Earthquake Japan 7.3 Helplines

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.

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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 

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)



New Earthquake in Japan.Tsunami Alert. Video.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.1 Mw
  • 7 Apr 2011 14:32:41 UTC
  • 7 Apr 2011 23:32:41 near epicenter
  • 7 Apr 2011 06:32:41 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.253N 141.639E
Depth 49 km
  • 66 km (41 miles) E (89 degrees) of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
  • 118 km (73 miles) ENE (60 degrees) of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
  • 147 km (91 miles) NNE (26 degrees) of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
  • 333 km (207 miles) NNE (30 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.1 km; Vertical 7.2 km
Parameters Nph = 427; Dmin = 358.4 km; Rmss = 0.75 seconds; Gp = 32°
M-type = Mw; Version = B
Event ID US c0002ksa ***This event has been revised.

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey

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Water Contamination /Health Issues in Japan.

In 80 km distance from nuclear power plant the increased radiation level was detected in  drinking water.
The representatives of nuclear department said the chemical substances and cesium detected in the water are not dangerous for  life. The contamination of water with radiation is very low they reported. The experts say the contamination of the water was caused by the damage of electricity station.
After natural disasters without drinking water are left 1.6 mn people. Japanese government sent to them 300 cars with water. The number of died exceeds 10 000.

Japan Nuclear Crisis Raises Food, Water Anxieties

by Gretchen Goetz | Mar 17, 2011

Fear is spreading faster than contamination following leaks of radioactive material at the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan. While the situation is changing rapidly, so far any potential threat to food, water and air safety remains minimal.
Food Supply
Japan has one of the world’s best food safety systems and imports more food than it exports, but some nations have expressed concerns that foods produced in Japan might be contaminated with radioactive material. Asian countries surrounding Japan are testing food imports. Australia and the European Union announced that they would be conducting tests as well, and Italy has put a temporary ban on all food coming from Japan.
However, as of now, there is little reason to worry about the safety of Japanese food products, according to Dr. Richard Morin, professor of Radiologic Physics and Chairman of the American College of Radiology’s Safety Committee.
“From what we know right now, most of the radioactive material has blown out into the atmosphere east of Japan, and as long as that continues to be the case, there won’t be much contamination on the island of Japan. That would lessen the alarm about foodstuffs,” he says.
And the likelihood is slim that some foods will be coming from Japan in the near future.  Many fishing fleets there are in ruins following tsunami.
Water Supply

While tiny amounts of radiation were detected in the water supply in the area surrounding the plant, according to Fuji TV Wednesday morning, amounts were too low to be immediately harmful to human health. Officials will continue to monitor the situation.
Preventative Measures: Potassium Iodide
Sales of potassium iodide pills, taken to combat the negative effects of radiation, have skyrocketed in the United States in the past week, as people worry that radiation will spread through the atmosphere from Japan to the West Coast.
Potassium Iodide works by filling the thyroid with a non-harmful type of iodine, so that Iodine-131, the harmful element arising from nuclear radiation, cannot be absorbed into the thyroid when ingested. The pill will work to prevent Iodide-131 ingested in any way, via food, air or water.
While Morin says potassium iodide is indeed effective, he says the current nuclear leak does not pose a serious enough threat to warrant taking these pills.
“It would be most likely that exposure to the thyroid from any Iodine-131 that would make it across the ocean would probably produce a radiation effect not a whole lot different than if you flew from Seattle to Boston,” he says.
He says that, at current levels, most of the radio nuclides containing this harmful element will not make it to the United States, but will drop out of the atmosphere into the ocean or be dispersed by the prevailing winds.
“The concentration, that is the amount of radioactivity per cubic foot of air, goes down dramatically as it travels.”


Gov’t warns of massive blackout in Tokyo area.

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Thursday 17th March, 07:57 PM JST


The government warned that an unpredictable massive blackout could occur in the Tokyo area on Thursday night as power demand in the region has increased overnight due to cold temperatures, calling for further efforts by businesses and individuals to save power.

The development came even as Tokyo Electric Power Co implemented rolling blackouts Thursday for the fourth consecutive day mainly in the Kanto region surrounding Tokyo to cover substantial power shortages following last week’s massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan which crippled some nuclear power plants.

As an emergency measure, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry asked railway operators serving the metropolitan area to reduce the number of trains from evening to night, when the use of electricity was expected to peak for the day amid the commuter rush.

Railway operators, including East Japan Railway Co, Tokyo Metro Co, Odakyu Electric Railway Co and Tokyu Corp, said they would cut the number of local trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area from 5 p.m. Thursday.

Among other businesses, many companies sent workers home early, while some department stores in Tokyo decided to close for the day earlier than scheduled. Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co plans to halve the fluorescent lighting at its stores.


Satellite Images of Japan Tsunami, Earthquake-NASA,Google.

A new before-and-after image pair from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows a region of Japan's northeastern coast, northeast of the city of Sendai, affected by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. The image at the left is from March 14, 2011; the right-hand image is from August 2008. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS

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March 15, 2011

A new before-and-after image pair from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft shows a region of Japan‘s northeastern coast, northeast of the city of Sendai, which was affected by the March 11, 2011 tsunami.

The images show the coastal cities of Ofunato and Kesennuma, located about 90 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of Sendai. Ofunato has a population of about 42,000, while the population of Kesennuma is about 73,000. Areas covered by vegetation are shown in red, while cities and unvegetated areas are shown in shades of blue-gray. The image on the left was acquired on March 14, 2011; the image on the right was acquired in August 2008. When compared closely, vegetation is no longer visible in many coastal areas in the new image, particularly around Kesennuma. Scientists believe this is most likely due to the effects of the tsunami.

The images show an area located at 39.4 degrees north latitude, 141.9 degrees east longitude, and cover an area of 28 by 46 kilometers (17 by 27 miles).
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Flooding along the Kitakami River, Japan

In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011, ocean waters flooded croplands and settlements lining the Kitakami River. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terrasatellite captured these false-color images before and after the tsunami. The top image is from March 14, 2011, and the bottom is from January 16, 2011.

The images combine infrared, red, and green wavelengths of light to form a false-color image that distinguishes between water and land. Water is blue. Buildings and paved surfaces appear in shades of blue-gray. Fallow fields appear in shades of beige and brown. Vegetation is red, and the brighter the red, the more robust the vegetation. (Brighter shades of red in March and duller shades in January result largely from the difference in season.)

In the March image, water has spilled over the banks both north and south of the river. Although agricultural fields appear to have escaped the flooding farther inland (image left), some fields closer to the ocean have seemingly disappeared into the sea. North of the Kitakami, floodwaters extend far enough inland to create what looks like a parallel river. Near the coast, only the rugged peaks rising above the floodplains have escaped inundation. Floating debris from the tsunami has accumulated in several coves (particularly image lower right).

On March 15, 2011 (early on March 16 in Japan), NHK World reported that the number of dead and missing likely exceeded 10,000. While police reported 3,373 confirmed deaths, 7,558 people remained missing. More than 440,000 people had sought refuge in temporary shelters.

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