Strong earthquake hits south of tokyo-no tsunami danger

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TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off an island chain south of Tokyo on Tuesday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and was very deep, about 480 kilometers (300 miles) below the ocean’s surface. Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.3. Discrepancies often occur in preliminary readings because of slightly different equipment, locations and methods used in estimates, according to seismological experts.

The Japanese agency said the quake was centered west of the Ogasawara island chain in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo.

Bringing Jazz to Japan for Earthquake-Tsunami Relief

Short video to solicit funding for Otonowa’s return goodwill tour to Tohoku, Japan this July 2014. w.Mas Koga, Ken Okada, Art Hirahara, Saki Kono. LET US NOT FORGET!

Hearing about catastrophic events leaves individuals from afar wanting to help and show those affected they are not alone. The Earthquake/Tsunami in Northern Japan in 2011 was such an event. The jazz group, OTONOWA, led by drummer Akira Tana, was assembled with Japanese and Japanese American musicians living in the U.S. They traveled to Northern Japan (Tohoku) in March 2013 to perform five free concerts and to provide music clinics for youth.

Residents still living in temporary housing and many not likely to return to their villages were provided a temporary reprieve from their situation and could just focus on the uplifting music. The sense of gratitude expressed by residents to know they were not forgotten was extremely moving to see.

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!!

Japan ex-leaders join calls against nuclear power

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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?”


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

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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.


Letter handed to emperor causes uproar in Japan



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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.
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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.


Removal of Spent Fuel at Fukushima Daiichi

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Japan approved a plan by TEPCO to extract thousands of nuclear fuel rods from the fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

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Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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Part of the over one million tons of debris dispersed in the Pacific, the trash island is located northeast of the Hawaiian Islands
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