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Archive for April, 2011

Thousands of animals still waiting to be rescued the 20km zone in Fukushima


General status of things in Tokyo and Japan

I read about the terrible tornadoes there in the U.S.

Tokyo is about back to normal, though we did have 9 earthquakes today of magnitude 4 or greater. Two were greater than magnitude 5.

The big problem right now is about 140 miles north of here. They are still searching for people lost in the tsunami. I know over 300 people were killed in the tornadoes in the midwest, but right now the death toll from the tsunami is over 15,000 with over 12,000 still missing. So the final death toll will certainly exceed 20,000 or 25,000.

The nuclear reactor will still take 9 months to cool down and shut off if they don’t run into more problems, and they are working 24/7 on that. After that they will probably bury the whole 80 acres.
And of course there are still over 100,000 people in evacuation centers. And because of radiation scares, agriculture in the area has been wiped out. People in evacuation zones can’t even pay movers to come in and take their stuff away.

So there is still a lot going on. It will probably take 10 years for cleanup and rebuild and some people say it will take as long as 30 years to completely cleanup the reactors.


8 quakes so far today

We’ve had 8 quakes today so far greater than magnitude 4. Two were greater than magnitude 5. And it’s still just mid-afternoon.

Most were centered around Fukushima, but I felt at least 3 of them here.


 of 8 quakes (1113 total):

4.8M, depth: 20km 30/4/2011 15:044.6M, depth: 26km 30/4/2011 14:475.2M, depth: 40km 30/4/2011 14:064.7M, depth: 35km 30/4/2011 10:545.3M, depth: 51km 30/4/2011 07:194.8M, depth: 17km 30/4/2011 05:424.6M, depth: 35km 30/4/2011 03:224.9M, depth: 24km 30/4/2011 02:04


What does Hao want?

He’s just sitting there and staring at me.


Just 6 quakes today

There were just 6 quakes today over magnitude 4. The largest was 5.8.


 of 6 quakes (1101 total):

4.6M, depth: 30km 28/4/2011 23:045.8M, depth: 49km 28/4/2011 18:274.9M, depth: 36km 28/4/2011 10:444.9M, depth: 34km 28/4/2011 09:025.1M, depth: 53km 28/4/2011 06:455.1M, depth: 32km 28/4/2011 06:42


Ham & Cheese bagel at 7/11



April 26 update on Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant news

Evacuees get home visits of five hours. The government will allow residents who evacuated from the 20-km nuclear zone in Fukushima to visit their homes for up to five hours.

Undersea robot search fails to turn up bodies

Forces comb for tsunami dead

118 medical facilities wrecked in disaster zone

NISA OKs estimates of Tepco sea leaks

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