Friday, December 7, 2012

(UPDATED) M.7.3 Earthquake in Tohoku, 1-Meter Tsunami Arrived in Miyagi Prefecture (Ishinomaki)

(UPDATE 12/7/2012) Information on Fukushima II (Daini) Nuke Plant in my latest post.


Just saw the headline at Jiji Tsushin.


Strong earthquake at 5:18PM on December 7 in Tohoku and Kanto. Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Tochigi had the seismic intensity of "5 weak". Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning to Miyagi, as 1-meter high tsunami may arrive at 5:40PM.

Prime Minister Noda, who was campaigning, returned to the Official Residence on the news.

It was a Magnitude 7.3 earthquake.

Nuclear Regulatory Authority says there has been no report of problems at nuclear power plants.

TEPCO says there is no damage to Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. (As if the plant needs any more damage..) No one was hurt, no change in plant parameters. TEPCO says it was 4 in seismic intensity in Hamadori (ocean 1/3 of Fukushima Prefecture where the plant is located).

NHK apparently changed its way to report on the tsunami. The announcers are using strong words to appeal to people to take heed and take refuge. Asahi Shinbun quickly reports that a male NHK announcer is saying:

"Tsunami Warning for Miyagi Prefecture... In 10 more minutes... Please recall how it was in East Japan Great Earthquake [March 11, 2011 earthquake]... Escape to highest places as possible... To save lives, hurry and escape..."

NHK says the 1-meter tsunami did arrive at Ayukawa in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi at 6:02PM.

USGS site shows a relatively strong aftershock (M.6.2) about 13 minutes after the M.7.3 quake, then a M.5.5 and M.4.7 (two).

Many Japanese on Twitter are recalling how it was in March last year. Not the March 11 one but the one that came before, a few days earlier, just about the same magnitude.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ultraman,

Here in Japan all seems as usual. All the brainless monkeys as busy with their pre-election show. I would really appreciate if you could keep us posted. I am recording Tepco footage and checking local monitoring stations in case there is any increase of radiation measurements. NHK and all the other MSM will never publish/say something that goes against the monkey gov. So,if possible could you keep us updated? Many will appreciate this. Cheers! THNX!

Anonymous said...

Here is the TEPCO link... download it save it!

kuma shutsubotsu chuui said...

Yes, I was just e-mailing a friend to that effect: it's almost identical in all the major parameters to the pre-quake on March 9 last year, but it felt stronger.

March 9, 2011 quake (in Japanese):

Dec. 7, 2012 quake:

JAnonymous said...

"no damage to nuclear power plants" is exactly what Kan said on TV after the 3/11 quake...

Even though we didn't ask at that time

rtega said...

This is more likely to be an aftershock than a pre-shock though we will only know that for sure in a few days time.

Anonymous said...

Well, shit.

Anonymous said...

Well earthquakes are like horse races; you can bet, but not predict, - and the only way to cheat is to hold the horse !
Or are they more like the stock exchange ? Some can cheat there just the same way, some can be lucky at the end, but big brains like Newton and Einstein gave up trying to understand - and win - the stock exchange in a scientific way.
Going for a stay in Tokyo in a few days, I know I'll have some fears, but I pray my little god that no... it is not for this time.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 7:29 AM, following,
of course I mean predicting the right timing, long enough before the race begins, or the stock rockets or collapses, and far too long for people to move from one place to another unpredictable one.
Yet I've heard of architects / people in the real estate job, etc... who could pick up good locations vs the earthquake risk - although it comes at a cost (of course!)

Anonymous said...

>Nuclear Regulatory Authority says there has been no report of problems at nuclear power plants.

Well since most of them have been idling for the last year it is hardly a true test of their durability. JAnonymous is right I doubt they would admit any damage that wasn't totally obvious and even then they wouldn't say anything for days. I seem to remember that it was predicted there would be numerous quakes in the region for years after the 3/11 quake and some of them might rival or exceed the 3/11 quake.

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