Intense M5 quakes hit near Fukushima (MAPS & VIDEO)

Published: December 15th, 2012 at 3:06 am ET


Video of the Fukushima plant shaking here

Title: Earthquake Information
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
h/t missingsky101

13:27 JST:

14:46 JST:

More video of the Fukushima plant shaking here

Published: December 15th, 2012 at 3:06 am ET


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27 comments to Intense M5 quakes hit near Fukushima (MAPS & VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Re: earthquake at Fukushima

    SP: I assume NRC boss Allison Macfarlane felt this one. She and the other nucleocrats are at Koriyama 60 miles west of the hellhole at Daiichi through Monday (Sunday JST):

    Wonder if the nucleocrats are discussing seismic issues? 😉

    I hope some of them realize a PR tour through Unit 4 (which had no fissile fuel running on 311) is not the same as a PR tour through Units 1, 2, and 3. Those "Lost Boys" have three uncontrollable blobs of fissile fuel migrating under the buildings, leaching by underground tidal wave fissures into the Pacific Ocean.

    Do we dare guess this conference even has one session that addresses the Tepco taboo word (corium)? I doubt it. A lot of posturing by naked apes who have been personally enriched by this species-threatening industry. Their kids go to great colleges… But will they enjoy a healthy and long life? Answer: Not in Japan. And soon coming on the jetstream and ocean currents to your own country.

    I don't blame this current crop of genocidal nucleocrats for starting the nuclear industry…but I do blame them fir not stopping it. The verdict of history will not be kind to these people. The question is will there be anyone left alive to read the sad history in a few generations?

    Madness in Japan…Pandora's box remains fatally open forever.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Being that she's a geologist, i'm sure she felt it and thought about SFP 4, too 😉 Now, she's only been in her position for a few short weeks, so, like Jazko before her, she may surprise us. No doubt she is surrounded by commission members who distrust her deeply for speaking out against Yucca Mountain. She may have to move slowly to make any progress since her boss probably has not given the green light to her making waves and may not back her when she does. She's still in the "meet and greet" phase anyway. Btw, i think your posts are brilliant, SP.

    • Sickputer

      Correction…39 miles away for the conference (60 km). I misread the original article, but saw annes post in another thread about the true distance.

      This is a good link to bookmark for distance calculations:

      For your second location start typing in Fuk…and the drop down box will allow you to pick the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

    • Some are not very happy with her, or the NRC. The latter remind me a bit of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" if anybody has read it:


      A Mitigation Con Game
      The Rape of Fukushima Dai-Ichi

      • "But one way or the other, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials were out to force themselves and their radiation on a helpless Japan — again. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945. More than a hundred thousand dead, perhaps as many born deformed, or stillborn. Then there was Monju in 1995, and Tokaimura in 1997, and again in 1999. And then Fukushima Dai-ichi, 2011.

        And now they’re back. The NRC delegation wants Japan to restart more of its nuclear reactors. They’ve been pushing Japan for more than a year, but the citizens of Japan have been opposing restart vehemently."

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          Pu239, i don't think she's even been in long enough to have taken an action on anything that wasn't already in the works by the commissioners during the gap between Jazko leaving and McFarlane filling the office. There was a flurry of activity done in that gap by the commissioner in anticipation of her objecting or blocking them. Obama isn't noted for making ay kind of public challenge, which i think is the biggest mistake of his Presidency, and he prefers to negotiate from a position starting at the lowest gain ad going downhill from there. McFarlane's sole mission, as was Jazko's, to shut down Yucca and keep it that way. She has no power to override the commissioners without a political battle, which the administration would never support. But, no one is going to be appointed to the NRC if they aren't pro-nuke, and that makes it hard for anyone opposed to nuclear energy to like her.

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          One of the reasons why it is so important to write and petition the NRC is because not everyone there wants to impose their pro-nukes positions on Japan. The engineers, developers, others there come out and speak openly about their concerns, about the age of reactors, the need to move away from fission and develop cold fusion, etc. Without our input to the NRC, these people have no power politically or collectively, and thus, the chairwoman or chairman, after taking action against the commissioners, will always need to resign. Public input will not change the minds of the hardened commissioners. The letters are for those who need to be able to point to public sentiment in order to go around the varied obstacles and eventually change the culture at the NRC.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    • Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 04:27:02 UTC
    • Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 01:27:02 PM at epicenter •
    37.349°N, 141.287°E
    57.8 km (35.9 miles)
    29 km (18 miles) ESE of Namie, Japan
    49 km (30 miles) NE of Iwaki, Japan
    63 km (39 miles) E of Funehiki, Japan
    72 km (44 miles) E of Miharu, Japan

    This earthquake is 14.4 mi (23.19 km) ESE from Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant
    This earthquake is 14.5 mi (23.40 km) ENE from Fukushima Daini (#2) Nuclear Power Plant

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      • Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 05:46:15 UTC
      • Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 02:46:15 PM at epicenter •
      36.797°N, 141.128°E
      45.3 km (28.1 miles)
      33 km (20 miles) E of Kitaibaraki, Japan
      35 km (21 miles) SE of Iwaki, Japan
      38 km (23 miles) ENE of Takahagi, Japan
      48 km (29 miles) ENE of Hitachi, Japan

      This earthquake is 43.6 mi (70.11 km) S from Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant
      This earthquake is 36.3 mi (58.46 km) S from Fukushima Daini (#2) Nuclear Power Plant
      Fukushima #1 37.422972N 141.032917E
      Fukushima #2 37.316389N 141.025556E

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am · Reply

    Bonjour kalidances, le séisme de 13:27 JST le 15 décembre 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.3
    Un autre séisme,14:46 JST le 15 décembre 2012Ibaraki-ken Oki M5.0

    December 15, 2012 at 6:02 am

    re. 5.2M quake at 13.27jst shake seen on tbs/jnn cam also…

  • patb2009

    i suppose we will find out in a week that the cooling system is off line or the recirc system spilled a huge amount of water, it's not a big enough shake to crack SFP 4, i think.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The quakes keep happening and happening in that area.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    shake, rattle, roll….

    the dance of Nature continues

    Whatever and whoever cannot dance with her in HARMONY, is destroyed.

    That is the lesson of Fukushima, the earthquake and tsunami.

    Dance with Nature, or dance with the horrors that come out of Pandora's Box…

    Our choice…

    Nuclear Accidents, Recycling Nuclear Weapons/Fuel


  • Oh joy.

    Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

    Magnitude 10 temblor could happen: study

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    Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

    Magnitude 10 temblor could happen: study

    "It is theoretically possible that the world could see a quake with a magnitude of around 10, a researcher at Tohoku University told the government's Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction, Japan.

    The energy of such an earthquake would be 30 times greater than the magnitude 9.0 quake that hit the northeast on March 11, 2011."

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Wow, PU, I can hardly respond to that. A Mag 10 EQ would cause tsunamis all over the Pacific Ocean. It's almost unfathomable to try to wrap one's mind around what a Mag 10 EQ would do. That could be a civilization-ending event, in terms of what it might do to the Earth's orbit, atmosphere, land masses, oceans, and so on.

  • Ron

    Looks like in upcoming election Japan's "Tomorrow Party" is the best of the options nuke-wise.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    The video here shows a massive cloud of pink stuff rising into the air just after the main shock hit. Then, if you watch the video closely, you can see the pink stuff coming out of the plant continuously. Isn't it Cesium which shows up as pink in the sky or clouds when there in large quantities?

    Yep, 30 Trillion Bq per hour or more coming out of there, and counting …. IMHO, everyone needs to grasp what this calculation means.

    See Veterans Today articles on Fukushima.