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As The World Moves – Japanese Ground ‘Liquification’ During Earthquake

04/14/2011 Leave a comment

The ground moves.  Sways.  Buckles.  And all right before your very eyes. Disorientating. Unsettling. These are not the type of video clips that will encourage Japanese tourism.    Almost makes you wonder if everything will one day just suddenly sink into the Pacific.

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan

03/27/2011 Leave a comment

(AP) “A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting Japan to issue a tsunami alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet (a half meter) may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the U.S. Geological Survey measured at 7:23 a.m. Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The USGS said the quake was 3.7 miles deep.”  Read more.

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Japan Extending Evacuation Zone Around Fukushima Nuclear Plant

03/25/2011 Leave a comment

“By HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and DAVID JOLLY – TOKYO — Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger swath of territory around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday as new signs emerged that parts of the crippled facility are so damaged and contaminated that it will be hard to bring the plant under control soon.

The authorities said that they would now assist people who want to leave the area from 12 to 19 miles outside the plant and that they were now encouraging ‘voluntary evacuation’ from the area. Those people had been advised March 15 to remain indoors, while those within a 12-mile radius of the plant had been ordered to evacuate.

The United States has recommended that its citizens stay at least 50 miles away.”  Read more.

Radiation Is Extending Beyond Safety Zone, Report Says

03/24/2011 Leave a comment

“By JURO OSAWA – TOKYO—Levels of radioactivity from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex are above government limits for infants in some areas outside the plant’s 12-mile evacuation zone, according to the latest estimate to fuel an international debate over how close civilians should be allowed to the plant.

The new estimate, by a state-funded monitoring body, came as fears over Tokyo’s tap water eased. Tests Thursday showed radioactive material in a major plant supplying water to the capital has fallen beneath the level the government says could pose long-term health risks to infants. Elevated levels at the plant Tuesday and Wednesday sparked official warnings and bottled-water sales.

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Technology Center, a government monitoring group, released the estimate late Wednesday of the cumulative exposure to radiation in zones surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi complex. The estimate covered the 12 days since Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami spurred fires, explosions and spikes in radioactivity levels at the complex.”  Read more.

Trace Levels of Radioactive Fallout From Japan Reaches California

03/18/2011 Leave a comment

Not to worry, it smells like fresh air.  At this distance there is no risk to people in California.

“A network of international monitoring stations has begun to pick up the signatures of radioactive elements emitted by Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a Swedish official said Thursday.

At high, sustained doses, these radioactive elements—including iodine and cesium—can be dangerous to human health.

However, the amounts released from the plant so far are small, and are largely being dispersed over the Pacific.

Currently, ‘they don’t pose a danger’ to the U.S. or even other Asian countries, said Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, who has seen the data from the monitoring stations.”  Read more.

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