Friday, April 8, 2011




Gempa bumi berskala 7.4 di pantai timur Honshu

07/04/2011 11:40pm

KUALA LUMPUR 7 April - Satu gempa bumi kuat berskala 7.4 pada skala richter telah berlaku di Pantai Timur Honshu, Jepun pada 10.32 malam tadi.
Menurut kenyataan akhbar yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia, pusat gempa bumi itu terletak di 38.2 darjah Utara dan 142.0 darjah Timur, kira-kira 4306km dari Timur Laut Kudat, Sabah.
Bagaimanapun tiada ancaman tsunami kepada Malaysia dan Jabatan Meteorologi sedang memantau perkembangan berkenaan.


Japan Rattled by 7.4 Quake, Tsunami Warning Issue

April 7 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit 215 miles (345 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, resulting in warnings of a possible tsunami. The quake was measured at a depth of about 25 miles and struck about 11:32 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website. Bloomberg's Brian Fowler talks about the quake with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness." 


Powerful earthquake hits Japan


  • FrApril 08, 2011 2011

  • JAPAN was rocked late last night by another large earthquake prompting a warning of a tsunami of up to one metre for the Miyagi coast where the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located.
    The tsunami alert was later lifted at 1am local time (2am AEST) .
    Early reports put the epicentre of the 7.1 magnitude quake in the Pacific Ocean about 66km east of Sendai, or 330km north northeast of Tokyo, at a depth of between 26 and 40km.
    The quake, which hit at 11.32pm local time (12.32am AEST), is believed to have caused power failures in large parts of northern Honshu and severely shaken buildings. Miyagi Prefecture police reported no major damage or casualties as of 11.55pm Japan time.
    However, reports of minor injuries from falls or falling household effects were beginning to filter through on local media.
    The sections of northern Honshu worst hit in the previous quake and tsunami were all rocked by
    the tremor, the largest since the March 11 quake.
    Power operator TEPCO said there were no reports of abnormality or injury at either the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants, which lie on the coast, like most other nuclear plants in Japan.
    Cooling operations across the crippled Daiichi plant, and nitrogen injection into the severely damaged number one reactor, continued despite the quake, the utility said.
    At the nearby Onagawa nuclear power plant, which has been shut down since the March 11 quake, two of three external power lines were cut by the quake but cooling operations were continuing with the remaining power source.
    Tohoku Electric’s Higashidori nuclear plant in northern Honshu was using a backup generator after external power supply was cut following the quake.
    Parts of Sendai, a city of about one million people, lost power and there were also reports of blackouts in Fukushima and Yamagata.
    Tsunami warnings of 50cm were issued for the coast on either side of Miyagi running north to Aomori and south to Chiba.
    People near the coast were told to evacuate to higher ground but there was no reports of any tsunami damage at 12.30am local time.
    The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake appeared to be an aftershock of the magnitude 9 quake on March 11.
    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan was last night preparing to give a press conference to update the nation on the situation after the latest quake.

    Powerful quake hits Japan, local tsunami alert
    Posted: 07 April 2011 2258 hrs
    TOKYO : A powerful earthquake hit northeastern Japan late Thursday, seismologists said, prompting Japanese authorities to issue a localised tsunami alert.

    The quake, which hit at 11:32 pm local time (1432 GMT), was initially measured at 7.4-magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey, which said it struck 66 kilometres (40 miles) east of Sendai at a shallow depth of 25.6 kilometres (15.9 miles).

    USGS seismologists later downgraded its strength to 7.1, and revised its depth to 49 kilometres.

    Workers battling to control the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant on Japan's northeast coast were ordered to evacuate, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

    "After the earthquake and the tsunami warning, all the workers evacuated to a safe area. The company confirmed all the workers have cleared the plant safely," a TEPCO spokesman said.

    "We have no information immediately indicating any abnormality at Fukushima Daiichi plant," a spokesman told a press conference.

    Japan's weather bureau issued a tsunami alert for its Pacific coast, saying that waves of up to two metres could hit the shoreline.

    "Please be warned that a tsunami as high as two metres is expected in some areas," Japan's meteorological agency said.

    In a statement on its website, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not expect a Pacific-wide tsunami.

    Footage from broadcaster NHK showed that the power was off in parts of Sendai, a regional commercial hub that was heavily affected by the March 11 quake.

    The broadcaster said gas and water leaks were being reported in some areas of the city.

    Although the epicentre was at a distance of 333 kilometres (207 miles) from Tokyo, it caused buildings to shake in the Japanese capital.

    "Please do not hesitate to leave for higher ground, nor try to return to the coast line. Please do not try to check the status of the coastline," broadcaster NHK said repeatedly.

    Its advice not to go to the coastline was supposedly addressed to fishermen worried about their boats.

    Workers have been grappling to tame runaway reactors at the Fukushima plant, which was badly damaged by the massive tsunami that hit Japan's northeast on March 11.

    Cooling systems were knocked out, leaving the temperature of the nuclear cores to rise and setting off a scramble to prevent a meltdown.

    Strong 7.4 magnitude quake hits Japan (Update)

    Published: Thursday April 7, 2011 MYT 11:02:00 PM
    Updated: Friday April 8, 2011 MYT 12:19:51 AM

    Tsunami warning lifted after 90 minutes
    TOKYO: Japan's meteorological agency says it has lifted a tsunami warning for the northeastern coast 90 minutes after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck offshore.
    The quake hit about 11:30pm Thursday Japan time (10.30pm Malaysian time). It rattled nerves nearly a month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened the northeastern coast.
    Announcers on Japan's public broadcaster NHK had told residents in the northeast to move to higher ground away from the shore.
    The warning was for the same area devastated by last month's tsunami, which is believed to have killed some 25,000 people and has sparked an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.
    Officials at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant say there was no immediate sign the aftershock caused new problems.
    Earlier, the Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one meter. The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by last month's tsunami.
    Officials said Thursday's quake was a 7.4-magnitude and hit 25 miles (40 kilometers) under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The quake that preceded last month's tsunami was a 9.0-magnitude.
    Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute.
    U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 7.4 and it struck off the eastern coast 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Sendai and 90 miles (140 kilometers) from Fukushima. It was about 215 miles (345 kilometers) from Tokyo.
    The depth was 25 miles (40 kilometers). Shallower quakes tend to be more destructive.
    Hundreds of aftershocks have shaken the northeast region devastated by the March 11 earthquake, but few have been stronger than 7.0. - AP

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