M7.7 quake hits to the north of Japan, 500 km from Hokkaido — Felt across eastern half of nation (MAPS & VIDEO)

Published: August 14th, 2012 at 4:45 am ET




AFP Video: Earthquake rattles northern Japan

Published: August 14th, 2012 at 4:45 am ET


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48 comments to M7.7 quake hits to the north of Japan, 500 km from Hokkaido — Felt across eastern half of nation (MAPS & VIDEO)

  • This is a deep focus earthquake. Another set of trouble making earthquakes-perhaps even great may occur. See http://predictingquakes.blogspot.in/

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      That is my understanding, too. I studied geology for the Pacific Northwest of America where i live, but Japan is on the same Ring Of Fire, and the quake patterns along this whole ring suggest bigger and badder quakes. It's important for folks to know that the current theory in geology that no quake is related to another is a stand-in theory based on subduction of tectonic plates put forth by the fossil fuel extraction industry which came to dominate geological studies, but there is no real science that backs up such odd claims. It is actually still being debated if subduction even occurs at all anywhere on the planet given that there is nothing to suggest that it actual does. Continental plates simply do not float on top of each other regardless. But, they do bump into each other. The earth's crust, is, in fact, very profoundly connected and one quake effects another. These are all classic building/releasing quakes going on all around the Ring which indicates something significant is happening on a global scale latent earth energy wise. Some geologists suggest that as the earth's crust lifts, which it does as the polar ice melts because the weight is off the plate, that lifting or springing upwards may have lateral movement as well, depending on the already existing tension of the plates and their relationship to one another at the time. This could be bumper cars for some time to come. Something to think about when choosing future energy resources and placing your…

      • flatsville


        IIRC there was an earthquake swarm? around Jan. 1 of 2011 or 2012?

        Do you remember the dates? Do you recall the details? Got links?

        Thnx in advance.

      • @VicFromOregon
        August 14, 2012 at 5:30 am
        There is a reference in http://earthquakescausedbydams.blogspot.com
        which discusses geology raising questions like subduction which you have discussed:
        Pratt D., 2000. Plate Tectonics: A Paradigm Under Threat. Journal of Scientific Exploration. Vol. 14, pp. 307-352.
        It is on line.

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        VFO…This is, after all, one deeply interconnected, inter-related globe. Time is a variable. How long it takes one part to affect another is not yet hard math.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Okay folks. Now is it clear that to restart nuclear reactors in Japan is madness? Madness anywhere, but really, really mad on a volcanic island? Accept for the two that got restarted, the rest of the reactors are already off line. Keeping the damaged ones, especially the four at Fukushima from worsening is enough work to do. Keeping the damaged SFP4 from toppling from a quake maybe more than can be done. Nuclear is simply not an option for the sane. It is not an option for the realist. No one can control an earthquake.

    • Insight

      Thanks for the info Vic and Ramaswami. I agree with you Vic… it is madness!
      This is out of WIKI…
      Austria was the first country to begin a phase-out (in 1978) and has been followed by Sweden (1980), Italy (1987), Belgium (1999), and Germany (2000). Austria and Spain have gone as far as to enact laws not to build new nuclear power stations. Several other European countries have debated phase-outs.

      Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its reactors and pledged to close the rest by 2022.[1] The Italians have voted overwhelmingly to keep their country non-nuclear.[2] Switzerland and Spain have banned the construction of new reactors.[3] Japan’s prime minster has called for a dramatic reduction in Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.[4] Taiwan’s president did the same. Mexico has sidelined construction of 10 reactors in favor of developing natural-gas-fired plants.[5] Belgium is considering phasing out its nuclear plants, perhaps as early as 2015.[3]

      As of November 2011, countries such as Australia, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Norway remain opposed to nuclear power.

      I am astonished that the USA/Obama is pro-nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is a snare leading to total destruction.

      • Insight

        The major quakes that Iran just experienced were followed by at least 60 aftershocks. Many of those were 4.0 and above.
        I tried to find a good faultline map of Iran but only found maps with general areas. There are no faultlines under the point of the quakes from that data. Iran has a major fault line on its northern border near the Caspian Sea and the other one on the southern border along the Persian gulf. This could be natural because Iran is wedged between those faults but I am wondering, considering the political tensions about their nuclear plants,
        if perhaps the quakes were HAARP made.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          When I first heard about the Iran quakes, I wondered when the first poster would come up with that idea on enenews. 🙂
          I think it were just earthquakes. They do not only happen along faultlines.

          • flatsville

            >>>They do not only happen along fault lines.<<<

            And new fault lines and branches of fault lines make themselves known when they become active.


            >>>In 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey discovered a new fault line—the Shoreline Fault—less than one mile from the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo; however, the new fault line was not widely known until last month.<<<

            In Iran, they may discover the have a new fault line which are not always located near tectonic plates…like the New Madrid fault line(s) which is deep and ancient. It is most likely the result of an ancient failed volcano that never made it to the surface, but severely fractured the crust.

            There is a theory that when separation occurs at the Mid Atlantic Rift the pressure is transferred through the eastern continental US triggering the New Madrid fault.

          • Insight

            Thanks for the info about the new faultline in CA, flatville. This is the first I have heard about it.

            • flatsville

              And yet another in CA. Small by comparison to some, but in a dangerous place.


              >>>Scientists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were inspecting the Martis Creek Dam, which sits just outside Truckee, Calif., and about 35 miles upstream from Reno. It is one of 10 dams in the United States that has “urgent and compelling” safety concerns, according to the Corps, which owns the dam. Data from the most recent evaluation revealed that, not only does the dam have significant leakage, it also lies in close proximity to not two, but three fault zones.

              The newly discovered, active, 22-mile-long strike-slip fault is named Polaris for the old mining town it runs through (by contrast, the San Andreas Fault is more than 800 miles long).<<<

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          I still haven't figured out how HAARP really plays in to this whole thing. You can't bounce off that much energy within a system and not have it go somewhere. That's physics as we know it. But, is it deliberate? We may never know. I wouldn't trust that the richochet effect could always be so predictable.. You might easily bounce it right back onto yourself. But, i haven't read anything that gives me enough actual calculation theory in layperson's terms that i can understand without high math.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hi all, the High Sensitivity Seismograph Network Japan has finally set up an English beta version of their site with lots of EQ info.
    Under "Hypocenter / Waveform" you can find the Hypocenter maps, which are just great.
    Check it out, it's a goldmine.



    • Radio VicFromOregon

      B&B, would you agree that though Japan has lots of quakes, many of these quakes are bigger than usual?

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi Vic, I'm not sure….I'm fascinated by the subject, but I think one had to observe for a very long period to see any changes.
        Look at this timeline
        – apparently, there's a lot of acitvity recently, more frequent earthquakes, but the last over M 6 (6.4) was on June 18th. Before that date, we saw a > 6 roughly every 4 weeks.
        So maybe a bigger one is overdue? I'd love to see a recent statement of a Japanese seismologist on this.

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          k. Thx.

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          B&B, if they in for a bigger one, then OMG. But, some geologists are predicting some monstrous sized crustal rebounds depending on all of the above, and i forgot to add, how fast the melting of land ice since that is the weight. Remove the weight quickly and the crust springing back up with the pressure off will be quick, too. So the 9 that Japan got could conceivably just be the beginning. The same for many sites worldwide.

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          I agree, B&B, long time like in thousands of years time. But, i'm recalling that we have enjoyed a relatively quite and stable period geologically speaking worldwide and that may be changing.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Thx, for the great link. But, now i'm confused. The Hypocenter link says the quake was a 4.3 while the above link says it was a 7.7 off the Russian coast but felt all the way to Hokkaido. It also said that strong quakes are normal for Japan, which is true, but, i sure don't recall so many large quakes so frequently.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi Vic, I'm not sure the 7.7 quake is shown on the Hypocenter map, as it was far off the Japanese islands?

  • yohananw

    FALSE REPORT. Just what 7.7 is your headline referring to? Nothing like that at that time on seismic maps, such as that of http://www.iris.edu/dms/seismon.htm
    Please doublecheck google and sources before you publish and improve the reliability and validity of this important news site.

  • arclight arclight

    Uploaded by StoryMonoroch on Aug 4, 2011
    "….. 最新 Latest
    * 2011年の日本の地震 分布図 Japan earthquakes 2011 Visualization map (2012-01-01)
    * 2011年の世界の地震 分布図 World earthquakes 2011 Visualization map (2012-01-01)

    ▲ 2011年3月1日00:00~8月1日00:00に日本周辺で発生したM3.0以上の地震まとめ

    * この分布図は個人が作成した非公式な情報です
    * 気象庁が公表した資料を参照しています
    * M3.0以上の地震をまとめています

    ▲ 詳細 http://monoroch.net/jishin2011/ ……."

    the link to the video here……..


    and dutchsince is on it too!….

    8/14/2012 — 7.7 magnitude earthquake north of Japan — Sea of Okhotsk Russia

    Published on Aug 13, 2012 by dutchsinse
    "…A large earthquake struck north of Japan.. eastern Russia off the coast .. Sea of Okhotsk . near kuril islands. A sign of the growing recent unrest… things quieted off for a few months.. now have begun back in earnest…


    …I am at a family reunion in a remote location — with limited computer / internet access — will post as I can on this please have a plan ready!! Be prepared for further movement – compensation – around the ring of fire in the near term. Watch West Coast and South America.

    Use the links here to monitor earthquakes nationally and internationally.."


  • http://www.emsc-csem.org/#2

    2012-08-14 02:59:40.07hr 14min ago 49.84 N 145.06 E 611 7.7 SEA OF OKHOTSK

    • arclight arclight

      hi rama

      i think you will find it happened
      7hr 24min ago
      not 14 minutes 😉

      thanks for the link..

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        thx everyone for tracking these! These are one of the big undeniable yet unpredictable variables in effecting the already earthquake fractured, hydrogen and nuclear exploded reactors.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Here is a link to that super USGS chart of the frequency of large M6 – 8 earthquakes from 1900 on, which clearly shows the recent uptrend. There are many more people living on an increasingly unstable Planet Earth. A formula for many problems. Not the least of which is that some people insist on trying to run nuclear power plants on this little bitty old rock floating out here in space.


    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi philip, thanks for the link! But the author comes to the conclusion that there is no larger frequence of earthquakes:

      "So, has there been a spike up in major earthquakes over the last decade? No.
      Has there been any increase in major earthquakes in recent history? Some during the 1990s, although the data I have only covers the last 30 years. The USGS, who hold all the data, say that major earthquakes have been fairly constant."

      Great stuff for lengthy discussions… 😉

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        B&B, i've read those and while all the numbers crunch to a certain conclusion if you continue to use the same pattern, the ice has been melting through this entire 30 years. The past 50 really. Perhaps we are just seeing more about quakes in the news, yet, even the quake on the US East Coast was unusual. It is the stuff for a lengthy discussion. There is a paleoanthropologist that showed that all the theories of tool evolution and the cultural bias of saying one arrow point is more "advanced than another" and happened in such and such a sequence is fairly wrong, especially when comparing humans and neanderthals. Rearranging the arrows points into a different pattern on the table and one can come to an entirely different conclusion – not that humans were superior tool makers, but that neanderthals were better at reusing what they already had – i.e., they were far more efficient. So, i always like to think about the big "accepted" claims.

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Well, my friends from Japan living here tell me that their friends back in Japan are experiencing quakes everyday. "There is shaking everyday somewhere on the island". They tell me that this is not usual. Most of these folks are all over 60 years of age. So, that's the span of time that they are measuring by.

    • flatsville

      That was written in 2010. Interesting.

      Manne should update his graph from 1980 – 2009 using the full data set…as there have been some significant shaking since then.

      I live in a non-coastal earthquake zone and like to keep an eye on things.

      Thnx for the link.

  • EngineeringBloke

    I signed up for USGS earthquake email notfications many years ago. I get emails for earthquakes of magnitude > M5 world-wide and > M4 in the US. Signup on this page:


    In 2011, I noted that after a relatively large M7.2 quake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU (3/9/11 2:45 UTC) that the aftershocks were continuing. There were six strong aftershock quakes of M5.6 to M6.3 magnitutude over the next couple of days in the same area. I had not seen such activity before and I suspected there might be more coming.

    The big M8.8 quake followed on 3/11/11, and there have been about two hundred > M5 quakes from that area since. The last one in the area was in June.

    Prediction is still challenging, but I would be very concerned if there was another swarm of strong earthquakes close in time that another big quake and tsunami could happen. Of course, such an earthquake might not have a series beforehand.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Yeah, it's the swarming pattern. Not the annual frequencies or averages or even the magnitude, really, i'm thinking, but how they are swarming. Is it different? Has it changed? Or, is it just being brought to our attention better? Or, all of the above. I think geologists need to stop looking at it as regional and start seeing it as a whole system. It would give a different perspective.

      • EngineeringBloke

        Vic, the earthquakes in the small area east of Honshu are likely to be the result of slippage in parts of the plate under the Japanese islands and seas. All fairly close together. However I do think there is a more global effect possible.

        With global warming there are changes to the ice sheets around the world. The ice volume and mass is reducing and the weight on the tectonic plates is changing. As a result, the plates which were depressed under the ice are rising. It seems likely that this would not only have a local affect but would also cause changes at the edges of the plates.

        An example of the effect of changes in mass on plates include Haiti – it has been suggested that deforestation on Haiti might have caused the earthquake there, as without the trees, there were mass changes due to earth and mud slides. This was followed by an earthquake.


        • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          Hi EngineeringBloke

          quote :
          "With global warming there are changes to the ice sheets around the world. The ice volume and mass is reducing and the weight on the tectonic plates is changing. As a result, the plates which were depressed under the ice are rising. It seems likely that this would not only have a local affect but would also cause changes at the edges of the plates."

          Woulden't this rising also mandatory means ever increasing rate of melting ?

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          Thx EngineeringBloke. So, why does the measuring data all say nothing is different? The number crunching is not matching up with the personal experiences or the new science. I am, of course, assuming that the USGS is able to detect ALL quakes since they make fairly broad claims to frequency and magnitude and report that nothing has changed Do you or anyone know?

  • EngineeringBloke

    Here is the USGS page for the 3/11/11 quake (upgraded to M9). There are maps showing the history of quakes in the area.


  • DHCollins

    Quite the interesting conversation. I live on the southern Oregon coast. About a block from the water and maybe 15 feet in elevation.The Cascadia subduction zone is just offshore from me. You might say I have a front row seat. The potential for a mega-quake/mega-tsunami is very high. Nobody alive today has ever seen a mega anything.

    I've been visiting the USGS site muliple times a day for years. I have a pretty good feel for when things are out of sorts. This quake in Russia is not unexpected. And since it's just up the street from Japan, you might say it's in the same neighborhood.

    I don't really see anything out of the ordinary. But these cycles can span centuries and seismology is still a very young science. As to HAARP causing quakes, I'd have to file that under paganism. They too attributed the shaking to a higher power rather than natural forces.

    I'm sitting in a very bad area if the Cascadia fault rips. Got more to lose than most of you. But I don't lose any sleep over it. There's some things you just can't do anything about. Like asteroids and… poka music.

    I'll bid my time till the tsunami debris arrives this winter. Got my geiger counter ready too.


  • Insight

    I saw this posted on enenews and it is a fascinating collection of data worth sharing again in case people missed it.


  • Insight

    This is another good link that I enjoy. Scroll down for the earthquake info, click on details and it has a map link that you can zoom in for a close look.


  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Great thread here (above).