Not even robots can survive within the ruins of the Fukushima power plant. Operators lost contact with the five robots that went in, they are assumed to have broken-down from the radiation.
After a 9.0 Earthquake triggered a tsunami, killing 16,000 people and causing a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, officials began removing the spent fuel pins (or rods) back in 2013. This project was headed up by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco). They have so far removed hundreds of spent fuel rods from one of the damaged buildings, but there are still three more buildings to clear, and locating the fuel rods is proving difficult.
Upcoming 3.11 related events/performances for
AKIRA TANA AND OTONOWA to commemorate 5th
Anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami disaster.
3/11 Savanna Jazz in San Carlos (8pm)
1189 Laurel St., San Carlos savannajazz.com
3/12 “Tohoku Springs Back!: A Fundraiser Celebrating 5 Years of
Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan” (7pm)
At Bower Center, Berkeley 2150 Allston Way
$75 General/$50 UCB students via Center for Japanese
featuring guest vocalist SAKI KONO
3/13 Café Pink House in Saratoga (6pm)
14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga cafepinkhouse.com
Limited seating, reservation recommended. $15
Donations will be accepted for the continuing rebuilding efforts.
OTONOWA is: Masaru Koga, Ken Okada, and Art Hirahara
photo: Andy Nozaka
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.
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.
37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake Associated Press
Strong Quake Hits Major Japanese City Huffington Post
Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning Reuters
Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press
Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt Associated Press
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.
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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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
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.
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)
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