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320,000 could die in triple earthquake: Japan

August 31, 2012 Comments off

asiaone.com

The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network

Friday, Aug 31, 2012

JAPAN – Up to 323,000 people could die if three earthquakes occur simultaneously along the Nankai Trough, killing about 70 per cent of victims in subsequent tsunami, according to new predictions by two Cabinet Office panels.

The panels on Wednesday released predictions of damage that would be caused by a magnitude-9 Nankai Trough triple quake. This is the largest triple quake expected to occur in the trough–which stretches from off Shizuoka Prefecture down to Shikoku and Kyushu–with the so-called Tokai, Tonankai and Nankai earthquakes happening simultaneously.

The size of the predicted focal area is twice that of the magnitude-8.7 triple quake predicted by the government’s Central Disaster Management Council in 2003.

One of the study panels was tasked with estimating the height of tsunami and the area of inundated regions, while the other was a Read more…

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Mt. Fuji is melting its snow

April 12, 2012 Comments off

fukushima-diary.com

Though it was the season when Mt. Fuji has the most snow, snow is already disappearing.

From December to January, most of the snow melted only within a month. Mt. Fuji is heated.

 

↓ 12/10/2011

Mt. Fuji is melting its snow

 

↓ 1/13/2012

Mt. Fuji is melting its snow2

 

Citizens near Mt. Fuji talks they haven’t seen such a thing.

 

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Russian Planes Spotted over Japanese Destroyer

April 11, 2012 Comments off

en.ria.ru

 

Two Russian anti-submarine aircraft have flown over a Japanese destroyer preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it passes over Japan’s territory, a Japanese TV channel reported on Wednesday, citing the country’s Defense Ministry.

According to the ministry, the Il-38 planes were seen on Tuesday off the south-west coast of the largest Japanese island of Honshu, where the destroyer is currently based. The ministry said that Japanese fighters accompanied the IL-38s during their flight.

The NHK TV channel suggested that the Russian planes had been collecting information on the multi-purpose combat system Aegis which is installed on the destroyer. Russian patrol aircrafts have been spotted performing reconnaissance missions, without Read more…

Japanese ATMs to Use Palm Readers in Place of Cash Cards

April 11, 2012 Comments off

pcworld.com

A Japanese bank will introduce ATMs that use palm scanners in place of cash cards, it said Wednesday.

Palm Vein Technology –
on an ATM (Credit: Fujitsu)

 

Ogaki Kyoristu Bank said the new machines will allow customers to withdraw or deposit cash and check their balances by placing their hand on a scanner and entering their birthday plus a pin number. The ATMs will initially be installed at 10 banks, as well as a drive-through ATM and two mobile banks, from September.

Ogaiki announced the new ATMs with the slogan “You are your cash card.”

One reason the bank decided to use the new technology was the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country’s northeast coast last year, it said. Many who escaped the tsunami lost their homes, personal possessions and all forms of identification, and so were unable to access their bank accounts until weeks or months later.

Finger and palm scanners are currently used by many large Japanese banks along with cash cards as an additional safety feature, but Ogaki said it will be the first bank in the country to do away with cards Read more…

North Korea Displays Rocket Ahead Of Launch; Japan Roll Out Missile Defences

April 9, 2012 Comments off

North Korea is preparing a long-range rocket for launch, defying international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity.

Pyongyang said last month it would launch what it claims is an observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong-3 (Shining Star), using a three-stage rocket during celebrations for the 100th anniversary of North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung’s birth.


Experts say the launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which is Read more…

Threatening, active faults found off Boso

March 27, 2012 Comments off

japantimes

Dual jolt could trigger Tokyo temblor up to magnitude 9

Kyodo

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Two previously unknown active faults were found off the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, with one researcher warning that a jolt in the two faults at the same time could trigger an earthquake of magnitude 8 to 9.

The two faults, one at least 160 km long and the other more than 300 km, were found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean around 100 to 200 km southeast of the southern tip of the peninsula, according to a group of researchers from Hiroshima University, Nagoya University, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and other parties.

“The faults have been unmarked and uninvestigated. There is a possibility of strong jolts and tsunami reaching the southern Kanto region (including Tokyo) and the Tokai region (central Honshu). It should be promptly investigated in detail,” said research group member Mitsuhisa Watanabe, a professor at Toyo University.

The group will report its findings at a Thursday meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers in Tokyo.

The group used a bathymetric chart made by the Japan Coast Guard to analyze the geography of the seafloor in detail. It then estimated the location of the active faults by taking into consideration cliffs formed by earthquakes and other elevated features.

According to Watanabe, the two faults were Read more…

Japan earthquake: Northern Japan rattled by 6.8 earthquake

March 14, 2012 Comments off

csmonitor.com

A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeast Japan late Wednesday evening but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year’s devastating tsunami.

The strongest tremor, off Hokkaido island, was 6.8 magnitude and caused tidal changes that prompted some communities to issue evacuation orders or tsunami advisories to residents nearest the coast.

A swelling of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was observed in the port of Hachinohe in Aomori, northern Japan, about one hour after the tremor. Smaller changes were reported in several locations on Hokkaido island and Aomori prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami advisories about an hour and half later.

Within about three hours, a magnitude-6.1 quake shook buildings in the capital. It was centered just Read more…