A major earthquake has shaken one of the many islands that make up Japan: Japan earthquake: thousands flee amid concerns over volcanoes and aftershocks. There have been many, many aftershocks today but not too many deaths due to no tsunamis. Japan still reels from the 3/11/11 tsunami disaster thanks to Fukushima. Some towns wiped out during that event have not been rebuilt, one town lost 90% of its people and is now a wasteland. So, another earthquake and no dangers? Far from it! This island has two nuclear complexes…NEAR VOLCANOES. And one of these is absolutely huge: Aso.
There are also concerns about volcanic activity in the wake of the quake. The island of Kyushu, where the earthquake happened, is a highly volcanic area. A level 2 warning – meaning people should not approach a volcano’s crater – has been in place for Asosan in Kumamoto prefecture on the island since November 2015. The initial temblor measured a maximum 7 on the Japanese intensity scale, equivalent to the force of the 1995 Kobe disaster and the March 11, 2011, earthquake in east Japan. So far, however, the damage caused in Kyushu seems low in comparison.
This island with two nuclear complexes happens to also be one of the most volcanically active in Japan and perhaps, much of this planet with only parts of Indonesia in competition for most destructive volcanoes…oh, and Yellowstone’s calderas. There are no nuclear power plants near that monster, but downwind there are some in the Midwest that could be damaged. Active Volcanoes of Kyushu, Japan – InfoBarrel
The 37th largest island in the world, and 3rd largest in Japan, Kyushu has a population of over 13 million. The largest city is Fukuoka, with a metro area of about 5.6 million. Most of the population is located in the northwest part of the island.
The island is mountainous, and includes eight active volcanoes. Mount Aso is Japan’s largest volcano, and has one of the world’s largest calderas. It is responsible for the third most massive volcanic eruption of the past 250,000 years. Interestingly, within the caldera are several towns and a population of about 50,000.
Another volcano discussed below, Mount Unzen, is responsible for the worst-ever volcanic disaster in the history of Japan. The disaster occurred in 1792 and worldwide there are only five volcanic eruption disasters that are known to have been worse.
Mount Unzen and another on this list, Sakura-jima, are on the official list created by the United Nations of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.
From a few months ago: Active Japan volcano erupts in Kyushu. Russian news agency has noticed the volcanoes right smack next to nuclear power plants: RAW: Sakurajima volcano erupts 50km from nuclear plant in Japan – YouTube
Japan’s nuclear Sendai plant, restarted last October, is 31 miles away, but is operating at normal levels, according to a Kyushu Electric Power Co. spokesman who requested anonymity…
The volcano, which has been showing signs of escalating activity since August, was underestimated, according to the environmental group Greenpeace. Ash deposits from a volcanic eruption has serious consequences that are being overlooked by authorities, the group said, adding Kyushu Electric had carried out “flawed volcano risk analysis.”
…Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he supports the return to nuclear power, and has said Japan now has the “world’s toughest” nuclear power safety measures.
All these ‘measures’ are garbage. What on earth can one do if a major volcano has a major eruption? Obviously, this is insanity.
The Sendai Nuclear Power Plant (川内原子力発電所 Sendai genshiryokuhatsudensho?, Sendai NPP) is a nuclear power plant located in the city of Satsumasendai in the Kagoshima Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Kyūshū Electric Power Company. The plant, like all other nuclear power plants in Japan, did not generate electricity since the nationwide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, but was restarted on August 11, 2015, and began providing power to nearby towns again. Sendai is the first of Japan’s nuclear power plants to be restarted.
See? These are now being restarted. Nothing was learned from the 3/11 disaster. Full speed ahead, ignoring all dangers!
The Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (玄海原子力発電所 Genkai genshiryoku hatsudensho?, Genkai NPP) is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Genkai in the Higashimatsuura District in the Saga Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Kyūshū Electric Power Company.
The reactors were all built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and are of the 2 and 4-loop M type pressurized water reactor. Unit 3 has been selected as a special Plutonium fuel test case. The plant is on a site with a total of 0.87 square kilometers…Saga does not lie on a fault line and receives the fewest earthquakes in Japan. The 2005 Fukuoka earthquake was felt at the plant, but there was no equipment damage.
HAHAHA…note how no mention about massive volcanic eruptions!!! All you need during an eruption is for enough stuff to fall on a nuke plant making it inaccessible and of course choking the air so systems get clogged with dust and other things not to mention flowing lava, etc. If one of these great gigantic volcanoes blows up a la the massive Toba super-eruption.
As a reminder how stupid people can be and how unable to understand what will happen next, here is a news story from 2011, March 11th: Japan earthquake forces thousands to evacuate in nuclear plant emergency right before it all blew to kingdom come:
Others cautioned that it was too soon to declare that a nuclear disaster was imminent. Sue Ion, fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said the evacuations could equally be a sensible precaution and noted that Japanese reactors were built to withstand the rigours of nature in an earthquake-prone part of the world. “As this is an earthquake zone, the Japanese apply very rigorous standards, with robust designs and regulations,” she said.
Paul Haigh, a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, added: “All Japanese reactors are designed to withstand substantial earthquakes. Instrumentation is provided for the early detection of tremors which would lead to a controlled shutdown of the reactor. These systems appear to have successfully shut down the affected reactors. Modern western reactors, including those planned for the UK, are already designed to withstand significant seismic events.”
The incident would not undermine public faith in nuclear energy, Ion predicted. “People should gain confidence from the fact that these plants have shut down as they should be.”
The nuclear industry is currently in the middle of a surprise renaissance with dozens of new plants planned in Britain, America and China amid deeper public worries about energy shortages and low carbon ways of tackling climate change.
See? Climate change! Oh my! Well, the climate changes very, very fast when a volcano erupts. Japan is sitting on a witches’ caldron of nasty sudden changes! Note how all the ‘experts’ were total fools here. They were 100% wrong because…they ignored something that hits Japan frequently: tsunamis. And now, volcanoes.
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