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Originally posted by zorgon
Originally posted by Ceriddwen
Islands don't float and they aren't tethered to the ocean floor or to tectonic plates. They are often built up from the sea floor by vulcanic means.
The plates 'float' on the magma... that is why they move and the one Japan sits on is moving over top of the other plate. In Sumatra, same effect. Subduction plates make for big shakes. An 8.9 is not common, nor is having weeks of 6.0 and higher quakes. In this case we even had fore shocks up to 7.2. That alone is a formidable earthquake if the center had hit a populated area. The only 'GOOD' thing about this is that the epicenter was off shore
As the Japanese prime minister said earlier, the earthquake is a disaster the likes of which Japan has not see for decades. But BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson has made the point that the timing of the quake is a big stroke of luck for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who is currently trying to crush a rebellion against his rule. The Libyan story was at the top of the international news agenda until Friday, and Libyans opposed to the Gaddafi regime and calling for international intervention will be worried about people forgetting them
Originally posted by Shenon
BREAKING (German News): Nuclear Emergency at the Onagawa Reactor.
Just came in,no Links yet
STATE of emergency has been declared at a Japanese nuclear facility at Onagawa after excessive radiation levels were recorded there following a major earthquake, the UN atomic watchdog.
The news came as the country was already battling a feared meltdown of two reactors at the ageing Fukushima atomic plant.
An explosion at the Fukushima No 1 atomic plant blew apart the building housing one of its reactors on Saturday, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a monster 10m tsunami.
The atomic emergency widened yesterday as the cooling systems vital for preventing overheating failed at a second reactor, and the government warned there was a risk it too could be hit with a blast.
Originally posted by RUDDD
Seen one American news source (didn't catch the outlet) that if people wish to volountarily evacuate from the West Coast they may do so, although no official Government/FEMA places have been setup and they'll have to make their own arrangements in doing so.
According to our correspondent, Japanese authorities told the U.N. nuclear watchdog that the lowest state of emergency was reported by the operator at the Onagawa nuclear power plant.
"The alert was declared as a consequence of radioactivity readings exceeding allowed levels in the area surrounding the plant. Japanese authorities are investigating the source of radiation," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.
After an earthquake, a devastating tsunami and problems at a nuclear power plant, Japan has still a problem waiting. In the southwest of the country a volcano has become active. The volcano was quiet in the last two weeks but started again today, spewing ash and rocks. Some flew up to four kilometers into the sky. The activity of the volcano does not need to be related to the severe earthquake on Friday. The more than 1400 meters high Shinmoedake has been active sometimes in the past 52 years. The mountain and surrounding area is preliminary evacuated, residents still do not get to their household goods.