Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan mourns the thousands dead after earthquake

A destructive earthquake of magnitude 8.8 has struck the northeastern coast of Japan and has caused a tsunami with waves up to ten meters you have reached the city of Sendai, where water has washed away everything in its path, including houses, cars, boats and farms and came to the buildings. Also in the Northeast, Nipponese authorities have declared a nuclear emergency after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was damaged by the earthquake saw.

In the control room of reactor No. 1, was recorded this evening a radioactivity level 1,000 times higher than normal. According to local police in the coastal areas near the city of Sendai, we have found at least 351 bodies buried under the water of the tsunami. But police sources are already talking about more than 1,000 victims among the dead and missing.

And the alarm still on. In fact, at 20.00 hours from Spain, four in the morning local time, has become to feel an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 in the northeast of the country, just on the opposite coast suffered the first earthquake. Specifically, the cities most affected have been Nagano and Niigata, although it has been felt in Tokyo.

Following this reply, it has lost contact with four trains along the coast. The tremor is not accompanied by a tsunami alert as it has occurred on the east coast. In fact, the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a new tsunami warning for the entire East Coast. Have warned "important" tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the provinces most affected by the earthquake.

The tongue of water that has been in Japan coast was higher than some Pacific islands. A ship with 100 people aboard was swept away by the waves in the Northwest and unknown fate of the passengers. There are also two bullet trains 'disappeared', one in Iwate Prefecture in the northwest and the other was traveling between the cities of Sendai and Ishinomak.

In no case is known the number of passengers. For its part, the Defense Ministry said that 1,800 homes had been destroyed in Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo reported. The quake, the largest in Japan in 140 years and the fifth strongest in the world, according to seismologists, has caused a tsunami alert all along the Pacific coast, including Australia and South America.

The quake occurred at 14.46 local time (6.46 Spanish time), has rocked several buildings in Tokyo and crippled rail and road transport in much of the country. Air traffic has also been disrupted in Narita and Haneda airports, waiting to check the status of the clues. It also suspended the services of the 'Shinkansen' bullet train throughout the country.

All Japanese ports are closed. The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, 130 kilometers from the Ojika peninsula and a depth of six miles, in the same area two days ago there was another earthquake of magnitude 7.3 caused no damage. Japan's capital in the earthquake fire alarms of buildings and made people afraid to leave the street, while lines left blocked mobile phones.

Local television NHK has broadcast pictures showing columns of smoke rising from buildings on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a warning of high risk of tsunami with waves up to six meters in Miyagi and Iwate up to three meters, which has urged people who are near the coast out into the deep interior higher ground.

In some localities the tsunami warning came just a minute before on television, according to David Jiménez. The same recommendation was made in the provinces of Fukushima, Ibaraki and Aomori, as well as the coast of Chiba province, adjacent to Tokyo. Eleven nuclear reactors have ceased its activity and Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, ordered the nuclear alert, while the government ensures that no radiation leaks have been detected in or near nuclear plants.

However, Fukushima Daiichi plant has been declared a nuclear emergency after problems with the cooling of one of its reactors after the earthquake. Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, has asked 45,000 people to evacuate the area. In the last hours, has expanded the evacuation zone, three to 10 miles.

Apparently, the reactor control room recorded a level of radioactivity thousand times higher than normal. Initially, the Minister of Industry, Banri Kaieda, warned that there could be a small radiation leak at the plant, hit hard by the earthquake. Nipponese authorities were preparing Friday to release radioactive steam to bring down the pressure has risen in a reactor.

Thousands have been evacuated. Also, a second nuclear power plant located in Fukushima acknowledged cooling problems following a powerful earthquake. Japan, located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, suffers frequent earthquakes, which rarely cause casualties due to the strict building regulations in force in the country.

After the earthquake two days ago, the Japan Meteorological Agency had warned that a week could lead to aftershocks, but had felt an intensity of 4 on the Japanese scale

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