Intense M5.5 quake hits Fukushima — Aftershocks follow in exact location minutes later (MAPS)

Published: November 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm ET
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>>> Follow-up to today’s report: 4 quakes M4.0 and above hit Fukushima in 24-hour period <<<

Title: Earthquake Information
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

All three earthquakes were centered at 36.9N, 141.4E and had a depth of between 20 to 30 kilometers



Published: November 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm ET
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18 comments to Intense M5.5 quake hits Fukushima — Aftershocks follow in exact location minutes later (MAPS)

  • weeman

    Look for the radiation levels to spike, shake rattle a radiate, baby.
    That's a stong one hope the SFP are ok.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Weeman where did you see that?


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Ok I didn't see your maps posted


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  • richard richard

    i wonder if there was a history of quakes centred at this area prior to 3/11.

    if so, of course, why build a NPP on top of it.

    if not, has the original quake created a new stress point, or is there something lurking at 20 kilometres down?

    how far can coriums travel downward in (approaching) two years ?


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      @Richard, zoom in on Japan.. notice red line that runs through it? Brilliant country for nukes eh? That is the major plates/faults. and there are quite a few smaller fault lines.. empty lava tubes etc..

      http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

      also an interesting hypothesis video

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skX_b1NuAW0&feature=related


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      @richard, i often wondered the exact same thing so asked my friends one night at dinner who were born ad raised in Japan ad immigrated here on work visas just what hey experienced about the earthquakes. I said that i thought they were happening more often. They said it was normal for the Tokyo area and much of the entire island to have several small quakes a day given tat it is a volcanic island situated on the Ring of Fire. So, they weren't concerned about the frequency. But, they each agreed that the concern was the magnitude. Anything under 5. was usual. Going above that raised eyebrows and the chatter level. 6 and above and worry set in. o, that is the "folk" side of things. There is a Japanese geologist i recall reading about on enenews in the first weeks after 3/11 who was trying to get some respect for his theory that another major 9. quake was due in 2013 south of Fukushima and offshore closer to Tokyo. Tokyo is flat and most of it is at sea level, so that is a very real threat tsunami wise.


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        con't … what i also hadn't understood until a further discussion was that Japan has very little developable area given that large mountains occupy its center, so everyone lives along one coastline or another packed in tight, which is one of the reasons for the social docility we see that exceeds our own in many ways. They simply must share any space outside their actual home with everyone else. There are no buffer zones. Fukushima is considered very remote and undeveloped by Japanese standards and was seen as a logical place to put a reactor – above the water, remote, well placed for transmission lines to go north and south, etc. But, as you point out, the quakes, which usually weren't above 7.6, though sometimes higher on known fault lines, though this fault line was not yet discovered. Japan, eager to become energy independent, took the risk. But, TEPCO took down the natural seawall at Fukushima to make it easier to offload concrete and steel from ocean cargo ships. Not only would it have blocked most of the tsunami wave, but had disaster still befell the reactors, they could have contained the water within a natural barrier far more easily.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Damn Tepco – only puts up one camera at a distance with obscured view when they should have multiple screens and angles showing more than the single long shot view! Its only the entire top half of the WORLD at stake!


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  • Alaskan Alaskan

    I have better cameras for moose watching than Tepco does !!


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  • MarroJJ MarroJJ

    Please tell me the remaining NPP's in Japan are being shut down… another "accident", and we might ALL be screwed :(


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      MarroJJ: Had the exact same thought as I read through this thread and links, and studied the quakes over the past couple of weeks. Can Japan's nukes even be decommissioned without incident? It is so very seismically active there.

      Richard: These are subduction zone earthquakes, well offshore and deep under sea and deep under the seabed. IMO, the coriums did not cause this quake swarm. Weeman is correct, earthquakes stir up the corium, making it spark and crackle in the rock beneath Fuku. Expect an increase in radiation during the next several days. As to the location of Coriums1,2,&3, we might never find out. They are looking for corium inside the buildings and torus basements, but will find very little remaining melted fuel residue. I do not believe they have a technology to sense corium in the ground at a distance. My recommendation is to use core drill rigs, boring holes slantwise under the plants to locate and map the corium. Until locating the underground corium becomes a part of the decommissioning plan, I don't believe TEPCO's efforts at Fuku are serious.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    I agree, but still must add a "And Where Oh Where Is Mighty GE? Fantastic GE? Child Molester and Murderer, GE?"

    Not a peep from Immelt, Welch or the rest of this sorry lot!!!

    Guess they don't have a good working relationship with the Yakuza running the show? Might not be good press for Obomney's jobs guy, buddy Jeffy Immelt?

    Now we're done spanking Willard Mitt, might be a good time to come clean on the nuclear HOAX, No???

    … peace …


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