Boaters are rushing to get out of the water and residents are being urged to stay away from Japan’s northeastern coast after an earthquake in the Pacific Ocean prompted a tsunami advisory for the region on Tuesday morning.
This picture taken by a Miyako City official on March 11, 2011 and released on March 18, 2011 shows a tsunami breaching an embankment and flowing into the city of Miyako in Iwate prefecture shortly after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the region of northern Japan. The quake was recorded at a depth of about 6-miles and according to the Associated Press, could be felt 430 miles away in Tokyo. While Japan is under a tsunami advisory, it’s not the same thing as a tsunami warning.
This picture taken on March 11, 2011 by Sadatsugu Tomizawa and released via Jiji Press on March 21, 2011 shows tsunami waves hitting the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture. Officials have evacuated residents along the coast and urged people to stay away from the shore.
However, CNBC reports the plant was not damaged by the earthquake and is expected to be fine if a tsunami does occur. Friday afternoon 80 miles off the coast of Japan, the 5th largest earthquake since 1900 rocked the Island nation and then immediately sent a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean.
The earthquake released energy equivalent to 425 megatons of TNT, by contrast the largest thermonuclear warhead tested was only 50 megatons which is approximately 3 times a small atomic bomb. Over 40,000 buildings damaged or destroyed by earthquake, tsunami or fire in the Tohoku region alone. The tsunami generated waves in excess of 33 feet and had the entire Pacific Ocean on alert.
Multiple nuclear energy plants had tsunami caused power failures causing cooling systems to stop.
Almost 2 million people are without power or water and entire towns have been wiped off the map. The reasons for the earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis is that this part of the globe has the most active plate tectonics which is the movement and collisions of crustal plates. The major difference between the Japan and the USA is that the geology is different, with most earthquakes occurring on land making the likelihood of a tsunami far less likely. There is a lot of misinformation about the impact of the earthquake in Japan’s nuclear plants. Despite the confusion over the information available to the outside world, Japan has actually reacted very well and experts on Boiling Water Reactors indicate there is no danger of a nuclear explosion. Fukushima Nuclear Accident, a simple and accurate explanation which details how Boiling Water Reactors are constructed as well as what has actually happened at the plant.
Stricter building standards, buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes of higher magnitudes by incorporating special dampening systems, spring systems as well as other technologies to reduce seismic wave susceptibility.


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To enable businesses and governments to decrease costs by maximizing asset life & utilization through mobile solutions, exceptional customer support with an excellent Return on Investment. On March 11, 2011 Japan was hit with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake which then triggered a 23 foot tall tsunami. As if that wasn’t enough, cooling systems in one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in the Fukushima prefecture on the east coast of Japan failed shortly after the earthquake causing a nuclear crisis. I wonder what makes Japan’s post-disaster recovery and cleanup plan so efficient, even allowing them to improve their economy in areas after just one year. Lauren Swank on Flooding and Mitigation Strategies in Wayne Countydchu13 on The Door to HellCarly S. In May 2005, scientists reported that the earthquake itself lasted nearly ten minutes when most major earthquakes last no more than a few seconds; it caused the entire planet to vibrate at least a few centimetres. The earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean just north of Simeulue island, off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Anywhere from 200,000 to 310,000 people are thought to have died as a result of the tsunami, and the count is not yet complete.
This is similar to United States weather terminology where a tsunami advisory and a tsunami warning are two separate things also. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no danger of a Pacific-wide tsunami. Combined, the two events have left over 3,000 dead, tens of thousands more unaccounted for, eradicated coastlines and have brought Japan to the brink of nuclear disaster.
Earthquakes have rattled California, Washington and Alaska since records started being kept. The similarity is that the west coast has nuclear power plants that can be impacted by earthquakes. Early reports had a potential meltdown occurring, later reports indicate that although damaged the nuclear plants are following emergency protocols and under control. It works by creating a database of assets that gives utility, municipal and plant managers complete knowledge of where their assets are and what condition they are in.


An EAM will help organize and automate work management including the scheduling of repairs, replacement of assets. This blog post will give facts about what happened and what’s happened in Japan since the Tsunami one year ago. The initial failure was followed by an explosion and partial meltdowns in two reactors, followed by a fire in another reactor which released deadly radioactivity into the atmosphere.
As mentioned in the previous comment, if 160,000 people fear to come home for risk of contamination, then perhaps proper statements and studies need to be continuously release for proof of evidence the country is clean and safe again. The earthquake generated a tsunami that was among the deadliest disasters in modern history, killing well over 200,000 people. The resulting tsunami devastated the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, Thailand and other countries with waves up to 30 m (100 feet). In Indonesia in particular, 500 bodies a day were still being found in February 2005 and the count was expected to continue past June .
The Japan Meteorological Survey has placed the area, known as the Iwate Prefecture, under a tsunami advisory with a warning that the waves may reach up to 3-feet in height. The friction (stress) caused by this movement builds up and then snaps like a twig when the rock cannot bear any more stress. In fact the 1964 earthquake near Prince William Sound is the second largest recorded since 1900 as it measured 9.2 MMS with a TNT equivalent of 948 megatons. Three other nuclear facilities also reported problems, nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from affected areas.
It caused serious damage and deaths as far as the east coast of Africa, with the furthest recorded death due to the tsunami occurring at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, 8,000km (5,000 miles) away from the epicentre.
When the waves approach a land mass, the waves slow down, become compressed and the height of the wave grows resulting in a surge of water. When a natural disaster of this magnitude occurs there is going to be extreme damage and casualties. According to the official toll, the disaster left 15,839 dead, 5,950 injured, and 3,642 missing.
According to the World Bank the estimates of the damages are placed around $122 billion and $235 billion.
The plight of the many affected people and countries prompted a widespread humanitarian response.



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