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TREMENDOUS 9.0 EARTHQUAKE HAS STRUCK JAPAN
EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN
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TERRIBLE EARTHQUAKE HAS STRUCK JAPAN
YESTERDAY I STOPPED AT BURGER KING IN CORPUS CHRISTI YESTERDAY. i CALLED A FRIEND, AND I TOLD HER THAT I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE RECENT EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS THAT WERE OCCURRING.
WE TALKED ABOUT JAPAN, CHILE, CHRISTCHURCH, AND INDONESIA. i WASN'T FEELING GOOD AT THE TIME. I BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE PRESSURE IN MY HEAD, AND EXPERIENCED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS.
.IT COULD BE RELATED TO WHAT I WAS INTUITIVELY FEELING ABOUT THE IMPENDING EARTHQUAKE THAT STRUCK JAPAN EARLY THE NEXT MORNING, WHICH WAS THE SAME DAY I TALKED TO MY FRIEND REBECCA. THE NEXT DAY I TURNED ON THE TELEVISION, AND I WAS STUNNED TO HEAR THE NEWS REPORT That JAPAN WAS STRUCK WITH A 8.9 EARTHQUAKE AND A 25 FOOT TSUNAMI THAT HIT JAPAN.. THE TSUNAMI CREATED A WALL OF WATER 30 FEET HIGH!
1000S OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND 100S OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INJURED.
CARS, HOMES AND MANY PEOPLE WERE SWEPT OUT TO SEA.. THERE IS A MASSIVE GRIDLOCK IN TOKYO.. A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IS UNABLE TO COOL DOWN ONE ITS REACTORS.AND THERE MAY BE A CHANCE OF RADIATION LEAKS. AMERICANS ARE ARRIVING TO ASSIST THEM WITH COOLING DOWN THE NUCLEAR PLANT.
PEOPLE ARE IMPACTED BY ALL THE DEATH AND DEVASTATION. iT IS THE 5TH WORST EARTH QUAKE SINCE 1900. THERES BEEN TREMENDOUS DAMAGE. AND 1/3 OF TOKYO IS UNDER WATER. RAIL LINES AND RAILROADS ARE CLOSED, AS WELL AS ROADS..
THE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED 80 MILES OUT IN THE OCEAN, AND IT TRIGGED THE HUGE TSUNAMI. THE TSUNAMI OCCURRED MINUTES AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE THE WATERS CAME IN 6 MILES INLAND.. 60 AFTERSHOCKS OCCURRED AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK THE AREA.
THE ENTIRE WEST COAST IS EXPECTING TSUNAMIS.
HAWAII, GUAM, CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA HAVE NOW SUFFERED DAMAGE FROM THE TSUNAMI MAUI HAS BEEN HIT WITH 7 FOOT WAVES. THE TSUNAMI HAS REACHED CALIFORNIA .AND FLORIDA., CAUSING DAMAGE TO BOATS AND SOME OF THE HARBORS. THE TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED TO HIT 50 COUNTRIES.
IT WILL BE A CHALLENGING TIME FOR JAPAN, AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN THESE DAMAGED AREAS.. A HUGE HUMANITARIAN TEAM FROM AMERICAN IS ON ITS WAY TO JAPAN. THE SHIP "RONALD REAGAN" IS IS EN ROUTE THERE WITH 5 MILITARY SHIPS AND SEARCH AND RESCUE HELICOPTERS.. A HUGE RELIEF SYSTEM AROUND THE WORLD IS ON THEIR WAY TO BRING IN FOOD, WATER, CLOTHING AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES. THEY CAN NOT ASSIST UNTIL THEY ARE GIVEN PERMISSION.BY THE GOVERNMENT IN JAPAN.
4 MILLION PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER IN TOKYO AND SURROUNDING AREAS. OIL REFINERY IS ON FIRE, OTHER FIRES BROKE OUT SHORTLY AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
CHILE IS NOW ON ALERT FOR A SIGNIFICANT TSUNAMI, ALL ALONG ITS COASTLINE.
2 MORE EARTHQUAKES HAVE OCCURRED IN JAPAN IN THE LAST FEW HOURS. BOTH WERE IN The 6.0 RANGE.
MARCH 27, 2011
ANOTHER 6.5 EARTHQUAKE HAS STRUCK JAPAN. FEAR, HAS GRIPPED JAPAN ONCE AGAIN! THE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK EASTERN JAPAN OFF THE QUAKE RAVAGED COAST ACCORDING TO US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURES HAS BEEN REPORTED. A 1 TO 2 FOOT TSUNAMI MAY WASH INTO TH MIRYAGRI PREFECTURE.
THE ALERT WAS PROMPTED BY A QUAKE MEASURED AT 7:23 AM MONDAY MORNING JAPAN TIME NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU. THE USGS SAID THE QUAKE WAS 3.7 MILES DEEP.
A MAGNITUDE 9.0 QUAKE OFF OF JAPANS NORTHEAST COAST KILLED ABOUT 18,000 PEOPLE.
MARCH 29, 2011
AS THE CRISIS SURROUNDING JAPAN'S STRICKEN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DEEPENS, PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN TOLD PARLIAMENT THERE'S "NO OPTIMISM"
THE COUNTRY IS NOW ON MAXIMUM ALERT DUE TO THE LEAKING PLUTONIUM. PLUTONIUM IS A HIGHLY TOXIC SUBSTANCE AND IS RADIOACTIVE FOR 100, 000 YEARS.
APRIL 3, 2011 11:46 A.M. ASSOCIATED PRESS
TOKYO– Engineers hope that chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper will stop highly radioactive water from pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials have said, the crisis will take several months to be brought under control. This is the first time they have provided a time period, in which the problem could be resolved..
Concrete has failed to stop the contaminated water from spilling out from a crack in a maintenance pit, and the new mixture did not appear to be working either, but the engineers will continue to use the mixute, despite the failure.
The Fukushima Da-ichi plant has leaked radioactivity since the March 11 tsunami cut a path of destruction along Japan's northeastern coast, killing as many as 25,000 people and knocking out key cooling systems that kept it from overheating. People living within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the plant have been forced to abandon their homes.
The government said it will be several months before the radiation stops and permanent cooling systems are restored. There will be years of work ahead to clean up the area around the complex and figure out what to do with it.
"It would take a few months until we finally get things under control and have a better idea about the future," said Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama. "We'll face a crucial turning point within the next few months, but that is not the end."
The first step, will be to pump radioactive water into tanks. It will need to be completed quickly and the second, will be to restore the cooling systems, hopefully being done within a matter of weeks or months.
Every day brings some new problem at the plant, where workers have often been forced to retreat from repair efforts because of high radiation levels. On Sunday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced it had found the bodies of two workers missing since the tsunami.
Radiation, debris and explosions kept workers from finding them until Wednesday, and then the announcement was delayed several days out of respect for their families.
TEPCO officials said they believed the workers ran down to a basement to check equipment after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that preceded the tsunami. They were there when the massive wave swept over the plant.
"It pains us to have lost these two young workers who were trying to protect the power plant amid the earthquake and tsunami," TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said in a statement.
On Saturday, workers discovered an 8-inch (20-centimeter) crack in a maintenance pit at the plant and said they believe water from it may be the source of some of the high levels of radioactive iodine that have been found in the ocean for more than a week.
This is the first time they have found radioactive water leaking directly into the sea. Water is shooting some distance away from a wall and splashing into the ocean, though the amount is not clear. No other cracks have been found.
The radioactive water dissipates quickly in the ocean but could be dangerous to workers at the plant.
Engineers tried to seal the crack with concrete Saturday, but that effort failed.
So on Sunday they went farther up the system and injected sawdust, three garbage bags of shredded newspaper and a polymer — similar to one used to absorb liquid in diapers — that can expand to 50 times its normal size when combined with water.
The polymer mix in the passageway leading to the pit had not stopped the leak by Sunday night, but it also had not leaked out of the crack along with the water, so engineers were stirring it in an attempt to get it to expand. They expected to know by Monday morning if it would work.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are still living in shelters, 200,000 households do not have water, and 170,000 do not have electricity.
Running water was just restored in the port city of Kesennuma on Saturday, and residents lined up Sunday to see a dentist who had flown in from the country's far north to offer his services. Many were elderly and complaining of problems with their dentures.
Overhead and throughout the coastal region, helicopters and planes roared by as U.S. and Japanese forces finished their all-out search for bodies .In all, more than 12,000 deaths have been confirmed, and another 15,500 people are missing 50 bodies have turned up in the past 2 days.This is probably the final hope for retrieving the dead.
APRIL 4, 2011
By MARI YAMAGUCHI and YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press – 2 hrs 41 mins ago
TOKYO – Workers began pumping more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, freeing storage space for even more highly radioactive water that has hampered efforts to stabilize the reactors.
It will take about two days to pump most of the less-radioactive water out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, whose cooling systems were knocked out by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Radioactivity is quickly diluted in the ocean, and government officials said the dump should not affect the safety of seafood in the area.
Since the disaster, water with different levels of radioactivity has been pooling throughout the plant. People who live within 12 miles (20 kilometers) have been evacuated and have not been allowed to return.
The pooling water has damaged systems and the radiation hazard has prevented workers from getting close enough to power up cooling systems needed to stabilize dangerously vulnerable fuel rods.
On Saturday, they discovered that some radioactive water was pouring into the ocean.
The less-radioactive water that officials are purposely dumping into the sea is up to 500 times the legal limit for radiation.
"We think releasing water with low levels of radiation is preferable to allowing water with high levels of radiation to be released into the environment," said Junichi Matsumoto, an official with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Workers need to get rid of the highly radioactive water, but first they need somewhere safe to put it. Much of the less-radioactive water being dumped into the sea is from the tsunami and had accumulated in a nuclear waste storage building.
The building is not meant to hold water, but it's also not leaking, so engineers decided to empty it so they can pump in the more-radioactive water. The rest of the water going into the sea is coming from a trench beneath two of the plant's six reactors.
More water keeps pooling because TEPCO has been forced to rely on makeshift methods of bringing down temperatures and pressure by pumping water into the reactors and allowing it to gush out wherever it can. It is a messy process, but it is preventing a full meltdown of the fuel rods that would release even more radioactivity into the environment.
"We must keep putting water into the reactors to cool to prevent further fuel damage, even though we know that there is a side effect, which is the leakage," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan's Nuclear Safety and Industrial Agency. "We want to get rid of the stagnant water and decontaminate the place so that we can return to our primary task to restore the sustainable cooling capacity as quickly as possible."
Engineers have been using unusual methods to try to stop the more highly radioactive water leaking into the sea.
They thought it was coming from a crack in a maintenance pit they discovered Saturday, but an attempt to seal the crack with concrete failed, and clogging it with a special polymer mixed with sawdust and shredded newspapers didn't work, either.
They dumped milky white bath salts into the system around the pit Monday to try to figure out the source of the leak, but it never splashed out into the ocean.
In the meantime, workers plan to install screens made of polyester fabric to try to stop some of the contamination in the ocean from spreading.
Although the government eventually authorized the dumping of the less-radioactive water, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said officials were growing concerned about the sheer volume of radioactive materials spilling into the Pacific. It is not clear how much water has leaked in addition to what is being dumped purposely.
"Even if they say the contamination will be diluted in the ocean, the longer this continues, the more radioactive particles will be released and the greater the impact on the ocean," Edano said. "We are strongly urging TEPCO that they have to take immediate action to deal with this."
Also Monday, a spokesman for the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, Sergei Novikov, told reporters that Japan has requested Russia send it a vessel used to decommission nuclear submarines, and that Moscow was considering the request.
"If the Japanese side arranges answers to the questions we sent them, it can be transferred ... within a very short period," Novikov said, according to a statement on Rosatom's website. The nature of the questions wasn't specified.
Novikov said the vessel, called the Landysh, was built with Japanese funds under the "Global Partnership" program to help dispose of liquid nuclear waste from decommissioned submarines.
The crisis has unfolded as Japan deals with the aftermath of twin natural disasters that devastated much of its northeastern coast. Up to 25,000 people are believed to have died and tens of thousands lost their homes.
The situation at the Fukushima plant has brought protests in Japan and raised questions around the world about the safety of nuclear power. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told delegates at a nuclear safety conference Monday that the industry cannot afford to ignore these concerns.
"We cannot take a business-as-usual approach," Amano said.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, who was in Tokyo this week to meet with TEPCO's chairman, defended the industry when asked by a reporter if the Fukushima incident would cause global concern about nuclear safety.
"This is an industry that's had an extremely safe track record for more than 40 years," Immelt said. "We have had more than 1,000 engineers working around the clock since the incident began and we will continue in the short, medium and long term working with TEPCO due to this horrific natural disaster."
All of the plant's reactors were designed by GE, and Immelt offered assistance in dealing with the electricity shortage brought on by damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility and other power plants. Japan is expecting a shortfall of at least 10 million kilowatts in summer, and Immelt said gas turbines with both short- and long-term capabilities are on their way from the U.S.
Associated Press writers Ryan Nakashima and Noriko Kitano in Tokyo and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.
APRIL 7, 2011
TOKYO – Japan was shaken by a magnitude-7.4 aftershock Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. It occurred 40 miles off the coast.
This was the strongest aftershock since the day of the magnitude-9.0 megaquake. It was a frightening blow to victims of the March 11 quake and subsequent tsunami that killed some 25,000 people, tore apart hundreds of thousands of homes and has sparked an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.
Injuries and damage from the aftershock were not immediately known.. The Japan meteorological agency briefly issued another tsunami warning Thursday night, but later canceled it.
Officials at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant said there was no immediate sign of new problems caused by the aftershock. Japan's nuclear safety agency says workers there have evacuated to a quake-resistant shelter in the complex. No one there was injured.
Officials say Thursday's aftershock hit 30 miles (50 kilometers) under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The quake was 30 feet deep.The quake that preceded last month's tsunami was a 9.0-magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., later downgraded Thursday's quake to 7.1.
Buildings in Tokyo shook for about a minute.
In Ichinoseki, inland from Japan's eastern coast, buildings shook violently, knocking items from shelves and resulted in falling furniture. There was no heavy damage to the buildings themselves. After the quake, all power was cut. The city was dark, but cars continued to drive around normally. People gathered in the streets despite the late hour.
The quake struck at 11:32 p.m. local time.
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at USGS, said the quake struck at about the same location and depth as last month's hug quake. It's the strongest of the more than 1,000 aftershocks that have been felt since, except for a 7.9 aftershock that day.
Don Blakeman, USGS geophysicist,, said it was the strongest aftershock since March 11, although several aftershocks on that day were bigger
Carla Rubinsky, Associated Press contributed to this story.
APRIL 11, 2011 Sendai, Associated Press
It has been reported by the U.S. Geologica Survey, that another 6.6 Quake has struck the Northeast section of Japan. The earthquake was inland and about 100 miles from Tokyo.The Japanese, government had reported a 7.0 tremblor that rattled the area. An alert was issued for a possible tsuamani, for a short time, but was cancelled. There have been no reported injuries or deaths at this time.
The government is now urging more people to leave the area around the Fukushima-Dai-ichi damaged power plant. Workers have not been able to stabiize the damaged plant.. There are concerns about long term effects from the high levels of radiation.
People are further traumaitized by this most recent earthquake. This is the second largest earthquake to have occurred in a week. Last week, two people were killed.. The bodies, of thousands have yet to be found. 150,000 people are still living in shelters.
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