AFP: Quake rocks Fukushima, shaking felt in Tokyo — WSJ: Strong quake with a magnitude 5.8 struck prefecture Friday

Published: September 19th, 2013 at 8:28 pm ET
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Reuters: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan early Friday morning, Kyodo reported, quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency. […] U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that the earthquake’s magnitude was 5.3. […]

Wall Street Journal: A moderately strong earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday in the region of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but there was no immediate damage to the crippled facility and no reports of other damage in the area. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the 2:25 a.m. quake had a magnitude of 5.8 […]

AFP: Quake rocks Japan’s Fukushima […] The Japan Meteorological Agency, which put the quake at magnitude 5.8, said no tsunami warning had been issued. The tremor caused buildings to shake in the capital Tokyo, 175km away, an AFP reporter there said. […]

Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture early Friday morning but no tsunami warning has been issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, the Kyodo news service reported. […]

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Published: September 19th, 2013 at 8:28 pm ET
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42 comments to AFP: Quake rocks Fukushima, shaking felt in Tokyo — WSJ: Strong quake with a magnitude 5.8 struck prefecture Friday

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    ENENEWSers knew about the eq 5 hrs ago.

    Once again the MSM scratches the surface.

    There's an article on government's war on investigative journalism: Sacramento News & Review (SN&R September 5, 2013, newsreview.com.

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      …the article is on the death of Michael Hastings (Gen. Mccrystal); Cars shouldn't blow up like that.

      • bsgcic bsgcic

        MichaelV,
        Thank you for the info on Michael Hastings. I had not heard about that and thus searched on it and was surprised and dismayed. Unfortunately, it seems that individuals high up in government with a lot of power and organizations with immense power, sometimes cannot resist their urge to abuse that power. It seems certain from the articles that Michael Hastings was murdered by our own government for doing his job of investigative journalism. And I do recall a couple years ago having read about a lady (I don't remember her name or the details) who worked at a nuclear power plant and uncovered safety and other violations and was driving with the evidence to report it to authorities and then SHE was in an accident that took her life. The circumstances around her accident were also very questionable and of course the evidence that she was going to be a whistleblower on had vanished from her car.
        The committment to do the right thing by elected officials in our government is a necessary core element of our democracy that distinguishes the United States from oppressive governments. When these government officials and agencies abuse their power, the hurt our nation in so many ways. In fact they damage the very essence of the notion "government by the people and for the people."

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          So, if Hastings was murdered, then I guess people(s) would have had to conspire with others to do/complete such a dastardly deed?

          Loved this one but is it a true statement? Look above, look around, what laws are being/have been passed? Might want to rethink this one..

          "The committment to do the right thing by elected officials in our government is a necessary core element of our democracy that distinguishes the United States from oppressive governments. When these government officials and agencies abuse their power, the hurt our nation in so many ways. In fact they damage the very essence of the notion "government by the people and for the people.""

  • wemadethis wemadethis

    Arnie Gundersen called it again…

  • We Not They Finally

    Notice the downgrade from 5.8 to 5.3 by the U.S.G.S. Dutchsinse picked up that practice a long while back. They downgrade quakes to make them look less severe.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Wondering what is happening (happened) to the ground/soil over there. Wondering what the condition of the plant is, now.

    Great, the typhoon leaves, the ground is already very prone to liquefaction, and then BAM! another earthquake strikes.

    Should I start holding my breath? Should we hold our collective breath?

    • Au Au

      Probably. How could it have escaped damage? I guess I better enjoy our local elevated RADCON 3 level before it turns into RADCON 5000.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        It's 32 miles away. I'm not holding my breath.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          You can see the quake here at 02:25
          2013.09.20 02:00-03:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfjTNW85qf0

          • Wooster

            I was hoping to see whther that cracked chimney stack made it through the night, but it is only showing chimneys for units 3 and 4 by the look of it?

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          anne, have noted high CPM levels near your area for a long time.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          anne, that was a weak attempt at humor. You're close to Rocky Flats, correct? Have noted very high (ongoing) CPM counts out your way for a long time.

          A sante, HT

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            I'm about half way between Rocky Flats (supposedly cleaned up and no longer making nuclear weapons) (about 20-25 miles away) and Fort St Vrain NPP (decommissioned, but still storing the live fuel). There are also over 2000 uranium mines in Colorado. Still, the background radiation is 9 times greater since Fukushima. We are one mile high in elevation.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          anne, that was a weak attempt at humor. You're close to Rocky Flats, correct? Have noted very high (ongoing) CPM counts out your way for a long time.

          A sante, be well, HT

  • A while back someone here discussed possibilty that the coriums on the run might begin to cause a variety of events including earthquakes.
    Don't know just sayin'.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Keep your eyes on those webcams and see the shaking live….

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The genes of our collective consciousness are similarly aligned with the true state of events; this thread has a life of it's own.

    Are we a part of this world, or what..?

    Do you think the human genome has been compromised by rads and environmental toxins..?

  • Also. Ya know they took Rad Man Abe on a Daiichi drive thru today.
    Very funny.
    Now he's calling to level the entire place.
    Of course he'll have to do it himself since no one and no thing can survive the radiation.
    Get the man a shovel.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    M 5.3 – 19km ESE of Ishikawa, Japan
    Time
    2013-09-19 11:25:09 UTC-06:00
    Location
    37.072°N 140.649°E
    Depth
    22.2km

    This earthquake is 32.2 mi (51.75 km) on land SW from Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant
    This earthquake is 26.7 mi (43.02 km) on land SW 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

  • rockyourworld

    will the new us embassador to japan take a tour of fukushima?

  • rogerthat

    Abe's call for Tepco to first decommission 5 and 6 to leave the company free to concentrate on ''decomissioning'' 1-4 (Mochizuki, Tepco press reslease) is interesting; it may be that they have come to the conclusion that it's best to remove all the fuel rods that can be removed from the site before it all ends up in the ocean. At some point rising radiation levels may force the site to be abandoned completely. Earthquakes, typhoons, foundations up to the knees in mud, what could go wrong?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      How can Abe make decisions, is he a nuclear expert? In other news, Michelle Obama tires of the drink water campaign and wrests control of the space shuttle program from NASA, saying first fix the thingamagigis, load it up with fuel and point towards the moon, weve gotta get back there like when our country was great. Now do what I aks you to do

    • byron byron

      They are leaving 5 and 6 alone so they can study how a meltdown happens just in case there might be one in the future. ;( HDTV from inside 5 and 6 will be broadcast live throughout the world. TEPCO executives will be there to run the cameras.

  • rockyourworld

    odd, no mention of the frack stew plant explosion left to burn all night in oklahoma on energy news. looked like someone dropped a bomb on it.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima Daiichi could blow at any time. The quakes are frequent, and only a matter of time before the next biggie.

  • jk641

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/20/national/m5-3-earthquake-rocks-fukushima/

    "[The quake] came just hours after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured the nuclear plant on Thursday, ordering its operator Tokyo Electric Power to fix radioactive water leaks there."

    Coincidence?

  • Kassandra

    I was watching the webcam today right when the quake occurred. I had a colleague in my office and we both watched the cam move.

    I thought it was the wind at first because the quake lasted so long and because there was an aftershock.

    Unfortunately, soon after I had to leave to teach so I was unable to see whether the constant emissions from the unit 3 area worsened.