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.
Magnitude mb 5.1
Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
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
Channel News Asia
Japan Bureau Chief Michiyo Ishida
Nov 28, 2013
The government-backed Self Defense Force is in action on the ground, transporting goods not only from Japan but from other countries too, treating those injured and disinfecting parts of Tacloban
By MARI YAMAGUCHI
TOKYO (AP) — A novice Japanese lawmaker who wanted to draw attention to the Fukushima nuclear crisis has caused an uproar by doing something taboo: handing a letter to the emperor.
Japan lawmaker breaks taboo with nuclear fears letter for emperor Reuters
The ruckus began at an annual autumn Imperial Palace garden party last week. As Emperor Akihito and his wife, Michiko, greeted a line of guests, outspoken actor-turned-lawmaker Taro Yamamoto gave the emperor the letter — a gesture considered both impolite and inappropriate.
Japan Daily Press
Nov 05, 2013 John Hofilena
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stood by his anti-nuclear stance on Sunday, verbally defending it from those who say that his suggestions are “irresponsible.” Koizumi came out urging the government to drop its push towards more atomic power in light of the nuclear at the Fukushima nuclear plant that started in 2011. The former premier said during a symposium in Yokohama that it was “more irresponsible” of current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s to continue on the same path towards atomic power and that they “should discuss how to introduce renewable energy that would substitute for atomic power.”
Japan Daily Press
Nov 06, 2013 John Hofilena
As if to highlight the recent anti-nuclear sentiments – politicians who will no longer have anything to do with nuclear energy – Japanese tech giants Kyocera opened on Monday what is currently the biggest solar power facility in Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Plant is 1.27 million square meters of solar panels – 290,000 of them, to be exact – which will be able to generate 70 megawatts of power, able to supply electricity for about 22,000 local households, making it the biggest solar generation plant in Japan.
The tsunami-hit city of Sendai erupted in joy as its local club won Japan’s professional baseball title for the first time ever Sunday, more than two years after the disaster.
The nine-year-old Rakuten Eagles, the youngest of Japan’s 12 pro baseball clubs, beat the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants, the richest and oldest franchise, 3-0 at home in the final game of the best-of-seven Japan Series.
Just got my postcard in the mail from the “Fukushima is Here” human mural. It was great meeting others in this alphabet soup on a beautiful Saturday morning (October 19, 2013. I’m the 4th or 5th dot in the “i” in Fukushima). Together we can spell a coherent message: that the radiation leakage is not just Japan’s problem, it is a global problem.
For more info, goto: fukushimaresponse.org
San Francisco, CA Oct. 21, 2013
Photocourtesy Mark Thormalen via Facebook.
Great article on the impact of the human mural.
Radioactive ocean water from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster was first detected along the coastline of California in March of 2012. Researchers already know thatradioactive iodine from Fukushima has arrived in California, and expect peak levels af radiation to hit California in 2016. The problem appears to be worsening as typhoons have caused overflows of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
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Please join us in this human mural event.
We need your bodies on October 19th, 2013
at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California
to write these 3 words…
FUKUSHIMA IS HERE
WHAT TO EXPECT:
On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us.
Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15.
We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Info and signup
Here is a presentation by Mr. Hiroki Iwasa, entrepreneur and speaker for TEDxTohoku2012.
Mr. Iwasa wishes to revitalize his hometown, Yamamoto-cho in Watari-gun, Miyagi prefecture, which suffered catastrophic damages from the earthquake and tsunami.
In the presentation, he introduces his way of producing strawberries via the integration of cutting-edge IT management skills and the agricultural skills well-practiced by local farmers.
This presentation will fill your whole senses with a sour-but-sweet feel – and we’re not just talking about the flavor of the strawberries!
Mr. Iwasa’s humor and enthusiasm will definitely bring a smile to your face, so please have a look!
TEDx Tohoku will be held this weekend, Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Japan time) at the Kodomo-Gekijo, Research Center for Children Art Education, Tohoku University of Art and Design in Yamagata City.
For more information, please visit the website: