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Tsunami advisory issued after 6.5 earthquake off Japan’s Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures

A 6.5M earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan, leading to a tsunami advisory for the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. These are the prefectures that were most badly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami back in March 2011. The warning issued so far is an ‘advisory’ rather than an ‘alert’. This means that a … Continue reading

Massive 7.8M earthquake strikes off Kermadec Islands, threatens tsunami for New Zealand

A massive 7.8M earthquake has struck off the┬áKermadec Islands near New Zealand. The earthquake struck about 1km down, approximately 700 miles from Auckland. A tsunami warning has been issued for the surrounding area. It’s unclear exactly which areas could be affected by the tsunami, if one develops. The epicentre of the earthquake is believed to … Continue reading

Body of California tsunami victim Dustin Weber found in Oregon

Police in Oregon have confirmed the discovery of Dustin Douglas Weber’s body, more than a month after he was swept away by the tsunami as it his California’s coast. Weber was apparently out with some friends taking photographs of the tsunami as it hit near the Klamath River, which is on the California-Oregon border. His … Continue reading

Japan raises Fukushima disaster to Chernobyl level

Japan has upgraded its assessment of the Fukushima disaster from level 5 to level 7, putting it on a par with Chernobyl (see right). The changed assessment does not reflect any particular worsening of the situation, but rather a rethink of the impact that the disaster has had and continues to have. Although Fukushima and … Continue reading

Kunio Shiga, the man left alone in a Japanese ghost town

Yahoo has a story about a 75-year-old man, Kunio Shiga, who has been left alone in a ghost town since the earthquake / tsunami double-whammy last month. Shiga told the reporters who met him that they were the first people he’d seen since the disaster. He doesn’t know where his wife is. You have to … Continue reading

Fukushima power plant evacuated after new earthquake, tsunami warning

The Fukushima nuclear power plant has been evacuated after a 7.4M earthquake struck off Japan’s coast earlier today. A tsunami warning is in place, and there are fears that more damage could be caused to the power station. At the moment, however, there has been no more damage and the power is believed to still … Continue reading

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits off coast of Japan, tsunami alert issued

It never rains but it pours for the people of Japan. A 7.4M earthquake has struck off the country’s northern coast, pretty much where the last (stronger) earthquake hit. A tsunami warning is now in effect. The quake was technically an aftershock, but was stronger than many regular earthquakes. Buildings as far away as Tokyo … Continue reading

How ancient stones warned the Japanese of tsunami dangers

In some parts of northern Japan, ancient stone markers warn locals to beware tsunamis that may follow earthquakes. Some of the markers even explicitly tell people not to build their homes below a certain point on the hill. It’s advice that was mostly ignored and forgotten until March 11th, when the earthquake and tsunami killed … Continue reading

2 dead bodies pulled from Fukushima wreckage

The bodies of two workers killed in the earthquake and tsunami three weeks ago have been found at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The two dead workers, aged in their early 20’s, were found on Wednesday. Their bodies had to be decontaminated before being handed over to relatives, due to the high level of radioactivity … Continue reading

Japanese told not to panic. And that highly radioactive material is leaking into the Pacific

There seems to be an unwritten rule that says every time a Japanese authority figure tells people not to panic, there will be a near-instant incident that demonstrates that panic might be a good idea. We’ll call it The Naoto Kan Effect. And it’s happened again. Just hours after the Japanese prime minister toured devastated … Continue reading