a safe way to unmake one. My concern has always been the release of radiaton if the contaiment is breeched. Groundwater damage is of course a risk but the thought it could burn it's way through the earth would have to ignore the fact that the earth has it's own reactor working that drives life on earth along with the suns reactor warming the planet. If either reactor were to shut down we would be in deep doo doo.
I hate it when they mention China Syndrome because it reminds me how much I hate Jane Fonda. Which reminds me of Barbarella which causes great conflict

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:07PM

per [Click Here]

radiation is 400 times the annual legal limit near the Fukushima Power Plant according to the Kyodo News Agency

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:11PM

0309: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says: "Now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. I would like all of you to embrace this information calmly. These are readings taken near the area where we believe that the release of radioactive substances is occurring. The further away you get from the power plant or reactor the value should go down"

.0306: Winds over the stricken nuclear plant are blowing slowly towards the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, Reuters reports.

per bbcnews.com

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Bookworm, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:13PM

Let's keep this thread for actual news stories. If you want to talk about the political implications please start another thread. Thanks.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:14PM

bills grandson wrote ...

If I remember right the movie "China Syndrome" they lost water and the rods warped preventing them from being moved to shut the reactor down.
It has always seemed to me that if there is a 'safe" way to build and run a reactor there must be a safe way to unmake one. My concern has always been the release of radiaton if the contaiment is breeched. Groundwater damage is of course a risk but the thought it could burn it's way through the earth would have to ignore the fact that the earth has it's own reactor working that drives life on earth along with the suns reactor warming the planet. If either reactor were to shut down we would be in deep doo doo.
I hate it when they mention China Syndrome because it reminds me how much I hate Jane Fonda. Which reminds me of Barbarella which causes great conflict


Yea, I agree BG. The point is, the rods had already been "moved" prior to the latest happenings, so "China Syndrome" is not the same as this situation.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:37PM

sorry guys picture was taken off due to it was an old photo not a recent one.. my mistake

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Bookworm, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:39PM

Under the story it says that that is not a picture from this earthquake.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:46PM

Thanks bookie i took off the picture
ok up date from cnn.com

Japan's prime minister says the risk of further releases of radioactive material is "very high"


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Mon Mar 14 2011, 08:48PM

thanks bookie for letting me know i went back to the photo and your right someone had posted this but it was from years ago. not recent,, ducks

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Mon Mar 14 2011, 09:02PM

Bookworm wrote ...

Let's keep this thread for actual news stories. If you want to talk about the political implications please start another thread. Thanks.


I totally agree with this, so lets post a fair representation, from ALL legitimate news sources, otherwise, I would suggest the Nuclear discussion and posting should have it's own thread, in the political section. to another

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bills grandson, Mon Mar 14 2011, 09:18PM

Geezer
This is just the begining so anything is possible at this time. They were measuring radiation 60 miles away caused by the reactors. The story I heard was that the 7th fleet was being moved away because of the radioactive threat.
If someone wants to start a thread in general discusion, or politics that is fine but when much of the "new"s is speculation it would be hard to post most of the stuff that has been reported here.
Maybe a seperate thread here from the earthquake itself
If a story is skewed then it is only fair that it be corrected. This radiation will be spread all over the Northern hemisphere. as it looks it should be minimal the further you get from the source. But it will be in the next rain we getin trace amounts just as we probably still get a little from the event 25 years ago.
The politics involved will be in every news story so it really can't be avoided. But if you want we can start a "reactor" thread on politics to counter the misinformation
Does anyone know if they have actually shut the entire facility down, or are they trying to produce power from some of it?
I think we are getting a very small part of the story


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Bookworm, Mon Mar 14 2011, 09:25PM

I started a new thread already under General Discussion.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
bills grandson, Mon Mar 14 2011, 09:44PM

I hadn't noticed untill now that it had been upgraded to a 9.00
That is enormous the 4th largest worldwide in over 100 years.
If you go to the world wide USGS map you can do an animation to see how it has laid out around the rim since the first quake. There are also maps that show all the quakes, and lists. Beside the 9.00 there are 2 over 7 and a ton in the 6 range.
Add in the Tsunami's, and Volcano the entire country must be in shock by now.
We have got to think of them in our prayers

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Geezer, Mon Mar 14 2011, 10:10PM

bills grandson wrote ...

Geezer
This is just the begining so anything is possible at this time. They were measuring radiation 60 miles away caused by the reactors. The story I heard was that the 7th fleet was being moved away because of the radioactive threat.
If someone wants to start a thread in general discusion, or politics that is fine but when much of the "new"s is speculation it would be hard to post most of the stuff that has been reported here.
Maybe a seperate thread here from the earthquake itself
If a story is skewed then it is only fair that it be corrected. This radiation will be spread all over the Northern hemisphere. as it looks it should be minimal the further you get from the source. But it will be in the next rain we getin trace amounts just as we probably still get a little from the event 25 years ago.
The politics involved will be in every news story so it really can't be avoided. But if you want we can start a "reactor" thread on politics to counter the misinformation
Does anyone know if they have actually shut the entire facility down, or are they trying to produce power from some of it?
I think we are getting a very small part of the story



Again, as per above, the rods had already been moved, so no possibility of them trying to use the facilities. Also the introduction of sea water pretty much destroys the facilities..even more damaging than boric acid, which is even used in eye drops!

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Rumor Mill, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:44AM

Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants
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PANIC AND PARTY POLITICS

Business leaders urged caution when making major decisions on nuclear plants, which supply about a quarter of all electricity needed to power Europe's biggest economy.

"Prudence and transparency must now be the trump card. Panic and party politics make bad advisers," said Hans Heinrich Driftmann, who heads the German Chamber of Industry and Trade.

The government said reliable power supplies were assured, but German electricity prices hit their highest level since October 2009 after Merkel's announcement. [nLDE72E1AA]

Merkel said consequences of the Japanese crisis had to be dealt with at an international level.

"Yesterday I agreed with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Germany and France ... would put forward an initiative to put safety of nuclear plants onto the international agenda within the framework of the G20," she said.

Last year the government had decided to keep the nuclear plants -- operated by E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall -- running for about 12 years beyond their original shutdown date, despite protests even before the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on Friday.

TRANSPARENT TRICK

Her policy change drew cynicism from the opposition. "She just wants to get through the provincial assembly elections," said Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel, accusing her of playing political tactics with people's fears.

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Mtngoat John⭐, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:04AM

Is there a "shakes head" emote?

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Rumor Mill, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:25AM

Japan Nuclear Safety Plan Foresaw Quake, Underestimated Impact of Tsunami
By Jonathan Tirone -
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Naoto Kan, Japan's prime minister. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg
Kelley, Gadomski Interview About Japan Nuclear Plants

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March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Kelley, a nuclear engineer and former contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Bloomberg's Chris Gadomski talk about damage to Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant resulting from Japan's March 11 earthquake. They speak with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

The tsunami that followed Japan’s strongest recorded earthquake exposed nuclear-safety flaws even as an emergency response worker was killed and at least 17 were injured trying to contain radiation from damaged reactors.

Electrical generators intended to run cooling systems in case of an emergency failed at three reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant after the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The plant has six reactors, three of which were closed for maintenance when the earthquake struck.

“All systems were working well after the earthquake, but the tsunami destroyed the emergency electrical generators, and an overheating situation has developed,” said Robert Kelley, a Vienna-based nuclear engineer who worked in nuclear emergency response during his 30-year career with the U.S. Department of Energy. “It appears the redundancy wasn’t actually redundant, and that led to the failure.”

While the reactor vessels -- the metal constructs that house the uranium fuel -- withstood the stress of the earthquake and subsequent explosions inside the buildings that house them, Japanese regulators overlooked the magnitude of the tsunami that would follow a 9.0-magnitude quake off the coast.
Tsunami Surge

Japanese authorities designed backup electrical generators to withstand waves 6.3 meters high, below the 7-meter surge that knocked out power at the plant, disabling vital cooling systems, Ian Hore-Lacy, a spokesman for the London-based World Nuclear Association, said in a telephone interview.

“Everybody learns from a tragedy like this,” Hore-Lacy said. His association is an advocate for the nuclear energy industry.

Nuclear reactors have layers of safety features designed to prevent radiation from reaching the atmosphere. Uranium fuel rods are sealed with zirconium alloy. Steel ingots are formed to contain the radioactive fuel inside of seam-free containment vessels immune to rupture. A pressure-resistant, airtight containment vessel is built around the reactor.

These “nuclear reactors have multiple safety measures,” International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said late yesterday in Vienna. “The nuclear core is contained inside the vessels that is made of solid steel and then that reactor vessel is contained in another primary containment vessel. These vessels withheld.”
Different From Chernobyl

Because of the reactor design, Amano dismissed the possibility that Japan’s nuclear incident could lead to a radiation release on the scale of Ukraine’s Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The Chernobyl reactor’s heat was modified with graphite rather than water, resulting in a high concentration of radioactive dust when the fuel began to melt.

Radiation dose rates of 400 millisieverts per hour were detected today at the Japanese site, the IAEA said. That contrasts with readings of 40 microsieverts two miles from the plant yesterday. There are 1,000 microsieverts in a millisievert. Normal background radiation is 0.3 microsieverts per hour.

Japan’s reactor vessel absorbed 50 percent more pressure than it was designed to withstand, according to a Japanese report to the IAEA in Vienna on March 11.

While most modern nuclear reactor vessels are built to withstand the kind of strong earthquakes that occur once every 1,000 years, the infrastructure surrounding the reactor’s radioactive core may still be susceptible to tsunamis, according to the World Nuclear Association.

“Even for a nuclear plant situated very close to sea level, the robust sealed containment structure around the reactor itself would prevent any damage to the nuclear part from a tsunami, though other parts of the plant might be damaged,” the association said on its website, citing Japanese regulatory documents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at jtirone©bloomberg.net

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Rumor Mill, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:33AM

Japanese Nuclear Plant Radiation Recedes as Engineers Restore Water Level
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Willis Group's Plumeri on Insurance Rates After Quake

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March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Joseph Plumeri, chief executive officer of insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Plc, discusses the potential impact of Japan's earthquake and tsunami on the insurance industry. Plumeri, speaking with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack," also talks about the country's damaged nuclear reactors. (Source: Bloomberg)

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. engineers at a nuclear plant restored water to safe levels, helping drive down radiation after residents within 30 kilometers (19 miles) were ordered inside to avoid contamination.

Water supply at reactors No. 1 and No. 3 stabilized, and radiation readings at the front gate of the plant dropped to a level that isn’t “harmful to the human body,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said this afternoon in Tokyo. Asia’s biggest utility said earlier the containment chamber of the No. 2 reactor may be damaged after a blast at 6:14 a.m., and radiation leakage was possible.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a nation reeling from its strongest earthquake on record, said the danger of further radiation leaks increased at the nuclear facility, located 135 miles north of Tokyo. That sent the nation’s Topix stock index to its biggest two-day drop since 1987 as concern grew about the government’s ability to contain the crisis.

“Most important is to keep providing water and power supply to the station,” said Rosenergoatom deputy head Vladimir Asmolov, who’s headed to Japan to fight the crisis and was part of the team that battled the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. “There won’t be a leak of radiation comparable to Chernobyl.”
Two Holes

The building that houses the No. 4 reactor at Tokyo Electric’s Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has two holes in it and water in the spent fuel pool may be boiling, Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said in Tokyo.

“If it is boiling, the water level will drop and hydrogen will be released,” Nishiyama said.

A Tokyo Electric worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant is being treated for radiation exposure, said Toshiriro Bannai, director of international affairs for the Tokyo-based agency. Tokyo Electric said it hadn’t decided whether to bring workers back after the utility evacuated 750 of its 800 employees following this morning’s blast.

In Ibaraki prefecture, about 43 miles south of the nuclear plant, radiation levels surged to as high as 3,560 nanosieverts at 8:10 a.m. before falling to 821 nanosieverts per hour as of 3 p.m., the Ibaraki government said in the release today. That compares with 50 nanosieverts as of 9:30 a.m. on March 13, when the measurements began, according the statement.

“The radiation levels are above normal, but at most only about one-10th of a chest X-ray and are not harmful to the health,” the government said in a separate statement today.

Explosion

The explosion of the No. 2 reactor occurred near a suppression chamber that controls pressure in the reactor’s core, Tokyo Electric said.

Tokyo Electric evacuated about 750 workers after the explosion at the No. 2 unit and about 50 workers remain to manage the three reactors, Hikaru Kuroda, head of nuclear maintenance at the Japanese utility, said today.

“Three explosions, fire, radiation on the site and shifts are changing, that’s a lot of pressure on the people involved,” Tony Roulstone, who directs Cambridge University’s masters in nuclear energy, said in telephone interview. As long as workers can keep the reactors wet, they will cool down and become less dangerous, he said.

Today’s blasts follow one at the No. 3 reactor yesterday after a buildup of hydrogen gas and a similar explosion at the No. 1 reactor on March 12. The utility’s stock fell by the daily limit of 25 percent in Tokyo.
Monitoring

The No. 2 reactor is still being monitored while the fire at the No. 4 unit appears to have been extinguished, Edano said. Temperature at the plant’s No. 5 and No. 6 reactors is also being monitored, he said.

Japan informed the International Atomic Energy Agency about the explosion at the No. 2 reactor and reported a fire at the No. 4 unit’s spent fuel pond that released radioactivity directly into the atmosphere, the IAEA said in a statement. “The Japanese authorities are saying that there is a possibility that the fire was caused by a hydrogen explosion,” the agency said.

About 140,000 people within a radius of 20 to 30 kilometers from the plant were ordered to stay indoors. The wind near the Fukushima plant was blowing southward from the east-north-east at noon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Edano said earlier the vessel containing the radioactive core of the plant’s No. 2 reactor was damaged in today’s blast and radiation levels could harm public health.
Millisieverts

At 10.22 a.m. local time, radiation levels of 30 millisieverts were measured between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, while at the No. 3 reactor 400 millisieverts were detected, Edano said. “This is a level that could harm people,” he said.

Four-hundred millisieverts is 20 times the annual limit for nuclear industry employees and uranium miners, according to the World Nuclear Association. A radiation dose of 100 millisieverts a year is the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is evident, the London-based WNA said on its website.

The Dai-Ichi plant’s No. 2 reactor experienced a drop in water levels after a power outage on June 17, according to a Tokyo Electric statement at the time. The plant used an alternative pump to add water to the reactor to return it to normal water levels, it said.

Iwaki City council member Kazuyoshi Sato asked Tokyo Electric President Masataka Shimizu to investigate the causes to prevent a repeat occurrence, the current crisis shows adequate measures weren’t taken, he said.
‘Too Much Faith’

“Tokyo Electric and the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency had too much faith and confidence in the safety of the plant and were lax in their response,” he said by phone today.

While workers battled to head off the risk of a potential meltdown, the weather agency forecast snow in Fukushima prefecture, with the temperature dropping tomorrow to a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius (26.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

About 1.3 million households were without power in Japan and 1.4 million had no running water, according to a government report on the earthquake.

The March 11 temblor -- updated yesterday to a magnitude of 9, from 8.9, by the U.S. Geological Survey -- and subsequent tsunami have led to what Kan called the country’s worst crisis since World War II. There have been 405 aftershocks since then. Stocks plunged and the Bank of Japan (8301) poured record funds into the economy.

More than 2,000 people are confirmed dead since the earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern part of Japan, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Relations Noriyuki Shikata said. “In the Kanto area, we do not have to be concerned about radiation levels affecting the human body at this juncture.”

The Kanto region encompasses seven prefectures, including Tokyo, and is home to about one-third of Japan’s 127 million people.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tsuyoshi Inajima in Tokyo at tinajima©bloomberg.net; Michio Nakayama in Tokyo at mnakayama4©bloomberg.net; Shigeru Sato in Tokyo at ssato10©bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Amit Prakash at aprakash1©bloomberg.net

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:39AM

morning everyone here is more info coming in from

here is the latest this morning from [Click Here]

france`s nuclear authority says it classified the problem in Japan as a 6 on the scale of a 7

Radation levels are taken every hour and they are staying at 400 times the normal level

china is organising a mass evacution of its people from north eastern Japan, due to the seriousness and no knowning whats going to happen over there

another 6.0 was felt

the us military has detected low levels of radiation at it Yokuska base south of Japan

radiation levels in Tokyo spiked to 20 x the normal level

( Japan is 1 day ahead of us so as we are at Tuesday its Wed there

more on this at the above link


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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:07AM

Tepco says it may start using helicopters to pour water over the 4th reactor in the next few days to cool the spent fuel pool

per [Click Here] scroll


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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:48AM

A small group of technicians has stayed behind at a damaged Japanese nuclear plant struggling to prevent a meltdown. FULL STORY


per [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:56AM

A third explosion rocks a quake-ravaged nuclear power plant and the Japanese prime minister tells people in the area to stay indoors as experts warn this is the second most-dangerous leak in our planet’s history. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports from Tokyo

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 10:05AM

i am just frazzled today

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Craig ⭐, Tue Mar 15 2011, 10:48AM

Rain, your doing great. You are giving all news sources a chance here, thats for sure! Thank you for all you do to provide just about every news source available on this situation. Its horrible.

I haven't read back a ton here, but lets keep politics out of here PLEEEZE. This is a horrible thing and using this situation for political purposes is in my mind just horrible.

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bills grandson, Tue Mar 15 2011, 11:04AM

Rain
I hope you don't think anyone is commenting on your work.
You know how much I admire and respect how hard you work to post these things. I hate to say I probably get most of my news from you.and the internet. I avoide the network news as much as I can
If there is a problem it is with the news agencies. And the fact they arn't getting the real threat level.
I am happy we were moved out of what should be a pure news section

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 11:10AM

sorry guys i am just on edge today not just with the Japan thing but something out side of SCM..will bring to you all what i can..

thanks guys,,

update - some 500 bone marrow centers in Europe are on stand by and have been asked to treat any of the people in Japan that has been effected by the Radation over there.

also the folks at the Fukushima plant are still haveing major concerns about hot radation fuel boiling and catching fire.

as of 2.29am wed morning the last remaining crew at the Fukushima power plant have abandoned the plant due to high radation levels according to the Kyodo News citing what the power plant owner said ( the Tokyo Electric Power Plant

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:00PM


Press Releases

Press Release (Mar 15,2011)
Damage to the Unit 4 Nuclear Reactor Building at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station


At approximately 6:00am, a loud explosion was heard from within the
power station. Afterwards, it was confirmed that the 4th floor rooftop
area of the Unit 4 Nuclear Reactor Building had sustained damage.

After usage, fuel is stored in a pool designated for spent fuel.

Plant conditions as well as potential outside radiation effects are
currently under investigation.

TEPCO, along with other involved organizations, is doing its best to
contain the situation. Simultaneously, the surrounding environment is
being kept under constant surveillance.










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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:08PM

picture of the debris

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:15PM

3:24 a.m. Wednesday in Tokyo] The explosion Tuesday at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated the situation there to a "serious accident" on a level just below Chernobyl, a French nuclear official said, referring to an international scale that rates the severity of such incidents. The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale goes from Level 1 to Level 7. "It's clear we are at Level 6, that's to say we're at a level in between what happened at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl," Andre-Claude Lacoste, president of France's nuclear safety authority, told reporters Tuesday.

per bbcnews.com

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Benny ⭐, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:25PM

Rain wrote ...

if anyone would like to take over and bring news to you all about whats happening in Japan please do i will back out and find something eles to do..i can`t help it what the news says. if you all have a better idea its yours.. ( i am just frazzled today )


To what are you referencing? I read back and don't see anything regarding what you're posting here.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:31PM

a 20 year old man was found alive after 96 hours per [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:33PM

ben its over and done with .

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 12:54PM

per bbcnews.com

1946: Ms Hosomi adds: "There was a 6.4 earthquake in the Shizuoka area, where I am from and my family are now. This is near the Hamaoka nuclear plant, which is still operating. It has been predicted that the Shizuoka area will have an eight level earthquake in the near future, due to the pressure from two [tectonic] plates. We must put pressure on the Japanese government to stop the operation of the Hamaoka plant, which could cause the same damage as the plant at Fukushima if further earthquakes happen. We don't want the same situation happening again.

"1943: Yukiko Hosomi, who lives in Bristol but has family in the Shizuoka prefecture of Japan, not far from a nuclear plant similar to the one at Fukushima, tells the BBC: "I am very concerned and worried about the situation. I have been in touch with people in Japan, but I am utterly shocked at their 'optimism' and the lack of information about this critical situation. I have been following both international and Japanese media and the difference of information is unbelievable. The Japanese government and media are not telling the truth, underestimating the people's capacity to cope.

"1937: Aftershocks have continued to shake Japan, days after the massive magnitude 9 earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami on Friday. More than 20 have been larger than magnitude 6.0. The BBC News website has plotted the tremors on a map so you can see when and where they have struck.

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:13PM

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Canada`s Prime Mister has down played the seriousness of the chance of radiation for that country.. people are talking the iodine off the shelves in stores where ever they can find it .. more info on the link above


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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:21PM

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mark wallacy of australian broadcasting who is in northern japan said earthquakes have been going on thru the nite with one lasting about 20- 30 seconds.


Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Benny ⭐, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:23PM

Yeah they have another 6.0 every couple of hours... To be expected with an earthquake of this magnitude. No fun I tell you wut.

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:36PM

The Tokyo Electric Company is adandoning the idea of useing helicoptors to bring in water. but they [Click Here] considering other ideas at this time as they feel the use of helicopter would be impractial



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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:43PM

per bbcnews.com

2139: Mr Deiss continued: "Through Japan, the region and the entire world are affected. The international community must therefore show solidarity and provide assistance to the Japanese people and government in order to help them overcome this major challenge as quickly as possible. Our efforts should extend to the other countries of the region that were affected by the catastrophe.

"2138: Assembly President Joseph Deiss said that only a month ago, the members had met to discuss risk prevention. "Since then, reality in the form of the earthquake in New Zealand, now the disaster affecting Japan has reminded us of the importance of prevention, but also the difficulty of predicting every danger. Even Japan, one of the best prepared countries can be devastated.

"2136: The United Nations General Assembly paused for a minute's silence on Tuesday evening, to remember the victims in Japan.

2130: Lee Tin-lap, a toxicologist at Hong Kong university, told Reuters the radiation was not immediately dangerous, but that there could be longer term effects. "You are still breathing this into your lungs, and there is passive absorption in the skin, eyes and mouth and we really do not know what long-term impact that would have," he said.

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 02:58PM

per [Click Here]

Japan`s Steel Industry could be cut by 20 % or more because of the damage from the earthquake and tsumani,

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:01PM

there is a fire now at the Tokyo Power Plant per [Click Here]

this is at the 4th reactor

also cnn.com has this

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:04PM

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the fire is inside the building that holds the reactor #4 in Toky

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:09PM

2204: The BBC's Matt Frei in Tokyo says the city is at the mercy of events it simply cannot control. Japan now has the unique status in human history of being confronted with an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster within days, he says.

2157: Tepco says efforts are underway to tackle the fire inside the building which houses the number four reactor, Reuters reports.

2154: More on those two workers reported to be missing from Fukushima. A national nuclear safety agency spokesman, Masami Nishimura, said they went missing on Friday, the day the quake and tsunami struck, not after Tuesday's explosion, AFP reports.

2153: Flames are rising from the reactor, AP reports

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:31PM

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bbc newsman matt frei says the spent fuel roads in reactor 5 and 6 are heating up,

smoke is pouring from the 4th reactor

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:37PM

2228: US President Barack Obama tells ABC-affiliate KOAT News it is "very important to make sure that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the nuclear facilities" in the US. "I've already instructed our Nuclear Regulatory Agency to make sure that we take lessons learned from what's happened in Japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in our country," he added.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:46PM

Tepco spokesman Hajimi Motujuku says the fire at reactor four is in the outer housing of the containment vessel. Its cause is not yet known

per bbcnews.com



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Bookworm, Tue Mar 15 2011, 03:53PM

(Reuters) - If the containment at the nuclear power plant damaged by Japan's devastating earthquake fails, a potential radiation plume from a full core meltdown could reach Tokyo, a U.S. scientists' organization said on Tuesday.

Japan faces a potential catastrophe after a stricken nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

The Union of Concerned Scientists also said a "jerry-rigged" cooling system at the Japanese plant would be hard to maintain if all workers there were evacuated.

Nuclear power and safety experts at the group said they were "very concerned" that ongoing activities at the plant would become more challenging for on-site workers. A larger radiation plume could travel hundreds of miles (km), the scientists said in a telephone briefing.

A crack in the containment vessel could allow radiation to exit the reactor in case of a core meltdown, the scientists said. They said the Japanese government should extend the evacuation zone around the troubled Fukushima Daiichi power station.

(Reporting by Deborah Zabarenko)

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 04:07PM

2249: Officials at the plant say the new fire broke out because the initial blaze had not been extinguished, AP reports.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 04:25PM

photos of the destruction

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the one house on the front page doesnt look to have any insulation *

warning some of these photos you might not want to see.* pictures of people covered by blankets but not all the way..

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 04:35PM

2327: Minoru Ogoda, a spokesman for the Japanese nuclear safety agency, tells AFP: "We have received information from [the Tokyo Electric Power Company] that the fire and smoke is now invisible and it appears to have gone out of its own accord." An explosion on Tuesday morning damaged reactor 4's building and sparked a fire in its spent fuel storage pond. The reactor had been shut down before Friday's earthquake for maintenance, but its spent nuclear fuel rods were stored on the site.

2320: The Japanese government is now saying the fire in reactor 4 is "under control", according to the AFP news agency.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 04:43PM

2334: Meanwhile the Tokyo Electric Power Company has said an estimated 70% of the nuclear fuel rods inside reactor 1 at Fukushima Daiichi have been damaged, along with 33% of the rods inside reactor 2, the Kyodo news agency reports. The reactors' cores are believed to have melted partially when their cooling systems malfunctioned.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 04:57PM

2351: Finally, more than 76,000 buildings have been damaged, including at least 6,300 completely destroyed, NHK says.

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 05:15PM

0003: A new fire that broke out inside reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daaichi nuclear plant, which was damaged in Friday's earthquake and tsunami, appears to be out. This was the second time in two days that the reactor where spent nuclear rods were being kept caught fire. Workers at the plant are pumping sea-water through several of the plant's reactors in an effort to cool and stabilise them. Japanese media reports say radiation levels at the reactors remain too high for workers there to approach them. Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have expressed concern and called for the provision of more timely, and accurate information.

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 05:51PM

Pool holding spent nuclear fuel now at risk [Click Here]



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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 05:55PM

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the number 1 reactor is damaged at 70% while the reactor #2 is damaged at 33%

more info on the link above

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:01PM

0146 : Tepco says the reactor 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been emitting white smoke for about 45 minutes, Kyodo News reports. The plant's reactor 4 was the one where a fire broke out earlier this morning, Tepco said

.0137 : Voice of America's Seoul-based north-east Asia correspondent Steve Herman tweets: "Testy Tepco officials telling reporters difficult from the live NHK video to tell what's happening at Fukushima-1 right now."

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:23PM

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a small crew are staying behind to try to get things under control at the power plants

more info on the link above about this *

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:28PM

0221: Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the authorities are still looking for the cause of white smoke billowing from reactor 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He says the radiation reading at the plant is fluctuating by the hour.

0219 : The New York Times reports on the 50 workers who have remained behind at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, "braving radiation and fire.

per bbcnew.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:48PM

0236: Mr Edano, Japan's chief government spokesman, says workers trying to douse the reactors with water were forced to retreat when radiation levels surged there.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 07:57PM

11:51 JST March 16: Another fire broke out on Wednesday at an earthquake-crippled Japanese nuclear plant that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo and triggered international alarm, suggesting that the crisis may be slipping out of control. Academics and nuclear experts agree that the solutions being proposed to contain damage to the Daiichi reactors at Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, are last-ditch efforts to stem what could well be remembered as one of the world's worst industrial disasters.

While public broadcaster NHK said flames were no longer visible at the building housing the No.4 reactor of the plant, Japanese TV pictures showed smoke rising from the facility at mid-morning (1000 local, 0100 GMT). Experts say spent fuel rods in a cooling pool at the No. 4 reactor could be exposed by the fire and spew more radiation into the atmosphere. Operator Tokyo Electric Power said it was considering using a helicopter to dump boric acid, a fire retardant, on the facility. (AP )

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:07PM

this is reaching a level 7 now according to msn news

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 7 minutes ago 2011-03-16T02:56:35
Share Print Font: +-FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Workers at a quake-damaged atomic power plant suspended operations and evacuated Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous to remain there, dealing a setback to Japan’s frantic efforts to stem a nuclear crisis.



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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:24PM

here is a video showing whats happening over there as to the reactors [Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:26PM

[Click Here]

people who were at the power plant now have been told to evacuate..sad this is happening*

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:49PM

Japan says it is ready to ask the US military for help in battling the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the AFP news agency reports.

* i don`t know what they can do *

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 08:56PM

some intense photos new

[Click Here]

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:34PM

0428: The Japanese government is ready to release rice stockpiles wherever needed, the country's farm minister is quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency.

0422: The Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a 6.0 magnitude quake in the Pacific just off Chiba prefecture

.0411: tokyoreporter tweets: "And the shaking is on again in Tokyo... pretty decent this time".

0404: More details on that new quake. No tsunami warning was immediately issued, but the Japan Meteorological Agency said a change in sea levels was possible, the AFP reports.

0401: An earthquake hits eastern Japan, with the force strong enough to sway buildings in Tokyo.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 10:02PM

0456: More on the evacuation of French nationals from Japan. The BBC's Chris Hogg in Tokyo says the evacuation will begin on Thursday. Two French planes are already on their way to Japan.

per bbcnews.com


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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 10:35PM

0530: The US State Department tweets: "For concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in #Japan, please call 1-888-407-4747 or email JapanEmergencyUSC©state.gov. [Click Here]

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 10:52PM

2:10 p.m. Wednesday in Tokyo] Workers have returned to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant after an evacuation order was lifted, Tokyo Electric Power Company said.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Tue Mar 15 2011, 11:08PM

0539: The Japanese government has decided to accept the help of doctors from overseas as an exceptional measure to treat survivors of the devastating earthquake, foreign ministry officials are quoted as saying by Kyodo. The news agency says that Canada and several other countries have offered to dispatch medical teams.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:24AM

morning here is the lastest from [Click Here]

* here is just some of the news coming in

harmful levels of radation has been detected as away as Yokohama - people are just not sure whats happening as they get conflicting reports of the danger..

some personnel on our us ships have been given iodine tablets but no one tested has the radation sickness

Japan has raised the normal levels for people getting any of this radation from 250 millisieverts to 100 millisieverts this is 5 times the normal level..

when the tsumaini wave first hit Japan it was also felt in New Zealand as a 86 cm hit the port of the town of Lyttelton

china is going to or is already donating 10,000 tones of both gasoline and diesal fuel to help out with the shortage

the pentagon has told the us forces that they must stay 50 miles away from the fukushima power plant unless they have been given special aurthorization.

fukushima operators of the power plant is requesting help from the miltary for another fly over to douse the reactor with water on march 17 * and thats it so far *


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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:46AM

snow has been falling for the last 24 hours or more and this is causing trouble for anyone searching for people under rubble. but search and rescue personel continue to do their best.
search teams from all over the world are in on this massivce search

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 10:02AM

[Click Here]

dangerous levels of radation has been detected

more info on the above link*

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 10:18AM

[Click Here]

read what old fishermen have passed down to their families and friends as to what to do when a tsumaini is near.. good reading

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 10:25AM

1720: Kyodo reports that the US military is to fly an unmanned plane over Fukushima, equipped with infrared sensors, to give an aerial view of what is going on.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 10:42AM

The Fukushima plant has a total of six nuclear reactors - all of which have been affected to varying degrees. Our annotated aerial picture shows the layout of the site and outlines what workers are facing at each reactor.

and here i thought there was only 4 *

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 11:10AM

if you can watch the video on the right after the man talks this shows what the nuclear reactors looked like befor the fires and what they look like now..

[Click Here]

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 11:16AM

earlier i had a post about the levels of radiation that went from 250 to 100 this has been changed as i thought this didn`t sound right here is the new stuff

The legal exposure limit for the workers was raised on Wednesday from 100 to 250 millisieverts, a move officials said was "unavoidable". Most individuals will absorb 6 millisieverts a year, AP reports

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 11:27AM

here is a video also of the damaged power plants

[Click Here]

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 11:29AM

1823: Our correspondent says there is also growing suspicion that the government and the Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) are not telling the whole truth about the danger to the public. "We don't trust them," one young mother told him. "They want people to stay calm so they cover up the truth. We are all very afraid she said and we want to find a way to leave the country.

"1821: The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says there were hundreds of people in the main train station on Wednesday afternoon trying to board bullet trains heading south to Osaka and beyond. "Many were families with young children. They said they wanted to get far away from Tokyo and the radiation danger," he says.

1818: The US Environmental Protection Agency says it is increasing its monitoring of radiation along the western coast and Pacific territories, AP reports. However the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said it does not expect harmful levels to reach North America.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 11:42AM

per bbcnews.com

1837: Gregory Jaczko, head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said there is no water left in the spent fuel pool in reactor four, adding: "We believe that radiation levels are extremely high." Mr Jaczko was speaking to Congress in Washington and it was not immediately clear where his information had come from.

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 12:09PM

per the audio video one person is saying the damage of the nuclear power plants is compared to 3mile island or above

[Click Here]

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 12:38PM

The AP news agency is quoting Tepco as saying a new power line is almost ready which could end the crisis. The disruption of power to the pumps which send coolant through the reactors is what led to their overheatin­g. BBC


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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 12:49PM

1945: Some 80,000 Japanese military personnel, police officers and firefighters have been deployed to areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami, the Kyodo news agency reports. The government has also mobilised 10,000 military reservists for the first time since Japan's Self-Defence Forces were established in 1954. About 420,000 displaced people are staying in more than 2,200 emergency shelters in eight prefectures.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 01:02PM

like i told bookie i am gone from 2pm till later tonite , but will bring you all updates on Japan when i get back home.

have a great day..

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 06:53PM

i am back but nothing major happening on news websites but helicopters are pouring water from water buckets the same ones fire fighters use on our fires up here..

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 06:58PM

09:10 JST March 17: Helicopters are dumping water on a stricken reactor in northeastern Japan to cool overheated fuel rods inside the core. The crisis at several reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were set off when last week's earthquake and tsunami knocked out power needed for their cooling systems and ruined backup generators. Japanese officials struggling to avoid full meltdowns have raised hopes of easing the crisis, saying they may be close to bringing power back to the plant and restoring the cooling systems. (AP )

per newsonJapan.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 07:49PM

As mentioned earlier, the crippled power station has six nuclear reactors in all. Our annotated aerial picture shows the layout of the site and outlines what workers are facing at each reactor.

0242 : Asked why the US has told its citizens to observe a much wider exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant than has Japan, Mr Edano says: "An outside government is not in direct control of the facility so it is understood that the US government has taken a more conservative approach." (NHK translation).

0239 : Questioners want to know how effective the water spraying was at the stricken plant. Mr Edano says investigations are under way to establish that.

0237 : Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the Japanese PM Naoto Kan spoke over the phone with US President Barack Obama for 30 minutes on Thursday morning. Mr Obama expressed sympathy to the Japanese public and also offered ongoing US support and nuclear expertise, Mr Edano said.

0231 : Japanese defence minister Toshimi Kitazawa confirms four water drops took place over the Fukushima Daiichi plant. He says 11 "special purpose vehicles" manned by defence forces will conduct water spraying operations from the ground on Thursday afternoon.

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 08:11PM

Search teams are expanding their operations on the coast today after rubble was cleared and the army was able to build roads, Kyodo reports. Futoshi Toba, mayor of quake-hit Rikuzentakata, said: ''There were some areas where we could not enter but now we can go anywhere [in the town] by car.''

per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 08:40PM

per bbcnews.com

0330: The police manning those water cannons are donning protective gear right now in preparation for their attempt to fill the spent fuel storage pool at Reactor 4. The cannon are thought to be strong enough to allow crews to remain a safe distance from the plant.

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 08:49PM

0339: Charles, from Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, writes: "This has all been greatly over-hyped by foreign media. The radiation rates in Tokyo are same as they were back in December. All the protections around the reactors are doing exactly what they have been designed to do. The health risks are low near the edge of the evacuation zone, and almost non-existent in Tokyo even considering the worst case scenarios. What people need to be concerned about are the 100,000s of Japanese without shelter, warm clothes, blankets with little water and food in the north part of Japan. There are still thousands waiting to be rescued. People are dying and suffering in those devastated areas, while the media continues to create panic around these reactors. This is a small problem, even in the worse case compared to the damage the tsunamis have caused." per bbcnews.com

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 08:57PM

[Click Here]

the temp of reactor #5 is now a growing concern as the level of water is loweing and the pressure is rising .

more on the link above*

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:12PM

per [Click Here]

this is the 7th day since the earthquake in Japan.

pressure is risisng at reactor 3 again / the fuel mixture of this reactor is plutonium and uranium

the us goverman has authorize voluntary departure of family members of the us embassy staff.

the us is charting aircraft to tokyo to help american `s leave the area

the cellin gof reactor 4 has been reduce to a frame,

more and this on the above link

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:28PM

0417: It seems a woman in Singapore has put her government to shame with the size of her donation towards Japanese quake relief efforts. Elaine Low presented a cheque for 1m Singaporean dollars ($780,000) - or double what the government gave - to Japan's ambassador, Yoichi Suzuki, on Wednesday, an official with the embassy told AFP. Her family runs an Indonesia-based coal mining business that imports equipment from Japan and also supplies coal to Japanese power plants. She said she wanted to do her bit to help out the Japanese affected by the disaster.

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:39PM

this might be a repeat at this time if it is sorry about that but here is an view from the sky over the reactor plant

[Click Here]

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SCM ALERT🚨, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:48PM

Here is a video of earthquakes occuring in the days leading up to the major quake and after. Fascinating. Link Below:

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Bookworm, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:55PM

***SCM ALERT*** wrote ...

Here is a video of earthquakes occuring in the days leading up to the major quake and after. Fascinating. Link Below:

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There are no words.

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Rain, Wed Mar 16 2011, 09:59PM

the radiation at the Fusushima power plant is still rising as the work the helicopters didnt do a thing to change the pressure

[Click Here]



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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 06:22AM

[Click Here]

the lastest today. which would be friday for them. this is coming off the scroll on the above website.

radiation levels starting from 20 km away at the #1 Fukushima power plant

low levels of radation is heading towards the north america

the canadian embassy agrees with the us that there is a need for an 80 km exclusion around the fukushima power plant

2 of the reports down there have shown levels of radation

water is being shot from a canon now that seems to be helping cool down the #1 reactor

now Japan is going to start doing the same thing to the #2 reactor to try and cool that one down too.

power is find is Kichijoji every thing seems back to normal

in ishinomaki there are children there from evacuation camps that are trying to stay warm with kerose lamps

the sad number stands at about 13,000 people that have passed away while about 450,000 people are in shelters with sub zero temps..

well this and more can be found at the above link.

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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 06:33AM

20:30 JST March 17: Military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto Japan's stricken nuclear complex Thursday, turning to combat-style tactics while trying to cool overheated uranium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. Plant operators also said they were racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the country's northeast coast.
The top U.S. nuclear regulatory official gave a far bleaker assessment of the situation than the Japanese, and the U.S. ambassador said the situation was "deteriorating" while warning U.S. citizens within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the complex to leave the area or at least remain indoors. The Japanese government said it had no plans to expand its mandatory, 12-mile (20-kilometer) exclusion zone around the plant on the northeast coast, while also urging people within 20 miles (30 kilometers) to stay inside. (AP )
'Fukushima 50' risk lives to prevent meltdown
We do not know their names, their faces, their families or their personal stories. Nobody really does. They are strangers, in a faraway land, doing the unthinkable. In Japan they have a name: The Fukushima 50. A coterie of nuclear plant employees - some reports indicate 50, others suggest four working rotations of 50 - who stayed behind while 700 of their co-workers were evacuated from the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi facility on the Japanese coast.
Five have been killed. Two are missing. Twenty-one have been injured in a struggle where, in the words of Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan, "retreat is unthinkable." The men understand the stakes. They know there is no turning back. One worker told a departing colleague he was prepared to die - that it was his job. Another informed his wife he wouldn't be coming home anytime soon. (National Post )
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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 06:46AM

per [Click Here]
Helicopters made four passes in about a 20-minute span Thursday morning, dropping 7.5 tons of seawater each time on the facility's No. 3 reactor in order to cool its overheated fuel pool. Experts believe that boiling steam rising from that pool, which contains at least partially exposed fuel rods, may be releasing radiation into the atmosphere.

Radiation levels at the plant remained high, with readings of nearly 3.8 millisieverts per hour reported at 9:30 a.m., TEPCO said. A typical person receives about 3 millisieverts per year.

Those levels had dropped to about 1.5 millisieverts by 4 p.m., according to the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.



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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 09:36AM

another thing that i find sad over this mess is the air ports are charging the folks over there heavy prices to leave that county, from 65,000 yen to over 700 yen.. i dont know what a yen = too but this is not right by anymeans so folks that wanted to leave the area can`t afford it..


per bbcnews.com scroll

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Bookworm, Thu Mar 17 2011, 09:41AM

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Geezer, Thu Mar 17 2011, 09:51AM

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Luna, Thu Mar 17 2011, 09:56AM

Geezer wrote ...

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Geezer, Thu Mar 17 2011, 10:34AM

White House Press Conference the current Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there is no danger to the USA from the Nuclear plants in Japan. In a Fox News interview with Mils Diaz, the FORMER NRC Chairman stated he agrees with the statement that there is no danger to the US West Coast from the nuclear situation in Japan.

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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 12:14PM

look at this super tanker on top of a road

[Click Here] the power of a tsumaini is intense and had to believe

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Geezer, Thu Mar 17 2011, 12:41PM

Per President Obama in his news conference today, we do not expect any harmful radiation to reach the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.

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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 03:21PM

per [Click Here]

03:15 JST March 18: Japanese engineers worked through the night to lay a 1.5 km (one mile) electricity cable to a crippled nuclear power plant in the hope of restarting pumps desperately needed to pour cold water on overheating fuel rods and avert a catastrophe.
Officials could not say when the cable might be connected, but said work would stop on Friday morning to allow helicopters and fire trucks to resume pouring water on the Daiichi plant, about 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

"Preparatory work has so far not progressed as fast as we had hoped," an official of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) told a news briefing, adding that a cold snap was hampering the effort. (Reuters )
Nearly half a million Japanese in shelters
With the world's attention riveted on the unfolding nuclear crisis in northeast Japan, the more immediate toll from the powerful earthquake and tsunami continued to mount on Thursday, as more deaths were confirmed, more foreigners prepared to leave the country and more of the disaster's wide-reaching effects came into focus.
Japanese officials said confirmed deaths had climbed on Thursday to 5,692, and that the names of 9,506 people missing and unaccounted for had been registered. But many thousands more are believed missing.

Nearly a week after the earthquake struck, the national police agency said that more than 452,000 people were staying in schools and other shelters, where supplies of fuel, medicine and other necessities were running short. (New York Times )


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Rain, Thu Mar 17 2011, 08:24PM

per [Click Here] ( scroll )

TonyParsonsUK tweets: The 180 technicians working in the Fukushima nuclear plant are giving their lives so that others might live. This is what love looks like."

0317: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko says that it is likely to take several weeks to cool down the troubled nuclear reactors at Fukushima

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 10:01AM

per news coming out of the [Click Here] website the sistuation has not changed sinch thursday over the reactor problem in Japan.. the same efforts are still going on as to the helicopters and now a cable that they have rebuild to supple electric to the differnt units to provide water to their reactors so far it seems to be working..

more on this as info comes in *

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 10:12AM

The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster rose to over 6,500 on Friday as some vital infrastructure was restored, media reports said. The National Police Agency put the latest number of confirmed fatalities at 6,539, Kyodo News reported, surpassing the 6,434 deaths in the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

Some 10,259 were officially classified as missing, the police said. Sendai airport, flooded by the tsunami on 11 March, has been opened to emergency aeroplanes and helicopters.

Damaged ports were also reported as reopened, as were roads including the Tohoku Expressway, a major road running through the north-east of the country. (The Nation )

Japan asks for US help in nuclear crisis
18:00 JST March 18: Japan reached out Friday to the U.S. for help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, while the U.N. atomic energy chief called the disaster a race against the clock that demands global cooperation.
At the stricken complex, military fire trucks again sprayed the troubled reactor units for a second day, with tons of water arcing over the facility in desperate attempts to prevent the fuel from overheating and spewing dangerous levels of radiation.

"The whole world, not just Japan, is depending on them," Tokyo office worker Norie Igarashi, 44, said of the emergency teams working amid heightened radiation levels at the complex on the northeastern coast. (Reuters )

Plight of elderly patients left to die in hospital
The elderly are being abandoned to die in Japanese hospitals and care homes devastated by the tsunami amid a worsening humanitarian and nuclear disaster. Hundreds of thousands of victims have been made homeless, with more than 400,000 struggling to survive in emergency shelters with no power and little food or water.

As the official death toll hit 6,539, it emerged that soldiers found 128 pensioners deserted by medical staff at a hospital in Iwaki, six miles from the Fukushima nuclear power station and inside the exclusion zone around the plant which continues to spew radiation into the atmosphere. Most of the abandoned patients were in coma, and 14 died shortly after they were moved to an emergency centre in a nearby gym. (Daily Mail)

Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government

A top Japanese official acknowledged Friday that the government was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters, slowing its response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead.

The admission by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano came as Japan reached out Friday to the U.S. for help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, and as the country reclassified the rating of the nuclear accident from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale. Nuclear experts have been saying for days that Japan was underplaying the crisis' severity.

The International Nuclear Event Scale defines a Level 4 incident as having local consequences and a Level 5 as having wider consequences. The Level 5 puts the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on a par with the one at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979. (AP)

A story of survival rises from the ruins of a fishing village
The seawalls that buffer this once-bucolic fishing village from the ocean were supposed to keep people safe from a tsunami. The 10-metre high walls - more than a kilometre long - gave tiny Taro the feel of a fortified village, impregnable against all comers. But not every one felt so sure.

When fisherman Tatsuo Haroki felt the force of Friday's earthquake, he knew there wasn't a seawall on earth that was going to save him. He was right: he estimates the waves triggered by the quake that landed on top of Taro were between "12 and 15 metres high." They just sailed over Taro's ramparts, he says, and pulverized the village into a mess of matchsticks and a whirling whirlpool that turned Taro into slurry. (The Star )
this and more news on [Click Here]

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 10:51AM

[Click Here]

5 speically equipt fire engines have been pouring water on the different reactors to keep them cool. they have been doing each one at 20 minutes each.

also the Japan Meteorological agency had recorded after shockes from a size 5 and up there have been over 262 of them.. no wonder people are uneasy *


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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 01:08PM

Statement from the station operator (Tepco): "Tepco has connected the external transmission line with the receiving point of the plant and confirmed that electricity can be supplied."

1948: Engineers have successfully attached a power cable to the crippled Fukushima station - Reuters.

per [Click Here] ( scroll )

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 01:12PM

this might be a repeat

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Ongoing U.S. Response to the Earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan

Our thoughts and our prayers remain with the people of Japan. The President has been kept fully briefed on developments and the response throughout the weekend. As directed by the President, we have offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed as America will stand with Japan as they recover and rebuild.

We have already been helping in a number of ways. USAID is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese government’s response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami that hit Friday and are currently directing individuals to [Click Here] for information about response donations. The U.S. Ambassador declared an emergency which opened up an immediate funding of $100K from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. They set up a Response Management Team in DC and sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Tokyo, which includes people with nuclear expertise from the Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services as well the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC members are experts in boiling water nuclear reactors and are available to assist their Japanese counterparts. Two Urban Search and Rescue Teams (LA County and Fairfax County teams) which total 144 members plus 12 search and rescue canines and up to 45 metric tons of rescue equipment are also on the ground in Misawa, Japan and will begin searching at first light March 14. The Department of Defense has the USS Reagan on station off the coast of Japan and the USS Essex en route, and is currently using an air facility in Misawa as a forward operating base. The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services team is supporting the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to assess the impact, determine response efforts, and assist the people of Japan.

Officials from the Department of Energy, NRC, and other agencies have maintained contact with Japanese officials and will provide whatever assistance the Japanese government requests as they work to stabilize their damaged nuclear reactors. United States citizens in Japan are encouraged to follow the protective measures recommended by the Japanese government. The NRC has announced that these measures appear to be consistent with steps the United States would take. With regards to the United States, the NRC has released information stating that Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity. For instance, according to the NRC, the U.S. evacuation standard at 10 miles is roughly equivalent to the 20-kilometer distance recommended in Japan. The United States and Japan both have highly advanced capabilities for monitoring and predicting the path of any radioactive release. American citizens in Japan should continue to listen to the local authorities regarding evacuation notices and any other preparedness measures and should contact the State Department if they have any questions.

From the moment this earthquake struck our State Department and Embassy and Consulates in Japan have been working around the clock to assist and inform U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to JapanEmergencyUSC©state.gov with detailed information about their location and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov.


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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 04:22PM

the crisis level in Japan at the Fukushima power plant is at a number 5 and every hour this is continuing the folks there are doing their best to try to keep things cool.. its a wait and see kind of thing..per [Click Here] video

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 09:58PM

update on the workings on the reactor plant in Fukushima

The operator of the Fukushima power plant says engineers have bored holes in the roofs of the buildings housing reactors 5 and 6 to avoid a potential gas explosion, reports AFP.

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 10:53PM

per newsonJapan.com

13:30 JST March 19: Emergency workers racing to cool dangerously overheated uranium fuel scrambled Saturday to connect Japan's crippled reactors to a new power line, with electricians fighting tsunami-shattered equipment to restart the complex's cooling systems. Though the power line reached the complex Friday, making the final link without setting off a spark and potentially an explosion means methodically working through badly damaged and deeply complex electrical systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on Japan's northeast coast.

"Most of the motors and switchboards were submerged by the tsunami and they cannot be used," said Hidehiko Nishiyama of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Operators of the plant, which have prompted global worries of radiation leaks, hope to have power reconnected to four of the complex's six units on Saturday, and another on Sunday. However, even once the power is reconnected, it is not clear if the cooling systems will still work. (AP )


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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 11:19PM

The US Military has conducted 132 helicopter and 641 aircraft missions to assist with recovery and relief efforts in Japan."

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Fri Mar 18 2011, 11:22PM

Government officials say spinach near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has been found to contain high radiation levels, Kyodo news agency reports.

per bbcnews.com scroll

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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 08:52AM

more on what is happening on the nuclear power plants here

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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 01:19PM

thing seem to be looking up for the Fukushima Power Plant

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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 01:22PM

U.S. scientists and sensors are poised to detect radioactive fallout from Japan's nuclear accident, but aside from a 'minuscule' amount at a Sacramento station, they've found none.
By Eryn Brown and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2011

Sensors in the United States stood ready Friday to detect any trace of radioactive material blowing across the Pacific from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, 5,000 miles away.

So far, they've pretty much found nothing.

The only positive report from a network of sensors was of a tiny amount of radiation picked up by a super-sensitive detector in Sacramento that is capable of sensing the radioactive isotope xenon-133, created during nuclear fission.

Though scientists said they believed that this came from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, the levels were so "minuscule" they posed no threat to human health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy said in a joint statement Friday afternoon.

The amount that was detected would result in a "dose rate approximately one-millionth of the dose rate that a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, the sun and other natural sources," according to the statement.

Elsewhere, though scientists and equipment sat poised, they weren't finding radioactive surges above normal background radiation levels that exist naturally.

California public health officials were still gathering air samples for radiation testing late Friday, according to Gary Butner, branch chief of radiological health with the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.

Butner said county volunteers planned to gather samples Friday and Saturday from the state's monitoring stations. Staff members will then crunch the numbers with the help of a physicist through the weekend and post the results on the department website early next week.

They will also post data from the last two years for comparison, to "hopefully minimize some of [the public's] fears and anxiety," Butner said.

per california disasters

View entire article here: [Click Here]



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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 03:42PM

per bbcnews.com scroll

The impact of the earthquake in figures: At least 1.04 million households were without running water; at least 1170,000 buildings were damaged with at least 14,623 completely destroyed; about 257,000 homes were without electricity and about About 362,580 people have been evacuated and are staying at shelters the Reuters news agency reports.

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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 09:30PM

per [Click Here]

things may be looking up for the folks at the reactor plant

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Rain, Sat Mar 19 2011, 11:00PM

sad to say more set backs with the Nuclear Reactors read this

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Rain, Sun Mar 20 2011, 05:13AM

per cnn.com 2 more people have been found alive and well. a grandmother and her grandson.. Great News!

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cricket, Sun Mar 20 2011, 08:21AM

incredible!

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Rain, Mon Mar 21 2011, 02:51AM

TOKYO — The operator of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant told safety regulators less than two weeks before disaster struck that it had failed to carry out some scheduled inspections at the facility.

In a report submitted to Japan's nuclear safety agency on February 28, Japan's largest power utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it had failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment in the six reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex.

The equipment missed in scheduled inspections included a motor and a backup power generator for the No. 1 reactor, the firm said in a report available on a company Website.
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The exchange between the utility and safety regulators regarding safety misses at the plant has attracted attention because of its timing, and the equipment involved.

The failure of backup power systems is a key element of the current crisis, which has prompted a massive effort to contain radiation from the stricken plant.

In its response to the Tokyo Electric report, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency gave Tokyo Electric until June 2 to draw up a corrective plan for the plant, the utility's oldest nuclear facility, which dating back to the 1970s.

The nuclear safety agency said in its March 2 response, available on the agency's website, that it did not believe there was an immediate risk to safety as a result of the missed inspections.
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The agency, which has been criticized for its close ties to the industry it regulates, said it had been assured the equipment that had gone without inspection would be tested in the near term by Tokyo Electric.

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Hidehiko Nishiyama, the agency's deputy director general, told a briefing on Monday he was not aware of the correspondence between regulators and the utility.

Nishiyama said he could not say whether the safety lapses played any role in worsening the crisis, which began on March 11 when a tremendous earthquake and tsunami knocked out power and backup power to the plant.

The filings by Tokyo Electric and Japan's safety regulators were archived on their Web sites and first reported by Jiji Press.

per msnnews.com

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Rain, Mon Mar 21 2011, 03:01AM

Japan`s Food more serious then previously thought

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Rumor Mill, Mon Mar 21 2011, 06:02AM

Call the media

I have 12 inches of white fallout on my deck


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Rumor Mill, Mon Mar 21 2011, 06:05AM

Here is a link you will have to make up your on mind on how centered this site is
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Rain, Mon Mar 21 2011, 10:37AM

[Click Here] more on the radation on the food and whats going on with the reactors ,

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Rain, Mon Mar 21 2011, 10:42AM

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rolling blackouts will continue for the folks near the Power Plants

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Rain, Mon Mar 21 2011, 10:44AM

20:00 JST March 21: Operators evacuated workers from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex.
The evacuation brought to a standstill some of the work on restoring the plant's electrical lines and restarting the water pumping systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from overheating and releasing even greater amounts of radiation.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the evacuation was prompted by smoke rising from the area of the spent fuel storage pool at the plant's Unit 3 reactor building. However, nuclear safety agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama later told reporters in Tokyo he didn't think the smoke was linked to the fuel pool. (AP )
WHO spokesman: Japan food safety situation 'serious'
The World Health Organisation said on Monday that the detection of radiation in food after an earthquake damaged a Japanese nuclear plant was a more serious problem than it had first expected.
"Quite clearly it's a serious situation," Peter Cordingley, Manila-based spokesman for WHO's regional office for the Western Pacific, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It's a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20 to 30 kilometres," he said.

Cases of contaminated vegetables, dust, milk and water are already stoking regional anxieties despite Japanese officials' assurances the levels are not dangerous. (Reuters)
Japan restricts milk, vegetables produced near damaged nuclear plant
Japan slapped restrictions on some food produced in two provinces around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Sunday after high levels of radioactivity turned up in spinach and milk.
However, Dr. James Cox, professor of radiation oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said the reported levels posed little or no health concerns.

"The immediate risk in terms of health effects are probably nonexistent, and the long-term risk is very low," said Cox, a CNN consultant.

Nonetheless, the Japanese government has banned the sale of raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture, where the Fukushima Daiichi plant is located, and prohibited the sale of spinach from neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture after finding levels of radioactive iodine and cesium higher than government standards, the country's Health Ministry reported. (CNN )
Disaster could cost Japan $235 billion: WBank
Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami could cost its economy up to $235 billion, or 4.0 percent of output, and reconstruction may take five years, the World Bank said Monday.
"If history is any guide, real GDP growth will be negatively affected through mid-2011," the World Bank said in its latest East Asia and Pacific Economic Update report.

But growth should pick up in subsequent quarters "as reconstruction efforts, which could last five years, accelerate", it added.

The lower end of the World Bank's estimate of the twin disasters' impact was $122 billion, equivalent to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Since the natural disasters struck on March 11, Japan has also had to grapple with a nuclear power plant crisis in Fukushima, but the World Bank did not mention the atomic issue in its assessment of the economic damage. (AFP)


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Rain, Tue Mar 22 2011, 10:31AM

Lightes are back on in the Number 3 control room at the Fukushima Power Plant

more info here

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Rain, Tue Mar 22 2011, 10:34AM

21:00 JST March 22: Smoke and steam rose from two of the most threatening reactors at Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant on Tuesday, suggesting the battle to avert a disastrous meltdown and stop the spread of radiation was far from won.
Technicians working inside an evacuation zone around the stricken plant on Japan's northeast Pacific coast have attached power cables to all six reactors and started a pump at one of them to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods.

Kyodo news agency said steam appeared to rise from reactor No. 2 and white haze was detected above reactor No. 3. There have been several blasts of steam from the reactors during the crisis, which experts say probably released a small amount of radioactive particles.

per [Click Here].


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Rain, Tue Mar 22 2011, 10:51AM

reactor continues to leak radiation

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Rain, Tue Mar 22 2011, 07:36PM

11:10 JST March 23: Further contamination of vegetables added to global anxiety on Wednesday at radiation from Japan's tsunami-smashed nuclear plant where engineers are struggling to cool reactors in the world's worst atomic crisis for 25 years.

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Rain, Wed Mar 23 2011, 11:19AM

20:00 JST March 23: Japanese authorities advised against allowing infants to drink tap water in Tokyo due to raised radiation levels and the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from Japan.
The crisis at the tsunami-smashed nuclear power plant, 250 km (150 miles) north of the Japanese capital, appeared far from over with workers attempting to gain control ordered to leave the site after black smoke began rising from one of its six reactors.

Tokyo authorities said water at a purification plant for the capital of 13 million people had 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine -- more than twice the safety level for infants.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, however, said the radiation level posed no immediate health risk and water could still be used. (Reuters )

per [Click Here]

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Deb Doodah⭐, Wed Mar 23 2011, 04:37PM

One of our employees flew to Tokyo last Monday to check on his family and our manufacturing facility. It was good to see him back today and he says he doesn't glow in the dark. The news he brought back is his and his wife's family are all fine and there is only minimal earthquake damage in Tokyo. Mostly cracks in walls and streets. He said the rolling blackouts are continuing but things are not as bad as he anticipated when he got on the plane 3 days after the quake.

I thought it would be nice to share some good news directly from Japan.

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Rain, Wed Mar 23 2011, 05:40PM

wonderfull to hear thanks debbie.

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Rain, Wed Mar 23 2011, 08:52PM

Radiation above safety levels has also been found in milk and vegetables from the area around Fukushima, 250 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, and in Saitama prefecture next to the capital, according to Kyodo news agency.

per [Click Here]

more on this link *

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Rain, Thu Mar 24 2011, 10:07AM

21:30 JST March 24: Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday resumed work to restore power and key cooling functions at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as black smoke observed the day before at its No. 3 reactor building subsided, but three workers at the plant were exposed to high radiation.
In the morning, lights in the control room for the No. 1 reactor turned on, signaling that restoration work, although often hampered by smoke, is gradually proceeding toward the goal of restoring the reactors' key cooling functions.

Part of the restoration work was suspended after three workers who were laying cable at the No. 3 reactor's turbine building were exposed to radiation amounting to 173 to 180 millisieverts. Two of them were hospitalized due to possible burns to their feet, the government's nuclear safety agency and Tokyo Electric officials said. (Mainichi )
Radiation scare sparks run on bottled water
21:00 JST March 24: Stores in Tokyo were running out of bottled water on Thursday after radiation from a damaged nuclear complex briefly made tap water unsafe for babies, while more nations curbed imports of Japanese food.
Engineers are trying to stabilize a six-reactor nuclear plant in Fukushima, 250 km (150 miles) north of the capital, nearly two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami battered the plant and devastated northeastern Japan, leaving nearly 26,000 people dead or missing.

Tokyo's 13 million residents were told not to give tap water to babies under 1 year old after contamination hit twice the safety level this week. But it dropped back to allowable amounts on Thursday.

Despite government appeals against panic, many supermarkets and stores sold out of bottled water.

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Thu Mar 24 2011, 10:19AM

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baby porpoise found in rice paddy was releashed back in the ocean..

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 25 2011, 12:08AM

Just announced on TV as breaking news, Japanese nuclear officials now believe one of the reactors at the Fukushima plant may have breached. This would lead to more significant radiation leakage from that reactor.

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L18Flyboy, Fri Mar 25 2011, 12:09AM

[Click Here] for NY Times article on possible reactor breach.

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Rain, Fri Mar 25 2011, 08:09AM

thanks steve and here is alittle bit more from [Click Here]

15:00 JST March 25: Japanese nuclear safety officials say they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment.
Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency, said Friday that "something at the reactor may have been damaged" in Unit 3 of the six-unit plant.

He said "our data suggest the reactor retains certain containment functions," an implication that the damage may have occurred in the reactor's core, but that it was limited.

Officials say the damage could instead have happened in other equipment, including piping or the spent fuel pool


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Rain, Fri Mar 25 2011, 03:36PM

per [Click Here]

07:00 JST March 26: Highly radioactive water has been found at a second reactor at a crippled nuclear power station in Japan, the plant's operator said, as fears of contamination escalated two weeks after a huge earthquake and tsunami battered the complex.

Two of the plant's six reactors are now seen as safe but the other four are volatile, occasionally emitting steam and smoke.

More than 700 engineers have been working in shifts to stabilize the plant and work has been advancing to restart water pumps to cool their fuel rods.

But fresh fears were raised on Thursday when three workers trying to cool the most critical reactor were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than normally found in a reactor. They were hospitalized after walking in contaminated water though they are expected to be discharged soon.


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Rain, Sat Mar 26 2011, 09:07AM

Levels Of Radioactive Materials Soaring In Sea Near Nuke PlantTOKYO (Kyodo)--Levels of radioactive materials are skyrocketing in the sea near the crisis-hit nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture, the government's nuclear safety agency said Saturday, while the plant's operator has started injecting fresh water into the No. 2 reactor core to enhance cooling efficiency.

According to the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration 1,250.8 times the legal limit was detected Friday morning in a seawater sample taken around 330 meters south of the plant, near the drain outlets of its troubled four reactors.

The level rose to its highest so far in the survey begun this week, after staying around levels 100 times over the legal limit. It is highly likely that radioactive water in the plant has disembogued into the sea, Tokyo Electric Power Co said.

The result could fan concerns over fishery products in northeastern Japan as highly radioactive water has been found leaking near all four troubled reactor units at the plant.

Radioactive materials ''will significantly dilute'' by the time they are consumed by marine species, the agency said, adding, it will not have a significant impact on fishery products as fishing is not conducted in the area within 20 kilometers of the plant as the government has issued a directive for residents in the area to evacuate.

If people ingest 500 milliliters of water containing the same level of radioactive iodine, the radiation levels would reach the 1 millisievert limit which people can be safely exposed to in one year, the agency said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy said in its radiological assessment released Friday that by comparing aerial measurement data from Thursday with previous measurements, the data indicate peak exposure rates in the western side of the Fukushima plant are lower.

The utility, known as TEPCO, is currently injecting fresh water into the No. 2 reactor core to prevent crystallized salt from seawater already injected from forming a crust on the fuel rods and hampering the smooth circulation of water, thus diminishing the cooling effect. It has begun injecting fresh water into the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor cores.

At the same time, the firm is trying to remove pools of water containing highly concentrated radioactive substances that may have seeped from either the reactor cores or the spent fuel pools, while also trying to restore power at the No. 2 reactor.

On Thursday, three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level at the turbine building connected to the No. 3 reactor building. On Friday, a pool of water with similarly highly concentrated radioactive materials was found in the No. 1 reactor's turbine building, causing some restoration work to be suspended.

Similar pools of water were also found in the turbine buildings of the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors, measuring up to 1 meter and 80 centimeters deep, respectively. Those near the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors were up to 40 cm and 1.5 meters deep.


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Rain, Sat Mar 26 2011, 09:59AM

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radation is 1,000 + times normal

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Rain, Sat Mar 26 2011, 08:24PM

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more on this link about the major problem Japan is having with the radation ( what a mess)

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Rain, Sun Mar 27 2011, 09:43AM

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radation plant trouble is far from over .. ( more info on the link above ) dangerous situation going on

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Rain, Mon Mar 28 2011, 07:29AM

21:00 JST March 28: Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear complex, the plant's operator said on Monday, while environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
Fires, explosions and radiation leaks have repeatedly forced engineers to suspend efforts to stabilize the plant, including on Sunday when radiation levels spiked to 100,000 times above normal in water inside reactor No. 2.

A partial meltdown of fuel rods inside the reactor vessel was responsible for the high levels of radiation at that reactor although Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the radiation had mainly been contained in the reactor building.

TEPCO later said radiation above 1,000 millisieverts per hour was found in water in tunnels used for piping outside the reactor.

That is the same as the level discovered on Sunday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a single dose of 1,000 millisieverts is enough to cause hemorrhaging. (Reuters )

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Mon Mar 28 2011, 08:06AM

more pictures

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Rain, Mon Mar 28 2011, 06:16PM

06:30 JST March 29: Plutonium found in soil at the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex heightened alarm on Tuesday over Japan's protracted battle to contain the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the radioactive material, a by-product of atomic reactions and also used in nuclear bombs, was traced in soil at five locations at the complex, hit by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

"I apologize for making people worried," Sakae Muto, vice-president of under-pressure TEPCO, said at a briefing around midnight in Tokyo.

Yet he stressed the traces of plutonium 238, 239 and 240 were not dangerous and work would not be stopped.

"It's not at the level that's harmful to human health." (Reuters
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Rain, Fri Apr 08 2011, 05:12PM

Nearly a half-million homes suffered blackouts in Japan's northeast Friday after a new earthquake killed three people and piled more misery on a region buried under the rubble of last month's devastating tsunami.
The northeastern coast was still reeling from the destruction wrought by a jumbo 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, with tens of thousands of households without power or water. The 7.1-magnitude aftershock Thursday threw even more areas into disarray and sent communities that had made some gains back to square one.

Gasoline was scarce again, and long lines formed at stations. Stores that had only recently restocked their shelves sold out of basics Friday and were forced to ration
purchases..

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Fri Apr 08 2011, 11:05PM

Japan expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the sea from a crippled nuclear plant on Saturday, a day after China expressed concern at the action, reflecting growing international unease at the month-long nuclear crisis.
"The emptying out of the relatively low radiation water is expected to finish tomorrow (Saturday)," a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) official said late on Friday.

TEPCO is struggling to contain the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl, with its engineers pumping low-level radioactive seawater, used to cool overheated fuel rods, back into the sea for the past five days due to a lack of storage capacity.

China said it will closely monitor Japan's actions to regain control of the plant and demanded Tokyo provide swift and accurate information on the crisis which began on March 11 when a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami struck.

per [Click Here]



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Rain, Sat Apr 09 2011, 10:31AM

man found stranded since the tsumani hit

MINAMI SOMA, Japan - The farmhouse sits at the end of a mud-caked, one-lane road strewn with toppled trees, the decaying carcasses of dead pigs and large debris deposited by the March 11 tsunami.
Stranded alone inside the unheated, dark home is 75-year-old Kunio Shiga. He cannot walk very far and doesn't know what happened to his wife.

His neighbors have all left because the area is 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant - just within the zone where authorities have told everyone to get out because of concerns about leaking radiation.

No rescuer ever came for him.

When a reporter and two photographers from The Associated Press arrived at Shiga's doorstep Friday, the scared and disoriented farmer said: "You are the first people I have spoken to" since the earthquake and tsunami.

"Do you have any food?" he asked. "I will pay you." (AP)

per [Click Here]

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Rain, Sat Apr 09 2011, 08:53PM

per [Click Here] another bigger search will be going on

The Japanese and U.S. militaries launched another all-out search for the bodies of earthquake and tsunami victims Sunday along Japan's ravaged northeast coast. About 22,000 Japanese troops, along with 110 from the U.S., searched by land, air and sea.
"A month after the earthquake and tsunami, many people are still missing," said Japanese defense ministry spokesman Norikazu Muratani. "We would like to do our utmost to find bodies for their families." As many as 25,000 people are feared to have died in the March 11 disaster, but only 13,000 deaths have been confirmed. Many bodies have likely washed out to sea and will never be found.



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Rain, Sat Apr 09 2011, 08:54PM

per [Click Here]

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power station, began on Saturday to install a steel wall and fence to prevent more radioactive contaminated water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean, according to media reports.
The company plans to plug a seawater intake connected to the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex with seven steel sheets and a 120-meter-wide curtain-like fence near the intake and two other locations nearby, according to Japan's Kyodo news, which added that radioactive iodine reading was 63,000 times the legal limit in seawater near the intake a day after contaminated water stopped leaking into the sea. (MarketWatch )



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Rain, Sat Apr 09 2011, 08:56PM

per [Click Here]

Radioactive cesium above the legal limit for consumption was detected Saturday in young sand lance caught off Fukushima Prefecture, as the prefecture took samples amid a voluntary ban on fishing there in the wake of the ongoing nuclear crisis. One of the four sample fish had a level of cesium of 570 becquerels per kilogram on Thursday about 1 kilometer off the city of Iwaki, and the other three measured 480 to 500 becquerels. The limit is 500 becquerels under the Food Sanitation Law.

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Rain, Sun Apr 10 2011, 03:28PM

Japan fails to stop radation active discharge into the ocean per [Click Here]

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Rain, Mon Apr 11 2011, 08:56AM

parital melt down in Japan

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Rain, Mon Apr 11 2011, 04:05PM

7.0 aftershock halts work at the Fukushima Power Plant

per [Click Here]

A strong aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 jolted the eastern and northeastern part of Japan on Monday evening, disrupting the vital injection of cooling water into reactors 1, 2, 3 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for about 50 minutes. The temblor cut off external power to the pumping machines at the three reactors at around 5:16 p.m. Tokyo Electric Power Co. revived power and resumed pumping at 6:05 p.m., according to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. (Japan Times )


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Rain, Mon Apr 11 2011, 04:21PM

check out this link about the befor and aftemath of the tsumani of Japan, put your mouse on the right side and slide you wont belive your eyes.. this explains how so many people were killed and lost in this .. just unreal

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Rain, Mon Apr 11 2011, 06:57PM

Japan is considering raising its secerity level to that of the Chernobyl incident

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Rain, Thu Apr 14 2011, 10:03PM



Japan's government on Friday ordered the operator of a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant leaking radiation to pay about $12,000 to each household forced to evacuate from the area. Tens of thousands of residents unable to return to their homes near the nuclear plant are bereft of their livelihoods and possessions, unsure of when, if ever, they will be able to return home. Some have traveled hundreds of kilometers (miles) to Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s headquarters in Tokyo to press their demands for compensation. Hiroaki Wada, a Trade Ministry spokesman, said Friday that TEPCO will pay compensation as soon as possible, with families forced to evacuate getting 1 million yen (about $12,000) and individuals getting 750,000 yen (about $9,000). (AP)


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Rain, Fri Apr 15 2011, 01:06AM

radio active levels have gone up 17 x in the last week

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Rain, Fri Apr 15 2011, 07:20AM

US downgrades Japan`s Evaucation Notice per

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Rain, Mon Apr 18 2011, 07:35PM

robots in Japan say radiation levels too high for people

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Rain, Tue Apr 19 2011, 09:32AM

The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant began pumping highly radioactive water Tuesday from the basement of one of its buildings to a makeshift storage area in a crucial step toward easing the nuclear crisis.
Removing the 25,000 tons of contaminated water that has collected in the basement of a turbine building at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant will help allow access for workers trying to restore vital cooling systems that were knocked out in the March 11 tsunami.

It is but one of many steps in a lengthy process to resolve the crisis. Tokyo Electric Power Co. projected in a road map released over the weekend that it would take up to nine months to reach a cold shutdown of the plant. But government officials acknowledge that setbacks could slow the timeline.

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Rain, Wed Apr 20 2011, 05:49PM

Animals left to starve being in the Evacuation zone , farmers want the animals put down ) put to sleep but untill its safe to go into the evacuation zone officals wont do anything so the cows and such are left to die on there own

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Rain, Fri Apr 22 2011, 09:43PM

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Evacuation zone widened beyond 20km from Fukushima nuclear plant The government on Friday added some towns outside a 20- kilometer radius of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the list of areas covered by its evacuation directive, due to concerns over high cumulative levels of radiation.

All residents in Katsurao, Namie and Iitate and some in Kawamata and Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture must leave by around late May, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference.

The announcement came a day after the government declared the 20-km zone around the tsunami-stricken plant a no-go area. (Kyodo )



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Rain, Sun Apr 24 2011, 06:01PM

A contamination map revealing radiation levels at about 150 places in the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was released Saturday by troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The beleaguered utility, known as Tepco, updates the data periodically to help its workers navigate radiation hazards at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture. The power plant lost its cooling systems when it was hit by the mega-quake and tsunami on March 11.

One finding acquired from the map's data as of Wednesday night is that a piece of concrete debris near the No. 3 reactor was emitting a nearly lethal 900 millisieverts per hour of radiation. (Japan Times )

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
OldJoe, Thu Apr 28 2011, 11:02AM

"RadiationNetwork.com, home of the National Radiation Map, depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time. "
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Also has pages for Japan, Alaska & Hawii, and Europe

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu Apr 28 2011, 11:31AM

Thanks OldJoe for the website interesting

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri Apr 29 2011, 07:44PM

big tank may be put under the Fukushima plant to help store tainted water

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Rain, Sun May 01 2011, 08:32PM

The U.S. military has almost terminated its Operation Tomodachi relief activities in areas hit by the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster, while it will continue to airlift personnel and supplies as needed, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Sunday. It also pulled out of the joint Japan-U.S. coordination center set up at the Japanese Self-Defense Forces' joint task force command in Sendai and virtually closed it by leaving 1 person behind..

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Wed May 04 2011, 12:08PM

even after all that has happend to the Japanese people they are willing to help the United States with the disasters that the american people are having with floods and wildfires and such

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this is the way it should be people helping people**



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu May 05 2011, 02:00PM

Workers are entering the Fukushima Power plant the 1st time since the tsumini,

also radiation levels in a seabed close to the sticken power plant have jumped to high levels,

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri May 06 2011, 08:10PM

More Cooling work for the Fukushima Power Plant to be started .. More info here Tepco on Friday started increasing the amount of water it is injecting into the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in hopes of providing stable cooling for the damaged nuclear fuel inside. Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to fill the reactor's primary containment vessel with enough water to submerge the fuel over the next 20 days or so, and start operating by June an air-cooling device it hopes will reduce the temperature of the water circulating around the reactor, company officials said. (Japan Times)www.newsonJapan.com


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Rain, Thu May 12 2011, 05:35PM

Kan orders slaughter of all livestock in 20-km hot zone
Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday told Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato to slaughter all farm animals within a 20-km radius of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The government's decision last month to formally declare the 20-km evacuation zone around the plant off-limits has been preventing farmers from feeding their livestock, leaving them to starve. According to the farm ministry, there were an estimated 3,500 cows, 30,000 pigs, 675,000 chickens and 100 horses in the hot zone before the March 11 disasters threw the power plant into chaos.

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Rain, Fri May 13 2011, 09:07AM

More Trouble for the Striken Fukushima Power Plant

Experts have warned of a potentially dangerous radiation leak if Japan proceeds with plans to flood a damaged reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The facility's operator has admitted uranium fuel rods in the No 1 reactor partially melted after being fully exposed because of the 11 March tsunami. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said water levels had fallen to at least one metre below four-metre-long fuel rods inside the reactor core and melted fuel had slumped to the bottom of the reactor's containment vessel.

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Sat May 14 2011, 08:07PM

still about 9,500 people missing

More than two months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Tohoku region, about 9,500 people remain unaccounted for. Police and Self-Defense Forces personnel continue to search the wrecked areas, but as time passes fewer bodies are being found. Identifying bodies is also proving difficult, as the extreme force of the tsunami stripped victims of clothes, IDs and jewelry. At a temporary burial site on a hill in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, the graves of unidentified victims are marked only with numerals written in kanji. (Japan Times)

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Rain, Sun May 15 2011, 05:30PM

Japan widens Evacuation Zone

Japan on Sunday started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country's nuclear power plants. Some 4,000 residents of Iidate-mura village as well as 1,100 people in Kawamata-cho town, in the quake-hit northeast, began the phased relocations to public housing, hotels and other facilities in nearby cities. Their communities are outside the 20-kilometre radius from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, officially designated as an area of forced evacuation due to health risks from the radiation seeping from the ageing and damaged plant. (AFP )

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Rain, Tue May 17 2011, 07:19PM

more Nuclear Shutdows

Electricity supply from nuclear plants, already down by almost 20 percent following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, will drop further during peak summer demand as operators shut reactors for maintenance. Six reactors are scheduled to be offline for checks and maintenance by the end of August. Chubu Electric Power Co. last week shut two reactors out of fear of a natural disaster causing a crisis similar to the one at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The planned shutdowns mean 75 percent of Japan's nuclear power capacity will be idled or damaged by August when air conditioning demand surges as temperatures can rise to as high as 40 degrees. (Japan Times)

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Rain, Tue May 24 2011, 09:03AM

2nd reactor meltdown more info here

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Wed May 25 2011, 07:38AM

here is pictures of the Tsumanini hitting the Fukushima Power Plant

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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu May 26 2011, 10:44PM

super typhoon is heading towards Japan,

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right now its near the phillipines at a catagory 5, with sustain winds at 161 and wind gusts at 195 but is expected to weaken as it gets near Japan..



Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Fri May 27 2011, 08:52AM

Typhoon Chedeng (international name Songda) has veered away from the Philippines and is now going towards Japan. The impending typhoon, which some forecasters were comparing to 2009's Tropical Storm Ondoy, had whipped up signal number 1 and 2 winds and rains in several parts of the country, resulting in the cancellation of flights and stranding of oceanbound passengers. By Saturday morning, it is expected to be 190 km northeast of Basco, Batanes, and by Sunday morning, it is expected to be 610 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes or 170 km southwest of Okinawa, Japan.

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Rain, Sat May 28 2011, 07:23PM

A powerful typhoon passed the Sakishima Islands in Okinawa Prefecture Saturday, threatening to bring further heavy rains to Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The weather agency issued warnings about landslides and river floods as the typhoon could activate the rain front and cause heavy rain in wide areas of Japan, including Shinmoe Peak, a volcano that recently erupted in Kyushu, and northeastern Japan hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As of 9 p.m. Saturday, Typhoon Songda, the second typhoon this year, was located about 30 kilometers west-northwest of Kumejima Island, around 100 km west of Okinawa Island. It was traveling northeast at a speed of 40 km per hour.


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Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Ernest T. Bass, Sun May 29 2011, 08:19AM

Rain, can we put Japan on a back burner and worry about what is happening here closer to home.
thanks

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Craig ⭐, Mon May 30 2011, 11:50AM

Going to move this to archived incidents.

Re: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR JAPAN
Rain, Thu Jun 02 2011, 11:04PM

another 6.3 earth shaker just hit in honso japan tonite