Jul 24

H/t reader squodgy:

“3 months later….

Shows consistency in their bullshit.”

Flashback (3 months ago):

- Scientists Assure Us That The Recent Earthquakes On The Ring Of Fire Are Not Related (April 2, 2014)


- Big Earthquakes Double in 2014, But They’re Not Linked (LiveScience; July 1, 2014):

If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.

“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.

But even though the global earthquake rate is on the rise, the number of quakes can still be explained by random chance, said Parsons and co-author Eric Geist, also a USGS researcher. Their findings were published online June 21 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [Image Gallery: This Millennium's Destructive Earthquakes] Continue reading »

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Jul 09

H.A.A.R.P EarthQuakes

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HAARP H.A.A.R.P. Earthquakes “Natural Disasters” NDAA NDRP FAA Reauthorization Act Obama Illuminati

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Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura HAARP (FULL LENGTH)

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Earthquakes and HAARP

Added: Feb 9, 2014

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Dr. Nick Begich is one of the world’s leading experts on the mysterious and powerful HAARP project. As this is being written on March 10, HAARP has just been activated for unknown reasons. Dr. Begich tells the show what it’s all about.

So, what does the HAARP project really do? Is it as innocent as what the HAARP website would have us believe, or is there something more going on? For example, could HAARP’s activities affect things like earthquakes? If so, how could bombarding the ionosphere with energy destabilize faults, or is such a thing even possible?

Listen as Dr. Begich explains HAARP and its relationship to our ionosphere and our earth, and find out what its operators know and do not know about how it affects our world.

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Jul 09

- ‘Puzzling’ quake hits next to NYC-area nuclear plant — “Not along any known fault lines” — Many reports of ‘loud boom’ echoing through area — Residents ‘startled into streets’ — Professor: “They tend to come in bursts… I’m concerned, let’s put it that way… Significant hazard… We don’t understand why these occur” (AUDIO) (ENENews, July 8, 2014):

Journal News, July 6, 2014 (emphasis added): People living in the Hudson Highlands were startled Saturday morning by an earthquake that [...] was accompanied by a loud boom [...] those near the epicenter were startled into the streets. [...] The U.S. Geological Survey listed the event at a category 5 earthquake, which typically causes light shaking and no damage.

WAMC, July 7, 2014: Nano Seeber is a research professor with Columbia University [...] He says the small quake was not along any fault lines. “The Hudson Highlands is a belt of old crystalline rocks [and] have a concentration of earthquakes [...] There is fault [...] toward the southeast [...] and there’s a concentration of earthquakes near this fault. And of course this is of great concern because there is a nuclear power plant as well along this fault [...] I am concerned, let’s put it that way.” [...] Seeber says, as a seismologist, the earthquake is bit puzzling. “There is significant earthquake hazard  [...] we don’t understand basically why these earthquakes occur.” Continue reading »

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Jul 05

What could possibly go wrong?

Related info:

- Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster?


- Just 4 fracking wastewater sites cause 20 percent of all central US earthquakes – study (RT, July 4, 2014):

Just four wastewater wells in Oklahoma – where energy companies dump water after completing the hydraulic fracturing process – have caused scores of earthquakes this year, some 30 km from the site, according to a new study by top US universities.

The report, published in Science magazine, focused on the Midwestern state, which has produced 45 percent of the country’s magnitude 3 or bigger seismic shocks in the past five years – with the numbers rising rapidly to match the intensification of fracking activities in the area. Continue reading »

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Jun 29

- 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Worldwide (USGS, June 29, 2014):

39 earthquakes

Updated: 2014-06-29 21:17:43 UTC+00:00

Showing event times using Local System Time

(UTC+00:00)

  1. 2.5 16km NE of Hawaiian Ocean View, Hawaii 2014-06-29 19:22:30 UTC+00:00 1.4 km
  2. 5.6 193km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga 2014-06-29 18:24:30 UTC+00:00 10.0 km
  3. 3.1 79km NNW of Kobuk, Alaska 2014-06-29 17:43:24 UTC+00:00 15.2 km
  4. 5.1 165km NNW of Visokoi Island, 2014-06-29 17:33:54 UTC+00:00 10.0 km
  5. 4.0 101km NNW of Kobuk, Alaska 2014-06-29 17:33:41 UTC+00:00 11.7 km
  6. 5.2 9km NE of Zaqatala, Azerbaijan 2014-06-29 17:26:12 UTC+00:00 34.4 km
  7. 6.7 205km SSE of Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna 2014-06-29 17:15:08 UTC+00:00 10.0 km
  8. 6.4 197km NW of Hihifo, Tonga 2014-06-29 15:52:22 UTC+00:00 10.0 km
  9. Continue reading »

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Jun 03

Related info:

- Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Close To Multiple 4.0 Supervolcano Eruption (Video)


- Questions persist about Yellowstone eruption: Is US evacuation plan in place? (Examiner, June 2, 2014):

The earth around the Yellowstone supervolcano is increasingly becoming seismically active. Some scientists say it is not a matter of “if” the Yellowstone supervolcano will erupt, but rather “when” it will erupt.

And so, questions persist about a “worst-case scenario” Yellowstone supervolcano eruption: Continue reading »

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Jun 03


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Major Large Cracks are developing around Yellowstone Park. Pattie Brassard stated yesterday on Facebook that a large crack has broke open in the Old Faithful Geyser which is causing steam to engulf the entire area.Just a heads up also, Our inside man John has left the Yellowstone area for his retreat. John believes they are downgrading the Earthquake Swarms from the 4.0 range. We all need to closely monitor whatever we can so we know when it’s time to Bug Out. But the Big Question is…Bug Out To Where? As for me and my people, We will ride it out in an Underground Shelter. I suggest you find someplace similar to hold up.
Stay At The Ready…
The Republic
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story…

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May 06

- Tokyo hit by worst quake since 3/11 — Felt throughout more than half of Japan prefectures — Expert: “People should take precautions for next several days” — AP: ‘Unusual’ quakes shake Alaska (ENENews, May 5, 2014):

Yomiuri Shimbun, May 5, 2014: The quake, which struck at about 5:18 a.m., measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo [...] the strongest seismic intensity level measured in central Tokyo since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. [...] Yohei Hasegawa, a Japan Meteorological Agency official in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunami, said at a news conference: “The earthquake is believed to have occurred inside the Pacific plate and it doesn’t seem to be related to an earthquake that could occur directly beneath Tokyo, which would have a different mechanism. It is unlikely to be followed by active aftershocks, but people should take precautions for the next several days.”

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Apr 18

Other recent earthquakes:

- USGS: M7.6 – 100km SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

- Quake hits just off Fukushima plant, felt along 500 kilometer stretch of Japan coast – Seismic intensity of 4 on scale up to 7 – Camera shakes for about 1 minute

- Massive 8.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Chile Coast; Tsunami Strikes Coast

- Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Rattles Southern California; Homes Damaged

- Chile: Coast Evacuated After Strong 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits

- Offshore 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Northern California

- Two Magnitude 5 Earthquakes Hit Fukushima

See also:

- Breaking News: Idaho And Utah On Alert For Yellowstone Eruption – USGS Suppressing Supervolcano Activity At Yellowstone Under White House Orders’ (Videos)

- 12 Signs That Something Big Is Happening To The Earth’s Crust Under North And South America

- Volcanoes All Over The Ring Of Fire Are Erupting Right Now – Is The U.S. Next?

- Scientists Assure Us That The Recent Earthquakes On The Ring Of Fire Are Not Related (Sure!)


- Mexico City reports minor damage after capital hit by magnitude 7.2 earthquake (Guardian, April 18, 2014):

Residents sent running into the street during earthquake that is the most powerful to hit Mexico in several years

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.

The magnitude 7.2 quake was centered in the south-western state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Some residents of the capital ran outdoors in their pajamas after the quake. Electricity was cut off in parts of the city and some residents said paintings fell off the walls and small parts of masonry crumbled inside apartment buildings.

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Apr 13

- M7.6 – 100km SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands (USGS, April 12, 2014)

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Apr 13

earthquake-Japan

- Quake hits just off Fukushima plant, felt along 500 kilometer stretch of Japan coast — Seismic intensity of 4 on scale up to 7 — Camera shakes for about 1 minute (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 13, 2014):

Japan Meteorological Agency, Apr. 13, 2014:

  • Time: 18:16 JST
  • Date: Apr. 13, 2014
  • Depth: 60 km
  • Location: Fukushima-ken Oki
  • Coordinates: 37.3N 141.2E
  • Magnitude: 4.9
  • Seismic Intensity: 4 out of 7
  • [Centered 30 kilometers east of Fukushima Daiichi]

Watch video of the quake here (at 8:00 in, 2x speed)

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Apr 09

- Volcanoes All Over The Ring Of Fire Are Erupting Right Now – Is The U.S. Next? (Economic Collapse, April 8, 2014):

All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently.  Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting.  Of course there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean.  After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.  But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be rising.  Chile is experiencing almost constant shaking by earthquakes, a volcano in Peru just awakened for the first time in 40 years, and major volcanic eruptions have just taken place in Ecuador, the Kamchatka peninsula and off the coast of Japan.  The west coast of the United States also lies along the Ring of Fire, but so far it has gotten off easy.  Yes, there has been a little bit of shaking in southern California in recent weeks, but it hasn’t been too bad.  But scientists assure us that will change.  At some point, there will be a major seismic event along the west coast.  It is only a matter of time.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States pays very little attention to seismic activity around the rest of the world unless it happens in a heavily populated area.  But the truth is that we have been witnessing some very unusual things lately. Continue reading »

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Apr 05

Ring-Of-Fire

- Scientists Assure Us That The Recent Earthquakes On The Ring Of Fire Are Not Related (The Truth, April 2, 2014):

We just had a tsunami-triggering 8.2 earthquake off of Chile’s north coast, a 5.8 earthquake off the coast of Panama, a 5.1 earthquake in southern California, and a dormant volcano in Peru has awakened for the first time in 40 years, but scientists assure us that none of these events are related and that we don’t have anything to be concerned about.  Even though all of these events took place on the Ring of Fire, which is the most seismically-active area of the entire planet, the “experts” promise us that “the odds are overwhelming” that they are not related to one another.  So do you believe them?  A few days ago, I wrote an article entitled “12 Signs That Something Big Is Happening To The Earth’s Crust Under North And South America“.  This was before the earthquakes that struck off the coasts of Chile and Panama.  It appeared to me, as a “non-expert”, that seismic activity was really starting to heat up in North and South America – especially along the Ring of Fire.  But it turns out that I and everyone else that was concerned about all of these earthquakes was flat wrong.  According to the experts, it is just a giant coincidence that earthquakes are popping off like firecrackers all along the west coasts of North and South America. Continue reading »

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Apr 02

- 12 Signs That Something Big Is Happening To The Earth’s Crust Under North And South America (Economic Collapse, March 30, 2014):

Why are fault lines and volcanoes all over North and South America suddenly waking up?  Are we moving into a time when major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions will become much more common?  For the past several decades, we have been extremely fortunate to have experienced a period of extremely low seismic activity along the west coast of the United States.  You see, the west coast lies right along the infamous Ring of Fire.  Approximately 75 percent of all the volcanoes in the world are on the Ring of Fire, and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.  Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that “the Big One” will hit California someday, but people have gotten very apathetic about this because things have been so quiet out there for so many years.  Well, now it appears that things are changing in a big way – and not just along the California coast.

The following are 12 signs that something big is happening to the earth’s crust under North and South America… Continue reading »

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Mar 29

- 5.1 earthquake rattles Southern California; homes damaged (Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2014)

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Mar 17

- Chile: coast evacuated after strong earthquake hits (Guardian, March 17, 2014):

Authorities say more than 100,000 people asked to vacate some coastal areas following 6.7 magnitude earthquake

A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile’s northern Pacific shore on Sunday, and authorities said more than 100,000 people were evacuated from some coastal areas as a precaution. Only minor damage was reported.

The US Geological Survey originally reported the quake at a 7.0 magnitude but later downgraded it. The tremor struck offshore at 4.16pm at a depth of 20km. Its epicentre was 60km northwest of the Chilean port of Iquique.

The USGS said that was followed by a 6.2-magnitude quake, one of 5.1 and three of 4.9.

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Mar 10

- Offshore 6.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Northern California (CNN, March 10, 2014):

An offshore 6.9 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks shook the coast of Northern California and parts of Oregon on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No major damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The main quake, centered in the Pacific Ocean about 50 miles west of Eureka, California, happened at 10:18 p.m. PT, the USGS said. The depth was about 10 miles.

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Dec 14

- M 5.5 earthquake shakes Japan (RT, Dec 14, 2013):

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported off the eastern coast of Japan’s Chiba prefecture not far from Tokyo. The tremors shook buildings in the capital, witnesses report.

No tsunami warning was issued and no immediate damage reports were available.

The quake epicenter was just 11 kilometers from the prefecture’s capital Asahi and 90 kilometers from Tokyo, USGS reported. It hit at an estimated depth of 36 km.

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Nov 19

- AFP: M5.7 quake jolts eastern Japan Tuesday morning — Almost 200 miles deep — Expert: The big danger is water suddenly draining from Fukushima Unit 4 pool after quake or dropped cask (PHOTO) (ENENews, Nov 19, 2013):

AFP, Nov. 19, 2013 at 6:55a JST: M5.7 earthquake jolts eastern Japan [...] on Tuesday morning, seismologists reported. No tsunami alert was issued. The quake struck at around 4:10 a.m. off the eastern Honshu coastline [...] The tremor struck far down at a depth of 332 kilometers, the USGS added. [...]

Japan Meteorological Agency
, Nov. 19, 2013:

AP, Nov. 18, 2013: The rods have remained in a pool of cooling water 30 meters (100 feet) above the ground [...] making them vulnerable to another major earthquake. [...] A crane may drop a cask on the ground.

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Nov 10

- Tokyo area hit by magnitude 5.5 earthquake (Reuters, Nov 9, 2013):

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no irregularities at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Nov 05

- Postponed: Fuel removal attempt at Fukushima Unit 4 delayed, possibly for weeks — Gov’t safety agency wants tests conducted, as another ~M5 quake hits Eastern Japan (ENENews, Nov 4, 2013):

The Japan Times, Nov 4, 2013: Tepco to conduct fuel removal test at reactor 4 [...] Tokyo Electric Power Co. will conduct a fuel removal test at the No. 4 reactor building of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant, delaying the start of the actual operation by up to two weeks, sources close to the matter said Monday. [...] The test was requested by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization. [...] It has also urged Tepco to have its work evaluated by a group of Japanese and overseas experts formed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, a Tokyo-based organization founded by Japanese government agencies, nuclear facility manufacturers and electric power companies.

Kyodo News, Nov. 4, 2013: TEPCO to conduct test for Fukushima No. 4 unit fuel removal [...] The operator of the plant, crippled in the March 2011 quake and tsunami disaster, planned to start removing nuclear fuel from a cooling pool at the reactor building as early as next Friday. The decision comes after a government-affiliated nuclear safety agency called for an initial test operation, including transporting a protective fuel cask from the storage pool to another pool in a different building about 100 meters away for more stable conditions for cooling spent fuel, the sources said. The administrative agency, the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, has already inspected equipment to be used in the fuel removal work [...]

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Nov 04


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- Earthquake hits close to Fukushima, tremors felt as far as Tokyo (RT, Nov 3, 2013):

A 5.0 earthquake was registered on Japan’s east cost in a prefecture neighboring Fukushima. It comes as a top Japanese politician called for acknowledgement of the fact that some Fukushima evacuees would never be able to return to the area.

Sunday’s tremors were felt as far away as Tokyo, but no casualties or damage reports were released at the time.

The news comes just ahead of one of the most dangerous nuclear cleanup operations ever attempted. Scheduled to start at the beginning of November, it will involve the careful, manual removal of 400 tons of spent nuclear fuel rods from the plant’s Reactor No. 4 – with an atomic yield greater than the Hiroshima bomb. The long and cumbersome operation will not permit even the slightest tremor, or Japan risks a catastrophe greater than Chernobyl.

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Oct 31

- Why are they ‘speeding up’ at Unit 4? — Expert in 2010: Megathrust quake to hit Fukushima ~Nov. 2013… Recurrence interval of 75 years with last rupture Nov. 1938 — Planet’s most powerful type of seismic event — WSJ: Top official concerned quake to destabilize fuel pool (ENENews, Oct 31, 2013):

Wall St. Journal, October 30, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Tepco will remove about 1,300 spent fuel rods and 200 new fuel rods [...] the 4 meter-long rods will be pulled out of the pool at a time, is considered unprecedented in its scale. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, has expressed concerns about the fragile state of the nuclear fuel left in three reactors and the spent fuel pool in the No.4 building. If improperly handled or destabilized by another major earthquake at the site, the fuel could discharge large amounts of radiation into the environment. [...]

  • Kyodo, Oct. 2013: “Tepco plans to start removing nuclear fuel from the spent-fuel pool at the top of the reactor 4 building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant as early as Nov. 8, about a week earlier than scheduled
  • Euronews, June 2013: “The Japanese government along with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are aiming to speed up the removal of spent fuel rods”
  • NHK, Dec. 2012: “Due to concerns over the ability of the destroyed reactor building to withstand earthquake activity as well as emergency operations, TEPCO has decided to speed up operations one year ahead of schedule to remove the spent nuclear fuel”

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Oct 26

- 7.3 magnitude earthquake off Japan prompts Fukushima plant evacuation (RT, Oct 25, 2013):

An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude has hit 231 miles (371 kilometers) east of Japan’s Honshu Island with tremors felt in Tokyo. The quake prompted an evacuation at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi plant and sent tsunami fears across 5 prefectures.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers at 17:10 GMT, 320 kilometers southeast of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, according to the US Geological Survey. Strong tremors could be felt on Japan’s main Honshu Island, as well as on the northern island of Hokkaido.

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Oct 15

- Dozens dead as magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines (CNN, Oct 15, 2013):

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.

Bohol police chief Dennis Agustin said 77 of the deaths came from the province. At least 15 others died in nearby Cebu province and another on Siquijor Island.

The quake struck at 8:12 a.m. and was centered about 20 miles below Carmen city, where many small buildings collapsed.

Many roads and bridges were reported damaged, making rescue operations difficult. But historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period suffered the most. Among them was the country’s oldest, the 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which lost its bell tower.

- Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 93 (USA TODAY, Oct 15, 2013):

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least 67 people dead and 164 more injured, and rattling many who were celebrating a religious holiday.The quake, which struck early in the morning, crumbled a number of buildings and sent panicked people streaming into the streets, witnesses said.

The bulk of the casualties — 57 deaths and 104 injuries — came in Bohol province. At least nine were killed in Cebu province and one died in the province of Siquijor, according to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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Sep 20

- M5.8 hit Fukushima plant area (Fukushima Diary, Sep 19, 2013)

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Jun 30

- Earthquake Could Cause Los Alamos Plutonium Facility to Collapse (Nextgov, June 27, 2013):

An earthquake could collapse the building at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., where plutonium cores of nuclear bombs are produced, releasing deadly doses of radiation, the Department of Energy’s inspector general reported on Thursday

The IG also said systems designed to suppress fires in structures that store 5,600 containers of nuclear waste suffered from numerous pipe breaks and freeze damage. Forest fires in 2000 and 2011 resulted in evacuation of the lab and the city of Los Alamos.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the lab, dismissed earthquake concerns. “There is a rare probability of a seismic event occurring in Los Alamos of sufficient magnitude to cause a significant plutonium release from PF-4,” NNSA said, referring to the plutonium facility.

Greg Mello, director of the Albuquerque-based watchdog Los Alamos Study Group, said NNSA downplayed earthquake risks.

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Apr 21

From the article:

Don’t expect to read much more about this: we live in a world in which hundreds dead thousands of miles away is an out of sight, out of mind statistic, while the capture of one 19 year old deranged youth is cause of edge of your seat realty TV drama and entertainment.


- Over 150 Dead, Thousands Injured After 6.6 Quake Strikes China’s Sichuan Province (ZeroHedge, April 20, 2013):

In all the jubilation last night following the capture of the 19 year terrorism suspect, virtually everyone missed news that a massive 7.0 magnitude quake according to the China Earthquake Administration (and 6.6 according to the USGS including countless aftershocks) hit China’s Sichuan province, leaving at least 156 dead and over 2200 injured according to the latest estimate from Xinhua. The epicenter was not too far from the infamous earthquake five years ago when 70,000 people died, and millions were left homeless as a result. The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was felt by residents in neighbouring provinces and in the provincial capital of Chengdu, causing many people to rush out of buildings, according to accounts on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblogging service.

BBC reports:

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Apr 16

- Major 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Iran Leaves “Hundreds Dead”; Follows 6.1 Quake From Week Ago (ZeroHedge, April 16, 2013):

It was only a week ago that Iran was shaken by a major 6.1 earthquake, striking just 100 km away from the Busher nuclear power plant: a location so “opportune” some, so inclined, saw in this phenomenon anoter demonstration of the HAARP’s capabilities. Those same people will then hardly be surprised to learn that moments ago the entire middle east, from Dubai to Delhi, shook in the aftermath of yet another massive earthquake, this time measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, which once again was located as the USGS reports, some 86 km East South East of Khash, Iran. According to preliminary reports, the USGS says there is possibility of heavy damage in area of epicenter, and an estimated 359,000 people felt very strong to severe shaking. USGS also estimates that 16K may have felt ‘severe’ shaking, 343K ‘very strong’ shaking, 1.7M ‘strong’ shaking; 1.1M ‘moderate’ shaking. An Iranian official was promptly on the tape saying hundreds of dead expected from quake in southeast of country, even as the Russian company that built the Busher NPP saying there was no damage from the quake. How much more shaking can either the existing Iranian nuclear power plant, or the much maligned nuclear facility in Fordow, sustain before they go off in a big glowing mushroom cloud: that is the question.

From Al Jazeera:

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck southeastern Iran near the border with Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 40 people with casualties expected to rise.

The US Geological Survey reported on Tuesday that the epicentre of the quake was 86km southeast of Khash, Iran.

The Iranian news agency FARS is reporting 40 initial casualties.

An Iranian government official said on Tuesday he expected hundreds of deaths from the earthquake.

“It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Feb 02

From the article:

Shortly before Saturday’s quake hit, an alert was broadcast on television and radio through an early warning system established by the weather agency, and programmes were interrupted on NHK.

“Make yourself safe, turn off the gas, beware of falling objects, and if you are outside do not approach the coast,” a broadcaster said.


- Powerful 6.9-magnitude quake shakes northern Japan (Asia Pacific News,/AFP, Feb 2, 2013):

TOKYO: A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Saturday, causing strong tremors across Hokkaido island but no damage to several nuclear facilities in the region, officials said.

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