Gov’t warns of impending quake shortly before M6.9 hit northern Japan — “Make yourself safe, turn off the gas…”

Published: February 2nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm ET


Title: 6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Japan’s Hokkaido
Source: AFP
Date: February 2, 2013

A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Saturday, causing strong tremors across Hokkaido island but generating no tsunami or immediate reports of damage, authorities said. […]

Source: JMA

Tremors from the powerful quake lasted for about a minute, according to NHK which warned of possible aftershocks.

Shortly before it hit, an alert was broadcast on television and radio, forecasting the impending quake, through an early warning system established by the weather agency.

Programmes were interrupted on NHK to broadcast information about the earthquake.

“Make yourself safe, turn off the gas, beware of falling objects, and if you are outside do not approach the coast,” the broadcaster said. […]

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Published: February 2nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm ET


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31 comments to Gov’t warns of impending quake shortly before M6.9 hit northern Japan — “Make yourself safe, turn off the gas…”

  • norbu norbu

    "Shortly before it hit, an alert was broadcast on television and radio, forecasting the impending quake, through an early warning system established by the weather agency" How did they know there was a quake about to hit? Do they have inside info from HAARP? What is going here? Really the weather agency told them?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Very, very suspicious.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Very similar to the several Facebook pages asking for donations to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, a few days before the shootings took place.

        • norbu norbu

          can you post a link so we can see it? Thanks for the info.

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          They probably have installed a 'P-wave' detector system, which senses the non-shaking wave that travels twice the speed of the shaking 's-wave', moving 14,000 mph vs 7000 mph, and can give up to a minute warning of the upcoming shake.

          I bought one for $35, an 'inverted pendulum' model, which is bolted to a wall stud, and had to be 'de-tuned' so as to not go off when busses and trash trucks pass by 1 block away.

          Our fire departments, located a few miles from the CA San Andreas fault, subscribed 2 years ago to an internet-based P-wave detector service which will give them a short chance to move fire trucks out of the stations before an incoming shaker could damage the electric door mechanics or the firehouse, leaving the fire trucks trapped inside.

          If the quake is just 50 miles away, you won't even have enough warning time to think about turning off the gas, but a huge shaker 200 miles away would give you enough P-wave warning to at least get out of the building you're in, maybe turn off the gas and maybe get the car out of the garage before structural damage might occur.

          • jump-ball jump-ball

            P-wave, S-wave, surface wave puff piece here:


          • jec jec

            My little dogs..all three, all try to hide..on my lap. They can tell ahead of time. So animals are a warning system as well. The frequency is low? Anyone know?

            • jump-ball jump-ball

              USGS employee and earthquake 'expert' Jim Berkland, who predicted the 1989 World Serious earthquake 4 days before it interrupted game 3 of the series, and who was then silenced by his USGS employer from making any such furher earthquake disaster warnings, has for decades kept records of missing cats, whose run-a-way disappearances have preceded many major earthquakes.

              Our corrupt, wasteful, politicized U.S. disaster agencies have no clue as to the low-frequency warnings of impending earthquakes, but better-informed animal populations worldwide, such as those elephants who saved themselves by taking immediately to higher ground moments before the 2004 Phuket, Thailand, tsunami disaster, have a keen sensitivity of impending terrestrial danger of which no U.S., self-aggrandizing bureacratic agency, will ever have a clue:



            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              7.5 Hertz= Earth's resonant frequency,which is oddly the same as lightning.(?) What sticks out in my mind(besides my pointy head!lol)-is that a number of small to moderate earthquakes do more overall damage and compromise structural integrity of buildings than one large EQ does!(?)~Assuming the large earthquake isn't accompanied by a tsunami at least?!! We know now that they won't admit probs at ANY nuke plant unless they can't lie their way out of it and we also now know that means reactor explosions able to be seen & documented by large numbers of the public visually and via the increasing number of Geiger counters being operated by the "thinking" portion of the population. It really hurts me,especially for my sweet wife that I hope I never become a grandparent…I feel worried and guilty enough about my two children in their 20's having to struggle in a crap world during their un-naturally shortened lives in a foul,toxic & violent environment. I can't help but wonder how things might've been had I and the same number of "new"-"post-3/11/11" anti-nuker's paid closer attention and allowed ourselves to be "de-programmed" sooner?!!…"coulda,shoulda,woulda"~I get the sense of the same old story-"a day late & a dollar short"-story of my life….But TPTB WILL have a day of Reckoning coming to them!~I hope I live to see it!!(?) 😐

      • * Earthquake Early Warning System (Japan)-

        "The Earthquake Early Warning is set up to enable people to mitigate damage from an earthquake: people may protect themselves at home, at the office, and near cliffs. Railway workers may use this warning to slow down trains, and factory workers may use it to stop assembly lines prior to an earthquake…"

        The USA, California, should have a plan like this.
        Getting a phone text message might be an additional fast warning message. (just a thought)

        We have the land line phone warning system where I live for mountain fires.

    • Sirius

      Fukushima diary reports that a strange light was seen on site when the earthquake hit and before the power blackout :

    • guezilla

      The crucial thing would be knowing how much "shortly before" the alert came. Electric signal travel at speed of light (well, almost) and used to earthquakes, Japan has seismographs wired to automatic alert systems. Yes, the weather agency:

      Earthquake such as this was reported (On USGS site) to have been felt 300 miles away. If seismic waves from earthquake travel at 5 miles per second, and the alert will reach people immediately, then the alert will reach people a full minute before the earthquake.

      Even stronger evidence can be had from hearsay though, say the news reporter sees the report of oncoming earthquake. Fifteen minutes later (after the earthquake has ended, they've composed themselves and maybe get through overloaed phone-lines etc. a colleague will call them saying "An earthquake just occurred here!".

      Of course, Japan in particular has been pouring a lot of money into earthquake forecasts, it is generally felt there are certin precursors which can be watched for, but it's safe to say it's incredibly inexact science. So far Japan's success has mostly been in having the alerts reach people a few seconds before the actual earthquake waves, thereby giving them a running start – and either avoid doing or get out of doing something dangerous just then. It remains to be seen if this case was any different.

    • kiwirj

      actually japan has an early warning system that gives them i believe about a minutes notice when an earthquake starts. Warnings are sent out on cell phones, tv's, radio automatically. Suggest you all use a well known tool called google and educate yourself on it. There are also plans by a private company to put a likewise system in Canterbury NZ.

  • norbu norbu

    The more they open there mouth, the deeper there foot go's.

  • "Several of Japan's nuclear facilities are located in Aomori prefecture in Honshu's north, but the companies which run the facilities said there were no abnormalities reported after the quake."

    "There was also no abnormality reported in Tomari, another nuclear plant in Hokkaido."
    – from article

    * The timing of a warning depends on conditions when a warning can be issued and received. After receiving a warning, a person may have a few seconds…

    * Earthquake Early Warning (Japan)-

  • In the past seven days we have seen a total of eight seismic events of greater than 6.

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      10 since the 28th of Jan:

      6.0 68km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-02-02
      6.9 15km SW of Obihiro, Japan 2013-02-02
      6.4 67km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-02-01
      6.3 47km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-02-01
      6.0 52km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-01-31
      6.0 101km W of Craig, Alaska 2013-01-31
      6.2 60km E of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-01-30
      6.0 74km ENE of Lata, Solomon Islands
      6.8 43km N of Vallenar, Chile 2013-01-30
      6.0 61km SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan 2013-01-28

  • Jay

    The reason for the early warning is clear on this seismograph : tremors can be seen a while before the main hit .

    Right now the seasonal Earth Centrifugal Bulge – ECB – pressure area is over Japan latitude and keeps moving towards the south pole .

    This additional pressure can be the butterfly efect trigering earthquakes .
    On top , it also helps separating the Gas disolved in the magma being a matter of pressure gradient and the ease of the gas migrating away from the ECB . This can trigger volcanos and helps creating further crack in the mantel .

    It's a wonderful world ??

  • Jebus Jebus


    Citizens’ lack of resolve leaves nuclear door wide open for next disaster

    Much as after World War II — when guilt was sublimated and liability evaded — the aftermath of the explosions and meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has seen a concerted campaign of obfuscation and coverup by business leaders and government officials in what might be called “The Great Nasuri-tsukeru Hoax,” with nasuri-tsukeru meaning “shifting the blame to others.”

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Lists of nuclear disasters and radioactive incidents; via A Green Road

    Thorium Reactor Fort St. Vrain Power Station Experiment Failed; via A Green Road

    Bill Gates was on TV recently, explaining how 'perfect' the new generation of nuclear power plants will be.. the new plants will have NO PEOPLE inside of them, so accidents can never happen, and they were really safe…

    Kind of sounds like the boy with wax wings, who flew too close to the sun.

    For more details on these 'safe' reactors, read the Thorium reactor story… and others like it.

    Bill Gates is showing off his bias for all things nuclear.

    Where is the 'perfect', Godlike, source of power, that has no people involved?

    Could it be that he is pointing at the sun?

    Could it be that he is really wanting solar power?

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Of course, he is completely IGNORING the fact that Fukushima was caused by NATURE, not by man.

    Even if a computer had been in total control of Fukushima, it would have had multiple reactors melted down and through. It would have been MUCH WORSE, than if people had not done some brave and courageous things to try and stop something much, much worse from happening.

    • guezilla

      Actually, Japanese parliamentary panel on Fukushima exonerated nature from guilt. "Although triggered by these cataclysmic events, the subsequent accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant cannot be regarded as a natural disaster," it said. After six months of investigation, the panel concluded that the disaster "was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco" founded in the failure of regulatory systems. It is expected that TEPCO and Japanese government will appeal, and demand death penalty for nature.

      • Jay

        This time was 100 % human fault not just because they built neclear plants but in Fukushima the 'engineers' placed the buildings close and at almost the same level with the shore instead locating it 100 meter back But 20+ meters above the present silly location .

        The dynamics of a tsunami filling in a building complex/town is different than on a empty flat plane but they forgot about it , the 'engineers' designed the wall for a ten meter wave but the level inside the cities went up to 20 meters as seen in videos .

        Building the Fukushima reactor just 100 meters away and up that hill seen behind could have saved the day and Japan hence it was 100 % engineering error . Just like not employing space shuttle heat protective tiles to collect a melt-down and underneth a deep one kilometer hole where to empty the melt and cover it .

        Stop blaming the incompetent/inept/corrupt politicians but point to the real culprits , the inept/iresponsible 'engineers' .
        If a crazy politician orders a scientist to blow-up the world , should the scientist do it ?? That settles where the responsibility is .

        Oh , ya , a bit more gasoline on their image :