Japan earthquake: Large but very deep temblor strikes offshore

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The magnitude-8.5 offshore earthquake struck off the Ogasawara islands at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 370 miles, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 421 miles.

Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

Yahoo News

TOKYO (AP) — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought.

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A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.


Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

The Daily Beast
World News 4/23/14

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.

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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

Letter handed to emperor causes uproar in Japan



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Associated Press
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.


Magnitude 5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, no tsunami warning


TOKYO | Sun Nov 3, 2013 1:57am EDT

Nov 3 (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 jolted eastern Japan including the capital, Tokyo, on Sunday, the NHK public broadcaster and witnesses said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Fukushima is Here Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

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…


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


500th Eruption! Why Japan’s Sakurajima Volcano Is So Active


By Becky Oskin, Staff Writer 18 hours agoNatureJapan
500th Eruption! Why Japan's Sakurajima Volcano Is So Active

.A screen grab from a video of Mount Sakurajima in Japan shows a column of ash rising from the frequently …
Sakurajima volcano in Japan marked its 500th eruption of the year with an impressive pyrotechnic display on Sunday (Aug. 18) at 4:31 p.m. local time.

The island volcano unleashed a pyroclastic flow, which is a superheated mix of volcanic gas, ash and debris that can race down a slope at more than 200 mph (90 km/h), according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The eruption tossed large volcanic cinders (pieces of hot lava) more than 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) from the volcano’s Showa crater, one of two active craters atop Sakurajima.

Kids Orchestra Japan Project

Just met Junko Suzuki Parsons and her friends at Mari Kawawa’s fundraiser “Twilight COncert on the Bay”, Saturday, April 27th, 2013 in Tiburon, CA, featuring the Edgewood Trio. Junko’s team is helping promote the Kids Orchestra Japan Project, an exchange program of youths in Japan and the U.S. collaborating with music. Their goal is to connect the kids in the affected areas in the Tohoku area of Japan to help them through these challenging times. Will be updating more about their progress.