March 14, Monday - 4

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March 13, evening
While images of brutal destruction wreaked by a devastating earthquake and tsunami have stunned the nation and the world, Japanese are finding both inspiration and reasons to vent in the aftermath of the disaster.

One sentiment that is emerging is that such a calamitous event could occur again at any time, in any place.

"We don't know when it will happen to us," said Masatoshi Masuda, 52, a seal carver in the southwest city of Kagoshima, far from the deadly, three-meter-high waves that surged across farmland, villages and cities in Japan's northeast Friday.

Masuda noted that an active volcano, Mount Sakurajima, spews ash onto Kagoshima almost daily. And not far away is Shinmoedake, another volcano that began erupting in late January in its most significant activity in some 300 years.

A clearer picture of the deaths from the massive quake was emerging with estimates reaching at least 10,000, and damage at least in the tens of billions of dollars.
source : news.yahoo.com


During an evening news report on TV, prime minister Kan talked about the dangers, but not full meltdowt of the reactors, it still seemed under some sort of control, although radioactivity was leaking.
He also warned of cuts in electricity, since the the reactors were gone, probably not to be repaired. Northern Japan uses a different kind of electricty voltage than we in the West, so they cannot simply sap it from here.

Food, gasoline and other stuff were slowly coming to an end in many stores, since the supply via the sea was cut off completely, no airport open and the highways mostly closed.

People were making emergency buys of cup ramen soup and stuff, while gasolin stands put up the sing "No more".

And another cold night was ahead for all.


Monday, March 14

no words
no words today
no words

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Earthquake M 6.2, 2011年3月14日 10:14

Japan fights to avert nuclear meltdown after quake
A grim-faced Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the world's third biggest economy faced rolling blackouts as it reopens for business Monday, while officials confirmed three nuclear reactors were at risk of overheating, raising fears of an uncontrolled radiation leak.

"The earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear incident have been the biggest crisis Japan has encountered in the 65 years since the end of World War Two," Kan told a news conference.

"We're under scrutiny on whether we, the Japanese people, can overcome this crisis."

Broadcaster NHK, quoting a police official, said more than 10,000 people may have been killed as the wall of water triggered by Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake surged across the coastline, reducing whole towns to rubble.

Kyodo news agency said 80,000 people had been evacuated from a 20-km (12-mile) radius around a stricken nuclear plant, joining more than 450,000 other evacuees from quake and tsunami-hit areas in the northeast of the main island Honshu.

Almost 2 million households were without power in the freezing north, the government said. There were about 1.4 million without running water.

The most urgent crisis centers on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex , where all three reactors were threatening to overheat, and where authorities said they had been forced to vent radioactive steam into the air to relieve reactor pressure.

The complex, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, was rocked by an explosion Saturday, which blew the roof off a reactor building. The government did not rule out further blasts there but said this would not necessarily damage the reactor vessels.

"Radiation has been released in the air, but there are no reports that a large amount was released," Jiji news agency quoted him as saying. "This is fundamentally different from the Chernobyl accident."

When we talk about natural disasters, we tend to see an initial sharp drop in production... then you tend to have a V-shaped rebound.

The earthquake was the fifth most powerful to hit the world in the past century. It surpassed the Great Kanto quake of September 1, 1923, which had a magnitude of 7.9 and killed more than 140,000 people in the Tokyo area.

The 1995 Kobe quake killed 6,000 and caused $100 billion in damage, the most expensive natural disaster in history. Economic damage from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was estimated at about $10 billion.
source : news.yahoo.com


Tokyo and Kanto without electricity

Imagine sitting in a highrise building in greater Tokyo area

now switch off all electricity ... no running tab water, no toilet flushing, no aircon for heating or cooling, no TV, no icebox or refrigerator working, no elevater down, no telephone working (mostly not even the handies), no automatic doors moving

if you make it down, chaos on the streets (unless folks stay home) with no traffic lights working ... no vending maschines working

This will happen soon ...

TV is running timetables for the blackout ...

This should provide some info in English about the balckouts in most prefectures around Tokyo, in the greater Kanto regon

and in Japanese

Here in Western Japan, we should be all right, I keep my fingers crossed, but my heart is with all the people up there.

The TV coverage of more damage is still so shocking ... even some reporters shed tears as they walk through the debris in close-up ...

source : Gabi on facebook


watching NHK NEWS

. . . . . At 11:00

The power is back in Kanto.
Many trains are cancelled, electricity has been saved enough for today.

also at 11:10
A tsunami has been seen from a helicopter near Fukushima ... should hit in about 10 minutes.

at 11:15
The third atomic reactor has exploded his hood, like the first one ...
They say it is only a "harmless" hydrogen explosion because of high pressure.
About 600 people within the 20 km zone around the plant should remain inside for now.

The news caster can not speak fast enough to bring all the warnings ...

at 11:25
The tsunami did not YET come and is called off.
There was also no earthquake.

12:15The leak at the reactor produced
20 micro Sievert シーベルト.
There have been 11 people injured by the explosion.

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Kilometers of distance from the reactors

12:00 NEWS
Japan's chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3 of Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility.

Yukio Edano says people within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius were ordered inside following Monday's. AP journalists felt the explosion 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.

Edano says the reactor's inner containment vessel holding nuclear rods is intact, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public.

The No. 3 Unit reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast Saturday in the facility's Unit 1.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area.
source : news.yahoo.com

. . . . . 12:40
More than 1000 dead bodies have been discovered.
Raising the number of dead and missing to 4700.

. . . . . 13:30

A hydrogen explosion rocked the earthquake-stricken nuclear plant in Japan where authorities have been working desperately to avert a meltdown, compounding a nuclear catastrophe caused by Friday's massive quake and tsunami.

The core container was intact, Jiji news agency said, quoting the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), but the local government warned those still in the 20-km (13-mile) evacuation zone to stay indoors. Seven people, six of them soldiers, were missing in the blast.

Kyodo news agency said 2,000 bodies had been found on Monday on the shores of Miyagi prefecture, which took the brunt of the tsunami.
source : news.yahoo.com

. . . . . 14:30
According to NHK news, no high levels of radiation are measured, now four hours after the explosion.

1600 persons confirmed dead, 10000 are not accounted for.
43.0000 people are now living in shelters.

. . . . . 15:17 15時17分
Earthquake M 6.3 in Fukushima, Coast 福島県沖

Energy will be stopped in Group 5 in Kanto from 5 to 7 tonight.
They say in some parts, all is very unclear.
What do people do who care for an ill person at home and need electricity?

. . . . . 15:40
The atom reactor Number 2 is now also in danger, the cooling system does not work any more.
The Geiger Counter in Tokyo showed 12.33 cpm (normal).

. . . . . 15:55
Earthquake M 5.2 in Fukushima, Coast 福島県沖

Many people in Tokyo try to buy a bicycle to commute.

Stores all over Japan keep the lights down and try to save energy.

evening 21:00

Japan scrambled to avert a meltdown at a stricken nuclear plant on Monday after a hydrogen explosion at one reactor and exposure of fuel rods at another, just days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 10,000 people.

Roads and rail, power and ports have been crippled across much of Japan's northeast and estimates of the cost of the multiple disasters have leapt to as much as $170 billion. Analysts said the economy could even tip back into recession.

Japanese stocks closed down more than 7.5 percent, wiping $287 billion off market capitalization in the biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in 2008.

Rescue workers combed the tsunami-battered region north of Tokyo for survivors and struggled to care for millions of people without power and water in what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has dubbed his country's worst crisis since World War Two.
"It's a scene from hell, absolutely nightmarish,"

Jiji news agency said fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor had been entirely exposed and a fuel rod meltdown could not be ruled out. The plant operator confirmed there was little water left in the reactor. The explosion happened at the No. 3 reactor, two days after a blast at the No. 1 reactor.
Crucially, officials said the thick walls around the radioactive cores of the damaged reactors appeared to be intact after the earlier hydrogen blast.

"This is nothing like a Chernobyl ... At Chernobyl (in Ukraine in 1986) you had no containment structure -- when it blew, it blew everything straight out into the atmosphere."

Almost 2 million households were without power in the north, the government said. There were about 1.4 million without running water. Tens of thousands of people are missing.
source : news.yahoo.com

The quake caused Japan's main island to shift 2.5 meters (8 feet) and moved the earth's axis 10 cm (2.5 inches), geologists say. The question now is whether the catastrophe will spur other seismic changes in Japan, which has yet to emerge from its "lost decades" of stagnant growth, aging population, and loss of international prestige following the collapse of the Japanese asset bubble in the early 1990s.

If any country is prepared to cope with an earthquake, it is Japan.
Earthquakes are a way of life in Japan, occurring on average every five minutes.

The tsunami, a Japanese word meaning "harbor wave," surged through towns and cities, bulldozing everything in its path. A large freight ship was sitting incongruously in the streets of Kesennuma in hard-hit Miyagi prefecture. A wrecked airplane lay nose-deep in the rubble of homes in the port of Sendai.

Many of the survivors appeared middle aged or elderly, reflecting Japan's aging demographic, particularly in rural areas where the average age of farmers is about 66.
Any dividend from reconstruction and reform looked distant on Monday. Japanese stocks fell 7.6 percent, on track for the biggest daily loss since October 2008, and bond yields rose as investors expected the disaster to take a huge economic toll and require heavy government borrowing.

A hydrogen explosion on Monday at the number 3 reactor raised concern the crisis is escalating, but experts insist a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster can be averted.
source : news.yahoo.com



The sievert (symbol: Sv) is the SI derived unit of dose equivalent.
It attempts to reflect the biological effects of radiation as opposed to the physical aspects, which are characterised by the absorbed dose, measured in gray. It is named after Rolf Sievert, a Swedish medical physicist famous for work on radiation dosage measurement and research into the biological effects of radiation.

The equivalent dose to a tissue is found by multiplying the absorbed dose, in gray, by a dimensionless "quality factor" Q, dependent upon radiation type, and by another dimensionless factor N, dependent on all other pertinent factors.
An older unit of the equivalent dose is the rem (Röntgen equivalent man).

1 Sv = 100 rem
1 mSv = 100 mrem = 0.1 rem
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Gabi, thank you for your concerns.
TEPCO said yesterday we are to have black outs, but they have changed their mind. We've been supplied with electricity. We feel sorry, for they have no electricity, no foods, no water in the Tohoku Region. The train services are in disorer; they announced they would not run trains except the Yamanote Line and some line. They announced no bullet trains would be running. They could, however, run them, since electricity is available.
It could be confusing!

source : Mariko from facebook


A haiku friend from America wrote

Spring morning -
waking to discover
we're eight feet closer

. . . . . another friend wrote

holding hands
in the worst winter ...
first snowdrops

ps ... This poem is about the world holding hands ... as friends ...during this terrible crisis; and, it's about "new growth" and "new beginning" that always follows such rough times (such rough winters). It's a poem of hope. It's for you and yours, personally ... :) ... from me.

. . . . .

My Haiku in Russian

God of Earthquakes -
what does it take
to keep you quiet?

Бог землетрясений --
что ещё тебе нужно
чтоб ты успокоился?

source : Origa on Livejournal


External LINKS

John wrote:
I want to show everyone the news media we are being presented with here in Japan. I think it's quite different from what you see on CNN and other Western news outlets. One thing about Japan--there are professional cameramen EVERYWHERE! It reminds me of the Vietnam war, and how it was the first time the US got real-time, color footage of a war zone. Since the quake, we've had lots of steady, HD video playing non-stop, showing you exactly what it would be like to witness the disaster first hand. Watch it in full-screen, and please share on your wall!!
Tsunami Footage from Japan . on facebook



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  1. Anonymous3/14/2011

    wow, they said before it was ok...wow.. i hope it is not Chernobyl and it can be contained.
    a friend from facebok

  2. another tsunami ?

  3. We are praying in NH. yes, I will light a candle.

  4. Incredible - thank you for sharing the link. What presence, to film during that.

  5. hank goodnes you are set back away from the shore. I watch with much concern for your safety.
    ai, Berg

  6. Anonymous3/14/2011

    When the 2nd reactor blew, I was shaken too, as I viewed it on tv news. It was a painful sight. Hopefully there won't be anymore after this.

  7. Anonymous3/14/2011

    Thank you, Gabi. I am watching closely the disaster reports and images. It breaks my heart to think of the sufferings and deaths in the unimaginable catastrophe.

  8. How can anyone think nuclear energy is a viable option for the human race after all this?

  9. Anonymous3/14/2011

    I wonder if there are still people inside the the swept away houses? and yes, the destructive power is amazing...quake, tsunami, nuclear stations blasts...you, people of Japan, need a lot of courage.God bless the survivors, peace for the perished.We pray for you, Japan." I wonder if there are still people inside the the swept away houses? and yes, the destructive power is amazing...quake, tsunami, nuclear stations blasts...you, people of Japan, need a lot of courage.God bless the survivors, peace for the perished.We pray for you, Japan.

  10. By the way, I was thinking Chernobyl was a lesson to learn from.And the most disastrous factor is not the quake or tsunami, but the human stupidity, inability to learn lessons. Every Japanese child knows that after the quake comes tsunami.

    ...And that tsunami can wash down everything located on the land, including the standby equipment for the nuke power stations. And it is exactly what had happened and caused the major issues. Now there is no reliable cooling system to cool down the reactors. isn't that not human stupidity?
    Why the standby generators are outside the main building?
    Why there is no independent cooling system inside the main building? By the way hydrogen is used to cool the turbine and i was unaware they used it also to cool the reactor.The other factor is money. Why to spend more, if they can spend less??? And ordinary people are the hostages of that human stupidity.
    You know Chernobyl is still a closed zone and will be closed for another 100 years....as long as the reaction goes on. Melt down of the rods means same Chernobyl, I am afraid. You guys have already two...

  11. Anonymous3/14/2011

    Thank you for all the concerns. Still experiencing strong aftershocks...
    Big Hugs from Tokyo

  12. Anonymous3/14/2011

    This frightens me.

  13. Anonymous3/14/2011

    "I hope very much for the lowest radiation level... for all of Japanese people.

  14. Anonymous3/14/2011

    Light and Love to Japan.

  15. Anonymous3/14/2011

    I hope and pray Japan can overcome this crisis soon.

  16. Anonymous3/14/2011

    To our Japanese brothers and sisters:

    Please let us know what we can do for you and your country. We cannot begin to fathom what you have gone through these past few days. How can we donate time, blood, money, goods? We are here to help each in our own way.

    Please keep us informed as we are dependent on the media and e-mails,
    some of which are rumors.

  17. I hope Japan can overcome this crisis soon. I sympathize very much with the tragedy of the earthquake in Japan area and I support the good thoughts...


  18. Anonymous3/15/2011

    Ich nehme aus ganzem Herzen Anteil am Schicksal der betroffenen Menschen.

  19. As Japan debates its policy on atomic energy, a town faces new concerns about the local nuclear plant

    Omaezaki’s concerns serve as a suitable stand-in for a national problem. The Hamaoka nuclear plant here provides 1,296 jobs in this town of 36,115, southwest of Tokyo. But the plant is menaced by Japan’s most notorious fault line. Earthquakes occur here every 100 to 150 years, seismologists say. The last so-called Tokai earthquake was 157 years ago.

    As the central government reconsiders its policy on atomic energy, which calls for the construction of 14 new reactors by 2030, people in the coastal towns that host Japan’s 17 nuclear stations are likewise rethinking the dangers, with governors in at least three prefectures calling for drastic safety overhauls or freezing plans for more reactors.

    In Omaezaki, a move away from nuclear power would come at a cost. The town receives plant-related subsidies that account for 42 percent of the annual budget. Anytime a new reactor gets built, Omaezaki receives money from Tokyo. According to town officials, Omaezaki has used its subsidies to build its roads, library, hospital, schools and a swimming pool.

    Washington Post


  20. Tireless Edano Earns Twitter Respect

    Amid the well-wishes and cheerleading messages being sent to those living in the disaster-ridden areas via Twitter, one of the few surefire ways to communicate in these times of disrupted networks, the Japanese have another message for someone else: imploring the government’s tireless spokesman Yukio Edano to get some rest.

    The plea has grown so loud that the hashtag #edano_nero has become a global trending topic on the micro-blogging service on Monday. “Nero” means to sleep in Japanese.

    “Mr. Edano, please don’t overdo it,” wrote Twitter user “sarang5NY” Monday afternoon. “I respect you very much for explaining the situation to the people every time you speak rather than reading from a script.”

    Mr. Edano, Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s right-hand man, has been firmly planted behind the podium while relaying every development since the catastrophes hit. His constant presence on blanket live TV coverage, sometimes several times an hour, at all hours of the day, has made him the government’s face and voice of the crisis. The image of his stocky figure, covered in the light blue one piece emergency suit, bent over the microphone, his two hands gripping the sides of the podium, has been burnt into the country’s psyche, earning him plaudits for his steadfastness.

    During one of the dozens of press conferences he helmed Sunday night/Monday morning, Twitter users watching the live broadcast via online streaming provider Ustream rooted for the chief cabinet secretary, while howling when the local media peppered him with questions. One Twitter user cried, “Don’t waste his energy by asking ludicrous questions.”

    “There is no substitute for you so please sleep even a little bit for the sake of your health!!!,” tweeted “Laurea21,” a Saitama-based micro-blogger, on Monday night. “This is too much for Kan!!” she added, referring to the prime minister, whose appearances have been much rarer.