Can Japan Withstand More Natural Disasters?

Can Japan Withstand More Natural Disasters?

It is easy to say being so far removed, and having no connection with the string of islands called Japan, but as the forces of nature continue unabated to turn Japan upside down, one wonders if there is a time coming soon when the country will have to undergo mass evacuation.

If there is a silver lining to the current 150 km/h (93 mp) typhoons sweeping across Western Japan it would be that it would cleanse the country of the seriously high levels of radiation that permeates the soil, air, and food supply. However, radioactive parrticles do not dilute.

The result of the devastating earthquake of 9.0 on the Richter scale that followed the 7.2 earthquake two days before, an astronomical 19000 lives were lost, 1.2 million buildings were damaged, at a cost of U.S.$574bn and caused a seismic fault close to the nuclear plant to reactivate. In 2011 alone, according to USGS reports there were 4,308 earthquakes in or near Japan in 2011, i.e. earthquakes over a magnitude of 3.0 on the Richter scale.

Health and Environmental Impact

The triple meltdown at Fukushima led to the evacuation of 80,000 people living within 20km, and huge protests demonstrate the lack of confidence in a government which has had 6 presidents in 5 years. Twenty kilometers was clearly not enough as by July 2011, it was revealed that soil contamination was spreading and was located at 60km away from Fukushima. The level of radiation remains high in one reactor to the extent that even workers cannot enter, and would require specially made equipment to cope with the internal environment.

When the UN., and general media dumbing down takes place, one should not take the statement from the U.N. Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) seriously, i.e. no serious negative health impact. If anything the statement is a refelction of Japan’s position in global governance or amongst the international elite – they protect their friends regardless of the offences. Outside of the evacuation zone, 870 km2 of land is contaminated which includes 70,000 people who were not evacuated:

  • Increased level of cancer
  • Marine animals are highly contaminated.  Fish and seafood caught in the North Pacific are highly contaminated.
  • Food, milk and drinking water is contaminated. Permissible level of radioactive caesium in milk and baby formula was set at 200 Bq/kg and 500 Bq/kg for all other foodstuff. For radioactive iodine, the permissible level was set at 300 Bq/kg for milk and drinking water and 2,000 Bq/kg for vegetables. The global standard, which is still way too high is set at radioactive caesium-137 should not exceed 8 Bq/kg in milk and baby formula and 16 Bq/kg. A MEXT survey found vegetables contaminated with iodine-131 concentrations of more than 100,000 Bq/kg and caesium-137 concentrations of more than 900,000 Bq/kg one month after the meltdowns.
  • Fishing zones contaminated
  • Radioactive contamination of children with iodine-131 and caesium-137. An increasing number of stilll births and deformed babies are being recorded.

The recent typhoon is on the back of a March 2012 earthquake at 6.8 on the Richter scale off Hokkaido island. Japanese experts fear tornadoes might follow, results from the February tornadoes that hit the U.S., demonstrate a link between the low-frequency seismic pulses of thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes. As part of the “OIINK” experiment, as the U.S. increasingly is subject to wild tornadoes, there might be a link with the increasing number of earthquakes that the U.S. is also experiencing.

25 March 2012

2 Earthquakes 5. 2 – 6.4 on the Richter Scale, N.E. Japan (off Fukushima)

30 March 2012

Earthquake 5.1 on the Richter Scale, Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan

12 April 2012

4 Earthquakes 4.5 – 5.7 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

13 April 2012

Earthquake 4.5 – 4.7 on the Richter Scale, Honhsu, Japan

15 April 2012

Earthquake 4.8 on the Richter Scale, Ryukyu Island, Japan

3 Earthquakes 4.5 – 4.7 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

24 April 2012

Earthquake 5.4 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

25 April 2012

Earthquake 5.4 on the Richter Scale, Tokyo, Japan

29 April 2012

6 Earthquakes 4.3, 4.6, 4.8, 5.3, 5.4 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

3 Earthquakes 4.9 on the Richter Scale, Volcano Isl., Japan Region

Earthquake 5.8 on the Richter Scale, Tokyo, Japan

30 April 2012

6 Earthquakes 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

1 May 2012

Earthquake 5.4 on the Richter Scale, Volcano Isl., Japan Region

2 May 2012

2 Earthquakes 4.5. 5.2 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

4 May 2012

Earthquake 4.5 on the Richter Scale, Honshu, Japan

Earthquake 4.6 on the Richter Scale, Hokkaido, Japan

5 May 2012

Earthquake 4.6 on the Richter Scale, Hokkaido, Japan

Japan closes final nuclear reactor…

6 May 2012

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture Tornado hits Tsukuba, Japan knocking at power to over 24,000 homes, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company

10 May 2012

Earthquake 3.5 Ibaraki-ken Hokubu, Japan

Earthquake 4.5 Fukushima-ken Oki, Japan

Earthquake Fukushima-ken Aizu, Japan

11 May 2012

2 Earthquakes 4.0, 4.4 Ibaraki-ken Oki, Japan

14 May 2012

Earthquake 6.8 Sanriku Oki, Japan

19 May 2012

Earthquake 3.3  Ibaraki-ken Hokubu, Japan

Earthquake 3.9 Miyagi-ken Oki, Japan

Earthquake 4.8 Sanriku Oki, Japan

Earthquake 3.4  Miyagi-ken Oki, Japan

Earthquake 3.1  Ibaraki-ken Nambu, Japan

2 Earthquakes 4.7 – 5.1  Sanriku Oki, Japan

20 May 2012

7 Earthquakes 3.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2  Sanriku Oki, Japan

Earthquake 3.3  Ibaraki-ken Hokubu, Japan

Earthquake 3.6  Fukushima-ken Oki, Japan

Earthquake 2.8  Akita-ken Nairiku-hokubu, Japan

Earthquake 3.3  Aki-nada, Japan

Earthquake 6.4  Miyako, Japan

21 May 2012

6 Earthquakes 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, Honshu, Japan

Earthquake 5.3, Ryukyu Isl., Japan

6 Earthquakes 4.4, Honshu, Japan

July 24 2012

A powerful explosion occurred on July 24 from the less active Minami-dake crater. The Tokyo VAAC reported ash plumes up to 3 km ( 10,000 ft).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Indiana University (2012, March 8). Scientists detect seismic signals from tornado. http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2012/03/120308101327.htm

“Tokyo Radiation Monitor Spikes To 400% Average After Storm Passes Fukushima, Japan (VIDEO).”  http://enenews.com/tokyo-radiation-monitor-spikes-to-400-average-as-storm-passes-fukushima-japan-video

P. Tong, D. Zhao, D. Yang. Tomography of the 2011 Iwaki earthquake (M 7.0) and Fukushima nuclear power plant area. Solid Earth Discussions, 2011; 3 (2): 1021 DOI: 10.5194/sed-3-1021-2011

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