AP: 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan — Fukushima tsunami warning triggered — Tepco orders workers near coast to move to higher ground

Published: October 25th, 2013 at 2:47 pm ET
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Associated Press, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:31p ET (h/t Anonymous tips): 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan […] An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. […] NHK reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, ordered workers near the coast to move to higher ground. […]

BBC News, Oct. 25, 2013 at 2:23p ET: Japan has issued a tsunami advisory for the Fukushima area – where the crippled nuclear plant is located – after a powerful quake in the Pacific […] JMA issued a “yellow” advisory for Fukushima and also the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and parts of Chiba, saying tsunami waves could reach 0.2-1m. “Tsunamis are expected to arrive imminently,” it said. […]

USGS, Oct. 25, 2013: The October 25, 2013 M 7.3 earthquake offshore of Honshu, Japan occurred as the result of normal faulting in the shallow oceanic crust of the Pacific plate. The earthquake occurred outboard (east) of the Japan Trench, which marks the seafloor expression of the subduction zone plate boundary between the Pacific and North America plates, and is immediately up-dip of the source region of the March 2011 M 9.0 Tohoku earthquake. […] The location, depth, and focal mechanism of the October 25 2013 event are consistent with normal faulting rupture near the outer-arc high of the Japan Trench. In this region, normal faulting is encouraged by both the bending of the Pacific plate as it enters the subduction zone, and by stresses transferred from the locked subduction thrust interface to the west. Since the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake, two large events of M 7.7 and M 7.3 have occurred in the vicinity of the October 25, 2013 earthquake. […]

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120 comments to AP: 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan — Fukushima tsunami warning triggered — Tepco orders workers near coast to move to higher ground

  • Cisco Cisco

    Tick, tick, tick…

  • santacruzelf

    ANY NEWS….????
    Can't figure out webcam… Is it working?
    I'm on pins and needles here… feel like we've already had our fair share of close calls. How much longer could that mess possibly hold up?

  • SophieQ

    Time to change 'ENE-NEws' into 'ELE-News'. Thank You for all You did, ENE. Your services were greatly appreciated. My fellow commenters, I wish You all the best. Enjoy every breath You still have from now. Aloha pumehana.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    All I could do was scream.

  • WWJD WWJD

    I just created several screen shots off NETC showing the collected rise on EPA beta & gamma stations in the U.S. along with Japans stations while using NETC's ABSOLUTE feature:

    https://www.netc.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=425

  • Daisy207

    Just watched live video – either a fire/explosion – lots of steam/smoke obscuring tower. See if I am seeing things.
    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/ust/

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Why at this point would anyone want to live on that stricken Island?

    Todays quake footage here…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LPYR8Mubq4

  • bincbom

    Note to self: earthquakes and nuclear power don't mix.

    • bo bo

      Nuclear power and humans don't mix 🙁

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Nor do nuclear power and Carrington-event-strength solar CMEs mix. If today's suddenly increased solar eruption and ejection activity were to ever exceed the 1859 Carrington strength, shutting down our unhardened electric grids worldwide, we would in 3 days of expended back-up cooling fuel be looking at 300-400 Fukushima disasters worldwide. Haven't done the math on how many of the world's 432 reactors are protected from grid failure:

      http://spaceweather.com/

      • The answer is ZERO.

        They would have to be built inside a faraday cage, which none of them are.

        Disconnecting them does not work.

        Because grid power would be down for months, they would need their own source of power for potentially years.

        Not going to happen…

        They all need to be shut down, and shut off ASAP

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          So building the reactors beside large perennial waterfalls with interruptible, hardened hydroelectric power, and unlimited coolant water, entailed, let me guess, excessive building cost and too much power loss to distant urban markets?

  • kintaman kintaman

    So, will TEPCO tell us the truth about any damages at the Fukushima Daiichi site? Will this impact the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Not a chance right?

    What about those poor men working on site at Fukushima Daiichi?
    What happens if everyone must evacuate due to the tsunami or further quakes?
    What happens when the ground under the plant further liquifies?
    What happens when the water storage tanks all rupture due to a quake/tsunami?

    Cluster fuck of cluster fucks this is.

    • ocifferdave

      *nods*

    • Eloquently put.

      1. No, truth is always the first victim
      2. They should cancel the Olympics there. No chance they will.
      3. Caring for others has become passé (except for ENENewsers)
      4. Nowhere to go – nobody wants irradiated people
      5. Big trouble
      6. Same as 5.

      SNAFU

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I don't know but it seems every time an earthquake strikes near Fuku the corium seems to act up which makes sense as any crust formation would crack. I remember seeing lots of black smoke coming up from areas around the reactor buildings after many earthquakes perhaps it's a just coincidence. I guess we will see this time of course it's probably raining hindering visual conformation. I was very concerned about all the rain causing the buildings to sink and of course now they are using the in ground pools to store the tainted water, It just seems like the place is cursed and thus all species along with it.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    NHK newsfeed I was watching just went to generic screen. Had been showing coastline views even Fuku camera, some news. Guess tsunami is close and they can't cover up.

  • WavyGravy unobtanium

    Tepco will gleefully report that no damage was sustained and the situation is completely under control. Further, the workers were evacuated strictly as a precautionary measure which had nothing to do with the 10,000 fold spike in radiation.

  • Ang18

    I watched this story develop and it quickly went from "EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI AT FUKUSHIMA!" to "small earthquake, small tsunami, no damage" (These aren't the droids you're looking for.

    Are we to believe what is reported out of Japan after they have lied to us for so long? If the plant were to fail, how far would the go to keep the public from knowing? Scary.

    • WavyGravy unobtanium

      @Ang 18
      90% of the mainstream media is owned by just 5 corporations. These corporations in conjunction with their government minions actively scrub any news which shows the corporatocracy (this includes Tepco) in an unflattering or unprofitable way.
      The only truthful and unslanted news disseminated these days is news reported by the other 10% who are actually ethical and unbiased.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Massive smoke on TBS cam coming from area of units 5 and 6………..

    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/ust/

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    CNN didn't bother to mention it. FoxNews had an alert, even links that worked to live covereage. All gone except a footnote article moving quickly down the page. The censorship on Fukushima is truly truly as impressive as it is sick. If they put half the effort into covering it up into working on a solution….

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Wow, look at the big bright light now………

    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/ust/

    Again massive smoke coming from the areas of units 5 and 6

    • Quantum Shaman

      Agree – That looks very worrying!

    • amberlight amberlight

      I was watching the live feed when that huge bright circle of light appeared. At first I thought I was seeing an explosion, but it persists with little change except for growing and diminishing rhythmically in size.

      Is there a reliable update anywhere? My stomach is churning…

    • kintaman kintaman

      Aren't 5 and 6 in cold shutdown for well over 3 years now? How in the f*ck can they be smoking? What is TEPCO not telling us? ANSWERS NOW TEPCO.

  • SteveMT

    Why does a cat only get 9 lives whereas TEPCO gets 50?
    Answer: Because as the world hangs in the balance, it's only been positive mass consciousness and Divine Providence that has spared us from an Apocalypse, certainly NOT TEPCO.

  • Guess we can scrap this link:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jnnlivecam/videos

    YouTube account LIVECAMERA CHECKER has been terminated because we received multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement from claimants including:
    Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.

    I can only get timemachine2020's camera:

    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/ust/

    Skyshine? Major criticality? TEPCO deliberately shining a light to block?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    On 311, there was a 7.3 foreshock some hours before the 9.0.
    I feel anxious.

  • Small tsunami reaches Japan after earthquake
    map
    A small tsunami triggered by a quake has hit Japan's eastern coast – where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located – but no damage is reported.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24677578

    "The 30cm (1ft) waves reached the region after the 7.1 magnitude tremor struck at a depth of 10km (six miles), about 320km off the coast.

    A tsunami alert issued for several areas was later lifted.

    Workers at the Fukushima power station had been told to leave waterfront areas for higher ground.

    But a Fukushima spokesman later said there was no damage or change in readings at radiation monitoring posts around the plant, according to Reuters news agency.

    The Japan Meteorological Agency had warned that a small tsunami – up to one metre (3.3ft) – could reach the eastern coast after the tremor in the Pacific Ocean."

  • kintaman kintaman

    Nothing about smoke from the reactors on Japanese local news here…of course.

  • It was closer to 7.5 (Russians reporting 7.3) – the previous and usual there for that fault & rocks is 7.7+
    Haiti was 7.1 . . . Japan will be very rattled, that's for sure.

  • kintaman kintaman

    Instead, now, on the Japanese morning news they are talking about sea urchin fisherman and fishing business. What the fuck? They should be showing the Fukushima Daiichi plant and what's going on there.

    Now bimbo reporter is eating clams and saying "oishi". Fucking retards. Who would be eating seafood in Japan now? Crazy world.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    About ten minutes ago I heard a loud foghorn go off on the TBS cam…???

  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    Thank you timemachine2020 for the link…

    That bright light is disconcerting…I don't recall that being there before…plus the other pulsing light near the lower left corner of the frame; what the hell is that?

    It's especially creepy listening to the rain hitting the camera as you watch the disaster area..

    My God…Humanity is so freaking done…

    I send my heart out to everyone here who has done their best to share what information they could with us…

    I have never met any of you in person, but I feel like we could probably hang out and it pisses me off that time is getting so short that we may never have the chance…

    • bo bo

      I salute you, PH.

      I feel the same way, I know sometimes members bicker on this site in the discussions, and perhaps I have been rude to some but even those I have been rude to, I feel sad I never hung out in person.

      So surreal reading these posts in a coffee shop right now with people discussing red sox. WTF.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N U C L E A R . E X T E R M I N A T I N G . L I F E

    If it starts a nuclear chain reaction, there's no way to stop it.

  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    You cannot even see the cranes or towers right now at all…just blurry darkness with the bright light…this is No Fucking Good…as if ANY off this is…

    Fuck you TEPCO. Sincerely. Fuck you.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Got a bad feeling that units 5 and 6 are in more trouble than we are being told! Wish that damn tBS cam would do a swing over like they have in the past….

  • amberlight amberlight

    It appears to be getting foggier and foggier, but oddly for the last 15 or 20 minutes the large bright light has stopped pulsing and the smoke/steam that could be seen moving from left to right is gone. The only action in this "live stream" is the slight camera movement.

    Dawn will break soon in the Land of the Rising Sun and Falling Nuclear Reactors. What will be revealed then?

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      Amberlight it could also be that there is so much smoke now from some sort of fire at 5 and or 6 covering the area. Just saying, maybe. Hope to hell I'm wrong.

    • amberlight amberlight

      Fog getting denser and looks like more after shocks happening…

    • Anthony Anthony

      Update from Vancouver Island…..now OVER one week solid of continuous fog – night and day. Never seen such a weather pattern here in my life. Longtime residents have FINALLY started to talk about it. Even when it has broken for a few minutes, the fog returns with a vengeance. What is going on?

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    That's not fog in the TBS/JNN cam. That's smoke for sure.

    • jk641

      I agree. That's not fog.
      There's a typhoon blowing through there right now.

      • jk641

        Actually, it <i>might</i> be fog, or driving rain.
        (That TBS-JNN camera is located in the mountains west of FDNPP.)

        While there is definitely smoke rising from the buildings, it's not <i>that</i> thick.

  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    Sunrise…

    Everything is still standing for now.

    You can see everything now from the cam link that timemachine2020 posted…better than earlier for sure…

    • American Phoenix57

      This is turning into a giant hockey fight between the insaniacs vs the brainiacs. Thanks for grabbing a jersey and jumping in swinging PH. Your site is definitely knocking out some teeth.

  • VINNIEBAGGADOUGHNUTS

    Is the radiation website down for anyone else?

  • VINNIEBAGGADOUGHNUTS

    WTF is going on there? That live feed looks… Unsettling…

  • Samissue

    I have been watching this cam for a couple of hours now. Started watching when there was smoke, lots of smoke that was drifting from left to right through the screen. At least a half hour of smoke that I saw. Started watching around Noon btw. Then it cleared and the smog/fog rolled in. It's daylight now and it looks like that typhoon is really kicking into gear. What. The. Fuck. is today going to bring? How long do we really have? I live in Seattle, so just a few days of radiation plume away. *sigh*

  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    So did you guys see it clear about 10 min. ago? 5:16 pm EDT right now. Just for the record. I could see all the cranes which were not moving. Then I got a commercial interrupt the feed, and then all was dark again.

    It has occurred to me someone could have this supposed live feed on loop.

  • Samissue

    One more thing. There are 2 cameras posted in this thread and I am watching both. One shows nothing but a light with smoke/fog but you cannot make out any of the structures like you could earlier. The other shows that it is daylight and some fog but you can see the site and the structures. If they are both real time which is it?

    Smoke/fog–but can't see anything, no structures only a dim round light…
    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/ust/

    Smoke/fog– but can see that it is daylight and see structures…
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html

    • lickerface lickerface

      The only thing that I can confirm is that the current time as posted at the top of the second link streaming video you posted is real:

      http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_JP.aspx

      It's 6:35am in Japan right now, and that time matches the calm and clear video.

      The first video link now shows no bright round light in the lower left. I don't see signs of power in either video stream at the moment. I only started watching that second feed you posted ten min. ago. I don't know which video is real either. The timestamp is right on the calm vid though. Hmm.

  • American Phoenix57

    "I feel that at least several hundred scientists trained in the biomedical aspect of atomic energy –myself included– are candidates for Nuremberg-type trials for crimes against humanity for our gross negligence and irresponsibility. Now that we know the hazard of low-dose radiation, the crime is not experimentation– it’s murder."
    – Dr. John Gofman, former Manhattan Project scientist from Berkeley, CA. 1979.

    add murder charges to the government of Japan and all Tepco officials.

  • Merlinoz11

    And JNN cam is now complete grey nice one.

  • Wooster

    It's like Russian roulette with 5 bullets in the chamber.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    And Hello…just now the 3rd Honshu quake in the series, 4 hours and 10 mins. after the original 7.3. Like I said, the shakers come in multiple series, and I hope unit 4 is holding up:

    http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/?filter=no&min_mag=5&view=1

  • Daisy207

    And the quakes are getting deeper. Not good.

  • Merlinoz11

    And another Quake 5.5 or aftershock

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2new.php

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Another 5.5 just happened

  • MCBEKRL

    Is there any news from rad net readings?  The winds are blowing directly 
    across japan right now.  if there was a situation brewing readings should be sky rocketing across Japan.

  • Radio Radio

    Wow, the crane is moving!
    Whats the black ball on the end – a camera?
    Are they doing inspection?!

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    According to RSOE-EDIS there were two earthquakes! One was a 7.1 and the second was the 7.3

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      According to USGS there was only one quake and they listed it at 7.1. There was a later quaake at 5. something.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        There were 3 after shocks:
        M 5.5 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
        PAGER – GREENShakeMap – I
        Time
        2013-10-25 15:27:34 UTC-06:00
        Location
        37.044°N 144.620°E
        Depth
        10.0km

        M 4.8 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
        Time
        2013-10-25 13:02:58 UTC-06:00
        Location
        37.031°N 144.694°E
        Depth
        17.0km

        M 5.1 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
        Time
        2013-10-25 11:57:39 UTC-06:00
        Location
        37.183°N 144.717°E
        Depth
        36.9km

        M 7.1 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
        Time
        2013-10-25 11:10:16 UTC-06:00
        Location
        37.170°N 144.665°E
        Depth
        10.0km
        http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

  • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

    New Blogpost with
    – ways to check weather, especially wind directions, in Japan
    – ways to check radiation levels in many places worldwide, including Japan.

    My impression: IF there's any additional radiation released to air, it's blowing out to sea, but may, at least a bit, return to land as the storm moves along the coast, or where wind locally comes from the ocean. Monitors surrounding the plant are in "under survey" mode, which is never a good sign when you most need to know…

    Links to do all the checking around yourself are included: http://wp.me/puwO9-2eL

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Bobby1
    on October 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm said:
    According to our Tohoku Electric Power, Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture has stopped the operation, for now, is that information abnormality has occurred in the new that does not contain.
    It is also that no change in the value of the monitoring posts that measures the radiation dose in the vicinity of the primary.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/index.html?page=cat1

    Reply ↓

    Bobby1
    on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm said:
    55 cm tsunami at Onagawa NPP. 22 inches.

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/general-discussion/comment-page-8/#comment-17156

  • irhologram

    http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/10252013-7-2m-earthquake-directly-underneath-typhoon-lekima-tropical-storm-francisco/
    Quote: On October 25, 2013 at 1710UTC, a 7.2M earthquake struck off the eastern shores of Japan. Ironically, at the same time as the earthquake, in the same direct area, Tropical Storm Francisco (formerly Typhoon Francisco), and Typhoon Lekima both intersected in the same area as the 7.2M earthquake AT THE SAME TIME .

    Several viewers might recall this from a few days ago, Typhoon Lekima was the storm created by a very large microwave pulse on October 18th, 2013. See:
    http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/10202013-large-microwave-pulse-produces-two-tropical-storms-in-asia-within-48-hours/

    In a very strange turn of events, today, after the 7.2M earthquake, BOTH named storms WERE REMOVED FROM THE MAPS! Tropical Storm Francisco (even though its off the east coast of Japan) was downgraded, and Typhoon Lekima, which was a Category 3 Typhoon last night, was magically downgraded and wiped off the map as well.

    However, you can clearly see in the .gif animation at the start of this post,both storms still exist, rotation still exists, high winds, and heavy precipitation still exists. So why downgrade and wipe the storms in such a rushed manner?

    The answer is obvious. “They” do not want people to put 2+2 together on this. Unquote.