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Sep 17, 2014

91614AFP: Strong quake rocks Eastern Japan, “biggest this year” — Fukushima Officials: Experts say Magnitude 8 quake “will occur” offshore; “Temporary seawall built as measure against the accompanying tsunami aftershock” (VIDEO)

Published: September 17th, 2014 at 9:55 am ET
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AFP, Sept. 16, 2014: Earthquake rocks Tokyo… Tokyo shook as a strong quake hit Japan, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami.. the epicentre was believed to be in the south of Ibaraki prefecture… The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.6… the effects of which could be felt in buildings for more than a minute after the initial shaking began… Australian radio broadcaster Jason Morrison experienced the earthquake from a Tokyo high-rise and tweeted as it unfolded… Hotel staff say jolt was “biggest this year”… The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant… said nothing unusual sea_wallhad been noted at the still-fragile site. An official at the Ibaraki prefectural government said… “We are still checking if the quake could result in damage”…

Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 16, 2014: UPDATE: Quake shakes Tokyo and outlying areas; rail services affected — A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo and the Kanto region around lunchtime on Sept. 16, but there were no immediate reports of major damage… Shinkansen services experienced temporary delays… Intensities of lower 5 on the Japanese scale of 7 were reported in southern Tochigi Prefecture, southern Gunma Prefecture and northern Saitama Prefecture. The quake had an intensity of 4 in central Tokyo and many other areas… The Tokaido Shinkansen Line temporarily stopped service between Tokyo and Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture.

TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Video Tour (at 18:00 in): Temporary seawall built as a measure against the accompanying tsunami aftershock — “The pile of black knit bags filled with rocks is a temporary sea… a measure against the tsunami that would follow a magnitude 8 scale aftershock, which several experts pointed out will occur in the offshore side of the earthquake center of the Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake. 4,700 knit bags of rocks were piled up to a height of approximately 4 meters along the coastline. The seawall will prevent a tsunami from finding its way to the land where the buildings housing the water treatment system are located… The actual tsunami [on 3/11] was approximately 15 meters.”

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