Posts tagged ‘Earth Sciences’

May 26, 2011

Earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shakes Fukushima region on May 24th 2011

[Sumi Aleksander, Japan News Contributor]

USGS: On Tuesday 24th May 2011, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck the Honshu region which encapsulates the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. No tsunami, or damage reports have been made.

The Honshu region is a notoriously unstable part of Japan and practically each day earthquakes at M4 to 6 strike the area.

An anonymous source at the UN has disclosed that it is looking into the Fukushima plant disaster to decide whether Japan was negligent in building the a nuclear plant in such an unstable part of the country and in that respect whether it should be made to compensate all countries that are now affected from serious radioactive contamination from the nuclear disaster that struck the plant.

April 7, 2011

Mexico in 6.5 magnitude earthquake scare

[Kim Patterson, Natural Disasters Contributor]

According to the U.S. Geological survey, an earthquake measuring 6.5 in magnitude struck underground at 104 miles in an extended area of southern and central Mexico today. There were reports of frightened people, but so far no injuries, or damage have been reported.

The quake’s epicenter was southeast of Mexico City and its activity shook buildings momentarily in Veracruz and also the country’s capital.

March 14, 2011

World catastrophe as Japan’s exploding reactors emit radioactive clouds and volcano erupts

Volcano explodes in Southern Japan on Sunday

Los Angeles Times:  Adding to Japan’s recent woes, on Sunday last, a volcano in its south erupted thowing volanic ash and rock up to 6000 feet into the air. So far, no fatalities have been reported, however, several hundred people have been rescued, or have fled the area and the authorities are urging caution.

The volcano is situated on Kyushu island which is approximately 950 miles from the center of the country’s recent earthquake. The exploding volcano broke windows many miles away and represented the biggest volcanic activity in the region for over 52 years.

Second Reactor Explosion

Huffington Post reports that a second reactor in the troubled Fukushima plant has exploded. The hydrogen blast sent huge clouds of smoke into the air and workers have been injured. Six more reactors at the plant are in danger of exploding and the authorities are worried.

Exploding Reactor’s are emitting radioactive clouds into the atmosphere

Although operators are saying that radiation limits are normal, this morning the aircraft carrier, USS Reagan crusing the Pacific near Japan reported that its crew members had received more that a month’s worth of radiation contamination when it passed through the reactor’s radioactive cloud. The US navy are reporting to be removing its fleet from areas near the stricken plant.

[Natural Disaster and Emergency Contributor]

March 13, 2011

Shocking video of Japan’s tsunami in devastation action

Japan is in disarray following the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in its recent history. The earthquake and the tsunami caused by it, have left in their wake unimaginable destruction, a potential nuclear disaster and many dead and unaccounted for.
UK Telegraph reports that according to Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the earthquake caused the Earth’s axis to offset 9.8in [25cm] and the US Geological Survey reported that the main island of Japan had moved 7.8ft [2.4m].  The authorities fear that thousands are dead and cannot account for tens of thousands more. Many Japanese are now living in emergency shelters without food, or electricity.
The newspaper’s video footage shows the sheer devastating power of the tsunami in action. Viewing discretion is recommended as the footage is graphic.
[Natural Disasters Contributor] 

March 12, 2011

The horror – Japan’s quake and aftershock kills thousands

[Asia Contributor]

MailOnline reports that Japan is now a disaster zone after experiencing the biggest earthquake in the country’s history. Tsunami waves have washed through its cities killing thousands, wiping out villages and causing untold damage to the country’s infrastructure.

The country’s death toll now at more than 1000 is set to rise as the aftershock  continues its destruction. A nuclear reactor in the country, damaged by the earthquake, is emitting radiation at more than 1,000 times the safe level and concern is mounting for safety of nearby residents as a six-mile safety zone has been imposed and residents ordered to leave the vicinity of the Fukushima No.1 power plant for fear that it might disintegrate.

The country’s biggest ever quake’s aftershock has now reached Hawaii and Chile and is expected to cause tsunami damage to these countries.