4 quakes above M5.0 jolt Japan’s east coast — Officials say “no immediate risk” to Fukushima plant — Intensity level reached 4 out of 7 in Fukushima — Study: ‘Megaquakes’ frequent in Japan history; Evidence of monstrous tsunami several times higher than 3/11 wave (VIDEO)

Published: June 16th, 2014 at 9:38 pm ET
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AFP, June 16, 2014: Two moderate earthquakes struck off Japan’s eastern coast near Fukushima early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but officials said there was no immediate risk to the stricken power plant. The epicenter of the first quake, with a magnitude measuring 5.7, was located some 91 kilometers off the coast […] A second, 5.6-magnitude quake struck two hours later slightly closer to shore at a depth of 39 kilometers. […] [TEPCO] said in an email that it had found no anomalies at the site […] The Japan Meteorological Agency put the magnitude of the first quake on Monday slightly higher at 5.8, adding that there was no immediate risk of a tsunami.

Xinhua, June 16, 2014: A 5.8-magnitude quake jolted Fukushima Prefecture […] at around 5:14 local time with tremor being felt in the country’s capital, Tokyo. […] The quake was registered at level four at Japan’s seismic intensity scale of 7 in some parts of Fukushima […]

Wall St. Journal, May 29, 2014: Megaquakes Frequent in Japan History, Study Finds— At least 16 mega-earthquakes originated in the Pacific coast off Shikoku over the last 7,000 years and could have caused damage on a par with the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, according to a study by Kochi University Prof. Makoto Okamura […] The government […] said there is about a 70% chance within the next 30 years that the area will see a quake of up to magnitude 9.0. […] in 1707 […] the Hoei Earthquake […] is believed to have had a magnitude of more than 8 […] Prof. Okamura discovered evidence of an even bigger quake that occurred about 2,000 years ago. It could have caused a tsunami a few times higher than the 15-meter waves that hit the Tohoku region in 2011, he said […] the monstrous tsunami left its mark in sediment at Kaniga-ike […]

Watch the Fukushima plant jolted by the M5.8 quake here

Published: June 16th, 2014 at 9:38 pm ET
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98 comments to 4 quakes above M5.0 jolt Japan’s east coast — Officials say “no immediate risk” to Fukushima plant — Intensity level reached 4 out of 7 in Fukushima — Study: ‘Megaquakes’ frequent in Japan history; Evidence of monstrous tsunami several times higher than 3/11 wave (VIDEO)

  • JimLynch JimLynch

    "No immediate risk"…………….righttttttttt

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    I don't like being one of the first posting here
    I don't know too much about plate tectonics but heard that when these happen they are releasing pressure ?
    I know in this case any shaking is bad there .
    When the large one happened was it preceded by so many fives ?
    How is the science of prediction ?

  • Sadbuttrue Sadbuttrue

    What's a few more cracks and leaks anyway? I bet they're praying for a tsunami, wash away those pesky storage tanks.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

    M 5.6 – 18km ENE of Iwaki, Japan
    PAGER – GREENShakeMap – VDYFI? – V
    Time
    2014-06-15 14:14:50 UTC-06:00
    Location
    37.112°N 141.078°E
    Depth
    39.8km

    This earthquake is 21.63 mi (34.81 km) S from Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant
    This earthquake is 14.3 mi (23.20 km) S from Fukushima Daini (#2) Nuclear Power Plant
    http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html
    Fukushima #1 37.422972N 141.032917E
    Fukushima #2 37.316389N 141.025556E

  • OldFool

    We can rest assured that that cheap plastic tubing they have been using will handle anything that happens. Even a magnitude 10 or 11 or 12. And those unsupported, bolted-together water tanks will certainly be able to withstand even the most intense shaking imaginable. Maybe they should just dump everything in the Pacific right now and stop pretending they are going to do anything properly.

  • Steve_G Steve_G

    The industry is hoping that polishing a turd will make everything warm and fuzzy!!!
    http://phys.org/news/2014-06-nuclear-industry-explores-accident-resistant-fuel.html

  • Of course there is absolutely no relation to the solar upticks and full moon…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      The core is shifting..

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      I read this and now I'm wondering just what constitutes a swarm ? It seems this article is saying years in regards to earthquakes in an area not having them ..is this suggesting something unusual that there are so many in such a short time span in japan ?

        • clamshellernh clamshellernh

          Earthquake swarms are events where a local area experiences sequences of many earthquakes striking in a relatively short period of time. The length of time used to define the swarm itself varies, but the United States Geological Survey points out that an event may be on the order of days, weeks, or months.[1] They are differentiated from earthquakes succeeded by a series of aftershocks by the observation that no single earthquake in the sequence is obviously the main shock. Earthquake swarms are one of the events typically preceding eruptions of volcanoes.

          In the United States there was the so-called "Mogul earthquake sequence" that began in February 2008 near Reno, Nevada and continued for several months, ending in November 2008.[2] Between February and April the swarm produced more than 1,000 quakes of small magnitude, although

      • The guy in from Alaska Dispatch, I think, (West) said sequences tend to lose their strength….and this one isn't so that's why he calls it a swarm.

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          …..very good, LastChants….I've been through a lot of quakes, and they really wake one up no matter what one is doing at the time! Even small ones, because what feels like a small shaking at first can rev up in intensity.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    No immediate risk. That's nuke code speak for "red alert" or "MayDay! MayDay!"

  • NoFixedID

    'no immediate risk of a tsunami'. What the heck is that supposed to mean? Either an earthquake initiates a tsunami or it doesn't. If it does, the risk is as immediate as the time it takes for the tsunami to reach the shore.

  • The earthquake in japan 3/11 was the 4th highest magnetude quake recorded since 1900. While researching the highest quakes recorded I notice they are pretty much are all in the ring of fire…why are people (nuke lovers) so stupid to build npp's in this region. It took me 30 seconds to find this out, now granted they didn't have google back then but they do now…shut them down and don't build any more!!!!!! Having said that…it's really too late now for the shoulda woulda game.

  • SadieDog

    80 million dollars given to Fukushima for reconstruction…
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140617_18.html

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Seems to me more like worrying about a big quake at a garbage dump.
    So what?
    More rubble and broken stuff just gets moved around a bit.
    The damage is already done.
    What is left to break won't matter in terms of any potential for a
    solution.

    For those interested in quake predictions I suggest the work of Jim Berklund at
    http://www.syzygyjob.com/

    Jim is a retired (by force) geologist from USGS.
    They did not appreciate his quake prediction for San Francisco that actually happened within the few days window that he predicted back in the 1990s (as I recall).

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Fire guy site not up to date , close but no cigar , i like this one Seismic Monitor – Recent earthquakes on a world map with regional zoom, headlines, and more.
      http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

    • NoFixedID

      The risks may include the following:

      1.Leakage, breakage and/or collapse of spent fuel pools. This could deprive the fuel contents of shielding, which may mean whole reactor buildings (what’s left of them) become unapproachable. At worst it could result in fires, explosions and further massive atmospheric radiation releases. At least, that was true two years ago; I’m not sure of the situation now.

      2. Massive leakage from the tank farm resulting in massive additional contamination of the Pacific. The associated ground contamination could turn large areas of the plant into no-go zones.

      3. Destruction of reactor coolant systems, possibly resulting in steam releases, recriticalities and/or explosions.

      4. Further damage to reactors resulting in greater exposure of melted fuel to the atmosphere and groundwater.

      5. Even less chance of retrieving the melted cores, assuming there ever was a chance.

    • PaciFistic PaciFistic

      …..fireguyjeff….it's the standard "Kill the Messenger" syndrome people display!

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        Actually I was trying to be helpful , there are many here lurking or following links , if you notice I also point out what's good in my eyes , not that wasn't good it just wasn't reflecting japan NOW .
        Saving time perhaps .

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          …..clsmshellernh….I wasn't referring to you! It was about the forced retirement of the geologist Jim Berklund mentioned by fireguyjeff. Trust that's clear!

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            Ok it's just been so touchy here of late it seems , and we have company so we should be on our best behaviors here

            • irhologram

              Clam Amen to that. John B. Wells reads this site. So does Biden. Who incidentally is in Central America recruiting illegal aliens, teen aged children, only sometimes accompanied by an adult…according to infowars.com in order to crash our social benefits programs…per yesterday's broadcast. It was said that churches are being paid off to receive them at the border and when they have US contacts are free to locate where they like. If they don't, they go to military compounds. See here: http://beforeitsnews.com/immigration/2014/06/highly-disturbing-leaked-photos-ship-and-dump-children-whose-fault-stunning-answer-2448512.html?utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fb4in.info%2FaZ9g&utm_campaign=&utm_content=beforeit39snews-verticalresponse&utm_medium=verticalresponse&utm_source=direct-b4in.info

              They get all kinds of social welfare programs we don't quality for.

              Whether this is to "crash" the system and skew the "vote" only logic can say.

            • PaciFistic PaciFistic

              ….in the O/T page we were just on a few hours back, I explained for you why you had/there are communications problems this current while….an astrological explanation, hopefully clearly, and when it's to end. Seems you might've missed it.

              • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                That msg re. astrological explanation was for clamshellernh.

              • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                I didn't miss it I just don't put too much stock in astrology readings .

                  • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                    ….Fukugeddon…that is quite true, as I experience life…however, tools such as astrology can help in ways beyond aware human vision. Just that people who debunk or diss the art-science have never really tried it out, or if so, not enough, or were not successful enough with it….while those who stuck it out, like with anything a little abstruse, have been amply rewarded.

                    Anyways, the point was that at least until July 1st, people in general will experience various issues with communications and communications equipment more than usual. Whether anyone feels there's a connection between what I said and any problems they have in that regard will naturally depend on their view…but there are always people open to future reflection on astrology — especially when they encounter great personal suffering and suddenly astrology somehow by chance comes along and shows them something important about their condition they hadn't realized before, which realization then opens the way to healing. So being open to this is the first proviso whether astrology or similar arts can help in any way. It can even help save a life, as I've personally seen.

                    We are all free beings, free to believe whatever we wish. And astrology is not religion by any stretch.

                    Your comment above is the first of yours I've read since coming on ENEnews, and thought I should at least try and give you a good response, though you needn't feel honoured.

                    • I didn't mean to put that in question. Actually, I do not question anything any more except for what we are "officially" being told in daily life. In media, schools etc.
                      With that regard, my attitude underwent a 180 degree turn over the past five to ten years. I used to be a total "rational science" type, but I have seen to many fantastic and inexplicable things lately which would be compatible with any "old-fashioned" view of the world.
                      My mind is now as open as can be and I consider anything possible.

                    • …*not* be compatible with…

                    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                      When I was young I learned to do charts
                      Isn't it about the person who reads them
                      And I found it to be ambiguous
                      I'm not saying it does not have any merit
                      At this time I just want to be in charge of what I can be in charge of
                      And take personal responsibility where I can
                      Perhaps it can be a tool for helping to be in charge ?

                    • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                      ….well, at first you didn't sound like you did the second comment.

                      Am going to guess, so I may be wrong, but did you start your 180-degree turn around 40 years of age?

                      So, with regard to 'questioning,' you said you "do not question anymore except for… ." That's very interesting, really. Because, while I appreciate and respect, to a certain degree, modern day science, I've also been strong on the 'irrational' in life. And I question everything, not in a bad way, but to exercise my spirit of inquiry. I question myself all the time on almost everything, including my own personhood. I keep open to alternative truth(s).

                      We do not have to 'like' or feel 'compatible' with what we might need to embrace. However, I think it would be good for the planet and its inhabitants and most of everything on it, if we could get to the point of 'unconditional love,' and such a topic is not appropriate for this venue.

                      But the Maya, you know, around Dec 21, 2012, where we were finding ourselves between a rock and a hard place, they were saying the way through was a spiritual path. Which of course I think they were correct about.

                      Anyways, take care!

                  • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                    ….clsmshellernh…my comment just below yours is for Fukugeddon…normally, I address the commenter; otherwise it sometimes momentarily leads to a mix-up.

                    About charts and all, it's not necessary to put too much stock in astrology. Because of my being into astrology for a long time, it's natural everything about me & my actions is informed by it, but to what degree I can't say. It's hard to explain in this space, but for me astrology's far far more than what it is for most astrologers I've come across. It leads far beyond itself. Somewhat due to other realizations come across before getting practical with astrology.

                    You hit the nail square on! It does help you to take charge. You'll discover secrets lying within. I've had no teacher in the art-science except itself. It will teach you, as long as you have patience. Now, am not encouraging you here to take it up, only explaining.

                    But I'm going to cheat for you in this explanation, and divulge a secret. Why it's a secret is because it's a truth people find hard to accept, & this non-acceptance keeps it a secret. Hope you pick up the nuance, which actually isn't subtle at all.

                    The secret is that, yes, you're in charge. But that's only half the truth. The other half is you're not in charge. This is not a contradiction but a paradox.

                    Well, OK, that's what a paradox is — that which encompasses contradiction. The truth about paradox is it holds the resolution to contradiction.

                    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                      Yes I had an ephimeris sp .
                      I didn't make a complete turn around I just got into other things in my quest to get off the grid , your thought on how old I was ..well I was in my 20s that was three decades ago plus ..and I was also playing with runes , cards and the I Ching

              • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                Pacifis
                It's clearer to me now , question was mercury retrograde last week , is that one of the only reasons astrologicaly that comunications and thing break down ?

                • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                  …hi clamshellernh, good to see you back.

                  Sometimes we have to put things aside when other developments come along.

                  To have any of those 'arts' really work for you, you have to work for them, put 'real' time & effort into them. How you'd do with them should show up in your chart….not everyone's fate to be so connected that way. You get what you need, in any case.

                  On life turnarounds, they often happen quite powerfully around 40 years of age, exact years depending on the individual….life-changing events unfold…illness, divorce, new line of interest and/or work, etc.

                  Current mercury Rx started at a certain moment Sat Jun 7th….however 3 or so days leading up to it would normally be strong for seeing effects. Reaction to phenomenon depends on individual, the chart would show that.

                  The individual is the basis for everything; things external are not the 'cause.' This will naturally be hard to comprehend. People, including astrologers, have mistaken notions about this, the 'metaphysics' behind it all.

                  My introduction to these arts was over 50 years ago, and feel a connection was there in past lives. And I came to the understanding long back that 'the stars' were NOT the cause, they only represented, could be read. I was responsible.

                  So, that being the case, you have to discover what it is in you that's connected with communications (things) breaking down, not 'in' the stars, planets, etc.

                  However, the astro….

                • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                  ….logical end of it 'can' be one place to look for clues, leads, other knowledge to piece together a picture and strategy to deal with many situations.

                  Important thing to remember is we're strongly psychological beings, so must look to that to make truthful discovery. Has to be 'self-confession' so to speak. Doesn't mean we put ourselves on a pillory.

                  People often look to astrology in a 'materialistic' way. It's a practical tool, but material/non-material need to be balanced as appropriate….which doesn't mean 50/50, can be 40/60, even 70/30. Fate will tell.

                  Mercury Rx often has to do with our own internal Mercury setup, our facility for communication AND functioning of the mind…focusing ability, speech and bodily adroitness, & so on. E.g., if mercury in the chart has a difficult angle (in degrees) to mars, we might be very argumentative…or with neptune, very wooly-minded, unclear. Then when Mercury Rx comes along, depending on the sign it's in at the time, we might experience irritating or frustrating events, or something weird.

                  The world we see, experience is not out there, it's all in our mind (not brain). This seems MONUMENTALLY hard to grasp for most people, but the insight is KEY to beginning of REAL change, psychologically and spiritually, and thus physically. Because that will be the beginning of pulling back our projections on to others and the world, stop blaming people, situations, TEPCO…etc.

                  • PaciFistic PaciFistic

                    ……to be more direct on your question…how any communication issues have manifested for you during this Mercury Rx period would have to do with the specifics of this particular retrograde as they relate to your birth chart…as well as with how other transiting bodies are meshing with the chart.

                    If it's really important for you, you could always consult a good astrologer, though that usually requires a fee…naturally. As a rule, I don't normally do this work.

  • razzz razzz

    The propaganda campaign begins for restarts. I thought initially this month the first nuke was going to restart but that has been postponed.

    It's ironic their logic.

    'Energy report calls for reliance on nuclear power'

    "The government released an annual energy report Tuesday that called for a return to nuclear power generation, saying increasing fuel costs for thermal power and a surge in CO2 emissions are reasons why Japan should power up its idled reactors.

    The report reflects the pro-nuclear government’s latest national energy policy, which defined nuclear power as an “important base-load power source…”
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/17/national/energy-report-calls-for-reliance-on-nuclear-power/

  • razzz razzz

    In the meantime at the Unit 4 SFP, TEPCO has removed 1078 out of 1533 fuel assemblies. Leaving 455 to be removed. 275 remaining are spent, 180 are new/unused.
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html

  • rogerthat

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/asia/21stones.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    …Hundreds of so-called tsunami stones, some more than six centuries old, dot the coast of Japan, silent testimony to the past destruction that these lethal waves have frequented upon this earthquake-prone nation. But modern Japan, confident that advanced technology and higher seawalls would protect vulnerable areas, came to forget or ignore these ancient warnings, dooming it to repeat bitter experiences when the recent tsunami struck.

    “The tsunami stones are warnings across generations, telling descendants to avoid the same suffering of their ancestors,” said Itoko Kitahara, a specialist in the history of natural disasters at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. “Some places heeded these lessons of the past, but many didn’t.”

    The flat stones, some as tall as 10 feet, are a common sight along Japan’s northeastern shore, which bore the brunt of the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left almost 29,000 people dead or missing…

  • rogerthat

    … worth reading. a thorough new york times yarn.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Roger that …!!! Ty

      Some stones were swept away by last month’s tsunami, which scientists say was the largest to strike Japan since the Jogan earthquake in 869, whose waves left sand deposits miles inland.

      Aneyoshi’s tsunami stone is the only one that specifically tells where to build houses. But many of the region’s names also seem to indicate places safely out of the waves’ reach, like Nokoriya, or Valley of Survivors, and Namiwake, or Wave’s Edge, a spot three miles from the ocean that scholars say marks the farthest reach of a tsunami in 1611.

      Local scholars said only a handful of villages like Aneyoshi heeded these old warnings by keeping their houses safely on high ground. More commonly, the stones and other warnings were disregarded as coastal towns grew in the boom years after World War II. Even communities that had moved to high ground eventually relocated to the seaside to be nearer their boats and nets.

      “As time passes, people inevitably forget, until another tsunami comes that kills 10,000 more people,” said Fumio Yamashita, an amateur historian in Iwate Prefecture, where Aneyoshi is situated. He has written 10 books about tsunamis.

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Earthquake links
    I have always liked this site and the map it is very user friendly
    IRIS – Education and Public Outreach
    http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach

  • Ontological Ontological

    Those things will never happen to our indestructible nukes. Money far outweighs accidents, these natural disasters will never happen to us ELitE money grubbers. This brilliant lapse of reason seems perfectly normal to those who cannot plan past lunch at McDonalds every morning.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

    Another 5.3 earthquake

    M 5.3 – 95km SE of Shimoda, Japan
    DYFI? – III

    Time
    2014-06-16 11:42:23 UTC-06:00
    Location
    33.986°N 139.577°E
    Depth
    136.8km

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