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Earthquake Japan 7.3 Helplines

In natural disasters on October 26, 2013 at 18:36

Japan has been hit by an earthquake of 7.3 Scale on Richter off Fukushima, Prefecture coast to-day and Tsunami Alert has been issued.

Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

Tsunamis of up to 40 centimeters (15 inches) were reported Saturday at four areas along the coast, but a tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake.

Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time (1710 GMT) about 290 kilometers (170 miles) off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

“It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before,” Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government’s disaster management department, told The Associated Press by phone. “Luckily, the quake’s center was very far off the coast.”

Mizuno said the operator of the troubled Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said no damage or abnormalities have been found.

Japan’s meteorological agency issued a 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami advisory for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, and put the quake’s magnitude at 7.1. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.

Earthquake and tsunami warnign ,Fukushima, japan

Tsunami Warning for Japan

Helpline:

Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures

 There are four special counselling departments: counselling service in foreign languages, domestic violence counseling service for women, sexual minority counselling service as well as suicide department.

This is the new hotline dedicated to the areas the earthquake strike in 2011.
You can call it from anywhere in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture.

Toll Free: 0120-279-226

Wait after the Japanese guidance, then please press 2.
You will be directed to the general counselling service hotline for non-Japanese speakers.

For more information please refer to the link below:
Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures
http://279338.jp/yorisoi/index-h.html 

This hotline can be used for various languages such as English, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures(PDF)
http://www.worldvillage.org/news_img/1310_yorisoi.pdf 

 

http://ptwc.weather.gov/?region=2&id=hawaii.TIBHWX.2013.10.25.1720

http://www.worldvillage.org/english/news/details.html?id=534

 

48Foot Tsunami Video.

In natural disasters, videos on April 10, 2011 at 08:37

48-foot wall of water hit Japanese nuclear power plant

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/09/japan.nuclear.reactors/index.html?hp…

Video shows tsunami crashing into Fukushima nuclear site
By Brian Walker and Matt Smith, CNN
April 9, 2011 4:02 p.m. EDT
Click to play
48-foot wave hits nuclear plant
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEW: Video shows the March 11 tsunami swamping the plant
Nuclear plants will now need 2 backup generators per reactor
Engineers examine rising water levels in reactor No. 3 condenser
Nitrogen concentrations boosted in reactor No. 1

Tokyo (CNN) — A brief video clip released Saturday captures the massive tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, showing the wall of water that slammed into the facility and created an ongoing crisis.

The video shows the giant wave generated by the historic March 11 earthquake crashing over the plant’s seawall and engulfing the facility, with one sheet of spray rising higher than the buildings that house the plant’s six reactors. Tokyo Electric Power, the plant’s owner, told reporters the wall of water was likely 14 to 15 meters (45 to 48 feet) higher than normal sea levels — easily overwhelming the plant’s 5-meter seawall.

The footage was was shot from high ground about 900 meters south of the plant by a worker who evacuated before the tsunami hit, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said in releasing the six-second clip.

Radioactivity US Concerns.In Japan, One Million Times Greater. Videos.

In Health on April 7, 2011 at 23:10

Radioactivity in Salt from sea   may pose a problem.

Also Radioactivity at 10 million times higher is very serious.

Related:

Neighbours take fright over radiation threat.

* Expert says levels not dangerous

* Tourist arrivals plunge in peak season

* Sparks debate over nuclear safety in the U.S. (Adds TEPCO statement, trace radioactivity detected in China)

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Yoko Nishikawa

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) – Japan’s neighbours sounded increasingly alarmed over the risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of foreign visitors to the country had slumped during what should be the peak tourist season.

The world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years is also raising concern over safety in the United States, which has more atomic reactors than any other country, especially at one plant which is similar to the one in Fukushima wrecked by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Engineers, who sealed a leak this week that had allowed highly radioactive water into the sea, are now pumping nitrogen into one reactor to prevent the risk of a hydrogen gas explosion, and want to start the process in another two reactors.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/07/japan-idUSL3E7F62A520110407

Japan Plugs Radioactive Water Leak.

In Middle east on April 7, 2011 at 08:37

 

Plugging away: No highly radioactive water is seen leaking early Wednesday from the reactor 2 storage pit (top), where it was seen pouring from a crack Tuesday afternoon (bottom). KYODO PHOTO

 

 

Japanese workers have stopped the leak of radioactive water from the earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, but the situation is still far from under control, according to a confidential US Nuclear Regulatory report obtained by the New York Times.  The report identifies a wide array of problems including build-ups of hydrogen gas that could cause explosions similar to those that crippled the plant soon after the earthquake.  Workers have begun injecting nitrogen into a reactor to try to stabilize the hydrogen.  Plant owners are also facing the problem of how to dispose of millions of gallons of radioactive wastewater – they’ve been dumping it into the ocean for several days now.  Voice of America reports the dumping will continue until at least Friday.

http://fsrn.org/audio/headlines-wednesday-april-6-2011/8312

(click link for audio/news.Also for Radio news USA)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. finally succeeded in stopping the main leak of highly radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the ocean Wednesday morning and workers were preparing to inject nitrogen into at least one reactor in a bid to prevent another hydrogen explosion

Tepco said it confirmed at 5:38 a.m. that a crack in the No. 2 reactor storage pit had been plugged after workers injected 1,500 liters of sodium silicate and another agent to solidify a layer of small stones under a cable trench.

“I have been told that it is being thoroughly looked into whether the leak has completely stopped and whether there are other (cracks),” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. “We have not stopped worrying just because the leak supposedly stopped.”

The highly radioactive water is believed to have come from the No. 2 reactor core, where fuel rods have partially melted, and ended up in the pit. The pit is connected to the No. 2 reactor turbine building and an underground trench connected to the building, both of which were found to be filled with high levels of contaminated water.

http://fsrn.org/audio/headlines-wednesday-april-6-2011/8312

 

JapanRadioactive Water, Threatens U.S. Tuna-Live Video.

In natural disasters, videos on April 6, 2011 at 08:23

Alpha Decay of Americium-241 to Neptunium-237. Adapted from Alpha Decay.

 

Related:

Beta Decay

Alpha Decay of Hydrogen-3 to Helium-3. Adapted from Stability of Nuclei.

http://library.thinkquest.org/3471/radiation_types_body.html

    • Although a dose of just 25 rems causes some detectable changes in blood, doses to near 100 rems usually have no immediate harmful effects. Doses above 100 rems cause the first signs of radiation sickness including:

      Doses of 300 rems or more cause temporary hair loss, but also more significant internal harm, including damage to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract. Severe loss of white blood cells, which are the body’s main defense against infection, makes radiation victims highly vulnerable to disease. Radiation also reduces production of blood platelets, which aid blood clotting, so victims of radiation sickness are also vulnerable to hemorrhaging. Half of all people exposed to 450 rems die, and doses of 800 rems or more are always fatal. Besides the symptoms mentioned above, these people also suffer from fever and diarrhea. As of yet, there is no effective treatment–so death occurs within two to fourteen days.

      In time, for survivors, diseases such as leukemia (cancer of the blood), lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of other organs can appear due to the radiation received

      .Effects of Radiation Exposure on Human Health

  • http://library.thinkquest.org/3471/radiation_effects_body.html

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