Very strong and dangerous aftershocks are making life even more difficult in Honshu, Japan (part 12)

This is part 12 of our ongoing reporting with many updates about the massive 9.0 earthquake / tsunami which struck Japan on March 11 2011.
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami UPDATE (12/04 - 12:00 UTC ) (latest statistics from ALL Japanese sources - CATDAT Situation Report 21) : Fatalities :  13,228 - Missing : 16,923

Missing statistics remark (04/04 - 04:30 UTC but still true)
It should be noted that Miyagi prefecture have moved the "missing" counts to unknown in Matsushima Azuma City (predicted 600), Sendai (predicted 200), Hazime Matiyama (predicted 500), Minami Sanriku (predicted 824 to 3000). Until Miyagi prefecture puts numbers on the missing in these towns, we will keep this note in place. Thus, the missing count might be several thousand higher than the above number. Click here for the in-depth article.

For an in-depth report on damage, fatalities, injured, etc please consult our "CATDAT Excel Sheet (version 21)"

As also this article was getting too long, we have started part 13.
Click here to be linked with part 13 of our ongoing reporting

UPDATE 12/04 - 12:00 UTC : The death toll remains at 13,228, however due to extra missing recorded in Miyagi prefecture, the FDMA value with extra CATDAT values has increased to 16,923. A total of 30,151 dead and missing. This is a total of 250 more since the last CATDAT Situation Report #21.

UPDATE 12/04 - 10:56 UTC : The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) today issued a new provisional rating for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the IAEA International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).
The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi is now rated as a level 7 "Major Accident" on INES. Level 7 is the most serious level on INES and is used to describe an event comprised of "A major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures". Japanese authorities notified the IAEA in advance of the public announcement and the formal submission of the new provisional rating.
The new provisional rating considers the accidents that occurred at Units 1, 2 and 3 as a single event on INES. Previously, separate INES Level 5 ratings had been applied for Units 1, 2 and 3. The provisional INES Level 3 rating assigned for Unit 4 still applies.
The re-evaluation of the Fukushima Daiichi provisional INES rating resulted from an estimate of the total amount of radioactivity released to the environment from the nuclear plant. NISA estimates that the amount of radioactive material released to the atmosphere is approximately 10 percent of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, which is the only other nuclear accident to have been rated a Level 7 event.

UPDATE 12/04 - 08:23 UTC : Based on our own earthquake-report and CATDAT missing people count, Fatalities : 13,228 (of course the same) , Missing : approx. 16,700 instead of the official 14,529.
Explanation for these different numbers :
FDMA = 15157 missing + based on our own data Soma City (1000 predicted) and Higashimatsushima (500 predicted). publishes one of the most detailed casualty reports on this earthquake in the world (from the moment the earthquake struck until today !).

UPDATE 12/04 - 08:21 UTC : New update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 12 at 3 PM (15:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 13,228 , Missing : 14,529

UPDATE 12/04 - 06:20 UTC : VERY GOOD NEWS About to present some great news in the Tohoku earthquake, with Iwate prefecture releasing the fact that the missing total has dropped from over 1300 (1301) to under 700 (682) in Miyako City with virtually no increase in death toll.
This is about to be released in CATDAT Situation Report 20, but is not yet available from FDMA etc. in their latest report.

UPDATE 12/04 - 00:40 UTC : JMA says it takes 30 minutes to accurately calculate the strength of a huge quake as it uses seismic data from overseas as well as Japan to determine a precise figure.
JMA had underestimated the magnitude of the quake at 7.9 what has resulted in a far lesser wave height prediction than what actually happened.
JMA will try to improve the speed of data collection and sending out alerts.

UPDATE 12/04 - 00:15 UTC : FDMA has just released a new report (nr 7) on the 6.6 aftershock. No reports yet on the Chiba aftershock or the Nagano earthquake. Report nr. 7 has no great differences with the earlier reports we published.

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:58 UTC : Narita Airport runway declared safe and operations have been resumed

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:56 UTC : Nagano earthquake : All lines in Nagano and Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains have been halted in some sections.  Seismographs are automatically stopping these trains (cutting the power).

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:51 UTC : Runway at airport is is closed for inspection after aftershocks

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:46 UTC : We have NO damage reports yet from the last 2 strong to very strong aftershocks.
Earthquake-Report predicts that the 6.3 aftershock near Chiba will only generate minor damage (if the present epicenter location and earthquake data remain as they have been reported so far).
We expect more damage and eventual landslides in the Nagano earthquake.

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:39 UTC : For the last 2 days we are really getting tired of all the aftershocks reported.  Can you imagine how it must feel experiencing almost day and night every couple of minutes the start of shaking if you do not know where it will end. We have pity with the Japanese people living all over northern Japan.

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:37 UTC : The epicenter of this earthquake is following JMA (Japan) approx. 40 km out of the very populated Chiba coast.

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:35 UTC : USGS reports 6.4 vs 6.3 at JMA

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:33 UTC : Highest intensity values for this aftershock were :
5-    Asahi-shi Minami-horinouchi, Asahi-shi Hagizono, Katori-shi Nira

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:30 UTC : This aftershock (it does not stop) has a max. JMA intensity of 5-

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:28 UTC : 20 minutes ago a magnitude 6.3 at  a depth of 30 km struck the Chiba-Hen area. New very strong aftershock felt all over northern Honshu (including Tokyo)

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:17 UTC : New overall statistics of the Japan Police (official authority) Fatalities : 13,013 13,130 - Missing : 14,608 13,718.
Although the number of killed people only increased slightly, the number of missing people decreased considerably.

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:17 UTC : JMA intensities for this earthquake :
5-    Nagano-ken Hokubu
4    Gumma-ken Hokubu, Niigata-ken Chuetsu

UPDATE 11/04 - 23:03 UTC : The epicenter of this last earthquake/aftershock is in between Mount Torikabuto and Mount Eboshi. Nagano is the place of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
The epicenter is also close to Mount Naeba, a stratovolcano.
The closest populated areas are at least 20 km from the epicenter (Liyama). Road 405 is ending very near to the epicenter. Click here to view a satellite map of the greater epicenter area

UPDATE 11/04 - 22:48 UTC : We came across a nasty 5.5 Nagano-Ken Hokubu earthquake wich struck the western part of Honshu at 07:29 local time. Based on the location of the epicenter it can hardly be seen as an aftershock from the 9.0 earthquake. The magnitude was reported as 5.5 at a depth of 20 km.  JMA reports a max. intensity of 5-. 5- can be damaging in populated areas and can generate landslides in mountainous areas. We have NO reports yet from FDMA, but we would not be surprised that also this earthquake will create some damage.

UPDATE 11/04 - 22:47 UTC : we had plenty of work today retrieving news for the extremely strong aftershock wich struck the Iwaki / Fukushima area in the late afternoon.

UPDATE 11/04 - 12:00 UTC :The extremely strong aftershock below Eastern Honshu (epicenter in the Fukushima prefecture) is described in a separate article. Click here to view it.

UPDATE 10/04 - 23:45 UTC : Japanese authorities have reported that 82 children have been orphaned so far by the cruel earthquake and tsunami.

UPDATE 10/04 - 23:41 UTC : Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, held a concert in Tokyo as scheduled on Sunday. He chose the Japanese song "Furusato" or "Hometown" for an encore, and sang in a soft but strong voice with the audience of about 3,600 people.

UPDATE 10/04 - 15:05 UTC : We normally are not linking to other articles, but the link hereafter is one of these great stories why we have started the SOS Earthquakes Non-Profit foundation.
Subject : 75-year-old man found ALIVE at his devastated farmhouse four weeks after Japan earthquake and tsunami

UPDATE 10/04 - 14:56 UTC : We unfortunately crossed the 13,000 mark with the latest update, which reads as follows :
Fatalities : 12,998 13,013 - Missing : 14,691 14,608
The above remark is still in place, which means that the final death toll will probably be higher than 30,000 people.

UPDATE 10/04 - 06:40 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 10 at 3 PM (15:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,998 (up from 12,915) , Missing : 14,691 (down from 14,921). The above remark is still in place, which means that the final death toll will probably be higher than 30,000 people.

UPDATE 09/04 - 08:30 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 9 at 8 PM (20:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,915 (up from 12,876) , Missing : 14,921 (up from 14,865). The above remark is still in place, which means that the final death toll will probably be higher than 30,000 people.

UPDATE 09/04 - 22:48 UTC : AAR Japan's Emergency Relief Team arrived at Ajishima Island, about two hours by ferry from Port Ishinomaki of Miyagi Prefecture on April 2, 2011.

The island's population is about 500, most of whom are elderly and very few are children. The sea around the island is said to be among the clearest in Northern Japan, and is so rich in fish and shellfish that even amateurs can skin dive in the sea and catch sea food such as sea urchins and abalone. As you can imagine, fishery is the major industry of the island.

The damage inflicted by the tsunami in Ajishima Island is said to be smaller than that of mainland Japan since Ajishima is located off the coast and the tsunami hit the island before its strength further amplified. However, when AAR Japan's Relief Team landed at a port on the island, they found that it was completely shattered; houses piled atop a building that used to be a waiting room, cars blocking staircases leading to a hilltop, and bronze statues scattered, none of which had been cleared up. Most of the small-sized fishing vessels that were at the port were destroyed as well.
Japan Self-Defense Forces have provided relief supplies to residents.

AAR Japan was requested by the residents to bring rice, water, and batteries. The islanders no longer have access to running water since water pipes that connected Ajishima and the mainland were stuck by earthquake and well water on the island is not suitable for drinking. Naturally, they have to rely on the distribution of bottled water and drinking water becomes scarce once the distribution is delayed. Batteries are also vital to their daily lives since electricity is provided only for five hours each morning and evening.

UPDATE 09/04 - 22:48 UTC : Tokai Daini nuclear power plant remains in cold shutdown since the 11 March earthquake. No abnormality has been observed.

UPDATE 09/04 - 22:46 UTC : At the Fukushima nuclear power plant, staff has tarted preparations to move a large amount of highly contaminated water.

UPDATE 09/04 - 13:16 UTC : Very strong earthquake in the Sea in Southern Kyushu
As this is a totally different earthquake than the massive Tohoku earthquake, we have written an in-depth article on this new earthquake. Click here to read it.

UPDATE 09/04 - 10:24 UTC : Direct Relief International, a leading medical relief organization, today announced that the Wasserman Foundation has donated $100,000 to its Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, established in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League.

UPDATE 09/04 - 10:22 UTC : The Government of Sri Lanka handed over a donation of 1 million USD to the Japan Red Cross Society. In addition, the Government of Sri Lanka has already dispatched a consignment of three million tea bags.

UPDATE 09/04 - 10:19 UTC : A flight loaded with nuclear related equipment (radiation survey meters and dosimeters) arrived at Narita International Airport on the afternoon of April 6, as assistance from the Government of Canada.

UPDATE 09/04 - 10:18 UTC : Relief supplies provided by the Government of Turkey arrived at Narita Airport on Monday, April 4. Among the supplies, around 18.5 tons of drinking water, about 68,800 food cans of tuna or beans, and approximately 5,000 blankets will be delivered to Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo (Setagaya City and three other cities, which accepted disaster-stricken people), respectively.
Turkey's aid/rescue team has been in operation since Monday, March 21 in areas including Shichigahama-cho in Miyagi Prefecture.

UPDATE 09/04 - 10:16 UTC : Government of the Hellenic Republic of Greece will provide relief money of 100 thousand euro (about 11.5 million yen) to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

UPDATE 09/04 - 08:30 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 8 at 8 PM (20:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,876 (up from 12,787) , Missing : 14,865 (down from 14,991)
The above remark is still in place, which means that the final death toll will probably be higher than 30,000 people.

UPDATE 09/04 - 08:30 UTC :
Latest FDMA April 7 aftershock casualty statistics
In Miyagi at present (as of 14:00 local Japanese Time)
1 dead, 5 seriously injured, 166 slightly injured, 11 unknown injured
22 houses collapsed, 17 houses partially collapsed 127 houses partially damaged.
(counting is obviously ongoing)
For the rest as of FDMA report 10.
Adapting FDMA with updated data from Miyagi,
2 killed and 242 injured at the moment.
Number of casualties reported from prefectures.
Aomori Prefecture, injured 12 people
Hirosaki - Two minor injuries,
Hachinohe - one slightly injured, three people seriously injured,
Towada - one seriously injured
Mutsu - one hurt, one minor injury
Fujisaki Town - one minor injury,
NE town - one minor injury
Rokkasho - one minor injury
Iwate Prefecture, injured 25 people (severity of injury being reviewed) ....
Tono - injured one person,
Ichinoseki - injured 18 people
Hanamaki - 1 person injured
Machimura city- injured five people
One dead in Miyagi Prefecture, injuring 182 people
1 person killed in the city Matsushima Azuma

Akita Prefecture, injuring six people ......
Noshiro - injured three people,
Yokote City - one person slightly injured,
Daisen - one minor injury,
Ugo town - one person seriously injured
One killed in Yamagata Prefecture, injuring 11 people :..
Yamagata City - one minor injury,
Kamiyama city - one serious injury
Obanazawa city - one killed, two minor injuries,
Hebei, Ooishida - one person seriously injured
Kanayama, Sakata - slightly injured three people,
Shōnaichō - one person slightly injured
Eight injured in Fukushima Prefecture ......
Sukagawa city - One minor injury
Soma City - three people seriously injured
Nihonmatsu City - slightly injured three people
Date City - one serious injury

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Radioactive water found in and outside reactor buildings is delaying work to restore cooling functions of the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached a
much higher level of radiation than previously reported. New readings from a sample of sea water found
radioactive iodine at 3,355 times the legal limit. Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency says this does not pose a
health risk. The Government says it is expected to take a considerable amount of time before the
temperatures of fuel rods in the reactor cores at the power station are lowered to a stable state.

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