Powerful Earthquake Strikes Japan Off Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued - Live Feed

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Updatge 4: According to finance minister Taro Aso there has been no major damage from the quake, while Toyota informs that it plants in northeast Japan are operating normally after the quake

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Update 3:  According to NHK, a tsunami of 1.4 meters has been recorded in Sendai Port, Miyagi.  Additional warnings were issued earlier for the area as tidal levels are rising.

Meanwhile, TEPCO is reporting that the water cooling system in Reactor 3 has been restarted after being down for 90 minutes.  No abnormalities have been detected after the restart.

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Update 2: According to TEPCO, there are 2,544 fuel rods in Fukushima Daini Reactor 3, "but no "immediate" danger because they are in a pool of water."

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Update: according to NHK, the water cooling system at Reactor #3 of the Fukushima Daiini nuclear plant has stopped following the earthquake, and they are inspecting.


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A powerful earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of M7.3 on the Richter scale, since reduced to M6.9  by the USGS, struck Japan 156 miles northeast of Tokyo at 5:59am local time.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, the same Fukushima that was site of the 2011 natural disaster and tsunami that resulted in the worst nuclear power plant disaster since Chernobyl.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, Reuters notes. Tokyo Electric Power Co was checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima for damage, public broadcaster NHK said.  Tohoku Electric Power Co said there was no damage to its Onagawa nuclear plant.

Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from Fukushima harbors, as the meteorological agency warned of a tsunami of 3 meters (10 feet) for Fukushima, where Tepco's Daiichi nuclear plant was devastated in a March 2011 quake and tsunami.

The March 11, 2011, quake was magnitude 9, the strongest quake in Japan on record. The massive tsunami it triggered caused world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier. The U.S. Geological Survey initially put Tuesday's quake at a magnitude of 7.3 but down graded it to 6.9.

All nuclear plants on the coast threatened by the tsunami are shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Only two reactors are operating in Japan, both in the southwest of the country. Even when in shutdown nuclear plants need cooling systems operating to keep spent fuel cool.

NHK also adds that a tsunami, as high as 3 meters, has been detected at Fukushima


NHK also adds that TEPCO has advised that it is checking for abnormalities at nuclear plant in Fukushima; the plant has stopped. It then added the following:


Japanese TV at this moment:

The details:

An evacuation has been ordered near Fukushima:

The quake headlines have sparked notable selling in USDJPY.


A live cam from the Fukushima NPP can be seen below:


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IridiumRebel's picture

Nice. Prepare to glow in the dark. Pacific sushi for all.

yrad's picture

Just sink that place.

Never forget Pearl Harbor!

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) nuclearsquid Nov 21, 2016 4:16 PM


froze25's picture

If full blown melt down occurs this is serous shit.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Another tsunami?

Problem solved for TEPCO!

Wash, rinse, repeat.

There won't be anything left of the Fukushima nuclear power plant to clean up.




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BennyBoy's picture


Breaking News: Near Fukushima coast line Godzilla is sighted.

BetaGap's picture

Earthquake is contained


- brownie

Being Free's picture

I'm sure the Clinton Foundation is standing by ready to help (themselves).

Occident Mortal's picture

Yawn, you need MAG 9.0 + for a Tsunami.

AVmaster's picture

Ho lee fuk!

Sum ting wong!

Save_America1st's picture

the english interpretor on the live feed above just stated twice that the water cooling system containing over 2500 fuel rods has stopped functioning and TEPCO is "working on it".

also a near 3 meter Tsunami is reportedly on the way so far. 

And in other breaking news....paper silver and gold will most likely need to be monkey hammered for their part of the responsibility in this natural disaster. 

So BTFD, bitchez! ;-)

xythras's picture

Now that the gooks bleached most of Great Barrier Reef, next step is to light it up for Christmas. 

All year long, WEEEE !!!

nightshiftsucks's picture

Yeah that's what I was  thinking.They will say they lost cooling water,the rods will blow up and Obama will declare martial law.

Diatom's picture

Like we say in Portugal:

There´s no 2 without 3...

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) wildbad Nov 21, 2016 4:40 PM

Anyone who says you can "safely" harness radioactive power is a complete moron. There is no way that humans will ever be able to foresee and plan for every conceivable "act of god" be it earthquake, asteroid impact, EMP, volcano, etc, etc...

Archive_file's picture

And to think China is set to build a shit load of new nuclear reactors within the next decade. The.Chinese.

greenskeeper carl's picture

I know. Those people build garbage, every time. And now they are building more reactors. Some of them will be on ships whose sole purpose is being a floating power station. I see that going really well.

mrtoad's picture

Yet this guy has predicted the last 6 quakes and has an app ready to go. solar flares cause a lot of distruptions on Earth.....  https://youtu.be/higOOoDVlMQ

logicalman's picture

Thorium reactors are close - at least they can't run away.

We have uranium reactors because the first use of nuclear power was weapons of mass destruction.

Separating U235 from U238 (U235 is required for chain reaction, U238 won't do the job) is a difficult process as both isotopes are chemically identical, so physical methods are required - centrifuge, diffusion or meagnetic).

Plutonium is chemically different from Uranium which simplifies the separation of weapon producing P139 from mixed U235/238 pulled from the reactor.

Interestingly Fat Man was fat and Little Boy was thin due to the fact that FM was P139 and LB was U235


fbazzrea's picture

i didn't know the infamous two nukes used different radioisotopes, but makes sense that the USG would want to compare relative "killing power" for future reference, and increase their chances of success. /sarc

here's excerpts from a Sept '16 Canada Carbon news release:

"...high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor development program... a five-year $53 million dollar Advanced Reactor Concept Cooperative Agreement with the US Department of Energy. Each Xe-100 reactor will be fueled by approximately 170,000 pebbles. Each pebble is composed of a central sphere of uranium pellets embedded in a graphite matrix, which is then coated with a durable hard shell. The graphite matrix is comprised of ultra-high purity materials, specifically a blend of 64% natural graphite, 16% synthetic graphite, and 20% graphitizable resin binder..."

DOE is experimenting with new design prototypes for greater safety. i suspect nuclear energy is going to be around for a long time, especially considering renewables generate ~3% of our nation's energy needs and the decades-long decline in Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI) in fossil fuels.

logicalman's picture

Graphite in a reactor??!!

What could go wrong?

See Chernobyl.

The world's very first reactor was made from blocks of graphite under the viewing stands at Stagg Fields, University of Chicago.


fbazzrea's picture

not being a nuclear physicist, i'm prone to believe the DOE, X-Energy and Canada Carbon, who either are, or have them as consultants, believe this concept is superior to current generation and far superior to most active nuclear reactor power plants operating in this country.

having been trained as a nuclear power technician in the USN, i have a small grasp of the issue and can see merit in the proposed encapsulated pebble strategy, at least, as far as building prototypes for continued vetting.

however, i'm certain all parties involved are very familiar with the shortcomings of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima, and are strategizing their revolutionary concept with those in mind.

i'm not advocating nuclear power as we are all aware of the spent-material disposal problem, but i'm pleased to see factions continuing to try and crack the nut of low-cost, clean energy in all its sources.

lastly, surely you don't believe the graphite used at Stagg Fields is the same as the "thermally upgraded graphite" currently being proposed for this strategy. they are nuclear physicists, after all.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) logicalman Nov 21, 2016 7:03 PM

...and in the case of a sudden impact? No shutdown procedures? Are the Thorium reactors just a little less deadly and permanent?

Sudden Debt's picture

What does a priest have to do with this?

undertow1141's picture

I'm sure this is just more fake news................/s

CADastrophic's picture

I suppose this means 100% rate hike is off the table?

American Psycho's picture

The break Mr. Yellen was waiting for.  Back to CNTL + P

Hobbleknee's picture

It's been a full meltdown since 2011. They still don't know where one of the cores is. Probably melted all the way to the water table.

Jim in MN's picture

There is an unbelievable amount of super-concentrated radioactive waste on the disaster site.

They filter the groundwater and various leaks as best they can and store the residue in barrels.  The barrels are just lying in a trench with plastic liners and cinderblocks for protection.

There are also gigantic tanks of other, unfiltered waste water lined up.

The fuel rods are still in Unit 1, in fact they just lifted off the last protective barrier piece recently to start and try to get it out of there.  That whole pool is exposed right now.

And of course, the actual core materials that did melt down have never yet been seen or observed by robots or humans.  No one knows exactly where it is or in what condition or configuration.   They just run water through the damaged hulks to keep the fuel cool, maybe, while groundwater also washes through the site and into the Pacific.

Throw a new quake and tsunami on top.....who the hell knows?  There are many, many Chernobyls worth of contamination trapped in that wastewater, never mind the actual fuel rods and core remnants.

Jim in MN's picture

From yesterday: few remaining residents of one local town have repopulated using 'dummies' to keep them company


November 10:  Last cover removed from Unit 1



cossack55's picture

So.....its like DC, full of dummies and lethal

MsCreant's picture

Hey Jim. Saw this topic and came to look for YOU! Let's see what is real...

11b40's picture

Do you recall the magnitude of the 2011 quake that started this meltdown?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.


Paul E. Math's picture

And still, only like 50 people died from the nuclear plant meldown v. 16k total killed from the flooding.  But what does everyone talk about?  "OMG!  We need to stop nuclear power!!"

logicalman's picture

You forgot to include the ongoing cancers that will kill, at minimum, a few hundred thousand.

Chernobyl was just a smelly fart, by comparison.


Jim in MN's picture

I have it pegged at 3,000-30,000 with the higher end more likely if dipshits like you pretend nothing is happening (or should even be measured correctly).


More 'stuff came out' than in all the Nevada Test Site fallout, which is acknowledged to have caused thousands of American civilian deaths.

The more you know....


golden kafir's picture

Wow your ignorance is appalling , radiation is a gift that keeps on giving. cheers

Jim in MN's picture

No but I looked it up....9.1 so something like 800 times stronger than this. BUT, this is still considered a big quake and a very shallow one, which is bad.  Original quake was 18 miles deep, this one intially reported just 6 miles.  Both shallow quakes.   


Tsunamis are hard to predict accurately--it could be no big deal.

Tall Tom's picture



You do know that a Mag 7,1 happened on 3-9-11 off the coast of Japan (Miyafi Prefecture) before the Mag 9.0 of 3-11-11? (2 Days)


You do know that a Mag 6.2 happened on 4-14-16 off the coast of Japan before the Mag 7.0 of 4-16-16 in the Kuninato Eathquakes of this year?  (2 Days)


Those are called FORESHOCKS.


If the pattern continues...we are in for a ride.


Foreshocks generally PRECEDE large Eathquakes. What large earthquake preceded this one?

Jim in MN's picture

Hey, I thought of that too.  But I'm a bit of a nervous nelly.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Big earthquakes seem to hit New Zealand before Japan.



logicalman's picture

Tsunamis happen when certain conditions occur - Richter Scale isn't the bust guide as to whether or not a tsunami will occur. If a relatively small, on the Richter Scale causes an underwater landslide you can still get a big old wave.

Richter is about the energy involved.

How that energy moves rock is what makes the difference.