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Earthquake Report - 5-31-2010 - India

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Earthquake details

Magnitude: 6.4

Depth: 120.00 km

Latitude: 11.1199

Longitude: 93.7610


    * 2010-05-31 at 19:51:49 UTC

    * Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 01:51 at night at epicenter


    * Continent: Asia

    * Country: India

    * State/County/Gov.: Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    * Location: Bamboo Flat

    * Distances: 130.87 km Course:

    * Population: 7410 persons [Near the epicenter]

Risk Analisys

Nuclear Power Plant: There are no nuclear facilties nearby the epicenter.

Airport(s): There are no airports nearby the epicenter.

Port(s): There are no marine ports nearby the epicenter.

Volcanoes: There are no volcanoes nearby the epicenter

Tropical Storm Monitoring - 5-31-2010 - Indian Ocean

New tropical storm monitoring is being started

The monitoring of the tropical storm on in the area of Indian Ocean has been started based on data.


Name of the storm system: 03A

Date of set-off: 2010-06-01

District: Indian Ocean

Coordinate: 15.7, 63.8

Speed of advance: 7.41 km/h [4 knots] in 345 direction

Wind speed: 64.82 km/h [35 knots]

Gust: 83.34 km/h [45 knots]

Extreme Weather - 6-3-2010 - Australia

Situation Update No. 1

On 2010-06-03 at 03:31:08 [UTC]

Event: Extreme Weather

Location: Australia State of New South Wales Lennox Head area

Number of Injured: 2 person(s)

Number of Missing: 1 person(s)


Houses have been destroyed, up to 2000 homes are without power and two injured people have been taken to hospital after a powerful storm tore through Lennox Head on the NSW north coast. A waterspout hit the township about 7.30am (AEST) on Thursday morning, causing widespread damage and chaos.


Flash Flood - 6-1-2010 - China

Situation Update No. 3

On 2010-06-03 at 03:25:39 [UTC]

Event: Flash Flood

Location: China Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Laibin

Number of Deads: 30 person(s)

Number of Missing: 18 person(s)

Number of Evacuated: 80000 person(s)


At least 30 people have died and 18 are missing in southern China after days of torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding, state media said today. The bodies of the 30 victims were recovered after landslides struck five counties in Guangxi region overnight and rescuers were still searching for another 18 bodies.


Earthquake - 03/11/2011 - Japan - Update #28

On 2011-03-12 at 19:12:59 [UTC]

Event: Earthquake

Location: Japan Statewide

Number of Deads: 1700 person(s)

Number of Missing: 88000 person(s)

As many as 10,000 people have been reported missing in a northern Japanese town as a strong aftershock hit near a nuclear plant in Fukushima. Three people evacuated from the area near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were exposed to radiation. The three were randomly chosen for examination out of about 90 bedridden patients moved from the hospital in the town of Futaba-machi. The patients had waited for rescuers outside a school, spending a long time outside and then being moved by helicopter at the time when an explosion hit the aging plant. Up to 10,000 residents in the port town of Minamisanriku in the Miyagi prefecture - more than half of the population - were unaccounted for, highlighting the unfolding scale of the disaster.

Local authorities are trying to find their whereabouts with the help of soldiers. Authorities confirmed that around 7500 people were evacuated to 25 shelters after the quake, but they were unable to contact the other 10,000. "Our monitoring operations have been hampered with debris and mud," an official said. "Even helicopters can't approach some of the shelters. I'm afraid that it will take more time to finish our confirmation procedures." An aftershock with a magnitude of 6.4 hit near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, where nuclear officials earlier confirmed a radiation leak and doubled the evacuation zone around the crippled reactor. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and 10-metre tsunami was an "unprecedented national disaster" and appealed for calm as fears grew amid the atomic emergency.

"By taking firm measures, we will do our best not to have even a single person suffer from health problems," he said. "From the bottom of my heart, I would like everybody to listen to the government and to media reports and to act calmly." Dramatic TV footage showed the blast at the nuclear plant ripping through the coastal facility, sending plumes of smoke billowing high into the air. The operator of the plant said the reactor container was not damaged despite the large explosion, Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told a TV briefing, adding that radiation levels fell after the blast. "The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building. The concrete building collapsed. We found out that the reactor container inside didn't explode," Mr Edano said. Edano said the explosion was caused by hydrogen, generated by the falling level of cooling water, pouring into space between the building and container and exploding when it mixed with oxygen.

"We've confirmed that the reactor container was not damaged … As such there was no large amount of radiation leakage outside," he said. "We've decided to fill the reactor container with sea water …. By doing this, we will use boric acid to prevent criticality," he said, adding it would take five to 10 hours to fill the reactor. The evacuation radius around the plant was doubled to 20km. Radioactivity at the plant, which is 250km north of capital Tokyo, was 20 times over the normal level, and hourly radiation matched the allowable annual dose. Several workers were reported to be injured in the explosion - one seriously - and smoke was seen billowing out of the plant. Eyewitnesses reported strong shaking at the plant shortly before the blast.

TV channels warned nearby residents to stay indoors, turn off air-conditioners and not to drink tap water. People going outside were told to avoid exposing their skin and to cover their faces with masks and wet towels. They were also provided with iodine. The plant's sister plant, Fukushima No. 2, was also experiencing cooling problems. . Entire towns remain underwater, buildings have been destroyed, landslides have wiped away huge swathes of the landscape - carrying houses with them - and fires were still burning in the middle of the water, fueled by leaking oil.

Japanese troops found 300 to 400 bodies in the coastal city of Rikuzentakata, a small city around 113km to the north of Sendai, and around 65km north of Minamisanriku. The death toll was rising throughout Saturday with the number of people dead or missing was feared to be above 1700 - a figure that is sure to rocket. The amazing power of the quake was made clear by the US Geological Survey (USGS), which revealed the main island had shifted 2.4 metres and shifted the Earth on its axis. Japan mobilized 50,000 military and other rescue personnel to spearhead the Herculean rescue and recovery effort and reached out to countries including Britain for assistance. Four trains remained unaccounted for, Kyodo reported, after they were caught in the tsunami while running in a coastal area of Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. It is not known how many people were aboard. More than five million homes remain without power and the number of partially or completely destroyed buildings has reached 3400. More than 215,000 people were in emergency shelters and rescue officials struggled to access most of the tsunami-hit areas.

Nuclear Event - 03/11/2011 - Japan - Update #4

Situation Update No. 4

On 2011-03-13 at 16:19:09 [UTC]

Event: Nuclear Event

Location: Japan Miyagi Prefecture Onagawa Nuclear Plant


Excessive levels of radiation at a second Japanese nuclear facility at Onagawa after Friday's earthquake have led authorities to report a state of emergency, the UN nuclear agency said. "Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that the first or lowest state of emergency at the Onagawa nuclear power plant has been reported by Tohoku Electric Power Company," the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The alert was declared "as a consequence of radioactivity readings exceeding allowed levels in the area surrounding the plant. "Japanese authorities are investigating the source of radiation."

Earthquake - 03/15/2011 - Japan - Update #34

On 2011-03-15 at 11:06:12 [UTC]

Event: Earthquake

Location: Japan Statewide

Number of Deads: >30000 person(s)

Number of Missing: 88000 person(s)

Number of Evacuated: 590000 person(s)

More than 6,000 people are confirmed dead or missing in Japan, four days after an earthquake triggered a tsunami that wiped out entire towns in the country's northeast. Police said nearly 2,475 people were confirmed dead and 3,611 missing Tuesday. But with hundreds of bodies washing ashore, the death toll was expected to climb much higher -- possibly as high as 10,000. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called it the greatest crisis the country has faced since the Second World War. Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake has also left millions with little food or shelter, as temperatures drop to near-freezing levels overnight. Hospitals are overwhelmed with the injured and running out of medicine and supplies. In Iwate prefecture, one of the most devastated areas of Japan, government official Hajime Sato said only 10 per cent of needed supplies had been delivered. Authorities were also running out of coffins to bury the dead. In neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, officials say the town of Soma is at least one-third flooded and thousands of residents are missing. The local crematorium was unable to handle the large number of bodies. "We have already begun cremations, but we can only handle 18 bodies a day. We are overwhelmed and are asking other cites to help us deal with bodies. We only have one crematorium in town," Katsuhiko Abe, an official in Soma, said. CTV's Lisa LaFlamme said due to the rising death toll, the Japanese government has waived a rule that requires citizens to get approval from their local officials before they cremate or bury a body. "The current situation is so extraordinary, and it is very likely that crematoriums are running beyond capacity," said Health Ministry official Yukio Okuda. "This is an emergency measure. We want to help quake-hit people as much as we can." Rescue workers were trying to recover up to 300 bodies in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi. Another 8,000 people in Otsuchi, in Iwate prefecture, are said to be unaccounted for. Indonesian geologist Hery Harjono said Japan's death-toll projection was too conservative. He told The Associated Press it would be "a miracle really if it turns out to be less than 10,000." Harjono noted that many victims may have been pulled out to sea, as happened when the 2004 tsunami struck Indonesia's Aceh province. About 230,000 people died in Indonesia, but only 184,000 bodies were ever found. Meanwhile, aid organizations are trying to assist people in Japan's hardest-hit areas. "Some of the greatest needs are food and water, temporary shelter, and World Vision will also be focusing on children and the psychological toll that this earthquake has had by setting up child-friendly spaces for them," Casey Calamusa, of World Vision, told CTV News Channel from Tokyo.



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