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2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Sendei, Japan, on March 11, 2011.

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What You Simply Must Know About Today's 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

  • Mar 11, 2011
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8.9 Earthquake in Japan and Asian Tsunami
Across the Pacific  By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

An 8.9 earthquake ( Richter scale) hit Honshu, Japan earlier today  . There was tremendous
devastation everywhere.  The last major event of this size in Asia was on
12-16- 1920 in Gansu , China.  200,000 people died in the Gansu earthquake.
The actual loss of life in Japan may not be known for weeks.  The biggest
concern in Japan right now is the impact on nuclear power plants in the country.
Reactors have been shut down. 

The objective is to evacuate personnel from the nuclear power plants
The concern is that the core heats up and explodes causing a Chernobyl or
 3-Mile Island type disaster.  Incidents range from a Class 1 to a Class 9
incident like a core melt down or explosion.

The Chernobyl accident in 1986 was the result of a flawed reactor design that was
operated with inadequately trained personnel.     The resulting steam explosion and fires
released at least 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere and downwind.
Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the accident   28 people
died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning. Increased thyroid cancers
appeared later in the population.  Resettlement of areas from which people were relocated
is ongoing.     1)

The Red Cross in Geneva warned that the tsunami waves could be higher than some Pacific islands.
Coastal areas in the Philippines, Hawaii and other Pacific islands were evacuated ahead of the
tsunami's expected arrival.   Strong waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures
damaging many coastal communities

"The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial,"
President Obama said in a statement. "We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around
Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region
to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist
Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected."

The next concern is a massive Tsunami crossing the Pacific and scheduled to
arrive at Hawaii at about 9AM Eastern time and California about 11AM Eastern Time.
The Tsunami Warning Area encompasses Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and
Washington State.  There are two types of Tsunami evacuations.  A horizontal evacuation
is aimed at moving people to higher ground.  A vertical evacuation moves
people to higher floors of major buildings.  Additionally, people may be moved
to specially designated Emergency Centers which are stocked with food
supplies and water.

The objectives of Tsunami planning are to do the following:
o building use may be retrofitted to take Tsunamis into consideration
o building rehabilitation
o vacate older structures if they cannot be rehabilitated
o reinforce essential service facilities        2)

The DJIA (DOW) is expected to open lower due to uncertainties in the Middle East
and the ongoing uncertainty in Japan due to the earthquake and Tsunami.


Reference:
1)  http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/chernobyl/inf07.html
2)  http://www.oes.ca.gov/Operational/OESHome.nsf/PDF/Tsunamis,%20Designing%20for%20/$file/DesignForTsunamis.pdf

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March 20, 2011
Excellent news update for those that need information about the tsunami.
March 20, 2011
We need to de-commission the existing fission-based nuclear power plants over this entire century. These plants should be converted to Artificial Sun Nuclear Power Plants which are virtually radiation free. The teams of 5 countries are working feverishly to get the Tokamak to work properly so that the reaction can generate more output than the input used to ignite the reaction. We can never come to terms with tragedies of this kind. Nature itself is unpredictable and humankind must accept what comes our way. The challenge is to organize societies around the notion of coping with these events intelligently and dispassionately.
March 21, 2011
@: I agree with the conclusion. Having Artificial Sun Nuclear Power Plants would be a lot safer. As long as we have the knowledge to make the transition, I don't see why it shouldn't be an option.

@: Thanks for your opinion, but it's a little rude to tell someone to move their review from one community to another when they have already placed it where they saw fit. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if I told people to move reviews from your Forbidden Planet community because it wasn't science fiction enough. Just my opinion.
March 21, 2011
I agree.
March 21, 2011
I do hope you continue to share your research, writing, and reviews with us here in Cafe Libri, Dr. Maresca. I thoroughly enjoy your researched topics.
 
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By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca 8.9 Earthquake in Japan and Asian Tsunami Across the Pacific An 8.9 earthquake (Richter scale) hit Honshu, Japan just hours ago. There was tremendous devastation everywhere.  The last major event of this size in Asia was on 12-16-1920 in Gansu, China.  200,000 people died in the Gansu earthquake. The actual loss of life in Japan may not be known for weeks.  The biggest concern in Japan right now is the impact on nuclear power plants in the country. Reactors …
Quick Tip by . March 11, 2011
posted in Earth Watch
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For an earthquake of that magnitude, it hasn't wrecked as much havoc as it could have. The blessing lies in that it hits not the most populated area of Tokyo but Sendai instead. Yes, the tsunami caused financial damages insofar that a lot of farmlands are wiped out. Hopefully, as of now, it is not one that rivals that of the 2004 tsunami! Death tolls have climbed to 1598 (Monday) with 9500 unaccounted for in one city. It's total destruction in some areas in Sendai and nearby cities.
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The 2011 Sendai, Japan earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. It was located off the east coast of Tohoku, Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 miles). Originally a 7.9, it was upgraded to an 8.8, then again to an 8.9 by the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred on 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Honshu, Japan. It presented a possibility of triggering tsunami in the area as well as in Yoshi, Japan. The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds huddled together and tried to reach relatives via cell phone. Its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said. A 7.7 aftershock was reported 30 minutes following the initial quake. As a result of the quake, smoke could be seen rising from a building in Tokyo port while Shinkansen bullet trains stopped and Haneda Airport suspended operation after the quake struck.

More than 4 million buildings lost power, and many buildings caught fire.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Japan's pacific coast and various other countries, including Russia, Guam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Nauru, Hawaii, northern Marinas and Taiwan. The tsunami warning issued by Japan was the most serious on its warning scale, implying that the wave was expected to be 10 meters high. A 0.5 meter high wave hit Japan's northern coast.

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