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Posts Tagged ‘temblor’

Cooling System Temporarily Stops at Fukushima Daini Nuclear Plant After Quake

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The water system used to cool the fuel rods in the Number 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant temporarily stopped functioning Tuesday in the wake of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit the Fukushima prefecture early morning off Honshu, Japan. NHK Japanese public broadcaster reported the malfunction about an hour after the temblor struck.

Even if a nuclear plant is shut down, it is essential for the cooling systems to continue to function in order to keep the spent fuel in a cooled state.

The cooling system was later was restored and the reactor temperature was under control, NHK reported.

Tsunami waves of 1.4 meters were also observed along the Fukushima coast, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told people to “remain alert,” the New Zealand Herald reported. According to the Center, there was still a chance of fluctuations in sea levels along some coasts.

The public was urged by NHK to evacuate “immediately” to higher ground after the earthquake struck at 5:59 am local time, on the orders of the Japan Meteorological Agency, which also immediately issued a tsunami warning.

The agency said at the time that a tsunami wave of one to three meters (3-10 feet) was possible after a 60-centimeter tsunami wave was spotted about 20 kilometers offshore from the southern port city of Iwaki.

Tsunami waves ranging in height from 30 cm to 1.4 meters were seen along the coast of the Fukushima prefecture, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude of Tuesday’s earthquake registered at 6.9 on the Richter scale, and struck 37 kilometers (23 miles) off Japan’s east coast at a depth of 11.4 kilometers (7 miles).

In any case, Japanese officials were taking no chances.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Fukushima Prefecture, and was followed by a mammoth tsunami that triggered a meltdown in three out of six reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

Israel was one of the first nations allowed by Japan to assist in the aftermath of the March 2011 disaster. The IDF and other Israeli first responder aid specialists sent teams to Fukushima to provide medical and other assistance as needed.

The March 2011 Fukushima disaster was the largest nuclear incident to take place since the April 1986 Chernobyl accident, and the second to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Offers Aid After New Earthquake Rocks Italy

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Israel has offered assistance to Italy after another earthquake struck on Sunday morning near the central walled village of Norcia.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in opening remarks to the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel “is ready and willing to send assistance to the best of our ability… We are ready to help our Italian friends. We also appreciate the strong and clear statement we heard from Italy on many issues that are important to us. The State of Israel welcomes the President of Italy who arrived here yesterday,” he added.

The temblor, even stronger than last week’s quake, registered 6.6 on the Richter Scale and was felt in the capital, Rome, and as far north as Venice. The tremors were at a depth of only 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles).

Information on the earthquake that hit central Italy, six miles from Norcia.

Information on the earthquake that hit central Italy, six miles from Norcia.

Numerous buildings were destroyed, including the ancient Basilica of St. Benedict, which collapsed into rubble.

At least 11 people were injured but no deaths have been reported, according to the BBC, who said “Many locals left after last week’s quakes.”

Israel is also monitoring a tsunami warning that was issued by Italy for the Mediterranean Sea following the quake.

The warning was issued to all environmental agencies in the region. However, Israeli officials said they don’t believe a tsunami is likely to follow the latest temblor.

Hana Levi Julian

California Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Quake

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A 6.0-strong earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area wide awake Sunday morning.

At least 89 people were sent to the hospital and Governor Jerry Brown decided to declare a state of emergency.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about nine miles south of Napa wine country, at about 3:20 am Pacific Time, within 44 miles of the San Andreas fault system between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. It lasted about 10 to 20 seconds, depending on where along the state the quake was measured.

Residents were shaken as far south as Santa Cruz, and into the Sonoma Valley. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an aftershock measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred at 5:47 am Pacific Time, at a depth of about five miles.

Four mobile homes in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park ignited and burned to the ground. Two others were damaged, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. Elsewhere homes were in disarray, and buildings were partially crumbled. A hospital building itself was damaged, and there were concerns over gas and water main leaks and breaks. Power outages were reported in several counties and bridges were examined minutely for damage as well. Only one overpass in Vallejo on California 37 heading towards American Canyon was found damaged.

Last week the Piraeus, a ZIM Integrated Shipping Services vessel, was blocked blocked from unloading at the Port of Oakland in San Francisco Bay by ‘Free Gaza’ protesters from the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.

The anti-Israel activists prevented dock workers from doing their jobs for several days, forcing the vessel to circle in the Pacific Ocean until police officers finally blocked the protesters and enabled the process to take place. A similar pro-jihadi effort to “block the boat” failed further up the coast.

Hana Levi Julian

Mild Earthquake Shakes Eilat

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Another earthquake, at least the seventh in the past week, hit Israel again on Wednesday, this time in Eilat and causing a bit of nervousness but no injuries or damage.

All of the previous recent earthquakes were in the area of Tiberias and the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), in northern Israel.

The temblor in Eilat was measured at 3.3. on the Richter scale and was felt around 3:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. EDT). Seismologists said the unusual number of earthquakes in a short period of time do not necessarily mean that a major quake is on the horizon, but the coincidence of the temblors has re-awakened awareness about a possible disaster in the event of a major quake.

Home Front Minister MK Gilad Erdan of the Likud party told the Knesset Wednesday that a major earthquake could cause the deaths of 7,000 people and injuries to tens of thousands others.


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