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Japanese Leader Meets With Antinuclear Protesters

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Published: August 22, 2012
TOKYO — For the first time since antinuclear rallies began months ago outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s office, a dozen protesters were allowed inside on Wednesday for a half-hour meeting that the fledgling movement hailed as a victory. The meeting comes at a time of growing antinuclear sentiment in Japan, and with elections expected this year.

Mr. Noda, who angered demonstrators by dismissing their weekly rallies as “loud noise,” had been under public pressure to meet with them face to face.

The demonstrators are calling for a shutdown of the reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in western Japan — the first reactors to be restarted since the nuclear accident at Fukushima in March 2011 — and for Japan to decommission its 54 other reactors. They say the reactors are not safe to restart, given the country’s frequent earthquakes and the government’s failure to prevent the Fukushima disaster.

The rallies outside Mr. Noda’s office in the heart of Tokyo have grown from several hundred to tens of thousands since the prime minister gave the go-ahead for restarting the Oi reactor in July. “Saikado hantai!” — “Oppose the restarts!” — is now the rallying cry at the protests, which the police say have swelled to almost 100,000 people, although organizers say the turnout is almost twice that.

The meeting on Wednesday was broadcast on a live video link from the prime minister’s office.

“We wish we could have brought more of the people who gather outside your office every week,” the leader of the movement, an illustrator who goes by the name Misao Redwolf, told Mr. Noda, who sat stern-faced across from the group of protesters.

“Anger is erupting against your administration for failing to heed the lessons of the Fukushima disaster and pushing ahead with the restarts,” she said. “This is not a loud noise. This is the voice of the people.”

Mr. Noda said the government would take a wide range of opinions into account before drafting the country’s future energy policy. A committee of experts is debating various scenarios, from phasing out nuclear power entirely to keeping enough reactors running to provide 20 to 25 percent of Japan’s power needs. Before Fukushima, nuclear energy supplied about 30 percent of Japan’s electricity.

Mr. Noda defended his decision to allow the Oi restarts, but said that Japan intended to downsize its civilian nuclear program. There was no bow and no smile, protesters noted afterward.

“We will make diligent efforts to ensure safety,” Mr. Noda said. “In the mid- to long-term, we will reduce our dependence on our nuclear reactors.”

Public opinion polls have found growing support for phasing out nuclear power. A government poll of about 7,000 people, the results of which were released Wednesday, found that a record 46.7 percent of respondents supported eliminating nuclear power as a source of electricity, and another 15.4 percent thought it should account for just 15 percent of Japan’s needs.

Last month, a candidate backing an antinuclear agenda made a strong showing in a governor’s race in a western prefecture that was considered a conservative stronghold, surprising the political elite. With nationwide elections expected later this year, some politicians — including heavyweights like former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama — have made appearances at the rallies, though they have been accused of opportunism.

The protesters, meanwhile, have taken pains to present their rallies as orderly, peaceful and attended by a diverse group of Japanese. They are eager to distance themselves from the last wave of protests etched in the public memory, in the 1960s and 1970s, which were led by sometimes-violent radicals who opposed a security treaty with the United States.

Organizers have been cordoning off family-only areas at the rallies, which start every Friday at 6 p.m. and end on the dot at 8 p.m., with participants urged to take their trash home with them. An antinuclear mascot called Monjukun sometimes turns up at the rally, to the delight of children there.

Still, the police presence has been heavy at recent rallies, with officers wheeling in steel fences and preventing people from filling the wide boulevard in front of the prime minister’s office, citing safety concerns. A group of prominent lawyers issued a public statement this month condemning the police in Tokyo for what they called “excessive security.”

“Our Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech, but Japan has historically over-policed any attempts to exercise that right in public,” said Nobuo Kojima, a Tokyo lawyer who attends the rallies each week to watch for police misconduct.

“From what I’ve seen, the protesters have been well-behaved, and it’s hard to believe the police aren’t in fact trying to shut the rallies down,” Mr. Kojima said.

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TOKYO—Japan's economy minister is urging the nation to emerge from the shadow of self-restraint that has enveloped the country in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, in an attempt to foster consumer spending and boost economic activity.

"I think it's time to stop this feeling of self-restraint, and many ministers share that view with me," Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano said.

Mr. Yosano's comments Friday represent the first official backlash against jishuku—the Japanese word for "self-restraint"—which has become a buzzword over the past month.

What started as an unspoken movement reflecting national solidarity, with people voluntarily turning off lights to conserve energy and organizations canceling events such as concerts, has threatened to bring Japan new trouble: a prolonged economic slump. Now, some Japanese are rebelling, as an anti-jishuku campaign has started to fan out, mainly across Tokyo.

The tipping point came when Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara strongly advised the capital's residents to refrain from holding boisterous hanami parties when the cherry blossoms come into full bloom—annual revels that typically involve drinking with friends and colleagues.

Makoto Takahashi, a 36-year-old Tokyo resident, said he realized the disconnect between the jishuku mentality and the difficult realities facing small businesses in the northeast when he spoke with a sake brewer in Iwate prefecture, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami, earlier this month. Canceling hanami parties would make recovery more difficult for such businesses, which are already burdened by damage to their factories, the brewer told Mr. Takahashi.

"I am in Tokyo so I thought it was better to practice jishuku. I thought it was helping the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami," said Mr. Takahashi, a self-proclaimed sake lover. But after speaking with the brewer, Mr. Takahashi reached out to a handful of sake brewers in Iwate prefecture and offered to create video messages explaining the economic hardships they face. After a sleepless night, he uploaded two homemade videos to YouTube under an umbrella campaign called Hana Sake Nippon.

The two-minute video featuring Kuji Kosuke, the fifth-generation owner of sake brewery Nanbu Bijin, became an immediate online sensation.

Mr. Kosuke tells viewers the best way to help the survivors in the Tohoku area is to refrain from self-restraint, partake in hanami—and drink sake.

"It can be said that in Tohoku's current condition this is not a time to be drinking sake, but if we continue like this it will bring a second wave of economic hardship," said Mr. Kosuke, in the message recorded in a fluorescent-lit room. "So from our position, we would be more thankful if you participate in hanami over jishuku."

Mr. Kosuke estimates his sales have dropped 40% since the disasters hit. "We appreciate the sentiment being conveyed through jishuku, but that's enough," Mr. Kosuke said. "If they don't go back to their normal lifestyle habits the economy will stop and that will become a vicious cycle."

The video has since been viewed nearly 390,000 times.

Mr. Takahashi has expanded the video library to include messages from brewers in Fukushima prefecture and from other businesses besides sake. He is working to get support from former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who was instrumental in encouraging residents to go out to restaurants and stores and welcome tourists in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Anti-jishuku sentiment was on display at Tokyo's Ueno Park on Friday afternoon and through the weekend. Boisterous groups crowded onto plastic sheets spread under the pale pink blossoms, feasting on picnics of rice balls, chips and corn on the cob. Cherry-faced revelers gripped plastic cups, fallen petals floating atop their clear sake.

"I was practicing jishuku, but then I started to wonder 'is this really helping the Tohoku people?' " said 24-year-old Makoto Tabuta, who had skipped work to save an ideal viewing spot for his hanami party, and who was sitting next to a suitcase full of beer and a bottle of sake from a Miyagi prefecture brewer. "We have to think about what matters in the long term. I don't know how far a donation or jishuku would go but I'd like to think that spending money will help the country's recovery in the middle of the night."

By YOREE KOH

Takashi Mochizuki contributed to this article.


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The flowers have finally opened.

That’s the feeling with this year’s sakura (cherry blossom) bloom in Tōhoku.

In a normal year they would have all fallen by now, but with the Sakura’s arrival more or less 10 days late, many are enjoying them right up to the start of the Golden Week holidays.

Above Photos: Ryūki Matsuhashi

In Sendai, carpets are laid out with the seasons.

In these pictures: a splendid pink.

Autumn’s ginkgo leaves spread yellow underfoot.

And winter brings the soft white snow.

Each season beautifully colors the town.

Here are sakura in another location.

The Miyagi-Yamagata prefectural border region is mountainous and colder, and the sakura are just now hitting their peak.

In Tōhoku, there are many famous as well as many hidden spots fantastic for viewing the sakura.

Iwate is just welcoming its blossoms to coincide with the holiday week, so to see them from now Tōhoku is the place to be!

By all means, come to Tōhoku and experience nature’s fresh air and sakura!

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Instruments crafted from homes, trees washed away by tsunami at center of musical relay project



By MAYU YOSHIDA
Kyoto

Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref. — When a violin's melody wafted through the air in a tsunami-devastated area of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on the first anniversary of the March 2011 disasters, what astonished people was not just its beautiful sound, but also the material it was made of.

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First of many: Ivry Gitlis plays a violin made of tsunami debris at a memorial service in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. KYODO

The one-of-a-kind violin was crafted from wooden debris, possibly parts of the many houses and trees washed away in the massive tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region on 3/11.

"I was surprised to know driftwood was recycled into an instrument with a tone that makes people smile," said 11-year-old Emi Matsumoto, who attended a memorial ceremony where the violin was played. The event gave her a chance to see friends she had not seen since the disaster.

It was fitting that the instrument was first played in a city known for its symbol of recovery, the so-called miracle pine tree, the only standing tree in a coastal forest where 70,000 30-meter-tall pine trees were wiped out by the tsunami.

It was there that Ivry Gitlis became the first to play the violin as part of a musical relay project aimed at getting 1,000 artists to eventually play the unique fiddle.

The municipality, which had a predisaster population of over 24,000, recorded the highest number of deaths in the prefecture, as the massive waves killed nearly 1,700 while demolishing about 3,200 houses.

"A violin is a violin. It's a very nice violin and it has hope and a long life in front of it. The more it grows, the better it becomes," said Gitlis, 89, a world-famous Israeli violinist who flew from Paris to Japan last month.

The Bond Made of a Thousand Tones project will formally kick off July 20, with the first round of 300 musicians poised to play a pair of tsunami-driftwood-made violins, one across Japan and another, which was recently completed, overseas.

As of mid-April, overseas performers had applied from the U.S., Australia, Britain, Germany and Canada, organizers said.

Veteran violin craftsman and restorer Muneyuki Nakazawa, who conceived the project, said he hopes over 1,000 musicians take part in the project, which is expected to last at least 10 years.

"The number '1,000' has a meaning of 'forever' (in Japanese tradition)," he said. "A thousand origami cranes or a thousand stitches were traditions representing an endless prayer."

A native of Hyogo Prefecture, which was hit by the magnitude-7.3 Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, Nakazawa had been pondering how he could support areas decimated by last year's disasters, and came up with the idea in December while viewing tsunami debris.

"The rebirth of (driftwood into) the two small violins can continue conveying what happened on March 11 beyond this generation," the 71-year-old violin maker said.

Referring to legendary violins made in the 16th century, he added, "These violins can be 300 years old, too. They can be passed from generation to generation to console the hearts of those who have lost loved ones or the souls of victims, and also to remind people of the calamitous event.

"Some memories need to be forgotten, otherwise sorrow persists forever. But some should never be forgotten, so there won't be another unfortunate tragedy," he said, referring to past tsunami in Tohoku that took thousands of lives.

Nakazawa said the fame or skills of the musicians who will play the violins is irrelevant. Organizers, including himself, welcome anyone who is willing to "console people with soft and tender melodies," including individuals who will play in front of small gatherings, even groups of friends and family.

Nakazawa, the son of a family that runs a lumber firm, made his first violin when he was 8. He became a professional refurbishing violins in his 40s and has devoted his life since to repairing and making the instruments.

Despite Nakazawa's successful career — he has restored more than 50 Stradivariuses — making an instrument from the tsunami debris was a novel challenge. Usually, European maple trees are the preferred materials for making violins. Japanese trees, he said, are not known for making the "top-notch sounds."

Still, he worked with local lumber firms, picking the finest maple and pine species he could find from piles of driftwood.

Putting the finishing touches on the instrument also turned into a laborious task, he said. Facing the approaching March 11 deadline, the veteran took to unusual procedures, such as whittling the material before waiting for varnish to completely dry.

A violin takes about 15 coats of varnish, each usually requiring a few days to completely dry. But in the last week before the deadline, Nakazawa awoke every few hours at night to finish varnishing, refusing to waste a minute in creating an instrument that would play his ideal sound.

After sleepless nights and a process of trial and error at his studio in Tokyo, Nakazawa completed one violin in time — with a sound topping his expectations. "Everyone's expectations and hopes brought life to the violin," he said.

A notebook for violinists to scribble messages to subsequent players in the relay and an original musical score titled "Triste," meaning grief, created by composer Susumu Ueda in memory of the victims, will be placed inside the case of each violin, he said.

Representing hope, a picture of the miracle pine under a blue sky is painted on the back of the first instrument.

At the March 11 memorial service held jointly by Rikuzentakawa and the Iwate Prefecture, Ayana Kumagai, 11, who lost her home in the tsunami and now lives in another city in the prefecture, said with a smile: "The violins will support us. I knew about them through the news, but never imagined I could actually listen to one's melodies."

A firm believer in the power of violins, Nakazawa hopes to "deliver the determination of the Japanese people through instruments born of Japanese debris."

Before the service, Gitlis, who traveled to Japan to play for evacuees at shelters after a planned concert a year earlier was canceled in the aftermath of the disasters, said: "As Shakespeare said, if music be the food of love, play on!"

source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp

 
 
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Credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images FILE IMAGE. Vehicles move among fishing vessels that were carried from Kesennuma port by the March 11 tsunami, at the Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on March 8, 2012.



SEATTLE -- A Japanese fishing boat that washed away last March following an earthquake and tsunami has been located off the coast of British Columbia.

The office of Senator Maria Cantwell (D, WA) reports to KING 5 News the 150-foot vessel was located drifting about 120 nautical miles off the Queen Charlotte Islands. The boat was found floating right-side-up.

Japanese officials confirmed the boat was lost after the tsunami.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is aware of the situation as well.

It is estimated the boat would make landfall in about 50 days, but it will likely be removed by then because it is a hazard to navigation.

This is the first large piece of debris found on the West Coast following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan one year ago.

Sen. Cantwell issued a statement saying there needs to be a clearer response and cleanup plan for tsunami debris.

"Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Washington state depend on our healthy marine ecosystems. We can't afford to wait until more tsunami debris washes ashore to understand its potential impact on Washington state's 10.8 billion dollar coastal economy. And we can't afford to cut the NOAA marine debris program by 25 percent with no plan in place for Japanese tsunami debris," said Sen. Cantwell.

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The last working reactor in Japan is to be switched off Saturday, leaving the country without nuclear power just over a year after the world's worst atomic accident in a quarter of a century.

As technicians ready to close down the No. 3 unit at Tomari in Hokkaido, the debate over whether Japan needs nuclear power has been reignited, amid increasingly shrill warnings of summer power blackouts.

Hokkaido Electric Power, which runs the plant, said they would at 5pm (0800 GMT) begin inserting control rods that would halt the chain reaction and bring the reactor to "cold shutdown" some time on Monday.

The shuttering will mark the first time since the 1970s that resource-poor and energy-hungry Japan has been without nuclear power, a technology that had provided a third of its electricity until meltdowns at Fukushima.

The tsunami-sparked disaster forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in an area around the plant -- some of whom may never be allowed to return.

It did not directly claim any lives, but has devastated the local economy, leaving swathes of land unfarmable as radiation spewed from the ruins.

With the four reactors at Fukushima crippled by the natural disaster public suspicion of nuclear power grew, so much so that no reactor shut for routine safety checks has since been allowed to restart.

When the fission reaction stops in the middle of Saturday night, Japan's entire stable of 50 reactors will be offline, despite increasingly urgent calls from the power industry and bodies like the OECD, who fear dire consequences for the world's third largest economy.

Last month, Kansai Electric Power, which supplies mid-western Japan, including the commercial hubs of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, said a hot summer could see supply fall nearly 20 percent short of demand.

Kyushu Electric Power, covering an area further west, as well as Hokkaido Electric Power also said they will struggle as air conditioning gets cranked up in Japan's sweltering summer.

Kansai Electric last month booked a $3 billion annual loss, turning around a $1.5 billion profit the year earlier on the increased cost of using previously mothballed thermal fuel plants.

A week earlier, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government gave the green light to restarting reactors at the Oi nuclear plant, run by Kansai Electric, but regulators still have to convince those living near the plant.

In order to be fired up again, reactors must now pass International Atomic Energy Agency-approved stress tests and get the consent of their host communities -- it is this last hurdle that is proving hardest to overcome.

Critics of nuclear power say Japan has managed thus far with its ever dwindling pool of reactors and need not look back.

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Friday the country should concentrate on ramping up renewables and boosting energy efficiency.

"Despite the closure of all reactors, security of electricity supply is not threatened in Japan," said Hisayo Takada, Greenpeace Japan Climate and Energy Campaigner.

"The 2012 summer peak in electricity demand can be managed with energy efficiency, proper load balancing, and energy conservation."

Takada said recent warnings that another big earthquake could strike seismically volatile Japan at any time meant the technology was not to be trusted.

"Should another meltdown occur, it is likely that it will break the back of Japan's economy, and many more people will suffer. It is simply not worth the risk when the clean and safe alternative of renewable energy is at our fingertips."

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TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.

Japan will be without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido goes offline for routine maintenance.

After last year's March 11 quake and tsunami set off meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, no reactor halted for checkups has been restarted amid public worries about the safety of nuclear technology.

"Today is a historical day," Masashi Ishikawa shouted to a crowd gathered at a Tokyo park, some holding traditional "koinobori" carp-shaped banners for Children's Day that have become a symbol of the anti-nuclear movement.

"There are so many nuclear plants, but not a single one will be up and running today, and that's because of our efforts," Ishikawa said.

The activists said it is fitting that the day Japan is stopping nuclear power coincides with Children's Day because of their concerns about protecting children from radiation, which Fukushima Dai-ichi is still spewing into the air and water.

The government has been eager to restart nuclear reactors, warning about blackouts and rising carbon emissions as Japan is forced to turn to oil and gas for energy.

Japan now requires reactors to pass new tests to withstand quakes and tsunami and to gain local residents' approval before restarting.

The response from people living near nuclear plants has been mixed, with some wanting them back in operation because of jobs, subsidies and other benefits to the local economy.

Major protests, like the one Saturday, have been generally limited to urban areas like Tokyo, which had received electricity from faraway nuclear plants, including Fukushima Dai-ichi.

Before the nuclear crisis, Japan relied on nuclear power for a third of its electricity.

The crowd at the anti-nuclear rally, estimated at 5,500 by organizers, shrugged off government warnings about a power shortage. If anything, they said, with the reactors going offline one by one, it was clear the nation didn't really need nuclear power.

Whether Japan will suffer a sharp power crunch is still unclear.

Electricity shortages are expected only at peak periods, such as the middle of the day in hot weather, and critics of nuclear power say proponents are exaggerating the consequences to win public approval to restart reactors.

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. spokesman Kohei Ofusa said Saturday's shutdown was proceeding as planned. Power generation was gradually being reduced, with all operations expected to end at 11 p.m. (1400 GMT), he said.

Yoko Kataoka, a retired baker who was dancing to the music at the rally waving a small paper Koinobori, said she was happy the reactor was being turned off.

"Let's leave an Earth where our children and grandchildren can all play without worries," she said, wearing a shirt that had, "No thank you, nukes," handwritten on the back.


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A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 50.9 km (31.6 miles), the quake hit at 20:12:34 UTC Saturday 5th May 2012.
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) South of Ishinomaki, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

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Strong offshore quake hits Japan's northeast coast, No Tsunami Threat.


TOKYO (AP) - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck off Japan's northeastern coast Friday, triggering a tsunami advisory that was later lifted.


Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 2:36 p.m. (0536 GMT) and was centered slightly south of where a massive magnitude-9.0 temblor struck in March.


The agency issued a tsunami advisory, predicting waves of 20 inches (50 centimeters) along the coast of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, where a nuclear plant crippled in the March 11 quake is located. But about a half-hour later, the advisory was lifted.


There were no abnormalities in key equipment at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, said Chie Hosoda, an official with the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant's operator. She said some of the plant's workers assigned to the coastal side of the facility temporarily retreated inside the building.


Announcers on television urged residents in coastal areas to head for higher ground, but about a half-hour after the quake, there were no reports of a tsunami reaching Japan.


In Onagawa, about 210 miles (340 kilometers) north of Tokyo, town official Hironori Suzuki said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. There was no visible swelling of the ocean.


"It was a rather big one, perhaps it was because we are still in a makeshift office," Suzuki told public broadcaster NHK. Suzuki said the town has urged all residents via community broadcast to stay away from the coast and evacuate to higher ground.


In Tokyo, buildings swayed only mildly.


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Very strong aftershock out of the Honshu coast, Japan – tsunami advisory in place.

Earthquake overview : Very strong but probably harmless earthquake approx. 60 km out of the Japanese coast.

We ask people who have felt this earthquake to share their information with our many readers (also from your area). Please use the “I Have Felt it” form below.

06:14 UTC : NOAA reports that :
…A STRONG EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED BUT A TSUNAMI IS NOT
EXPECTED ALONG THE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/
BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ALASKA COASTS…

06:12 UTC : Japan JMA seismological agency is reporting a magnitude of 6.8 at a depth of 20 km.

06:09 UTC : WAPMERR, the theoretical Earthquake Loss Estimate engine confirms our own opinion that there will be no injured or deaths based on this earthquake.

06:09 UTC :2,832,000 people will have felt a moderate shaking, 6,0067,000 will experience a light shaking and nearly 40 million people a weak shaking.

06:07 UTC : The earthquake will certainly be well felt in Tokyo

06:07 UTC : Although a tsunami advisory is in place, the shaking of this earthquake will be strong but probably not damaging as the epicenter is at 60 km from the coast.

06:04 UTC : The earthquake region (strongest felt is) : FUKUSHIMA-KEN OKI

06:02 UTC : A Tsunami advisory in in place for the IWAKI coast : The max. expected wave height is 0.5 meter

06:01 UTC : Although this is an extremely strong earthquake, the JMA intensity data is revealing (only) a -5 result, which means probably NOT damaging.

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MMI values (if indicated) after the text (III: Weak shaking, IV Light shaking, V Moderate shaking, VI Strong shaking, VII Very Strong shaking)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.5
UTC Time : Friday, August 19, 2011 at 05:36:32 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Friday, August 19, 2011 at 02:36:32 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 39.1 km
Geo-location(s) :
100 km (62 miles) NE (48°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
100 km (62 miles) SE (130°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

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USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
3-dimensional view of the earthquake area (USGS epicenter location)
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map
USGS Impact on Population map
USGS Shaking map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)
GDACS GREEN earthquake report
GDACS tsunami report
NOAA tsunami report

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