Worldwide EARTHQUAKE related news – Archive March 2012

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March 31, 2012

Japan / Fukushima Nuclear plant / evacuated areas
The government said Friday it will reclassify three partially evacuated municipalities near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in April to facilitate the return of their residents, officials said. The municipalities will be newly designated using three categories, depending on local levels of radiation. In areas where levels of 20 millisieverts or less per year are recorded, preparations will be made for evacuation orders to be lifted. The government's current threshold for issuing mandatory evacuation directives is 20 millisieverts a year. $$$$$

Earthquake housing damage / earthquake resistant rebuilding
When a major earthquake strikes, workers with the American non-profit Build Change arrive in the damaged area when the emergency relief phase is over to investigate damaged and destroyed buildings. "We start out with a forensic engineering study to understand why houses collapsed in the earthquake and why they didn't," said Elizabeth Hausler, the group's founder and CEO who is also a brick, block and stone mason with a doctorate in civil engineering. $$$$$

March 30, 2012

Japan / Tohoku earthquake and tsunami / Nuclear power plants
Assurances of the absolute safety of Japanese nuclear plants lulled the public and government into a false sense of security that was shattered a year ago when an earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. $$$$$

March 29, 2012

United Arab Emirates / seismological equipment
The Azerbaijani National Seismological Center (NSC) under the National Academy of Sciences in Azerbaijan has installed telemetry seismic stations in the UAE, the NSC said on Tuesday. The work was carried out under an agreement with U.S. Kinemetrics company, which is a supplier of seismic equipment. $$$$

March 28, 2012

USA / Wisconsin / Clintonville
The mystery shaking at Clintonville has finally been solved. A swarm of minor earthquakes caused the shaking.

Earthquake resistant warehouse racks
Storax mobile racking systems have always had a reputation for strength and reliability. This was put to the ultimate test two years ago in South America when the country suffered a massive earthquake. Storax’s mobile racking equipment remained largely undamaged despite the devastating force of the quake.Two years later, Storax is now completing a second installation for the same client in Chillan with the provision of a new mobile racking system capable of storing and handling 7,850 pallets. $$$$

March 26, 2012

USA / Wisconsin shaking
The mystery behind four days of unexplained shaking and odd sounds rattling Clintonville, Wisconsin, has been solved. The cause? A "swarm" of minor earthquakes amplified by the unique bedrock beneath the state of Wisconsin. $$$$

Image courtesy NRC

USA / Virginia earthquake / Nuclear plants / NRC
The earthquake that forced the emergency closure of Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna nuclear plant made the Union of Concerned Scientists’ “near-miss” list for 2011. The 5.8-magnitude temblor struck Aug. 23, about 12 miles from North Anna. TheU.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissiondispatched inspectors to the site and found that no radioactive material beyond what’s normal was released during the event. But they found that 25 of the 27 casks that store spent nuclear fuel moved 1/2 inch to a 4 1/2 inches during the quake, the union report says. They also determined that instruments designed to detect earthquake activity did not work properly, according to the report. $$$$$

March 25, 2012

Japan : Tsunami / Pacific Ocean / lost ship / drifting
The Pacific Ocean currents needed exactly 1 year and 14 days to float a 54 meter Hokkaido fishing ship, swept into the ocean on March 11 2011, to arrive 140 NM (Nautical miles) from the Southern tip of Haida Gwaii.
The ship could miraculously stay afloat (it survived storms without any people on board) . This will certainly be a tremendous study object for scientists.
It is believed that as many as 5 million tonnes of debris were swept into the ocean during the Japan Tohoku tsunami. Based on what we see now, Canada may expect to harvest some of it !

USA / California / Tsunami preparedness
Today begins tsunami preparedness week in California. For the next week I am updating the series of My Word articles I wrote last year to discuss the lessons learned in the year since the Japan tsunami -- noting what went right and underscoring what didn't, and discussing what everyone should know to make ourselves safe from the next inevitable tsunami -- whether it comes from across the Pacific or our own backyard. $$$$$

March 24, 2012

Japan / Helicopter acquired for FDMA
Since the major earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11th March last year, various public sectors in Japan have been boosting their rotary-wing aircraft fleet, seeing the benefits of helicopters in times of large-scale disasters. Besides being able to carry out relief efforts safely and efficiently, helicopters also proved to be the fastest and safest mode of transport, as public transportation systems were badly affected. $$$

March 23, 2012

Japan / Historic tsunami advise and response
In late May, I was following the usual research routine of interviewing individuals involved at the various stages of the disaster response, and particularly those involved in the distribution of critical supplies as part of the relief effort. In a refugee centre on Miyatojima, at the entrance to Matsushima Bay, I stumbled on a story that taught me something unexpected: Collective memory, as much as science and engineering, may save your life. After a long day of field work, my colleagues and I were chatting with a community leader, Koutaro Ogata. He told us that he and his neighbours were aware that a large earthquake would generate tsunami and they knew what to do because “a thousand years ago” a massive earthquake and tsunami had wiped out Murohama. $$$$$

March 22, 2012

World / Economic disruption supply chain after an earthquake
With the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake upon us, the wide scale destabilization caused by the tragic event has prompted extensive discussion about supply chain resilience. Following their annual survey, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) followed up with those companies who had reported disruption to their supply chains, examining what the long term effects have been and as a result, what changes they will be making to their overall strategy. $$$

March 21, 2012

USA / California / San Diego / Nuclear Plant seismic studies
Starting work on new seismic studies for San Onofre began to get much more attention from the public after a massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, led to an eventual triple meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. $$$$

Canada / USA / Western states / Tsunami debris
As the massive field of lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other wreckage from last year’s Japanese tsunami drifts across the Pacific Ocean, state and provincial governments along coastal North America are planning what to do when pieces of the devastation arrive on their shores. $$$$$

March 19, 2012

USA / Earthquake Research Projects
The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013. "These grants have a distinguished history of having supported excellent projects and people as an investment into reducing earthquake hazards," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "Some of our current USGS operational products began as earthquake research grants that were then handed over to the agency for long-term implementation." $$$$$

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