Another earthquake, another Japanese nuclear plant in trouble

This video says about itself:

13 March 2011

Japan has declared an emergency alert at another nuclear power plant in the north-east of the country. Radiation levels of about 700 times higher than normal have reportedly been detected at the facility in Onagawa. Authorities are currently investigating their source. For more opinion on the threat of a nuclear crisis in Japan, RT talks to Harvey Wasserman, who’s written on the subject of a sustainable green-powered Earth.

From the Financial Times:

7.4 magnitude quake off Japan’s coast

April 7, 2011 4:31 pm

Japan’s metorological agency has issued a tsunami warning after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook the country on Thursday evening.

Officials said the quake was centred 25 miles under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, according to the Associated Press.

The tsunami was expected to be 1 metre high.

Reports on Twitter said the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi-ken had lost two out of three external power grids as a result of the quake.

AP said the US Geological Survey measured the quake at 7.4 on the Richter scale centred 60 miles off the coast from Sendai and 90 miles from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. It was about 215 miles from Tokyo.

See also here.

Three confirmed dead after Japan’s 7.1 aftershock: here.

Nearly a million homes in Japan’s north-east suffered blackouts today after a new earthquake killed three people and piled more misery on a region buried under the rubble of last month’s devastating tsunami: here.

In response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Japanese political establishment is seeking to contain the popular anger that lies just beneath the surface of daily life: here.

Radiation, Japan and the Marshall Islands. Glenn Alcalay, Truthout: “When the dangerous dust and gases settle and we discover just how much radiation escaped the damaged Fukushima reactors and spent fuel rods, we may never know how many people are being exposed to radiation from the burning fuel rods and reactor cores or how much exposure they will receive over time. Minute and above-background traces of iodine-131 are already showing up in Tokyo’s water supply – 150 miles southwest of the leaking reactors – and in milk and spinach (with a dash of cesium-137) from 75 miles away. The Japanese government has recently warned pregnant women and children to avoid drinking Tokyo tap water, and I-131 levels 1,200 above background levels were recorded in seawater near the reactors”: here.

‘Unusual Event’ Declared At Nuclear Plant In Washington, USA: here.

3 thoughts on “Another earthquake, another Japanese nuclear plant in trouble

  1. New quake rocks Japanese coast

    JAPAN: Meteorological officials issued a tsunami warning this afternoon for a wave of up to one metre after a 7.4-magnitude quake hit 25 miles under the water off the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

    The warning was issued for a coastal area ravaged by last month’s tsunami caused by a 9.0-magnitude quake.

    Yesterday’s earthquake, which hit 73 miles from Fukushima where workers are still trying to contain the damage at a stricken nuclear plant, caused buildings as far away as Tokyo to shake for about a minute.

    There was no word at time of going to press on casualties or damage.


  2. Pingback: More Japanese earthquake and nuclear misery | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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