M6.9 quake shakes Hokkaido; 10 injuries reported

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    Tessa

    Hope everyone's okay, not too shaken. Why is it being reported as a 6.4 in Japan, and 6.9 elsewhere?

  • 3

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Foxie, I hope you and everybody up in Hokkaido are safe! We felt it here in Tokyo too! Very loooong quake!

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    zichi

    That was a strong or powerful quake covering a very large area including several atomic plants. The country has experienced many strong and powerful quakes since the 3/11 ones but still the pro nuclear energy supporters are happy to have the reactors turned on even before new safety standards are agreed and the atomic plants updated to the new standards.

    Each atomic plant will have its own level of earthquake and tsunami levels according to its location and also the history of the location.

    The draft safety standards have been released by the new NRA.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201302010085

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    Emily Millar

    My husband and I were watching tv in our home in Sapporo, and we both jumped when our phones started buzzing with the early-warning message. We didn't shake nearly as much (or as long) as it looked like Obihiro and other more coastal regions did. Looked very violent on the news. I was curious: does the warning also come in English? I wondered if it depended on your phone's current language setting.

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    cabadaje

    The country has experienced many strong and powerful quakes since the 3/11 ones but still the pro nuclear energy supporters are happy to have the reactors turned on even before new safety standards are agreed and the atomic plants updated to the new standards.

    So is everyone else who needed the power. Just because they are happy, however, doesn't mean they don't support the new safety standards. Willingness to accept reality doesn't mean you have to be bitter about not getting your way.

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    cabadaje

    News flash: Japan can provide electricity enough without nuclear reactors.

    Enough for what? Heavy industry? Future expansion? No. It can't.

    Where is that reality?

    In the world that cares about more than whether or not you can use your air conditioner.

    Japanese society really lacks the fortitude to demand safety from it's corrupt leadership.

    Then you disagree with the safety standards? Which part?

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    KariHaruka

    I was curious: does the warning also come in English? I wondered if it depended on your phone's current language setting.

    On Yurekuru you can have the language set to English.

    Felt it here in Sapporo too.

  • 1

    FightingViking

    Even felt it here in Yokohama !

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    zichi

    The atomic plants were operated for more than four decades with safety standards less than those international standards. With the introduction of the new standards should see this country having the highest ones. It will take more than five years to update the plants and will cost the power companies billions for the work. The most costly reactors to update will the type used at the Fukushima plant, I think there are about 20 of them. In some cases, the costs will be too high and the reactors will be decommissioned.

    KEPCO will have to shut down its Oi reactors before the summer and won't be given permission to restart any others until they are updated. PM Abe said there will be no reactor restarts for three years.

    If the NRA redefines what an a active fault line is, TEPCO is unlikely to be able to restart its Niigata plant which is the largest atomic plant in the world with its seven reactors. The plant at Tsuruga could also be refused permission to operate again.

    Even when the reactors are updated and restarted, its unlikely to be able to generate the level of power prior to the 3/11 disasters. Probably, it will fall below 20%.

  • 0

    Ariane Amil

    @KariHaruka Is 'yurekuru' an app or something?

  • 0

    KariHaruka

    Its a phone app. I've got it on my iphone and you can receive earthquake warnings in English.

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    The passage

    Felt it here in Sapporo too.

    We felt it in Tokyo too!

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    Foxie

    Yea, we had -5 on the Japanese scale in my area. I was already sleeping and running down the stairs. Because it was shaking so much, I fell down the stairs and hurt my back badly - it is all purple now. I also managed to twist my neck, so I am all patched up now. Ouch!! (So NHK, make it 11 people injured). Many objects fell down here and there and I have to clean up the house today. Thanks God the house is ok and I am alive but I am worried about aftershocks JMA announced that will happen for a week...

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    BernieK

    After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, 6,120 injuries were reported as of January 2013. Miyagi Prefecture suffered the most injuries with 4,144 injuries. A doctor from Ishinomaki General Hospital in Miyagi randomly told me personally a list of patients with ailments, symptoms and injuries he saw at his hospital. They had low temperature, lung inflammatory, drug abuse(sleeping pills), allergy(skin,eye,nose), shock, and injury(head).

    By the way, I think, the cheapest helmet you can buy is a bucket from the 100yen shop. You have only one body so take care after a disaster ya'll.

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    WilliB

    spudmanreincarnated:

    " News flash: Japan can provide electricity enough without nuclear reactors. "

    Sure, by burning massive additional amounts of fossil fuels bought from places like Iran. Of course Ahmedinejad would agree with you. Meanwhile, Japan trade balance is already in the red because of these huge additional imports. And just out of curiosity: Are you also worried about CO2 emissions? Don´t say...

    • Moderator

      Back on topic please. Posts that do not focus on Saturday night's quake will be removed.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Yurekuru (an earthquake is coming) is a free application for IPhones etc...very good application!! If you don't have it, download it now! It gives you a few seconds of warning of a quake coming and it's expected magnitude. All Japanese with smartphones have this and other similar applications, with a familiar bell ringing as a warning.

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    basroil

    Utility firms said no abnormalities were reported at the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido’s west, nor at the nuclear facilities in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture on Honshu.

    The plants have seen far worse quakes in Hokkaido, especially considering that distance wise it's the same as fukushima was from the 9.0 quake that didn't damage it, and on the other side of dry land so no tsunami risk.

    As someone who actually lives here, I would be more concerned about abnormalities at the fossil fuel plants, since even one not working means blackouts in an area where it still gets to -10 or lower at night. Oil and gas pipes are exceedingly fragile, and often run under residential areas were they can cause gas explosions large enough to level a city block. I would see all electric from nuclear than poisonous and dangerous gas lines under my apartment.

    KariHarukaFeb. 03, 2013 - 10:01AM JST

    Its a phone app. I've got it on my iphone and you can receive earthquake warnings in English.

    Elbuda MexicanoFeb. 03, 2013 - 12:04PM JST

    Yurekuru (an earthquake is coming) is a free application for IPhones etc...very good application!!

    The official warning system doesn't work on iphones, because they don't have sms and 1seg override. If you actually want to make sure you have warnings even if you don't have reception, 1seg is the only way. Regular (non smart) phones have built in support for the official warning system, as do almost all android phones (and those with 1seg support 1seg warning system as well)

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    Farmboy

    Hope everyone's okay, not too shaken. Why is it being reported as a 6.4 in Japan, and 6.9 elsewhere?

    Well, looks like they changed the magnitude in the title. They had many strong quakes in and around Ibaraki this week, and I was wondering if they were the beginning of something. Let's hope this quake will be the end of this cycle of shaking.

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    threeyzmonkeys

    **The official warning system doesn't work on iphones, because they don't have sms and 1seg override.* *

    I have an iPhone. I didn't even know there was an early warning system and certainly hadn't done anything to set one up but my phone started bleeping like crazy last night anyway. I guess they found a way to make it work.

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    Tessa

    Well, looks like they changed the magnitude in the title.

    Thanks Farmboy, I was wondering about that. It seems to be not the first time that US and Japan differ on magnitude.

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    Vernie Jefferies

    I was on the phone with my friend in Hokkaido and we both felt the quake almost the same time. It was so strange to feel a quake here in Tokyo that where the epicenter was so far away.

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    Surf O'Holic

    Another smartphone app that works well is Namazu Alert.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Namazu Alert?? Sounds like a good app! Do hope these stupid quakes calm down! Also wish the people up in Hokkaido a lovely spring and NO quakes, tsunamis etc...

  • 0

    nandakandamanda

    130 km down! Wow!

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    nandakandamanda

    Erm , ...103km down? Wow!

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    basroil

    nandakandamandaFeb. 04, 2013 - 05:56PM JST

    Erm , ...103km down? Wow!

    Close enough for shaking, but nowhere near close enough to the surface to cause major damage.

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