3/11/2018

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The Big Earthquake March 11, 2011, 14:46

東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0

. Tohoku Region Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake .

東北関東大震災

. Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster .
. Great East Japan Earthquake .



earthquake night -
the stars are as silent
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. Great Eastern Japan Earthquake .

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. 明治三陸大津波 Meiji Sanriku Dai Tsunami 1896 .
The story of Fukuji and his descendants today
- Tono Monogatari now and then -
北川福二 Kitagawa Fukuji (1860 - 1929)
Tōno monogatari 遠野物語 Tono Monogatari - Tales of Tono


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Presented by Dr. med. Gabi Greve
Okayama prefecture

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World Kigo Database


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My home is about 1000 km away from the atomic reactors.
We live high up in the mountains, no worry about tsunami.

I will try and compile a daily report after this triple event of

earthquake
tsunami
Fukushima reactor

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As time goes by (now April 11, 2011) there are more rumors spreading and opinions vented.
The damage at the nuclear plant in Fukushima has been upgraded to level 7, like Chernobyl.

I am trying to keep cool amongst all this.

Most entries are a mix of haiku and facts,
from the NHK WORLD online bulletins.

I will try to feature the latest news about the development after the earthquake.

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. . . . . : after July 11, 2011

I have to stop the intensive daily reporting.

I will try and keep separate updates on the information of the following topics:

. Radiation problems - INFO .

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. Nai no kami 地震神 .  
The Japanese god of earthquakes



god of earthquakes -
what does it take
to keep you quiet ?





Thank you, Origa san, for your haiga.
Let us hope Nai no Kami accepts this offering.



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The Super Earthquake March 11, 2011
東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0
with a huge tsunami of more than 10 meters

. Tohoku region Pacific Ocean
offshore earthquake .
 

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. The Great Wave by Hokusai 北斎 津波 .
has become a symbol of the Tsunami.


. Earthquake Daruma .


. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .



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3/12/2017

Earthquake Sunday 12 March

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source : yahoo.co.jp/weather .

2017年3月12日 4時57分ごろ

Magnitude 5.3

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3/11/2017

2017 March 11

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The seventh year after the earthquake starts !


six years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
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- - - - - NOMI - A Tale of Tohoku - March 2017
by Hayato Tokugawa




I tried to think of how to end this story but I couldn’t — for now there is no end. Steps have been taken toward recovery, but still, many people live in tiny shacks or are otherwise homeless. Food and medicine are not always plentiful. People have lost their families, their homes, their livelihoods, or the means to earn a living.
Funding for the temporary homes is just that — temporary — and that will end.
Many politicians including Prime Minister Abe, despite their words to the press, would like to see the problem just fade away, especially as the plans for the Summer Olympics go on, spending billions of dollars on that when so many people need so much and patiently ask for so little. And then there is just greed and corruption.



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for the sixth anniversary of the events on March 11, 2011.



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can the Kappa survive
radioactivity ?






. Kappa 河童 Legends from Fukushima .





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3/10/2017

Tengu Legends Fukushima

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. Tengu 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" .
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Tengu Legends from Fukushima
福島県の天狗伝説 


Let us start with a sip of the local Daitengu Sake !


大天狗酒造株式会社 -福島県本宮市 Motomiya town - - - Dai Tengu

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Some legends about Tengu, the Mountain Goblin, are told in all of Fukushima, some are related to a special district or village.
Many legends have been collected by 柳田国男 Yanagita Kunio
in a collection named
妖怪名彙 / Yōkai Dangi 妖怪談義 Yokai Dangi



. Yanagita Kunio 柳田國男 .
Kunio Yanagita, Yanagida 柳田国男 (1875 - 1962)

Yanagita Kunio, "Tengu no hanashi" (1909)

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Tengudaoshi, Tengu-daoshi 天狗だおし / 天狗倒し
"Tengu knocking down trees"
- - - 空木倒し sora kigaeshi
- - - 天狗の木倒し Tengu no kidaoshi

The sound of cutting down a tree with a saw or ax is heard at night, but next morning nothing is to be seen.
This refers to strange noises in a lonely forest.
Also in 相馬郡 Soma district 飯舘村 Iidate and 田村郡 Tamura district
This phenomenon is also known in other parts of Japan.

- - - Tengusama 天狗様 Tengu Sama
On the 8th and 9th day in the second and 12th month of the old lunar calendar people were not allowed to work in the mountains. That would certainly bring them bad luck.
Someone who tried to go to the mountain on the 9th day of the second lunar month got hit by a boulder, fell down a crevice and died.


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In the very remote mountains of Fukushima, where people rarely come,
Tengu throw down trees.
Another Yokai monster creature living there is
オンボノヤス Onbonyasu / オボノヤス Obonyasu.
He can blow fog and make the region unsafe. People easily loose their way in his fog.
Maybe 尾のある妖怪.
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福島県田村地方の山 The Tamura Mountains, where Obonyaku lives


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福島市 Fukushima city

- - - Yama no Kamisama 山の神様 Deity of the Mountain
Every year on the first of January, February 2 and October 17, the Deity of the Mountain comes down to visit. He is most probably a male Tengu. On these days people involved in forest work come together in the main family home, eat rice cakes and drink Sake. On these days it is not allowed to go to the forest to work.

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東白川郡 Higashi Shirakawa district 古殿町 Furudono

Hime no Gozen Yama 姫の御前山 /姫御前山
at "the Mountain of the Princess" there lives a Tengu.
大きな音に驚かされることがある。ある女が栗拾いに行ってびくを隠されたこともある。ならの木などに房のように下がっているのは天狗の髪だろうとも言っている。


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東白川郡 Higashi Shirakawa district 塙町 Hanawa

- - - Tengu no ashiato 天狗の足跡 footprints of a Tengu
They say the footprints of a Tengu are still visible here.

- And at 古殿町 Furudono Town, 鎌倉岳 Mount Kamakuradake



The legend tells of Waka Poet Sarumaru.
「歌人猿丸が大同年間に葛野より狩りに出て、 たまたま姿を現した白鹿を追って日光に至る途中、鎌倉岳で休みうたた寝をした。
その時夢枕に立った天狗が岩に立って「白鹿は神の使いである」といって立ち去った。夢からさめてみると、岩に天狗の足跡が出来ていたという。」

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In the early Meiji period, some pilgrims wanted to visit Kobugahara.
There was a wicked one among them. When they stayed at an inn in Furudono, he went to have a bath, but he was taken away, including the bath tub, by a tengu.

. Kobugahara 古峯ヶ原 / 古峰原 / コブガハラ Kobugahara . - Gunma
and the Tengu Hayatoboo 隼人坊 Hayato-Bo, Hayatobo

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飯坂町 Iizakamachi

- - - kami kakushi 神隠し kidnapped by the gods
At 七つ森の峠 Nanatsumori Toge pass on the way to Miyagi
以前は、七つ森の峠越しでは天狗様のお怒りにあって神隠しに遭うというので、生臭や女気を断って一週間の行をした。明治の頃、ある人が信じずに山仕事に米を背負って出かけて、行方不明になった。山探しをすると20尺(6m)もある木の上に、米を背負ったまま引っかかって死んでいた。

- - - Tengu-daoshi Tengu-daoshi 天狗だおし / 天狗倒し
山小屋に泊まっていると、狐や狸がカラキガエシをしたり、天狗倒しがあったりする。おかしいと思ったら、燃えさしをぶつければ消える。

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石川郡 Ishikawa district 平田村 Hirata village

A forest worker took his lunchbox to the forest and hung it on a tree branch, while doing his work. At lunchtime, he wanted to eat, but the box was empty.
A Tengu must have had eaten his lunch - for sure.

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いわき市 Iwaki city

The Tengu lives at 団子山 Mount Dangoyama.
Once a man with a twisted neck was healed by this Tengu. Since the man was a painter, he painted the Tengu to show his gratitude.

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At いわき市川中子の愛宕神社 the Atago Shrine of Iwaki
いわき市川中子の愛宕神社には、からす天狗の小絵馬が奉納されている。神通力によって願い事を叶えるためだという。

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いわき郡 Iwaki district 石城郡 いわきのこおり Iwaki nokoori 田人村 Tabitomura

- - - Tengu no warabuchi-ishi 天狗の藁ブチ石
This is the name of a boulder at the Northern side of the Shrine.

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- - - - - Takegarayama 竹柄山 / 竹がら山 Mount Takegarayama
Takegarayama Yazawa, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima
On the highest place lives a Tengu. When the weather changes to the worst, this Tengu beats a loud drum to warn the people.

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喜多方市 Kitakata town

- - - Tengu no sumootori ba 天狗の相撲とり場
At the place where the Tengu used to practise sumo wrestling, a Tengu once had his long nose come off.
It turned into the flower of 水バショウ Mizubasho, skunk cabbage.


福島市土湯 「びっき沼の水芭蕉」-
Tsuchiyu Hot Spring : Mizubasho from Bikkurinuma swamp



鼻かけ天狗 Tengu who lost his nose
Mukashibanashi story 山梨県 from Yamanashi
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南会津郡 Minami Aizu district

- - - Tengu-doori 天狗通り Tengu passing
It happens during daytime in the mountain forest. First there is the sound of pyuuun, then the sound of wings flapping.
This is also heard by farmers who try fishing in mountain rivers in the evening.
Another version of Tengu-daoshi.

- - - kami kakushi 神隠し kidnapped by the gods
親類が神隠しにあった。夜には村の山にいたが、夜明けごろになると子馬のようなものが現れて一緒にこいというので、これについていくと、隣村の山に入った。天狗様が現れて、ここにいては悪いから村へ帰れと掴まれて投げられた。

- - - Tengusama 天狗様 Tengu Sama
天狗様の祠にある木の切り株に登って「天狗天狗さらわばさらえ」と大声を張り上げた帰り道、グイグイ後ろに引かれた。振り返ると鎌が1、2間先に落ちていたので拾った。家に帰るとまた鎌が無くなっていた。数日して、木の上数間のところに鎌がかかっていた。天狗の仕業であるという。
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In Inamura village 伊南村の宮澤の人が黒谷入という所で魚を釣っていると影がさした。じっとみると水鏡に赤い顔で鼻の高い人が覗いていた。天狗様だろうということであった。
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- - - 朝日村 Asahi village 丸山岳 Mount Maruyamadake
Tengu no Hanabatake 天狗のお花畑
Flower Garden of the Tengu


This mountain is the dwelling place of Tengu since olden times. It has a large plain on its top, where many mountain flowers blossom.
The locals call it the Flower Garden of the Tengu.

- - - Hachiroozaemon 八郎左衛門
The Honest, Pious Hachirozaemon

Hachirozaemon had a large swelling on the cheek To get healed he had to dance with a Tengu, who then took away the lumpy swelling.
Another man who could not see with one eye tried the same. But he was a bad, wicked person and thus he did not get healed but instead even got the lump of Hachirozaemon on his cheek too.

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- - - Tengu tsubute-ishi 天狗礫石 Tengu throwing gravel stones
At night there is a sound of stones hitting the wooden rain shutters. They say a Tengu is trying to take an aim.

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- Odegusama, O-Degu Sama オデグ様
"The honorable huge one", 男の神様 a Mountain Deity

Once a woman at the other side of the river had a competition with him, throwing stones. The stones war called Tengu Ishi 天狗石 Tengu stones. They have fallen down along the mountain forest of O-Degu Sama.

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南会津郡 Minami Aizu district 大宮村 Omiyamura village

Below the 天狗岩 Tenguiwa boulder is a 天狗堂 Tengu Hall.
山道を登りつめた所に小祠があり、玉石が沢山おいてある。村の人達はこの玉石を、他の天狗とけんかした際に向山から飛んで来たものだと言っている。


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大沼郡 Onuma district 金山町 Kaneyama

Tengu-Iwa 天狗岩 Tengu Boulder
In former times at the Tengu-Iwa 天狗岩 Tengu Boulder, people could hear the sound of Tengu cutting wood.

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昔、山小屋で寝ていると突風が吹いて木が倒れる音がした。翌朝見に行っても何も倒れていない。また石が飛んで来て岩などに当たるような音がする。また夜寝ていると小屋ごと持ち上げられることがある。天狗の悪口を言わないでいると元に戻る。

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白川郡 Shirakawa district 表郷村 Omotego village

At Mount Tenguyama 天狗山 Tengu-Yama,
there lives the Tengu. He lives in the high regions and has a very long nose.
Shirakawa’s Tengu Mountain - a beautiful scenery with large rice fields at the feet of the mountain.

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相馬郡 Soma district

- Tengu no Mori 天狗の森 Forest of the Tengu
夜になると怪しい青い火が燃えたり、この森に入って帰らなくなった人もあり、天狗の仕業だといって近寄る人もなくなったという。

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相馬郡 Soma district 飯舘村 Iidate

- - - Above のべがみ森 Nobegamimori Forest
there lives a Tengu. Some people have been shocked and surprized by him.

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耶麻郡 Yama district

kasakake matsu 笠かけ松 / 笠掛けの松 pine to hang a straw hat
護法山頂上の笠かけ松は、昔、天狗が人をさらっていって、その人を掛け、また衣類をさらした松だという。人かけ松・笠かけ松といって2本あったが、今は人かけ松は枯れ、笠かけ松のみ残っている。

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. Fukushima Masanori 福島正則 (1561 - 1624) .

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Tengu no ashiato 天狗の足跡 footprints of a Tengu

see above 東白川郡 Higashi Shirakawa district.



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茨城県 Ibaraki 新治郡 Niihari district 八郷町 Yasato machi

これをこの土地の耕作者が移動させようとしたところ、怪我をしたのでやめた。


愛宕山は天狗 From the Tengu of Mount Atagoyama


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香川県 Kagawa 高松市 Takamatsu city

天狗をまつった祠に奉納した下駄にまつわる話。奉納した夜、天狗が山を履き歩き、翌日下駄には泥土と天狗の足跡がついている。


飯野山 Iinoyama (讃岐富士 Sanuki Fuji )


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長野県 Nagano 駒ヶ根市 Komagane city

丸い大きな石の扁平なところに8文くらいの足跡が2尺ほどの間をおいて2つついている。天狗の足跡だという。

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和歌山県 Wakayama 西牟婁郡 Nishimuro district 日置川町 Hikigwacho village

徳蔵の家の土間には天狗の足跡が付いていた。水が入ってもそれは消えなかった。この足跡が付いてから天狗が徳蔵を迎えに来るようになった。

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山梨県 Yamanashi 南巨摩郡 Minamikoma district 早川町 Hayakawa village

At 奈良田に天狗森 Tengu no Mori in Narada Hot Spring

奈良田に天狗森というところがある。明治23年に天狗森の木を売却することになり、中巨摩郡の小笠原の大衛門という人が買主となってこの木を伐採した所、その夜に火災が起こり、外良寺をはじめ13戸が焼失した。村人は天狗の祟りと恐れ、すぐ桧苗3本を植え、祠を建てて天狗を祀った。買主の大衛門は事業で失敗し自殺したという。また2本の下駄の歯に似たような跡がある岩があり、天狗の足跡といっていたが今はない。

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Tengu Sumoo 天狗 相撲 Tengu and Sumo wrestling

22 legends to explore

How the Tengu lost his nose

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4/15/2016

Kumamoto April 2016

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Earthquake in Kumamoto, April 15, 2016 - M 7.1
Earthquake in Kumamoto, April 16, 2016 - M 7.3

熊本 地震



source : yahoo.co.jp/weather

- - - - - some headlines
9 dead, over 700 injured after 6.4 quake hits southwest Japan ...
Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area
Deadly earthquake topples buildings in southern Japan
The earthquake struck in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu
with a magnitude of 7.1
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The most amazing fact about this earthquake is the number of strong and less strong aftershocks.
Here is a list of the first 24 hours -
and then the stronger ones, as they keep coming:
source : yahoo.co.jp/weather

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2016年4月16日 16時05分 熊本県熊本地方 5.3 5弱
2016年4月16日 9時51分 熊本県熊本地方 5.4 6弱
2016年4月16日 7時27分 熊本県熊本地方 4.8 5弱

Oita 2016年4月16日 7時14分 大分県中部 5.3 5弱
and a lot more smaller quakes in Oita now

2016年4月16日 3時59分 熊本県阿蘇地方 5.8 6強
2016年4月16日 3時09分 熊本県阿蘇地方 5.8 5強
2016年4月16日 1時58分 熊本県熊本地方 6.0 6弱
2016年4月16日 1時49分 熊本県熊本地方 5.3 6弱

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- - - - - Another stronger one, M7.3 (M7.1)
2016年4月16日 1時40分 熊本県熊本 7.1 6強


- - - - - and felt in Okayama
岡山県 岡山北区  岡山東区  津山市  笠岡市  井原市  高梁市  新見市  瀬戸内市  赤磐市  美作市  浅口市  早島町  矢掛町 
with at least 13 more deaths and 450 injured

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15時27分ごろ 2016年4月15日 15時32分 熊本県熊本地方 4.1 4
2016年4月15日 13時50分ごろ 2016年4月15日 13時53分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 12時46分ごろ 2016年4月15日 12時49分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 9時53分ごろ 2016年4月15日 9時56分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 9時02分ごろ 2016年4月15日 9時06分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 3
2016年4月15日 7時55分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時58分 熊本県熊本地方 3.2 3
7時30分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時33分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月15日 7時20分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 6時24分ごろ 2016年4月15日 6時28分 熊本県熊本地方 3.0 3
2016年4月15日 5時32分ごろ 2016年4月15日 5時35分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 3
2016年4月15日 5時13分 熊本県熊本地方 4.6 4
2016年4月15日 5時01分ごろ 2016年4月15日 5時05分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 4時19分ごろ 2016年4月15日 4時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.1 3
2016年4月15日 3時41分 熊本県熊本地方 4.1 4
2016年4月15日 2時14分ごろ 2016年4月15日 2時17分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 3
2016年4月15日 1時59分ごろ 2016年4月15日 2時02分 熊本県熊本地方 3.6 3
2016年4月15日 1時56分 熊本県熊本地方 4.8 5弱
2016年4月15日 1時21分ごろ 2016年4月15日 1時24分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 1時04分ごろ 2016年4月15日 1時08分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 0時58分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 4
2016年4月15日 0時53分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月15日 0時47分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時51分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月15日 0時38分 熊本県熊本地方 4.5 4
2016年4月15日 0時20分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時23分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 0時13分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時17分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 0時09分 熊本県熊本地方 6.4 6強

2016年4月14日 23時48分 熊本県熊本地方 5.0 4
2016年4月14日 23時32分 熊本県熊本地方 4.4 4
2016年4月14日 23時04分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時54分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月14日 22時51分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月14日 22時46分 熊本県熊本地方 4.3 4
2016年4月14日 22時43分 熊本県熊本地方 5.0 5弱
2016年4月14日 22時35分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時30分 熊本県熊本地方 3.6 3
2016年4月14日 22時27分 熊本県熊本地方 4.6 4
2016年4月14日 22時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時20分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月14日 22時15分 熊本県熊本地方 4.3 4
2016年4月14日 22時12分 熊本県熊本地方 5.7 6弱
2016年4月14日 22時09分 --- --- 6弱
2016年4月14日 22時07分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 2
2016年4月14日 22時04分 熊本県熊本地方 3.0 2
2016年4月14日 21時58分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 4
2016年4月14日 21時48分 熊本県熊本地方 4.9 4
ろ 2016年4月14日 21時44分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 4

2016年4月14日 21時26分 2016年4月14日 21時36分 熊本県熊本地方 6.4 7

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9 dead in Kumamoto earthquake
At least 9 people died in a powerful earthquake that struck southwestern Japan late Thursday. Strong aftershocks are continuing and many people have been forced to flee.



Strong aftershocks are continuing and many people have been forced to flee.

An NHK robotic camera captured the moment when the magnitude 6.5 quake hit Kumamoto City shortly before 9:30PM. Nearly half of the over 200-meter-long wall surrounding Kumamoto Castle has been damaged.
The stone wall is an important cultural asset.

NHK footage filmed how its newsroom near the castle shook violently.

Officials at Kumamoto Prefecture say more than 900 people have received medical care.
They say one person who died was trapped under a collapsed house.

Police say another casualty was reported in a fire in the neighboring town of Mashiki, where the hardest jolt was recorded. Other fires also broke out in affected areas.

Over 100 aftershocks are rocking the area, some of them nearly as strong as the first tremor, causing more damage to buildings.

Utility companies in the prefecture say more than a thousand households have lost gas and electricity.

Officials say more than 30,000 people in the prefecture have fled. Town officials also transferred their emergency operations headquarters to an evacuation facility, because electricity is out, shelves collapsed, and objects are scattered across the floor of their office.

The main highway cracked and crumbled over a wide area. Certain sections have been closed.

Officials at Japan Railway Company say one of its Shinkansen bullet trains was derailed by the earthquake in Kumamoto city. No one was hurt. The out-of-service train was on its way to a garage.

Japan's only online nuclear plant is located in the same region of Kyushu. Officials say there are no irregularities with the 2 reactors at the Sendai plant. They say they remain in operation.

9 dead, over 1,000 injured in Kumamoto quake
Agency warns of aftershocks, heavy rain
Severe quake damage concentrated along river

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Another - - - M7.3 earthquake hits southwestern Japan
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan, injuring many people.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake occurred at around 1:25AM on Saturday. It says the focus was 12 kilometers deep in Kumamoto Prefecture.
The jolt registered an intensity of 6 plus on the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7 in some parts of the prefecture.
The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas of the Ariake and Yatsushiro Seas, but lifted it about 50 minutes later.



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25 persons confirmed dead



A lot of severe landslides blocking roads and railways.

The nearby volcano, Asosan 阿蘇山 is having a small eruption.

The reactors at Sendai remain in operation.


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32 persons confirmed dead


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42 persons confirmed dead
at least 9 still missing


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The Kumamoto castle is badly damaged, the Yagura standing here on just one pillar of stones last night, is gone now next morning.




Aso Jinja in ruins.

Some experts say this was just a prelude to a real big series of quakes, maybe the Nankai one.

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Despite assurances, quakes prompt calls to switch off Japan’s nuclear reactors

Calls in and outside of Japan are growing to shut down the nations' only two operating reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.



Since Thursday, the Meteorological Agency has recorded nearly 530 quakes at level 1 or above on the Japanese intensity scale in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. This includes more than 80 registering a 4 or higher on the scale. The agency has warned that seismic activity in the region may continue over the next week, possibly prompting more deadly landslides.

But despite the frequency of the quakes, the Sendai plant, just over the border from Kumamoto in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, has continued to generate electricity since the initial magnitude-6.5 quake rocked Kumamoto on Thursday, followed by a magnitude-7.3 temblor early Saturday.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Monday morning it had confirmed there were no abnormalities at the Sendai plant or at the nation’s other nuclear facilities.

It said the seismic intensity measured by the earthquakes was well below the level at which reactors should be switched off.

In addition, the NRA said, no problems were reported with the spent fuel pools at the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture, the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture and the Shimane plant in Shimane Prefecture.

But with continued quakes and aftershocks, fears are growing about what the constant shaking could mean in terms of cumulative damage that could result in a nuclear crisis.

An online Japanese- and English-language petition by a former Kumamoto resident to shut down the Sendai plant had drawn over 42,000 signatures worldwide as of Monday morning, while anti-nuclear activists in Fukui Prefecture have also criticized Kyushu Electric Power Co. and the NRA for continuing to operate the plant.

In Saga Prefecture on Sunday, about 100 mayors and town heads belonging to the Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan added their voices, calling for the central government and the NRA to re-evaluate the way earthquake safety standards for nuclear power plants are calculated.
They also want the government to grant localities within 30 km of a nuclear power plant the legal authority to approve or reject reactor restarts.

The decision to keep the Sendai reactors running is also drawing criticism overseas.

“Given the general situation on Kyushu — including the ongoing seismic and volcanic activity, the large number of evacuees, and the damage to the transportation infrastructure — I believe it would be prudent for the reactors to be shut down until conditions have stabilized,” Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Washington-based Union of Concerned Scientists and an expert on nuclear materials and atomic power safety policy, said in an email to The Japan Times.

In Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Electric hopes to restart the Ikata No. 3 reactor by this summer. But the revelation that the plant lies near the same fault line running through Kumamoto, the Japan Median Tectonic Line, the possibility of a disaster caused by a quake has locals concerned, especially about damage to infrastructure damage that would make it difficult to evacuate residents by either land or sea.

In light of the continued quakes and concerns by locals, political leaders in the area who OK’d the restart are likely to face intense pressure to rethink their stance.

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3/08/2016

216 March 11

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The sixth year after the earthquake starts !


five years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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A lot is written and aired on TV
for the fifth anniversary of the events on March 11, 2011.



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another spring -
can the Kappa survive
radioactivity ?






. Legends from Fukushima .


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NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom




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12/30/2015

Fox in Fukushima

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Fox in Fukushima - December 30, 2016

A fox has been found inside the heavily contaminated reactor 2 building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant, Tepco said.
It is the first time that an animal has been discovered in any of the reactor buildings at the power plant, including the reactors 1 and 3, which experienced core meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

On Dec. 21, the image of the fox was captured by a camera inside the unit 2 building, Tepco said on Monday, adding that the current whereabouts of the fox was unknown.

According to Tepco, the fox was found near pipes connected to treactor 2’s containment vessel. Aerial radiation levels at the site were around 300 millisieverts per hour, while radiation levels on the floor reached 7 sieverts.

The fox may have entered the reactor 2 building through an opening created by the tsunami, Tepco said.

In March 2013, cooling equipment for a spent nuclear fuel pool at the power plant stopped briefly due to a power failure caused by a rat.

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3/11/2015

2015 March 11

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The fifth year after the earthquake starts !


four years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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another spring -
can the Kappa survive
radioactivity ?






. Legends from Fukushima .


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. . . Joys of Japan . . .

Join the Friends on Facebook !





NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom





MORE videos to watch groups singing for 2013:
. NHK - www.nhk.or.jp/ashita .



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. - Read the latest information - .
our Tohoku forum on facebook


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Rural revitalization 地方創生
is becoming a kind of buzzword since 2014.



. Join our forum on Facebook .


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kizuna 絆 the new bond between people




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