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Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα earthquake. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 23, 2015

Un terremoto en España, con epicentro en una zona con licencias para 'fracking'...

Un terremoto de 5,2 grados en la escala Richter se ha notado en el interior de la provincia de Albacete, según datos del Instituto Geográfico Nacional (su página web está caída pero informa a través de Twitter). Según datos de instituto alemán Geofon el epicentro se encuentra a siete kilómetros de la población de Ossa de Montiel, en las cercanías de las Lagunas de Ruidera, y ha tenido una profundidad de 14,8 kilómetros.


El terremoto se ha sentido en varias poblaciones de Albacete, Madrid, Murcia, Cartagena, con grados de intensidad III, definida como débil-moderada, según el instituto de terremotos estadounidese.

En 2012 la sociedad Oil and Gas Capital logró tres permisos de fracking de la Junta de Castilla-La Mancha. Uno de ellos en la comarca de Montiel, en la zona donde se ha producido el terremoto. La sociedad presentó dichas solicitudes al Gobierno autonómico en 2011, que adoptó la resolución positiva el 26 de julio de 2012. Se trata de tres proyectos denominados s Esteros, Almorada y Nava en donde tienen permisos de investigación por un periodo de seis años.

El último terremoto que sufrió España se produjo en Murcia en 2011. Se produjeron dos moviemientos sísmicos, el mayor tuvo una magnitud de 5,1 grados, y sacudieron a la localidad de Lorca. El suceso se llevó la vida de nueve personas. El pasado 17 de febrero se produjo un terremoto de 2,7 grados en la zona de Lorca, con un grado de intensidad III.
http://cincodias.com/cincodias/2015/02/23/economia/1424709188_911224.html

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Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 17, 2015

Tsunami warning lifted for Japan coast (M6.9 quake hits NE Japan)

The Japan Meteorological Agency said on Tuesday a tsunami warning has been lifted for the country's northeast coast.

The agency had issued the warning earlier after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off northeastern Japan. 

[jpost.com by Reuters]
17/2/15
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  • A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit off northeastern Japan on Tuesday, triggering a 1-meter tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture, Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The quake, which occurred at 8:06 a.m. local time (2306 GMT Monday), was centered 210 km in the Pacific Ocean east of Miyagi Prefecture, with a depth of around 10 km. It registered 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in parts of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Akita prefectures.

The JMA has issued an advisory against a 1-meter tsunami for Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Iwate's Miyako port and Kuji port have observed a tidal wave of about 10 cm respectively. The JMA is closely monitoring bigger tsunamis which may hit northeastern coastal areas later.

No death or injuries were reported immediately after the quake.

china.org.cn - Xinhua
17/2/15
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  • Earthquake Magnitude    Mw 6.9
Region    NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time    2015-02-16 23:06:28.9 UTC
Location    40.03 N ; 142.72 E
Depth    10 km
Distances:   
  •  252 km NE of Sendai-shi, Japan / pop: 1,037,562 / local time: 08:06:28.9 2015-02-17
  • 139 km E of Morioka-shi, Japan / pop: 295,172 / local time: 08:06:28.9 2015-02-17
  • 79 km NE of Miyako, Japan / pop: 51,721 / local time: 08:06:28.9 2015-02-17 
 emsc-csem.org
17/2/15
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Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 31, 2015

Eco Feggos and Ydrofasm Global News (February 2015 - a)

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Japan on Saturday (Jan 17) marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next 'Big One'.

More than 14,000 people gathered to commemorate the victims in the western port city of Kobe, where a 7.2-magnitude quake hit at 5.46am on Jan 17, 1995. The quake, which killed 6,434 people, levelled much of the city and sparked a major review of quake preparedness in the island-nation that suffers about one fifth of the world's most powerful tremors.................... Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe


Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 17, 2015

Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next "Big One."

More than 14,000 people gathered to commemorate the victims in the western port city of Kobe, where a 7.2-magnitude quake hit at 5:46 am on January 17, 1995.
The quake, which killed 6,434 people, levelled much of the city and sparked a major review of quake preparedness in the island-nation that suffers about one fifth of the world's most powerful tremors.

The warning was brought into reality four years ago when a 9.0 magnitude quake struck in March 2011, triggering a huge tsunami that smashed into the country's northeast coast, killing around 18,000 people and creating the world's worst nuclear emergency in a generation.

Kobe survivors and family members of victims gathered before dawn to lay bouquets and light thousands of candles in a park used as an evacuation centre after the 1995 jolt.

Later in the day, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a memorial ceremony in the city and offered a one-minute prayer with some 500 other participants.

"By learning lessons from the disaster we will do our best to build a community

where we can live in safety," Eriko Yamatani, state minister for disaster management, told the ceremony.

The quake buried residents in flattened buildings and uprooted highway overpasses and train tracks, while fires raged through collapsed timber houses and acrid smoke darkened the sky.

Heavy damage to the harbour area, where nearly all of the 300 shipping berths were destroyed, dealt a severe blow to the city's economy, sparking a population exodus over the following months and years.

Japanese broadcasters and newspapers reminded citizens of the high probability of another big quake, with geologists saying a major event is overdue.

"We want to speed up preparations for building a strong country against disasters," the Asahi Shimbun said in an editorial.

"We cannot eliminate damage completely, but we can start making efforts any day now to reduce damage," the daily said.
AFP
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/120502.aspx
17/1/15
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Τρίτη, Ιανουαρίου 13, 2015

Haiti marks fifth earthquake anniversary

Haiti has marked the fifth anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated an already impoverished nation, as officials struggle to resolve a political standoff that has stalled elections for three years.

Five years after the unprecedented category seven quake killed at least 300,000 people and left more that a million homeless, the nation paused for a "Day of Reflection and Commemoration" on Tuesday.

President Michel Martelly led the official tributes, calling for unity to better prepare Haiti for its next challenge.

Laying flowers at a monument in Place St Christophe in the still damaged capital, he paid tribute to the sacrifice of Haitian and foreign rescuers who flocked to Port-au-Prince in 2010.

"Five years later, are we ready to face other catastrophes that could strike Haiti?" he asked.

Haiti's most immediate challenge is not another natural disaster, however, but institutional breakdown combined with persistent poverty.

As of Monday, parliament's mandate ended with no date set for a new election, raising the prospect that Martelly might be left ruling by decree like the country's former dictators.

A last-minute accord signed on Sunday to resolve the institutional impasse was not ratified by parliament before its authority expired, creating a political and institutional vacuum.

Martelly's supporters have blamed the opposition for failing to pass an electoral law that would allow voting, but his opponents accuse him of provoking a stalemate in order to rule alone.
aljazeera.com
13/1/15
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Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 10, 2015

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked Luzon (Philippines) at Sunday morning.

The quake’s epicenter was in located 13 kilometers southeast of San Antonio, Zambales with a depth of 85 kilometers said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The tremors were also felt in Metro Manila. Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected from the quake although no damage to infrastructure is expected.
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  • Earthquake M 5.8 - LUZON, PHILIPPINES....75 km W of Manila ... local time: 03:32

Magnitude    Mw 5.8
Region    LUZON, PHILIPPINES
Date time    2015-01-10 19:32:02.9 UTC
Location    14.80 N ; 120.32 E
Depth    80 km
Distances:

  
  •  75 km W of Manila, Philippines / pop: 10,444,527 / local time: 03:32:02.9 2015-01-11
  • 5 km SE of Olongapo, Philippines / pop: 220,021 / local time: 03:32:02.9 2015-01-11 
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  • Earthquake M5.8 - 4km N of Mabayo, Philippines 

Nearby Cities:

  1. 4km (2mi) N of Mabayo, Philippines
  2. 6km (4mi) S of Olongapo, Philippines
  3. 10km (6mi) N of Morong, Philippines
  4. 13km (8mi) SSE of Subic, Philippines
  5. 77km (48mi) WNW of Manila, Philippines



Παρασκευή, Δεκεμβρίου 26, 2014

Asia Marks 10th Anniversary of Tsunami (UN says world better prepared for natural disasters)

Beach side memorials, moments of silence, and religious services are planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people in 2004.
The gigantic wave stuck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim. It destroyed entire coastal communities, wiped out families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas.

The disaster was triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, the region's most powerful in 40 years, that sent waves roaring across the Indian Ocean at jetliner speeds as far away as East Africa. It was so powerful that it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters.

The tsunami led separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province to lay down their arms in order to rebuild their lives. The three-decade rebellion against Indonesia ended in 2005, after having claimed 15,000 lives.

Indonesia was hardest hit by the tsunami, with more than 160,000 dead. Thousands more were killed in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
   [ voanews.com]
   26/12/14 
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  • Marking 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami, UN says world better prepared for natural disasters...

It has been ten years since a massive tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people and devastating coastline communities from Indonesia to Somalia, and yet the world today is much better prepared to mitigate such disasters, senior United Nations officials have declared.

“Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the world has taken significant measures to make the world a safer place against disasters,” confirmed Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in a press release issued today to mark the anniversary.

“We now have more efficient early warning systems and better evacuation procedures in place,” she added. “There is also greater understanding and awareness globally of the broad damage that disasters can inflict on our societies.”

The world's worst recorded natural disaster hit the Asia Pacific region in December 2004, claiming the lives of 227,000 people and leaving the livelihoods of some 1.4 million survivors in tatters. While the immediate economic loss caused by the event was estimated at $9.9 billion, the tsunami has also inflicted long-term environmental and development harm as salt water contaminated the land, wiping out agriculture and damaging forests and ecosystems...................http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49691#.VJ3GZcw7I
26/12/14

Asia Marks 10th Anniversary of Tsunami

Beach side memorials, moments of silence, and religious services are planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people in 2004.

The gigantic wave stuck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim. It destroyed entire coastal communities, wiped out families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas.
The disaster was triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, the region's most powerful in 40 years, that sent waves roaring across the Indian Ocean at jetliner speeds as far away as East Africa. It was so powerful that it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters.

The tsunami led separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province to lay down their arms in order to rebuild their lives. The three-decade rebellion against Indonesia ended in 2005, after having claimed 15,000 lives.

Indonesia was hardest hit by the tsunami, with more than 160,000 dead. Thousands more were killed in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
[ voanews.com]
26/12/14 
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Σάββατο, Δεκεμβρίου 20, 2014

First of four Fukushima reactors cleared of nuclear fuel (VIDEO aljazeera)

One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said on Saturday (Dec 20).
It was a significant step in the decommissioning efforts, but workers still have three heavily crippled reactors to clean up after they were sent into meltdown in the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster. The overall clean-up work of the Fukushima plant is expected to take decades.

A total of 1,535 fuel rod assemblies have been now taken out of the building after Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO's) year-long operation, a company spokesman said. "Completion of the removal work is a milestone, but the decommission work will continue," plant chief Akira Ono told reporters.

The nuclear fuel was removed from a pool used to store the rods - which were mostly spent - in the reactor number 4 building, which was offline for regular check-ups at the time of the March 2011 disaster. 

The tsunami battered the plant's cooling system and sent reactors number 1 to 3 into meltdown, setting off the worst atomic accident in a generation.

TEPCO will remove fuel rod assemblies from the pools of other damaged buildings before extracting the melted fuel from the reactors.

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Παρασκευή, Δεκεμβρίου 05, 2014

Fresh lawsuit filed against planned restart of nuclear reactors in Japan

Nine residents filed for an injunction order on Friday to suspend the planned restart of four nuclear reactors in western Japan, local media reported.

The nine people, who are from Fukui, Kyoto and Osaka prefectures, claimed that there is an "actual and looming risk" of nuclear accidents, and requested the Fukui District Court to call off the planned restart of four reactors at Takahama and Oi nuclear plants.


Takahama and Oi nuclear plants are both located in Fukui Prefecture. Both plants' No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently undergoing safety screening of the Nuclear Regulation Authority for resuming operation.

The Fukui District Court ruled in May that the Oi nuclear plant shall not be restarted. But another district court made a contradictory ruling last month, rejecting a demand by citizens seeking suspension of possible resumption of Takahama and Oi plants.

Currently, all nuclear reactors in Japan remain offline. Power utilities are desperate to bring nuclear plants back online due to high costs of thermal power generation, while public concerns over nuclear safety are still strong.

 Source: Xinhua - globaltimes.cn
5/12/14
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Παρασκευή, Νοεμβρίου 28, 2014

Japan Cancels Dozens of Flights Following Volcano Eruption: Reports

Dozens of flights have been cancelled across southern Japan following the first eruption in 22 years of the country's largest active volcano, the Japan News reported Friday.

The active volcano Mount Aso in the southwest of Tokyo has been shooting out chunks of magma since Friday morning. It ejected lava debris and plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) high into the air on Wednesday after tremors began the day before, the newspaper reported.

Flights have been cancelled from the nearest city, Kumamoto, following a warning from the country’s Meteorological Agency to stay away from the volcanic crater. However the country’s observatory does not foresee an escalation in the eruption. Most of the activity occurred one hour within the explosion.

According to the newspaper, some hikers near the summit may have been hit by the flying rocks within a one kilometer radius of the volcano.

Mount Aso is Japan’s largest active volcano. In September, more than 60 people died when another volcano in the country, Mount Ontake, erupted. Mount Ontake's eruption was the worst in Japan for 90 years.
[sputniknews.com]
28/11/14
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Πέμπτη, Νοεμβρίου 27, 2014

Japanese court rejects citizens' demand for suspension of nuclear reactor restart

A Japanese court on Thursday rejected a demand by some western Japan residents seeking suspension of planned restart of nuclear reactors at Takahama and Oi plants, local media reported.

The residents, from Shiga Prefecture, claimed that there are many geological faults around the two plants which might cause earthquakes and tsunamis, and that severe nuclear accidents might occur such as in the 2011 Fukushima crisis.


The Otsu District Court in Shiga Prefecture rejected the residents' demand for suspension of restart of the reactors, and said it is "unlikely" that the safety regulator will make a hasty decision to allow the reactors to restart.

Takahama and Oi nuclear plants are both located in Fukui Prefecture, which lies to the north of Shiga Prefecture. Both plants' No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently undergoing safety screening by the Nuclear Regulation Authority for resuming operation.

Kansai Electric Power Co., operator of the two plants, said the court decision is "reasonable" and it will seek to restart the nuclear plants "as soon as possible" after safety confirmed by the regulator.

  • Currently, all nuclear reactors in Japan remain offline. Power utilities are desperate to bring nuclear plants back online as their earnings are deteriorating due to high costs for thermal power generation, while public concerns over nuclear safety are still strong.
Judicial rulings on the nuclear plants' operation have been divided since the Fukushima crisis. In May, another district court in Japan ruled that the Oi nuclear plant shall not be restarted. Kansai Electric has appealed this ruling.
 Sources: Xinhua - globaltimes.cn
27/11/14
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Τρίτη, Νοεμβρίου 18, 2014

Διπλή σεισμική δόνηση 5,2 Ρίχτερ στη Χαλκίδα.

Εγινε αισθητή και στην Αττική. Είχε μεγάλη ένταση και διάρκεια....
Το εστιακό βάθος ήταν μόλις 10 και 5 χιλιόμετρα -  Σε επιφυλακή η Πυροσβεστική - Δεν έχουν αναφερθεί ζημιές ή τραυματίες...

Ευθύμιος Λέκκας: Μάλλον ήταν ο κύριος σεισμός - Προέρχεται από το νότιο τμήμα του ρήγματος της Αταλάντης .

Σύμφωνα με την αυτόματη λύση του Γεωδυναμικού Ινστιτούτου του Αστεροσκοπείου Αθηνών ο σεισμός είχε μέγεθος 5,2 Ρίχτερ και εστιακό βάθος μόλις 10 χιλιόμετρα.


Τον πρώτο σεισμό ακολούθησε στις 01:09 νέα σεισμική δόνηση που είχε το ίδιο μέγεθος, δηλαδή 5,2 Ρίχτερ και έγινε επίσης αισθητή στις ανωτέρω περιοχές. Το εστιακό βάθος ήταν 5 χιλιόμετρα.

Μέσα σε λίγα λεπτά σημειώθηκαν ακόμη δύο μετασεισμοί των 3,8 Ρίχτερ στις 01:13 και 3,4 Ρίχτερ στις 01:18. Ο χορός των Ρίχτερ στη Χαλκίδα, όμως, δεν σταμάτησε εκεί, καθώς ακολούθησαν σεισμικές δονήσεις 2,8 Ρίχτερ στις 01:33, 2,5 Ρίχτερ στις 01:393,7 Ρίχτερ στις 01:40, 3,4 Ρίχτερ στις 02:18, 3,3 Ρίχτερ στις 02:35 και 3,8 Ρίχτερ στις 02:53.  Στις 03:13 σημειώθηκε ο μεγαλύτερος μέχρι τώρα μετασεισμός, καθώς είχε μέγεθος 4,1 Ρίχτερ.


Καθησυχαστικός εμφανίστηκε ο  καθηγητής Γεωολογίας και Πρόεδρος του Οργανισμού Αντισεισμικού Σχεδιασμού και Προστασίας, Ευθύμιος Λέκκας, σχετικά με τη διπλή σεισμική δόνηση των 5,2 Ρίχτερ στην Χαλκίδα.
Ο κ. Λέκκας σε τηλεοπτικές του δηλώσεις σημείωσε πως οι σεισμοί των 5,2 Ρίχτερ έγιναν αισθητοί κυρίως στην Αττική, αλλά και σε άλλες περιοχές της Ελλάδας όπως η Λαμία, η Θεσσαλία, η Δυτική Στερεά και η Πελοπόννησος....

protothema.gr
18/11/14
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  • Earthquake  M 5.2 - GREECE - 26 km NW of Chalkída - local time: 01:05 ...
Magnitude    mb 5.2
Region    GREECE
Date time    2014-11-17 23:05:56.2 UTC
Location    38.65 N ; 23.41 E
Depth    2 km
Distances:

  •     79 km N of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 01:05:56.2 2014-11-18
  • 26 km NW of Chalkída, Greece / pop: 54,558 / local time: 01:05:56.2 2014-11-18
  • 11 km SW of Prokópion, Greece / pop: 1,108 / local time: 01:05:56.2 2014-11-18

Πέμπτη, Νοεμβρίου 13, 2014

Mayor of Rhodes says may restore Colossus

Scientists will discuss possible restoration of Colossus of Rhodes – one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Rhodes Mayor Fotis Chatzidiakos told Agence France-Presse.

The possibility of restoring the 31-meter statue will be discussed during a special conference that will take place on the island in 2015. “We have always considered restoring the Colossus. However, it is important to discuss the details of possible reconstruction with scientists,” Chatzidiakos noted.

The world’s most famous and distinguished sculptors and architects are willing to realize this project.

The Colossus was dedicated to the God of sun Helios – the protector of Rhodes. It was built in 292 BC just in 12 years. 

The metal for statue was melted from weapons and siege engines abandoned in Rhodes by one of the conquerors. However, 66 years after construction, the statue was destroyed by a strong earthquake. 

The attempts to raise it failed, and the Colossus spent next 900 years lying on the side. 

The Saracens that conquered Rhodes in 654 broke the giant statue to pieces and sold it to a merchant from Syria.
en.itar-tass.com

13/11/14
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Παρασκευή, Νοεμβρίου 07, 2014

Σεισμικές δονήσεις στην Κεφαλονιά

Δύο σεισμικές δονήσεις σημειώθηκαν, το πρωί στην Κεφαλονιά. 
Σύμφωνα με το Αστεροσκοπείο Αθηνών, η πρώτη ήταν μεγέθους 4,8 βαθμών και έγινε στις 09:41 με επίκεντρο τον θαλάσσιο χώρο 9 χιλιόμετρα νοτιοδυτικά του Αργοστολίου και στις 09:53 ακολούθησε η δεύτερη δόνηση, μεγέθους 3,6 βαθμών, με το ίδιο επίκεντρο. 

Σύμφωνα με τους επιστήμονες, είναι ο ίδιος εστιακός χώρος που είχε δώσει τους σεισμούς του περασμένου χειμώνα.
Οι σεισμολόγοι παρακολουθούν το φαινόμενο, χωρίς να ανησυχούν.  
enet.gr
7/11/14
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  • Earthquake M 4.9 - 9 km SW of Argostólion - local time: 09:41...

Magnitude    mb 4.9
Region    GREECE
Date time    2014-11-07 07:41:39.0 UTC
Location    38.15 N ; 20.40 E
Depth    10 km
Distances:

  •     292 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 09:41:39.0 2014-11-07
  • 117 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 163,360 / local time: 09:41:39.0 2014-11-07
  • 9 km SW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,820 / local time: 09:41:39.0 2014-11-07
  • 6 km SW of Lixoúrion, Greece / pop: 3,758 / local time: 09:41:39.0 2014-11-07
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Τρίτη, Οκτωβρίου 21, 2014

China: Largest seismic alert network developed

China has built the world's largest earthquake early warning network with over 5,000 earthquake early warning stations that cover large areas of China's main seismic zones, the China News Service reported on Monday.

The Chengdu Institute of Care-life, a prominent seismology research institute in Sichuan Province, announced Monday that with the support of the central government, including the Ministry of Science, and the Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, 5,010 earthquake early warning stations have been built across 25 provincial-level regions, allowing the monitoring of nearly 2 million square kilometers, home to around 650 million people.


The network covers 80 percent of China's more densely populated seismically active regions including Southwest China's Yunnan Province and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Wang Tun, director of the institute, told the Global Times that the system has been tested by thousands of earthquakes, of which 18 were destructive.

"Our system has never misinformed us or missed any earthquakes since the project launched in 2011. We successfully detected the 2013 Lushan earthquake, the 2014 Ludian and Yutian earthquakes and every other earthquake that has occurred this year," he said

People can use their mobile phones to download an application that warns if an earthquake is about to occur. Once the system detects an earthquake, it will immediately send out alerts, Wang said.

"When an earthquake occurs, people located within 50 kilometers of the epicenter will be given an alert about 10 seconds prior to the quake. Even if you are not within the affected area, you can still receive notifications about the earthquake including its location, magnitude and time of occurrence," Wang added.

There have been academic studies that claim an alert sent out three seconds before an earthquake can reduce casualties by 14 percent. An alert 10 seconds prior can reduce casualties by 39 percent while an alert that comes 20 seconds before a disaster can reduce 63 percent of casualties.

Wang, however, said that many people are not familiar with the earthquake early warning system and therefore it is the government's responsibility to increase public awareness of these alerts.

"There are only 1 million people using the early warning services, less than one percent of the 650 million people in areas covered by our network," he explained.

By Agatha Yuen Source:Global Times  
21/10/14

Τρίτη, Οκτωβρίου 14, 2014

Earthquake M7.4 Strikes El Salvador, may cause 'hazardous tsunami waves'...

A 7.4 earthquake has struck about 106km (66 miles) off the coast of El Salvador, south-east of the city of Usulutan. There were no details of any casualties or damage, although it was a shallow one at a depth of just 9km (5.6 miles).

A warning of "hazardous tsunami waves" was given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Monday, after first saying that a widespread tsunami wasn't a possibility.

The area affected by the tsunami could also include coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, both of which are within 300km (180 miles) of the epicenter, the warning center said.



DETAILS TO FOLLOW ..............http://rt.com/news/195728-quake-salvador-nicaragua-tsunami/
14/10/14

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  • Earthquake M 7.3 - NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA - San Salvador -  local time: 21:51
Magnitude    Mw 7.3
Region    NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
Date time    2014-10-14 03:51:39.5 UTC
Location    12.62 N ; 87.99 W
Depth    80 km
Distances  

  •   176 km SE of San Salvador, El Salvador / pop: 525,990 / local time: 21:51:39.5 2014-10-13
  • 93 km W of Chinandega, Nicaragua / pop: 126,387 / local time: 21:51:39.5 2014-10-13
  • 60 km W of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua / pop: 4,142 / local time: 21:51:39.5 2014-10-13
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Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 08, 2014

Fault line discovered under New Zealand capital


The fault, referred to informally as the Aotea Fault, ran in a northeasterly direction for about 2 km under the harbor, and scientists said Wednesday it had yet to be identified on land.

They believed at least two significant earthquakes had occurred on the fault in the last 10,000 years.

The Aotea Fault, capable of moderate to large quakes in the order of magnitude 6.3 to 7.1, was part of a series of several dozen geological faults in the Wellington region, according to the government's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science).


The fault did not appreciably increase the overall ground- shaking hazard in the New Zealand capital, GNS scientist Russ Van Dissen said in a statement.

"Any ground-shaking that this fault could produce is already considered in Wellington's seismic hazard calculations. So it is already accounted for in the building code," he said.

The Insurance Council of New Zealand issued a statement saying the discovery was unlikely to have any impact on insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses.
Source:Xinhua -  globaltimes.cn
8/10/14

Κυριακή, Οκτωβρίου 05, 2014

Only 26-meter tsunami could now damage Fukushima – (TEPCO)

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has raised the tsunami projectile height, saying it would take a 26-meter wave to damage the facility and cause radioactive leakage, local media reported. This comes as Japan faces a typhoon threat.

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have nearly doubled the previous projected tsunami height that would inundate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – raising it from 14 to 26.3 meters, Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday.

The flood caused by such a tsunami would “likely cause seawater to mingle with the radiation-tainted water accumulating in the basements of the reactor buildings at the six-unit plant, allowing 100 trillion becquerels of cesium to escape,” The Japan Times reported, citing TEPCO officials.

  • However, TEPCO officials noted that such a strong tsunami occurs only once every 10,000 to 100,000 years.

The operator also increased the scale of a potential earthquake that would damage the plant by 1.5 times to 900 gals, media reported.

The company’s statement made on Friday comes in response to a demand made by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for the operator to review tsunami counter-measures. The authority is to decide whether TEPCO’s figures are suitable.

Following the March 2011 earthquake that triggered a 15.5 meter tsunami and hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant – causing three nuclear core meltdowns – the NRA obliged other facilities to strengthen tsunami counter-measures and raise the scale of the highest tsunami protection. But the new regulation did not apply to Fukushima, which is over 40 years old, as the plant was to be decommissioned.

As a measure to reduce the impact of a potential hit by a huge seismic wave, TEPCO said it will cut the quantity of radioactive water stored on the premises of the facility. Thus, the amount of radioactive water leaked into the ocean would be reduced by 30 percent, Asahi reported.

In the wake of the 2011 tragedy, Japan shut down all its nuclear reactors. However, the Japanese government has been keen on the nuclear restart, insisting that the reactors are necessary to provide cheaper energy to the economically-challenged Asian nation.............
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Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 04, 2014

Fukushima To Be Hit By Typhoon, Causing Ocean Contamination (Tepco)

MOSCOW, October 4 (RIA Novosti), Ekaterina Blinova - Tepco, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, has revealed that the approaching typhoon could hit the damaged, decommissioned 40-year old nuclear power facility Fukushima No.1, which was severely affected during the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

"The deluge would likely cause seawater to mingle with the radiation-tainted water accumulating in the basements of the reactor buildings at the six-unit plant, allowing 100 trillion becquerels of cesium to escape, according to an estimate that Tepco revealed Friday at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority," the Japan Times reports.
According to the media outlet, tidal waves from the storm are likely to reach a maximum height of 26.3 meters or more. The storm is likely to strike the Fukushima No.2 nuclear plant as well, but "its idled reactors and fuel pools" are not expected to be destroyed, Tepco officials assert.
  • It should be noted that the 2011 tsunami reached a height of 15.5 meters when it hit the plant, which was followed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

In order to minimize the impact of the hurricane, Tepco "will reduce the vast quantity of radioactive water" on the site, the Asahi Shimbun notes. Citing Tepco's officials, the media source claims that the amount of contaminated wate, which is expected to spill into the ocean, could be decreased to 30 percent "by filling in trenches near reactors."..................http://en.ria.ru/world/20141004/193667366/Fukushima-To-Be-Hit-By-Typhoon-Causing-Ocean-Contamination-Tepco.html
4/10/14

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