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Japan Earthquake: Magnitude 7.0 Temblor Hits Off Japan’s Pacific Island

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2012

TOKYO — A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck under the sea south of Japan on Sunday, shaking buildings in the capital but causing no apparent damage or tsunami.

The quake struck near the uninhabited island of Torishima in the Pacific Ocean, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo, and its epicenter was about 370 kilometers (230 miles) below the sea, the Meterological Agency said. It did not generate a tsunami.

Buildings in the Tokyo area shook, but no damage or injuries were reported. Express trains in northern and central Japan were suspended temporarily for safety checks but later resumed.

No abnormalities were reported at power plants, including the crippled nuclear power plant in northeast Japan hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, public broadcaster NHK reported.

A massive earthquake and tsunami March 11 left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. Japan, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” is one of the world’s most seismically active countries.

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Japan Earthquake, Tsunami: 6.6 Aftershock Rattles Northeast on Month Anniversary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2011

Moments of Silence Observed in Country for Victims for Twin Disasters

BY LEEZEL TANGLAO

A 6.6-magnitude aftershock rattled Japan today on the one-month anniversary of the twin disasters that left at least 25,000 dead and officials scrambling to prevent a meltdown at damaged nuclear reactors.

A 3-foot tsunami warning was issued after the temblor hit the northeast coast 5:16 p.m. local time. All advisories and warnings were lifted about an hour later, according to local Japanese TV.

Japanese officials reported the aftershock at 7.1 before downgrading it to 7.0, but the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was closer to a magnitude 6.6.

The epicenter of the quake was the Fukushima area but it was felt across a widespread area, officials said.

The same general region was hit Thursday by a 7.1 quake, which shutdown two Japanese nuclear plants and triggered a tsunami warning.

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Nuclear energy 101: Inside the “black box” of power plants

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2011

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

This morning, I got an email from a BoingBoing reader, who is one of the many people worried about the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan. In one sentence, he managed to get right to heart of a big problem lurking behind the headlines today: “The extent of my knowledge on nuclear power plants is pretty much limited to what I’ve seen on The Simpsons“.

For the vast majority of people, nuclear power is a black box technology. Radioactive stuff goes in. Electricity (and nuclear waste) comes out. Somewhere in there, we’re aware that explosions and meltdowns can happen. Ninety-nine percent of the time, that set of information is enough to get by on. But, then, an emergency like this happens and, suddenly, keeping up-to-date on the news feels like you’ve walked in on the middle of a movie. Nobody pauses to catch you up on all the stuff you missed.

As I write this, it’s still not clear how bad, or how big, the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will be. I don’t know enough to speculate on that. I’m not sure anyone does. But Ican give you a clearer picture of what’s inside the black box. That way, whatever happens at Fukushima, you’ll understand why it’s happening, and what it means. Read the rest of this entry »

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