7.3 Earthquake Rattles Fukushima

George Washington's picture

A 7.3 earthquake hit near Fukushima. That is large earthquake … bigger than the 1989 San Francisco earthquake (But it is much smaller than last year’s 9.0 Japanese earthquake, which produced almost 1,000 times more energy.)

The location was very close to last year’s earthquake.  The epicenter of the 2011 earthquake is shown on the left, and of today’s quake on the right:

2011 and 2012 Japanese Earthquakes 1024x512 7.3 Earthquake Rattles Fukushima


Here are webcam videos showing today’s shaking at Fukushima:


A mini tsunami – only 1 yard high – resulted in Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi prefecture.  The earthquake appears to have caused  only very limited injuries and property damage.

There are no reports of damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex – the nuclear reactors which melted down last year.

There are reports of rising pressure at the Fukushima Daini complex 7 miles away … which narrowly avoided melting down last year. But so far it looks like the problems are minor and contained.

While we dodged a bullet this time, we’ve repeatedly noted that there is a very real danger that an earthquake could damage the fuel pools at Fukushima.  For example, we noted in February:

Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.


Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.


Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.


As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.



Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while.


The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March.

And Germany’s ZDF tv quotes nuclear engineer Yukitero Naka as saying:

If another earthquake occurs then the building [number 4] could collapse and another chain reaction could very likely occur.

Today’s earthquake may show that the fears that a 7.0 earthquake could damage the fuel pools are overblown. But given that the Japanese government said today that an 8.0 earthquake is possible, and given that another monster earthquake is likely at Fukushima, stabilizing the fuel pools is urgently needed as a national security concern.

And see this.

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BlackholeDivestment's picture

Why do these two Earthquakes look so perfectly familiar?  

They look like Lucifer and I am become the destroyer of worlds. This reminds me of many things. The timing of the debt ceiling and the earthquake next to the nuclear site in Virginia and now another large quake in the same spot at Fukushima. 

...after being inspired to take a long hard look and walk through the grave yard of D.C., I saw the reason why, after I touched the black hole below Einstiens statue and the number 7 etched in the Pearl Harbor Event words at the World War two memorial, before I noticed the new fence around the Washington Monument. 

Thinking deeply about this, I saw 2112, and the Heavy Mass object, the line up with the super massive black hole in the center of the milky way, with our Sun on the last Sabbath Day of time, Friday 2112. and looked at the earthquake pattern and considered, who would be smart enough to open up the so called stargate of death, the black hole, where mass, flesh, is fallen ...is fallen in Babylon, prophetic Babylon? Who would build nuclear sites and as 2112 gets close we see a massive quake in Japan, and then this other one in the same area on the 7th Day Advent, December 7, the last shortest Sabbath Day of Time and it falls on Pearl Harbor Day, which lead to two wmd event, like a meltdown at Fukushima and the quake 5 miles away from the nuclear plant in Virginia, after the zero hour zero interest 666 debt ceiling speech. The only thing that comes to mind is a battle, between our Father in Christ and Lucifer, defined by the command to keep the Sabbath Day Holy in agreement with the risen and sustaining mercy of our Father in Christ. 

Have no doubt, this is the Truth, not a choice. Every knee shall bow in agreement with the mercy of our Father in Christ and then be Holy risen in, having obeyed the command and be rewarded with ''come up hither''. 

NOW IS THE TIME TO AGREE. Do not buy sell or trade the mark of the beast. Do not provide labor unto the beast, and remember to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. There are only two Sabbath Days left now, at the end of 6000 years on 2112, lined up with the black hole. 


Tell everyone you know, QUICKLY. DO IT NOW! You will be held to account for silence and disbelief. 


Fix It Again Timmy's picture

We're playing Russian Roulette with a 6-cylinder pistol and there have been 5 "clicks"...

spanish inquisition's picture

Clarification? Collapse of #4 = Crack or hole where water exits faster than it can be refilled.

JamesBond's picture

since my wife and daughter are in tokyo, i keep up the the quake action using the app  QuakeWatch.

it seems quite up to date and accurate.  it can be set to latest, biggest, and closest (to a preset location).




Element's picture

Why didn't they warn a 9.5 was possible?

It'd be just as valid given specific earthquake prediction is complete bullshit, and that it is observably and fundamentally a stocastic physical process.


Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

Yep!!!! Jesus Christ!!!!! Aliens invading the earth and killing our dumb asses is possible.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

There is no need to be in New York City. Leave now. You do not need to be around tall buildings on 2112. That looks like Apple 666 2112. Be a good friend and mention it.


q99x2's picture

Good news. I have to run in the Santa Monica Christmas Race tomorrow and the fewer hot particles the better.

Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

This is more sensationalist incorrect and misleading bullshit. The earthquake was NOT a 7.3 in Fukushima. It was a 4.5 in Fukushima (no big deal). A 7.3 earthquake happened out in the Pacific Ocean 240 kilometers away from Japan. Yes, it rattled Japan... Just like the other 1,500 earthquakes we have every year... This sensationalist crap is getting tiring. Here's the facts; you don't need to read Japanese to figure this out: http://bousai.tenki.jp/bousai/earthquake/detail-20121207171858.html

Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

Dimwits can vote this comment down all they want... It is factual information so... F*CK YOU CLOWNS!!!! Check the charts... http://bousai.tenki.jp/bousai/earthquake/detail-20121207171858.html Deny facts all you want... laughable losers.... Pathetic.... Really....

AurorusBorealus's picture

Um, Mike, I know you are in Tokyo and all and have the "nothing bad could possible happen to me" attitude that only an American can have, but the facts of the matter are as follows: the Fukushima plant suffered catastrophic damage last March... there were several hydrogen explosions, 3 reactors melted down and nothing has been been done with the cores since they touched bedrock except to pump water over them, which has contaminated the ground water and the Pacific Ocean.  Massive amounts of radiation have been released from this site, more continues to seep up into the ground water and ocean.  People and fish have tested positive for radiation all over the north Pacific rim (there was even a protest in Hawaii the other day because many people's urine contains uranium) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MW3TGQCTH0E#! . 

Finally, Multiple experts and witnesses have testified that the structure that houses the spent fuel rods (an enormous amount of radioactive material) has sustained substantial damage.   Should the structure that houses these fuel rods collapse, it is possible that this will be an extinction type event for much of the North Pacific rim and Western portions of North America.  The fact is the quake was a 7.3 at its epicenter, which was, as the article rightly observes... "near" (not under) Fukushima.  So go back to your righteous indignation... but many of us would like to keep current on a situation that threatens about 1/3 of the globe.

Lastly, I assure you that this clown, and pathetic loser, will NOT be laughing if that spent fuel pool collapses and you along with millions of others in Northern Japan die horribly of radiation poisoning.  So go back to insulting me and everyone else who cares about this issue if you wish.

Element's picture

If people exercise a sense of proportion and not just a knee-jerks to every event, then an equal but opposite reaction wouldn't occur. I assessed this quake last night within minutes of it occurring, saw the mag, saw the location, went back to sleep, because it cleary wasn't a big deal.

As for fuku, many people at zh considered that an extinction event in the days after it (I could name names), and none of it occurred. I personally thought and do still think it's going to be very serious chronic health problem for Japan and its eastern fishery is kaput. But George loves to beat up the contamination scares in Oregon when that 'problem' is almost nothing compared to Japan.

Sense of proportion.

And sure, number 4 does seem a terrible mess, but frankly 3, 2 and 1 are probably worse, with not much chance of a miracle resolution. But if the damn thing is going to collapse, then how's your concern ever going to stop it from playing out?

And must we have a dramatised recitation of all wots wot at fuku each time you get worried? This is not the MSM, we're not children, and no one forgot what happened there.

Element's picture

Exactly!  Same thing used to happen with Hurricane and Cyclone reportng about 25 years ago. Once a storm was called a Cat 5 then anyone who got some strong gusts presumed they had been hit by a Cat 5, but the Cat 5 winds are restricted to the eye-wall area. So the outer part of the central dense overcast may only deliver Cat 1 level gusts. Eventually the media may realise and report this but not when they're selling copy based upon how much hype, BS and fiction they can heap into earthquake reports.

Because if a M7.3 or M7.4 had actually occurred right under Tokyo itself, then the whole city would have been wrecked and burning right now.

But I notice that the many dumb ignorant fuckwits around here have seen fit to down-arrow you for speaking the plain and obvious truth.

Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

New Element,

Thank you... It's nice to know that there are at least a few who aren't f*cking stoopid and media dupes.

patb's picture

fukushima Daiini did have major core damage and major radiation releases.


What happened was the EDGs got restarted and they prevented a meltout, but, the system is troubled.

The Second Rule's picture

The stupidity and recklessness of nuclear power is unfathomable. How is it that the entire northern hemisphere can be put at risk and we just keep playing Russian Roulette with these cooling pools? There should be a worldwide mobilization to get those fuel rods out of CP#4 and transferred to grade level storage pool. This should be done immediately. Also, the IAEA should recommend that all spent fuel more than one year be transferred to dry cask storage in every nuclear plant on earth*. Spent fuel pools are too risky and highly vulnerable--I believe the jury is no longer out on that. Eventually, our luck will run out if we don't take action. Another Chernobyl, Fukushima 2.0, or worse. We can't keep dodging bullets forever.

*So they cost $2 million a piece. Who cares? Eat the charge. Nuclear power shouldn't be a for profit industry in the first place.

Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

"Worldwide mobolization!?" Wee-Har! Yep! And the IPCC and UN need to raise our taxes and protect us all from Global Warming, Climate change, whatever the f*ck you clowns wanna call it.... We're all gonna die!!!! Aiiiiiiieeeeeee!!!!!! What a limp dick! 

BeetleBailey's picture

I down arrowed only on the limp dick comment. I take it....from experience?

the grateful unemployed's picture

a one yard tsunami can cause a helluve lot of damage, its the power behind that wave.

old naughty's picture

some predicted it will be 300 m high, no?

Que sera sera...

Mike in Tokyo Rogers's picture

No, no..... The next Tsunami could be 14 miles high!!!! Run for your lives!

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

I predict, "Japan is going to slide off into the deep."

Bindar Dundat's picture

 December 21st ... 9.0 hitting Japan and  ...oh shit the calandar was right.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture



The World,  "as we knew it",  already ended.

TEOTWAWKI is the "comprehension" of a major change.

The emphasis is on "knowing" the end or a new beginning: teotwawKi.

Bindar Dundat's picture


The KIDS are all smoking dope and they don't give a shit.  I have lived long enough to say I had a good life and I don't give a shit.  

and on a long enough time line........

so who of us really care...


bunnyswanson's picture

No...kids do not think that way.  Adults do. 

When kids worry about dying, they think of missing their parents and sisters, their friends, the activities.  They fear loneliness because of this.

Who cares what you think.

old naughty's picture


you mean it WILL not end on 12-21-2012, right?

Be well,

bugs_'s picture

volcano going off in Kamchatka - expect more.

Westcoastliberal's picture

Supposedly if the Bldg 4 fuel rod pool collapses, it's lights out for most people in the N Hemisphere & probably 60% of the S Hemisphere. 

And if you add in all the strange shit with the flashes in the sky and booming noises in 7 states the gov can't explain, plus the 50 odd power poles that caught on fire today, I'd say it's been a fucked-up week.

tony bonn's picture

the only thing which the governments will do about this matter is tell more lies....patch it up with lies...

kaiserhoff's picture

That's just peachy, but Japan accounts for roughly 20% of the planet's earthquakes of 6.0 or higher...,  so it's really only a matter of time.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Very interesting event on a ''VERY INTERESTING DAY!'' Pearl Harbor Day. Eye Spy The Eye Of Horus.

Argos's picture

How could this possibly be important?  All we heard about today was that nurse who offed herself because of the radio prank.  That must be so much more important than the end of life on Earth, right?

cossack55's picture

The end of life on earth will only be noticed when the cell towers fall.

disabledvet's picture

Is it just me or is sushi on sale everywhere these days?

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Vet, ''these days?''

Look behind you, what do you see? Are ''these days'' not ''as of old'', ''Satanic''? ...the ''work'' of ''Lucifer'', ''death''? ''Who'' said ''I am become Death etc...''? 

Look up unto eternity. Can you see the ''ONE'' risen ''Word'' and ''Mercy'' of our ''Father in Christ'', ''THE TRUTH'', ''THE LIGHT'' and ''THE LIFE'', ''COMING IN THE CLOUDS''? 

max2205's picture

Next big one gets a huge rally

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...be sure to look up from bended knee, in order to see our Father risen in Christ. Now is the perfect time.



BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Hey buddy, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over. Can you bible bashers take your shit elsewhere.

"Religion provides great hope and comfort for people in this world, torn apart by religion".



BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

“Belief is the death of intelligence.”
? Robert Anton Wilson


“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
? Isaac Asimov


“One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.”
? Aleister Crowley


Now don't make me pull out anymore insightful quotes from great thinkers because I have some telly to watch.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Why so Sirius? LMAO... If you do not believe your own intelligence and life depends on it, that matter of fact is the revelation of ''I am become death etc...'' 

Man, lol, you are bright for being so fallen. LMAO. No need to ask your name, it is sealed in agreement with the Sirius image of the Beast.

Rustysilver's picture


Are Japanese trying to "secure" spent fuel rods? Are they even able to have access because of radiation?

Russian are still working on "securing" Chernobyl after 20+ years.

gothicreader's picture

I was in Japan last month and I'm glad I'm not there, today. I felt the whole time that I was swaying from side to side.

Earl of Chiswick's picture


If another earthquake occurs then the building [number 4] could collapse and another chain reaction could very likely occur.


with resepct, I thought Fuku 1.0 was so bad that we all should be glowing in the dark by now, how bad could one more chain reaction be?

Non Passaran's picture

Why with respect? GW is full of shit and has been scaremongering forever.
Another garbage article.

Can we have one on all those deformed West Coast kids, george?

EARLPEARL's picture