Chicago Tribune Headline: ‘Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere’ -NASA

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Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere
Chicago Tribune (Reuters)
Deborah Zabarenko; edited by Doina Chiacu
May 30, 2012

The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima, Japan, last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported. 

The waves of energy from the quake and tsunami that were so destructive on the ground reached into the ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 50 to 500 miles (80 to 805 km) above Earth’s surface.

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Scientists have seen this phenomenon before, for tsunamis in Samoa in 2009 and Chile in 2010.

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61 comments to Chicago Tribune Headline: ‘Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere’ -NASA

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Quakes are natural and supposed to happen. Whats wrong with the atmosphere is all the man-made radiation from spewing reactors. Not good.


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  • Bobby1

    Oh, I get it. They're gonna try to blame the destruction of the ozone layer over the north pole on the quake and tsunami, rather than radiation.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere.
    In simple language, why is this disturbing?
    In what ways is this harmful to the upper atmosphere?
    In what way can this effect earth or anything else?

    I don't know if this is correct..I am thinking that, electrons would also be radioactive putting holes in our protective layer and that what goes up must come down? <(Just quessing and asking)

    I know nothing in this area, maybe someone can explain?


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    • richard richard

      It's nothing to do with radiation, it's simply the 'shockwave' or bible of pressure created by the quake surging the tsunami, the displacement of ocean and air causes pressure on the atmosphere, like a baby in the womb.

      It's not really too serious and not a permanent damaging kind of thing. It's a ripple on a global scale.


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      • richard richard

        Shot, I wrote bible, meant bubble. I gonna blame that on your religious talk the other night Wind ;) never do that to me again :)


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        • WindorSolarPlease

          Haha Richard…It will get ya every time…That was cute…
          I did take a double look at what you wrote….Started to take that book out to look at what you meant…lol..Funny…

          Thank you for explaining..It sounded serious when I read "wreaked havoc in the skies." Couldn't figure out how it could cause havoc..


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          • voltscommissar

            The narration on the NASA movie at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=144582391 (as linked by Chicago Tribune) is weird. I think there must be a clearer way of explaining the underlying physics of the phenomena, and explaining how they constructed the pretty pictures of expanding "waves":

            I can understand that seismic-induced motion of "fixed" base stations in Japan could be used to explain tiny disturbances in the timing of signals from GPS satellites, but I struggle to understand how gravity waves or acoustic waves or electrical fields could cause measurable effects in the stratosphere, enough to change the propagation of GPS signals. The narrator's explanation sheds very little light, IMO.


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  • Lee Binder

    Interesting. According to HAARPists the chain of observed events was the other way around.. Important to note though that atmospheric events directly linked to EQs are officially confirmed by NASA. It might even make sense ( – or might still be a HAARP cover-up? ..). Looking at how long this "news" took to emerge, it looks as if it will take another decade for more info to emerge until a more complete and authentic truth can shape..


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    • Bobby1

      Lee Binder, these results could indeed be interpreted as supporting the HAARP thesis. This and the recent revelations about stuxnet give credence to what Leuren Moret has been saying right from the beginning.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Look Admin where that headline got you ;-)

        *peace


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        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          It is my belief that the military believes in overkill.
          So… I will push the envelope of speculation… and suggest HAARP generated geowarfare..along with cyberwarfare… Stuxnet.
          And.. I still wonder about the cameras installed from an Israeli company.


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        • Sickputer

          Yes, my first thought also BnB. >:-)

          Looks like the downward "look" of satellites might give some clues to providing early warning for big earthquakes. They are also getting much better for tornado warnings with advanced Doppler radar.

          But the next step in Doppler will be an entirely system (not retrofits on these mostly 20-year-old installations.

          Phased Array is the next wunderkind for ground radar and is supposedly light years smarter for tornado warning. Kinda like a smaller HAARP that takes in data instead of dishing it out. ;-)
          They have only one working prototype in Tornado Alley (Norman, Oklahoma).

          Coming in a few years, economy willing. Of course the military has had them for years in a different use on warships.. directing defensive and offensive operations. And NASA had one last year on a satellite mission around Mercury. High tech stuff.


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    • VanneV anne

      Atmosphere Above Japan Heated Rapidly Before M9 Earthquake
      http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=15426


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    • VanneV anne

      Fukushima long ranked most hazardous plant
      “Tokyo: Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world for radiation exposure years before it was destroyed by the meltdowns and explosions that followed the March 11 earthquake.
      “For five years to 2008, the Fukushima plant was rated the most hazardous nuclear facility in Japan for worker exposure to radiation and one of the five worst nuclear plants in the world on that basis. The next rankings, compiled as a three-year average, are due this year.
      “Reuters uncovered these rankings, privately tracked by Fukushima’s operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), in a review of documents and presentations made at nuclear safety conferences over the past seven years.
      “In the United States — Japan’s early model in nuclear power — Fukushima’s lagging safety record would have prompted more intensive inspections by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It would have also invited scrutiny from the US Institute of Nuclear Power Operations,…”
      http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Fukushima-long-ranked-most-hazardous-plant/824430/


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi anne, interesting! I wonder though if they are just trying to sell us Fuku as an old clunker, while in reality the security track record of the super-tekkie Japanese was just as good / bad as anyone else's.
        They are trying to discredit Japan (world's technology / invention leader) just to get on with their deadly business.


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    • VanneV anne

      [Geology of Fukushima]
      “I have talked with some of my colleagues (geology professors) today, and some of them knew for many years/decades that the bed rock of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuke Power Plant is soft sedimentary rock. They do not know why government (both national and local/prefectural) approved for the construction of the plant on such a bad spot, and can only think of*unethical acts of polititians and the industry.*Also,*my colleagues warn that the type of bed rock, which geologists identify,*and the strength/suitability of the*bed rock, which soil/geo-engineers determine, is different, even though I would*still support that*young sedimentary rocks below the Fukushima Daiichi Nuke Plant is NOT*suitable for constructing buildings that have to endure earthquakes. ”
      http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3356008#post3356008

      Faults unconsidered in the seismic design of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear … Map of Outer sea from Shioyazaki” (Geological Survey Japan, 2001)
      http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110531e4.pdf


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      • Sickputer

        I'll tell an energy geology story about how a green technology made a mistake 30 miles from my house in west Texas. The boom in wind turbines took off about 11 years ago here locally. This is an unpublished recounting of an error made by wind energy engineers.

        Wind turbines are more economical and last longer if they are fastened to bedrock, similar to nuclear buildings. A group came in after successfully building wind units on top of limestone bedrock. They drilled and used dynamite charges down pilot holes to reduce costs for piling fastening to bedrock. Worked well so when they came to a this mesa they blew the holes again just like all the previous windmills.

        But this area is sandstone (like Fukushima NPP). What had worked in limestone (harder rock) seemed to work here. At least for about 5 years. Then they began experiencing vibration affecting the balance of the huge blades. After an exhaustive search for solutions they discovered the dynamite had cracked the limestone severely and made fissures out from the deep support rods. The turbine structure was literally rocking itself to an early grave. Fortunately they discovered what was happening and were able to refasten new ground supports (without dynamite this time).

        I think the mudstone (sandstone) at Daiichi may also have experienced similar fissures, maybe even when built. The hydrogen/steam/nuclear explosions probably have created many more. Bad news no doubt for all of us.


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        • Sickputer

          Of course the unstated point of this story is that when a windmill has a major problem rarely does anyone die. The nuclear plants worldside have probably murdered 100 million humans in the past 50 years from just their refueling emissions and "normal" leaks. Far more than the previous accidents all combined. But Fukushima NPP may eclipse that mark. I can't prove it, but i do know artificial radiation can kill you and I can't even see it while it is killing me. The perfect crime almost. But we know better.


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    • VanneV anne

      Fallout forensics hike radiation toll
      “….The latest analysis also presents evidence that xenon-133 began to vent from Fukushima Daiichi immediately after the quake, and before the tsunami swamped the area. This implies that even without the devastating flood, the earthquake alone was sufficient to cause damage at the plant.”
      http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111025/full/478435a.html


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    • VanneV anne

      “In addition, years before Fukushima engineer Mitsuhiko Tanaka blew the whistle on the fact that Tepco covered up a defective containment vessel, the above-quoted Japan Times article blew the whistle:
      “’Yoichi Kikuchi, a Japanese nuclear engineer who also became a whistle-blower, has told me personally of many safety problems at Japan’s nuclear power plants, such as cracks in pipes in the cooling system from vibrations in the reactor. He said the electric companies are “gambling in a dangerous game to increase profits and decrease government oversight.”
      “’[Kei Sugaoka, a Japanese-American senior field engineer who worked for General Electric in the United States, who previously blew the whistle on Tepco's failure to inform the government of defects at the reactors] agreed, saying, “The scariest thing, on top of all the other problems, is that all nuclear power plants are aging, causing a deterioration of piping and joints which are always exposed to strong radiation and heat.”…’”
      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/
      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/japanese-seismologist-in-2004-on-risk-of-nuclear-accident-its-like-a-kamikaze-terrorist-wrapped-in-bombs-just-waiting-to-explode.html


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    • VanneV anne

      HAARP Woodpeckers Attack WWCR
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYQEg2MDoxo

      RUSSIAN RADAR AKA WOODY WOODPECKER – HF/SHORTWAVE/HAM RADIO INTERFERENCE
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6C0kun5DU&feature=related

      Russian Woodpecker facility…
      http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=174830.0


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    • VanneV anne

      earthquake damage to J-PARC which was 161 miles from the 9.0 March 11 Earthquake, see:
      http://j-parc.jp/picture/2011/03/StatusEnglish0328.pdf


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    • VanneV anne

      YAY JAPAN — Blog Entry Re: Innovative Japanese Rare Earth Find on Ocean Floor, Stupid Russians LOL — Kuril Islands Moot Point Thanks to Technological Foot-Dragging? MASSIVE “LOL” in Light of Russian “Weather Warfare” Threats Last Month

      “Japanese researchers say they have discovered vast deposits of rare earth minerals, used in many hi-tech appliances, in the seabed.
      “The geologists estimate that there are about a 100bn tons of the rare elements in the mud of the Pacific Ocean floor.
      “At present, China produces 97% of the world’s rare earth metals.
      “Analysts say the Pacific discovery could challenge China’s dominance, if recovering the minerals from the seabed proves commercially viable.
      “The British journal Nature Geoscience reported that a team of scientists led by Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo, found the minerals in sea mud at 78 locations.
      “’The deposits have a heavy concentration of rare earths. Just one square kilometre (0.4 square mile) of deposits will be able to provide one-fifth of the current global annual consumption,’ said Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo….The rare earths have been found at depths of 3,500 to 6,000 meters (11,500-20,000 ft) below the ocean surface at 78 locations in international waters in an area stretching east and west of Hawaii, as well as east of Tahiti in French Polynesia…”


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    • VanneV anne

      Russia, Japan and the Kurils Faceoff

      “…The Kurils are a chain of rocky, barren, sparsely-populated islands that stretch from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula almost to Japan's northernmost main island, Hokkaido. In the dying days of World War II, Soviet troops seized the four southernmost islands in the Kuril chain and have held them ever since; Japan, meanwhile has long demanded that Russia return the islands to Japanese ownership. This dispute has prevented the two countries from formally signing a treaty to officially end World War II, even though the two nations have long had full diplomatic relations.

      “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev caused a stir late last year when he became the first Russian leader to set foot on the Kurils. Now he's making waves again by declaring that Russia will deploy “modern” weapons to defend the Kurils which he then went on to claim were “an inseparable part” of Russia. His comments came just after February 7, which is Northern Territories Day in Japan, a day when the Japanese annually assert their claims of ownership over the four islands seized at the end of World War II.

      “A bigger question is why the two nations are engaging in such a high-profile spat over these islands in the first place. Of course ownership of them also gives one country of the other the right to use the rich fishing grounds around the islands and to explore the seabed for potential deposits of natural gas.


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      • VanneV anne

        [cont.]
        But the dispute also threatens to derail Russo-Japanese relations; the two countries recently signed a joint deal to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Russia's Sakhalin Island to supply Japan with natural gas, Russia also expects Japan to be a market for Siberian crude oil once their East Siberia Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline becomes fully operational in 2013.

        “Past the mineral wealth attached to the Kurils, the reason for the dispute over the islands seems to be more tied up with notions of national pride more than anything else….”
        http://edsworld365.blogspot.com/2011/02/russia-japan-and-kurils-faceoff.html


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Oh oh!
    Mitt Romney’s big green flop
    http://bostonherald.com/jobfind/news/tec
    A Bay State solar panel developer that landed a state loan from Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts governor has gone belly up — a day after the GOP presidential hopeful ripped President Obama’s green-energy investments. Lowell-based Konarka Technologies announced late yesterday that…


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  • CB CB

    Tacomagrove and I posted this here, maybe they are following their folks. What I took from it was could this cause and explosive debris to move higher than thought.
    W'Pics CB
    May 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm · Reply
    Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere: NASA http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA14430


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So what's up.. pre-emptive positioning?
    A build up aggression towards China..while locking down Japan?
    How many of our fine men and women in the military will be exposed this time to hide another dirty secret.
    ( or test rabbits for the new anti-radiation drug)
    What is it that the government and the military industry complex
    does not understand about "game over".

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47655768/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/


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  • NASA coverup of radiation. http://www.rense.com/general95/nasacover.html

    NASA falls down, however, in citing the March 11 quake and tsunami as the sole causes of ionosphere disturbances over Fukushima. No previous atmospheric event can match the intensity of the Fukushima-centered effects of March 11, 2011, which destroyed much of the protective ozone over the Arctic Circle and charged massive luminous clouds over the Japan Trench for months afterwards.

    The Fukushima effects on the atmosphere were off the scale because of the vast releases of radioactive particles that began two hours after the tsunami impact. Its ongoing atmospheric destruction are as large, and likely larger, than even the U.S. Navy's high-altitude nuclear blasts that created the artificial EM field lines for the HAARP system. – Yoichi Shimatsu

    Bill Moyers: The Secret Government – The Constitution in Crisis http://vodpod.com/watch/1767339-the-secret-government-the-constitution-in-crisis-by-bill-moyers

    ’9-11 Fake Video’ Stars – The JSTAR Clones http://www.rense.com/general92/911fk.htm
    Why Covert Ops Must Have ‘Fake’ Video

    No Windows on Flight 175 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRC4lCQuBmc&feature=related

    Ed Ward MD’s Weblog of Tyranny http://edwardmd.wordpress.com/ http://www.facebook.com/EdWardMD3


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  • Jon_NY Jon_NY

    Atmosphere Above Japan Heated Rapidly Before M9 Earthquake

    http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/26773/


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    • jedi jedi

      Hello JONNY ,I like you'r link! but my question is do we have
      satellite that pick up heat thur the pacific ocean waters,heat
      mix with currents? I would love to see what it look like today?
      , we have no current satellite pic? It would show us all 3 fukushima meltdowns today..


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  • entangeled in this fabric of lies is the preemptive toxic uniforms of alaskan airlines, The failed second stage rocket in route to the ISS in route to resupply… And the massive storm / supercell systems that plauged the united states east coast following the march 11th disaster.

    Its not an admission of guilt to these events…

    But it is a good start in admitting that the scope of destruction that followed the march 11th Eq, has no bounds and is beyond our simple minded intervention…


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  • glowfus

    i dont care about electrons, it's the photons i care about, specifically the endless photons coming from the cesium that could get stuck in my vas deferens other sensitive bio-organs.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @ Tacoma..I agree.
    It's not like the upper atmosphere is repairable or anything…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @ Sam..totally funny.


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    • Sam

      Flabpdoodle's humor is contagious.
      I always await the coming of
      Flapdoodle on the site. I hope
      they are out of the way of the
      fires in New Mexico.


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  • jedi jedi

    You might have it wrong? . I tell you I live in or on the
    big island and this summer is the coldest 30 yeres here,I think
    it more like the movie day after tomorrow? cold air from a hole
    from space!letting cold air in ? three days ago a new clip japan nuclear winter,let hope not!


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  • arclight arclight

    did the earthquake throw up metal beams weighing thousand or hundreds of tons directly up into the air following the preceding concussion blast which probably caused a super vacuum that sucked up the entire contents or alot at least, of the no3 reactor site.. or was that just my imagination? anyone got the closeup with the concussion blast visible (just).. bet that bounced of the ionisphere and maybe beyond?

    how big a diameter would the concussion front get by the time it reached it? would it be the same size as it started? just wondering?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdHbp-tU5O0


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    • voltscommissar

      The concussion blast (shockwave) was definitely visible above Unit 1 as the hydrogen exploded. But I cannot see it being a significant threat to the stratosphere or ionosphere.

      OTOH, Unit 3 — see my "improved" slowmo (half normal speed) contrast-enhanced video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc4KZoevt10 — its ionizing radiation surely could have had global effects, including those severe storms east coast USA some weeks later. I'm calling it a "Direct Containment Heating" event. Goddards Journal says "steam explosion" but in fact we are essentially describing the same (postulated) phenomenon, and it 'aint pretty :-(


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      • arclight arclight

        thanks volts.. got the hd version and it shows the upward surge beginning to break up at the 600 meter mark (if the chimneys are 300meters that is?).. so the concussion vaccum looks to have a lessening effect there.. great post!


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