A powerful earthquake has struck off Japan's north-eastern coast, shaking buildings in Tokyo and forcing people out of their homes, witnesses said.
Japan issued its most serious tsunami warning, saying a wave as high as 6m (20ft) could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture.
US officials said the 8.8-magnitude quake struck about 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles.
TV pictures showed a wave crashing into the Pacific coast.
The surge of water carried cars and ships as it surged through a coastal town.
Japanese television has shown major tsunami damage in northern Japan, following an earthquake that has been upgraded to 8.8.
Public broadcaster NHK showed cars, trucks, houses and buildings being swept away by the tsunami in Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture.
Scores of cars were seen floating in Iwate prefecture harbour, local TV said.
Japan earlier issued its top tsunami warning in response to the major offshore earthquake, which strongly swayed buildings 400 kilometres away in Tokyo and sent people fleeing onto the streets.
The meteorological agency issued its top-level evacuation alerts for the entire Japanese coast, Russia and the Mariana Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.
The quake was initially measured as a magnitude 7.9 but was upgraded.
It warned of a tsunami of up to six metres. Smaller tsunamis of up to 50cm reached some coastal communities, the agency said.
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The quake struck about 382km northeast of Tokyo, offshore, the US Geological Survey reported.
Smoke could be seen rising from a building in Tokyo port.
Shinkansen bullet trains stopped when the quake struck, while Tokyo port has shut all 19 of its water gates as it prepares for the tsunami.
Japan’s Coast Guard is halting ships on their way to entering Tokyo’s port,said Takashi Mifune, spokesman for the Bureau of Port and Harbor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake struck at 2.46pm (4.46pm AEDST) local time at a depth of 10km, 125km off the eastern coast.
Footage on national broadcaster NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.
Police and coast guard officials said they were assessing possible damage from the quake.
The yen tumbled against the dollar after the quake, falling to 83.30 against the dollar from 82.81 before the quake struck.
Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.
The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.
April 9, 2009
Tokyo is evacuating itself. It is a fairly slow process. The biggest wigs legged-it in the first days after the sabotaged plants started melting down.
For a month at best after the radioactive particulates began raining down here, news was fairly simple to procure, but since those early days, information has been difficult to obtain due to the governments here and governments everywhere else doing their best to keep the lid on the truth of the extent of this catastrophe.
If you want to be fed bs then see what they want you to think in the lamestream news. However if you prefer your information unexpurgated then mostly you just need to have power running through your neurons - commonsense indicates three meltdowns and a spent fuel pond stacked to the gills and leaking like a sieve and perched five floors up the skeleton of a building which has been subjected to continuous earthquakes, salt water and radiation for a year and a half. Well if you prefer to think Chernobyl's radiation from one reactor blowing, which was essentially covered within a month - is worse than Fukushima then there are medals for such invincibly naive souls - bless 'em.
Currently tptb here are raking in fortunes from graft fixing up subcontractor after subcontractor to con the dregs of society to 'work' in the wasted nuke plant - makes good TV with a good storyline.
Apartments are being built from concrete which contains incinerated radioactive detritus from the nukes. Same with asphalt on the roads, and bulding materials. One needs to be a little wary of food in the shops these days, and it is getting more common to find elevated levels of radiation over the ambient - which incidentally has doubled in this past year and a half.
There is no doubt the spreading of radioactive material all over Japan is a deliberate policy. The way to deal with a dangerous material is to isolate it by evacuation people and keeping the dangerous substance in one secure location until and when the stuff can be made benign. I'm a bit confused as to why the tit-heads running the show here are wont to wreck the nation's dna - but not all that confused. I'm somewhat irritated by the radiation being trucked all over the country, but I am reassured by the fact that I'll be dead some time and won't need to put up with this crap.
Those stumps where reactors used to be at Fukushima are a real mess now. The situation hasn't improved one iota. The situation is only worsening. Soon the remains of the reinforcing will have another freezing winter with seawater corroding what's left of them.
The coriums have migrated from their primary containment and krypton is detected in the plumes of 'steam' that pop up out of the ground all over the place.
Some 80% of kids up Fukushima and Tokyo way have diabetes, over half have thyroid cysts, and if you want to know the other ailments caused by the radiation spewing everywhere then just read up on Chernobyl - but bear in mind that the illnesses seem to be occuring sooner in Fukushima.
It's a clusterfuck of the highest pedigree.
I'll tell you something you won't want to believe:- The West coast of the North American Continent is more radioactively polluted than the sea around Japan. I don't think your US media is making this fact known. Well you ought to know it. If you know about it then you are able to make an informed choice as to whether you are going to believe the hype that radiation ain't so bad, or take a look at the generations of retards in the Ukraine after Chernobyl.
Fukushima is making a select few very rich. It is also taking care of some of the useless people around. Oh the scams! If only you knew!
April 9, 2009
April 9, 2009
"greeney2" wrote: How has my friend Mael been? Thought you were going to disappear forever here, but glad to see you checking in again. Been behaving yourself, out in that workshop?
Mostly learning this and that. Made loads of machines - just to see if I could - I made a spot welder (which works) a couple of weeks ago and welded the neighbour's cat to an electricity pylon in July.
I make bikes for a hobby - and I sell them as well. Mostly 50cc (easy to sell) and a few others - a Suzy Katana 400 & a Suzuki K125 spring to mind. The 400 I sold, but the 125 is waiting until I can finish making my press to get the crank pin out so I can replace the big-end bearing. - Actually all I've done is make a mental note of the parts I need to make it when I finally get around to it - but I envisage it materialising in a month or so. The press is going to have parts from a few car jacks in it, and some thick steel I picked-up years back.
I am slowly accumulating old tools. For example I find the remains of a bench grinder in the river and spend ages cleaning it up and getting it running again with new bearings etc. But my speciality seems to be with engines. I'm getting pretty furking good at fabricating parts for generators which are too old to find spares for. One 40 year old 12 Amp genny i have finished recently had a duff magneto, and as I didn't have the wire around to re-wind it, I rigged it up with the ignition system using a battery and a coil. I needed to make a charging system to keep the battery topped-up, though this wasn't difficult as I only had to run a line from the AC output to a SMPS which puts out enough. (Took freaking ages to get it all done though). That genny was submerged in a flood and I didn't know the magneto was duff until I'd virtually finished rebuilding it - so I didn't want to just chuck it out after all that effort so I decided to learn how to get a spark from some other method.
April 9, 2009
When I worked in M/C dealerships in the 70's, mostly Kawasaki's, we had to do a lot of single cranks. I had a guy I sent them all out to in those days. Also did a lot of other 2-stroke cranks, bultacos, DKW's, and once in a while had a twin or triple crank to do. A llot of those rod kits and big end bearing are no longer available parts of the old stuff from the 60's and 70's. I sent all that work out, like I did with cylinder boring and other machine work. You can do them with a small press, 12 tons which you can probably make up easily with some Channel iron, and a hydraulic jack. You need to make a fixture for truing the crank, will need a dial indictor, big lead mallet for smacking them and making them move. Definatly a art and learned process. I'm not sure if they have them in Japan, but in the states Harbor Freight has a press that comes with all the press plates. We used to straighten fork tubes on the press all the time too. You need a few vee-blocks for that.
Sounds like you are doing OK, hope you are well and staying low profiles on message boards.
Debrie from your earthquake is now reaching the shores of Northern Oregon and Washington. A lost boat just washed up on shore a few weeks ago.
April 9, 2009
TV of the waves coming in were unbelievable. All we could think of as dozens of cars washed away was they all had people in them. No airplanes could be seen at the totally flooded airport, they were probably all washed away. You could see quite a few of the walk out tunnels they put up to the doors, so it as a big terminal. I could not believe the wall of water going over the fields, must have devoured a dozen houses, than went right over dozens of these long plastic growing structures. The water was higher than the 2nd story of the homes.
I was thinking, where does our friend Mael live? Hope he was not affected or his family hurt.
Richard, if you read this, please check in a let us know you are alright. John Sr.
April 9, 2009
Yes, all OK here.
Just a few small tsunamis.
This coincides with recent massive solar activity. Much more solar activity on the cards.
The plates over the planet are stressed right now. It might be a good time to check your B.O.B. and mentally go over what you might do if things start wobbling where you are.
Keep your tinfoil hats handy just in case.
December 4, 2009
Glad you are safe Mael!!
Yeah I haven't slept all night, too much energy.
Been reading articles and what not, must have been a shock to the
system over there. Thats a high dose an 8.8 or 8.9 my goodness.
It was nice you stopped in mael...
There might be alot more coming from this huh.
“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”
“—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s
memory works both ways.”
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass