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THREE earthquakes greater than 6.4-magnitude rocked Japan last night as the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) began testing for radiation in the sea near the badly damaged Fukushima power plant.
All three large earthquakes hit off Japan's eastern cost between 7:18am and 9:44am GMT (6.18pm and 8.44pm AEDT) in a reminder of the devastating temblor on March 11 that has left more than 22,000 people dead or missing, the Herald Sun reported.
The first and third quakes measured 6.6-magnitude, while the second was recorded as a 6.4-magnitude shock, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The third quake was at a depth of only 15km off the eastern coast of the country, raising fears of further damage to the already devastated region.
5.4M, depth: 16km 23/3/2011 07:36 -----> EMSC
Magnitude mb 5.6
Region EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time 2011-03-22 22:34:56.5 UTC
Location 37.16 N ; 140.79 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 15 km NW Iwaki (pop 357,309 ; local time 07:34:56.5 2011-03-23)
30 km E Ishikawa (pop 18,817 ; local time 07:34:56.5 2011-03-23)
5.7M, depth: 1km 23/3/2011 07:12 on JQ ---> EMSC
Magnitude Mw 5.8
Region EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time 2011-03-22 22:12:30.0 UTC
Location 37.12 N ; 140.75 E
Depth 2 km
Distances 14 km NW Iwaki (pop 357,309 ; local time 07:12:30.0 2011-03-23)
27 km E Ishikawa (pop 18,817 ; local time 07:12:30.0 2011-03-23)
In an initial study, levels of radioactive cesium were reportedly found to be 24.8 times higher than normal, while levels of radioactive iodine were 126.7 times higher.
Testing before the March 11 disaster found no radioactive substances in seawater.
...Yesterday morning, work to restore power at the plant was delayed when smoke and steam again rose from damaged reactors, where workers have been battling to avert a large-scale disaster.
White steam-like vapor was seen rising from the No. 2 reactor and what looked like white hazy smoke was seen coming from the No. 3 reactor, Kyodo News agency reported.
It came less than 24 hours after smoke was seen billowing out of both reactors yesterday afternoon, leading to the temporary evacuation of workers.
2011 EB74 Mar 16 0.9 LD -- 18 m
SURPRISE ASTEROID MAKES NEAR-MISS OF EARTH
Monday, March 02, 2009
A small asteroid buzzed by Earth Monday, though only real astronomy geeks in the Pacific would have noticed.
The rock, estimated to be no more than 200 feet wide, zoomed past our planet at an altitude of 40,000 miles at 1:44 p.m. universal time — or 8:44 EST.
2hr 08min ago
37.77 N 141.80 E 10
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Magnitude mb 5.0
Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time 2011-03-23 14:48:09.5 UTC
Location 37.77 N ; 141.80 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 86 km SE Ishinomaki (pop 117,233 ; local time 23:48:09.5 2011-03-23)
75 km E Haramachi (pop 47,433 ; local time 23:48:09.5 2011-03-23)
***NOT ON JAPAN QUAKE MAP***
3hr 20min ago
37.72 N 142.77 E 31
5.3 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6hr 33min ago
36.71 N 141.44 E 43
5.1 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
7hr 41min ago
39.66 N 143.31 E 20
5.1 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
39.95 N 143.22 E 2K*
5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
1hr 08min ago
40.57 N 34.80 E 2K*
3.2 CENTRAL TURKEY
1hr 25min ago
36.96 N 24.36 E 10K*
3.0 SOUTHERN GREECE
1hr 50min ago
43.65 N 7.49 E 2K*
2.3 NEAR SOUTH COAST OF FRANCE
1hr 56min ago
38.58 N 40.56 E 9K*
2.8 EASTERN TURKEY
2hr 06min ago
39.67 N 22.55 E 10K*
2hr 09min ago
39.03 N 22.58 E 10K*
2hr 16min ago
15.53 N 45.02 W 10K*
4.8 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
2hr 20min ago
39.59 N 143.40 E 10K*
4.9 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
3hr 18min ago
39.78 N 143.65 E 5K*
4.9 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
3hr 51min ago
34.78 N 25.08 E 1K*
4.3 CRETE, GREECE
3hr 53min ago
37.86 N 32.20 E 2K*
3.1 CENTRAL TURKEY
3hr 56min ago
38.65 N 24.28 E 2K*
2.6 AEGEAN SEA
4hr 08min ago
44.40 N 80.87 E 10K*
3.8 KAZAKHSTAN-XINJIANG BORDER REG.
The hypocenter is the point within the earth where an earthquake rupture starts. The epicenter is the point directly above it at the surface of the Earth. Also commonly termed the focus.
Much of the difference in the total damage caused by the Nisqually and the Northridge earthquakes can be attributed to the Nisqually earthquake's location -- not that of its epicenter, but rather, the depth of its hypocenter. The Northridge earthquake had a hypocentral depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles), deep for a California earthquake, but considered shallow compared to other regions. The Nisqually earthquake had a depth of some 52 kilometers (33 miles), meaning that no building experienced greater shaking than would be expected at a distance of 52 kilometers from a magnitude 6.8 earthquake. That may seem to be an obvious statement, but earthquake depth is often entirely overlooked in reports of an earthquake's effects; conversely, no one would be surprised if it were reported that a town at a distance of 18 kilometers from an earthquake's epicenter suffered greater losses than one located 52 kilometers away from the epicenter.
Shallow earthquakes are between 0 and 70 km deep; intermediate earthquakes, 70 - 300 km deep; and deep earthquakes, 300 - 700 km deep. In general, the term "deep-focus earthquakes" is applied to earthquakes deeper than 70 km. All earthquakes deeper than 70 km are localized within great slabs of shallow lithosphere that are sinking into the Earth's mantle.
…regarding HAARP research:
“[The European Parliament]… regrets the repeated refusal of the United States Administration to send anyone in person to give evidence to the public hearing or any subsequent meeting held by its competent committee into the environmental and public risks connected with the high Frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) programme currently being funded in Alaska.”
…despite the existing conventions, military research is ongoing on environmental manipulation as a weapon, as demonstrated for example by the Alaska-based HAARP system,”
…HAARP can be used for many purposes. Enormous quantities of energy can be controlled by manipulating the electrical characteristics of the atmosphere. If used as a military weapon this can have a devastating impact on an enemy. HAARP can deliver millions of times more energy to a given area than any other conventional transmitter.
…From the 1950s the USA conducted explosions of nuclear material in the Van Allen Belts(24) to investigate the effect of the electro-magnetic pulse generated by nuclear weapon explosions at these heights on radio communications and the operation of radar. This created new magnetic radiation belts which covered nearly the whole earth. The electrons travelled along magnetic lines of force and created an artificial Aurora Borealis above the North Pole. These military tests are liable to disrupt the Van Allen belt for a long period. The earth’s magnetic field could be disrupted over large areas, which would obstruct radio communications. According to US scientists it could take hundreds of years for the Van Allen belt to return to normal. HAARP could result in changes in weather patterns. It could also influence whole ecosystems, especially in the sensitive Antarctic regions.
Another damaging consequence of HAARP is the occurrence of holes in the ionosphere caused by the powerful radio beams. The ionosphere protects us from incoming cosmic radiation. The hope is that the holes will fill again, but our experience of change in the ozone layer points in the other direction. This means substantial holes in the ionosphere that protects us.
With its far-reaching impact on the environment HAARP is a matter of global concern ...
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