3.11 Remembered…3 years on…


Michael Tonge – 3/11/14 Sendai, Japan
Tomorrow will be a very hard and emotional day for many people in the Tohoku area of Japan. On this day 3 years ago at exactly 2.46pm we had one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit Japan, followed by the devastating tsunami. Around 20,000 people lost their lives that day…old and young…men, women and children. Those of us who were here that day will never ever forget. People have moved on but the memories will always be deep. Tomorrow will be a tough one for many who lost loved ones…and the many who are still living in temporary housing or have not been able to go back to their homes or towns. So…wherever you are in the world…please think of Japan and the pain that is still so fresh for so many. Just a few photos I took in the days, weeks and months after the disaster…because it is so important not to forget!!

It was a pleasure to meet Cecile Pineda, the author of “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step y Step”, an insightful perspective on the the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 and its impact on the world today and into the future. In her book, she talks about the “problem of living on a contaminated planet”. Join Cecile, at a breakfast reading of her book on:

Sunday, March 16, 2014
First Unitarian Universalist Church
San Francisco
Martin Luther King Room
1187 Franklin St.
San Francisco

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M5.7 earthquake jolts eastern Japan; no tsunami alert

Japan Today
NATIONAL NOV. 19, 2013 – 06:55AM JST
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Tuesday morning, seismologists reported. No tsunami alert was issued.

The quake struck at around 4:10 a.m. off the eastern Honshu coastline, 25 kilometers from the city of Toba and 37 kilometers from the city of Ise, according to the U.S. Geological Survey which monitors earthquakes worldwide.

The tremor struck far down at a depth of 332 kilometers, the USGS added. There were no initial reports of damage.

Japan lies on the so-called “Ring of Fire”, a series of seismic fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean which create frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan last week, rocking buildings in Tokyo. That tremor struck at a much shallower depth of 59 kilometers.

From http://www.emsc-csem.org/

Magnitude mb 5.1
Date time 2013-12-09 20:36:46.0 UTC
Location 36.38 N ; 141.84 E
Depth 5 km
Distances 208 km E of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 05:36:46.0 2013-12-10
125 km E of Mito-shi, Japan / pop: 246,538 / local time: 05:36:46.0 2013-12-10
107 km E of Takahagi, Japan / pop: 33,576 / local time: 05:36:46.0 2013-12-10

Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns

Yahoo News
AFP NewsAFP News – Fri, Nov 29, 2013

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say.

Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) and Tsukuba University in Japan showed.

An earthquake-sparked tsunami slammed into the Fukushima plant in March 2011, sending reactors into meltdown and sparking the worst atomic accident in a generation.


Japan nuclear plant to begin removing fuel rods

Associated Press
By MARI YAMAGUCHI 10 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Workers have started removing radioactive fuel rods Monday from one of four reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The painstaking and risky task is a crucial first step toward a full cleanup of the earthquake and tsunami-damaged plant in northeastern Japan.


Japan ex-leaders join calls against nuclear power

Yahoo News

Associated Press
By Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer 8 hours ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s flagging anti-nuclear movement is getting a boost from two former prime ministers who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster.

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday that the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, should take advantage of his high public support and sway in parliament to “do the right thing.”

“Prime Minister Abe should use the power given to him to do what the majority of the people want,” Koizumi said in a speech at the Japan Press Club. “It can be achieved. Why miss this chance?”


David Suzuki’s Fukushima Warning Is Dire And Scary

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted: 11/04/2013

David Suzuki has issued a scary warning about Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, saying that if it falls in a future earthquake, it’s “bye bye Japan” and the entire west coast of North America should be evacuated.

The “Nature of Things” host made the comments in a talk posted to YouTube after he joined Dr. David Schindler for “Letting in the Light,” a symposium on water ecology held at the University of Alberta on Oct. 30 and 31.

An excerpt of the talk shows Suzuki outlining a frightening scenario that would result from the destruction of the nuclear plant.

“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine,” he said.


Fukushima’s costly fix: Japan struggles to repair severely damaged nuclear plant

The Verge
US & World
By Carl Franzen on November 8, 2013 05:36 pm

In March 2011, a massive earthquake struck off the northereastern coast of Japan, producing an immensely destructive tsunami and damaging the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, causing a partial meltdown and a dangerous radiation leak. Since then, the country has made huge strides in rebuilding and recovering from a tragedy that claimed over 15,000 lives, but repairing the nuclear plant has proven to be far more difficult and costly than anyone would have hoped. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the company in charge of the plant, has taken most of the blame for the delays.