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8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 6:40 am

A tsunami warning has been isued as well...all residents are urged to seek higher ground immediately.

It's just breaking news here in the US.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 6:43 am

And I just left Hawaii!
Hope the casualty count is minimal.

Strong earthquake hits Japan; tsunami warning issued
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Eric Talmadge
Associated Press
Sept. 25, 2003 02:15 PM


TOKYO - A strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 rocked the northern Japan island of Hokkaido early Friday morning, knocking out power, derailing a train and touching off an industrial fire. Two people were reported injured.

The government warned local residents to avoid coastal areas due to the possibility of tsunami, or ocean waves caused by seismic activity.

The quake was strong enough to rock buildings on the island and shake books and other objects off shelves. Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported that at least several people had been injured and a fire had broken out in the city of Tomakomai.

Black plumes of smoke and flames could be seen leaping from the site in an industrial area. Streams of water were aimed at the flames.

Television footage showed an office in which books were knocked off shelves, and desks and computers swayed back and forth.

Japan's Meteorological agency warned that waves of up to 3 feet were expected to hit coastal areas. The quake, which hit just before dawn, was focused off Hokkaido's eastern shore.

Tsunami of up to 1 foot were observed in some coastal cities, NHK reported.

"We are now trying to collect information on the extent of the damage," city official Sadayuki Kano said. "There are no reports of other major damage."

NHK also reported that a local train derailed, injuring two people.

The meteorological agency said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 and was focused 36 miles under the seabed.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 8.

The quake struck in the Pacific Ocean, about 65 miles south-southwest of Kushiro and 495 miles north-northeast of Tokyo, said John Minsch, a USGS geophysicist. The quake was shallow.

"That makes it more likely to be a tsunami, and there's most likely to be a great amount of damage," Minsch said.

Hokkaido is the northernmost and most sparsely populated of Japan's major islands. Sapporo is the prefecture's capital.

Geophysicist Doug Given in Pasadena, Calif., said the region is "part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the zone of very large earthquakes and volcanoes that rings the Pacific Rim."

The USGS had no immediate reports of casualties.

A tsunami advisory was issued for Hawaii and a warning was issued for parts of Alaska.

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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 6:55 am

I hope that there are no fatalities.
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 6:57 am

That is sad....
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Poor Japan, they get earthquakes, tsunami's, godzilla, nuked..
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All kidding aside, lets hope for the best.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:01 am

Tsunami of up to 1 foot were observed in some coastal cities, NHK reported.
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Gee that will have them shaking in their boots, the quake would be frightening, but a massive wave of 12 inches coming at you isn't going to scare too many people. I can make one of those in the bath without using my hands...
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:08 am

I thought that seemed small, I was in Hawaii, when the was a Tsunami warning, but luckily it missed us, I think it was like 20-25 feet big.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:20 am

Not really a huge event, looks like nothing much happened, maybe a few people got hit on the head by pans etc.

But seriously, 1ft tsunami's??? How small are the waves there! Big grin
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:32 am

Gee that will have them shaking in their boots, the quake would be frightening, but a massive wave of 12 inches coming at you isn't going to scare too many people. I can make one of those in the bath without using my hands...

Even the most major tsunami might only be a metre high high in the open sea, but it's very fast. As it approaches the coastline, some fairly simple physics reduces the speed, and increases the wave size drastically.

Maybe try to learn about things before mocking them?
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:49 am

here is info on the first earthquake:

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake IN THE HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION has occurred at:
42.17N 143.72E Depth 33km Thu Sep 25 19:50:08 2003 UTC

Time: Universal Time (UTC) Thu Sep 25 19:50:08 2003
Time Near Epicenter Fri Sep 26 04:50:08 2003
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Thu Sep 25 15:50:08 2003
Central Daylight Time (CDT) Thu Sep 25 14:50:08 2003
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) Thu Sep 25 13:50:08 2003
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Thu Sep 25 12:50:08 2003
Alaska Daylight Time (ADT) Thu Sep 25 11:50:08 2003
Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Thu Sep 25 09:50:08 2003

Location with respect to nearby cities:
105 km (65 miles) SSW of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan (pop 199,000)
210 km (130 miles) SSE of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
800 km (495 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
7140 km (4430 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia


and this is the aftershock:

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake IN THE HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION has occurred at:
41.83N 143.51E Depth 33km Thu Sep 25 21:07:59 2003 UTC

Time: Universal Time (UTC) Thu Sep 25 21:07:59 2003
Time Near Epicenter Fri Sep 26 06:07:59 2003
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Thu Sep 25 17:07:59 2003
Central Daylight Time (CDT) Thu Sep 25 16:07:59 2003
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) Thu Sep 25 15:07:59 2003
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Thu Sep 25 14:07:59 2003
Alaska Daylight Time (ADT) Thu Sep 25 13:07:59 2003
Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Thu Sep 25 11:07:59 2003

Location with respect to nearby cities:
145 km (90 miles) SSW of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan (pop 199,000)
225 km (140 miles) NE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
225 km (140 miles) SE of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
760 km (470 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:49 am

(I should be clear... A lot of factors affect the crest height. What might be a small wave on one beach could be a large wave on another, &c; the only thing that's certain is the displacements are all much bigger than in the open sea.)
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 8:51 am

Bobrayner is quite right; a tsunami of only a few inches on a coast close to the epicenter may translate into a wave of 100 feet high in the opposite direction, traveling at speeds up to around 600 mph. Wave heights increase as the water reaches the shore because of the uprising sea bed...pretty drastic stuff. A tsunami warning for Hawaii is currently issued, but I have seen no predictions of speed or size. Best wishes for those unfortunates involved...Jack
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 9:37 am

Umm someone explain this...

***The quake was strong enough to rock buildings on the island and shake books and other objects off shelves. Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported that at least several people had been injured and a fire had broken out in the city of Tomakomai.***

Shake books and other objects off the shelves?? Who wrote this, a first grader??
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:58 am

I hope everyone is safe...

Anyway, I remember about a week ago reading an article that there was some scientist saying that there was going to be an earthquake in Japan soon... What is with that?
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:12 am

Everyone relax, I am alive and unharmed and asleep at the time.

8.0 ... that's a big one but they are forever predicting the big one in this part of Japan (Tohoku) but if an 8 isn't big I don't know what is ! Maybe they really are ready ?

This makes 4 big ones in 4 months.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:27 am

Everyone relax, I am alive and unharmed and asleep at the time.

Like anyone was worried?  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:36 am

Everyone relax, I am alive and unharmed and asleep at the time.

Gee, that's too bad................ Big grin



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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:39 am

Charmed I'm sure ......
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:41 am

Charmed I'm sure ......

That's not one thing you exude anyway, PJ.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:42 am

Double ouch, wince and duck .....
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:43 am

Double ouch, wince and duck .....

At least your reflexes haven't suffered.  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:47 am

It's all these earthquakes, they keep you on your toes.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:49 am

What's with the whole quoting thing?

I don't know how earthquakes are categorized, but if it was an 8.0 wouldn't that make you wake up??? or atleast *shake books and other objects off of shelves*???
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:54 am

An 8.0 would definitely wake you up. A 6.4 in July got me out of bed really fast but this mornings quake was in Hokkaido so itwasn't an 8 here.

As for "shaking books and other objects off of shelves" this sounds like a direct translation of a Japanese report. They mention this type of thing as they have their own measurement system (Japanese Scale) outside the Richter scale which relies on the type of damage done, injuries sustained and physical effects felt to come up with a number. Todays quake was 5 on the Japanese scale.

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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:15 pm

There's a lot of factors in earthquakes, that I'm not too sure about. An 8.0 can have differing levels of damage. For example, we had the 6.8 Northridge earthquake that killed 62 some odd people in Southern California. Then there was as 7.0 out in Hesperia that was felt from L.A. to Las Vegas, but only one person died.

Its a miracle that with the 8.0 earthquake that struck Japan, there are no reported deaths. Lets pray for those involved.
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RE: 8.0 Earthquake On Hokkaido, Japan

Fri Sep 26, 2003 9:31 pm

there's been another aftershock. this one not as strong as the previous tremors but still serious.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake IN THE HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION has occurred at:
42.21N 144.64E Depth 10km Fri Sep 26 06:26:54 2003 UTC

Time: Universal Time (UTC) Fri Sep 26 06:26:54 2003
Time Near Epicenter Fri Sep 26 15:26:54 2003
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Fri Sep 26 02:26:54 2003
Central Daylight Time (CDT) Fri Sep 26 01:26:54 2003
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) Fri Sep 26 00:26:54 2003
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Thu Sep 25 23:26:54 2003
Alaska Daylight Time (ADT) Thu Sep 25 22:26:54 2003
Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Thu Sep 25 20:26:54 2003

Location with respect to nearby cities:
85 km (55 miles) SSE of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan (pop 199,000)
255 km (155 miles) SE of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
840 km (520 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
7185 km (4460 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia

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