Posted tagged ‘Japan’

California Tsunami Victim Washes up in Oregon

April 13, 2011

The body of Dustin Douglas Weber, a 25-year-old California man who was swept out to sea while trying to photograph the tsunami’s arrival from Japan last month, has been found 380 miles away, in Oregon.

From CNN:

Dustin Douglas Weber of Klamath, California, was standing on a sand bar near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, California, when he was swept away March 11, authorities said.

His body was found on the shore south of the Columbia River in Oregon on April 2 by a person walking the beach.

Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?

March 11, 2011

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan overnight and it was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them measured more than magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Much of the damage, though, was caused by a massive Tsunami which brought waves of more than 23 feet high ashore.

While there is a Tsunami warning here in the Bay Area, it’s anticipated that the surge will only be 1-3 feet, far less than the waves that hit Japan overnight. Evacuation orders have been issued along the entire West Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska.

From the Associated Press:

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

Bambi vs. Godzilla…

December 9, 2010

Ahhhh a classic…

North Korea Launches Rocket

April 4, 2009

According to US and South Korean sources, North Korea has finally launched their long-range rocket, doing this against international wishes.

From CNN:

The payload of the rocket remains unclear. North Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the United States, South Korea and other nations fear it could be a missile with a warhead attached.

A senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed that the rocked did clear Japan.

The rocket — launched at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET Saturday) — was a “provocative act in violation” of U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea’s weapons program, said Fred Lash, a State Department spokesman, told reporters.

An October 2006 resolution condemned North Korea for missile launches in the summer and a nuclear test that same month.

FedEx Plane Crashes in Tokyo

March 22, 2009

According to reports coming out of Japan, a Federal Express cargo plane crash landed and is burning at Narita airport in Tokyo.

Credit: NHK

Credit: NHK

From CNN:

Strong winds may have played a role in the crash, said Masaru Fujisaki, an airport official. The status of the pilot and co-pilot was not immediately known.

Video from the landing showed the plane bouncing at least twice on the runway before bursting into flames. The fire destroyed the aircraft.

The plane crashed at 6:50 a.m. (5:50 p.m. Sunday ET), according to Japan’s Kyodo news service.

The cargo plane arrived from Guangzhou, China, and was manned by a two-person crew, according to Japan’s transport ministry.

The plane landed on Runway A, the longer of Narita’s two runways, Kyodo reported.

North Korea Removed From Terror List

October 12, 2008

The U.S. removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, granting the communist state a long-sought prize in exchange for allowing wider scrutiny of its nuclear-weapons program.

From the Associated Press:

After North Korea relented on nuclear inspection demands, the U.S. on Saturday erased from a terrorism blacklist the communist country President Bush once branded part of an “axis of evil.”

The U.S. step, assailed by some conservatives who say it is sketchy and rewards North Korea’s bad behavior, is aimed at salvaging a faltering disarmament accord before President Bush leaves office in January.

State Department officials said the inspection agreement and the decision to take North Korea off the state sponsors of terrorism list were in the interests of national security and consistent with the “action for action” principle of the negotiations.

Bush approved the action on Friday and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice followed suit Saturday.

“Every single element of verification that we sought going in is part of this package,” her spokesman, Sean McCormack, told reporters at a rare weekend briefing. The North’s removal from the list was effective immediately.

The terrorism designation — now shared only by Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan — carries severe penalties. But U.S. officials said North Korea would not see any immediate benefit because it is punished under other programs and could return to the list if it does not comply with the inspections.

Asian Markets Plunge Early Friday Morning

October 10, 2008

A sell-off on Wall Street and escalating fears of a global recession have sent Asian stocks plunging this morning, with Japan‘s benchmark index falling more than 10 percent.

From the Associated Press:

“Selling is unstoppable in New York and Tokyo,” said Yutaka Miura, senior strategist at Shinko Securities Co. Ltd. in Tokyo. “Investors were gripped by fear.”

Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were all down more than 7 percent. Shanghai’s index was down 3.8 percent.

Indonesian authorities suspended trading indefinitely on the Jakarta Stock Exchange after they had halted trading Wednesday when the index plunged more than 21 percent over three days earlier this week.

In Tokyo, the gut-wrenching drama left individual investors shellshocked.

Kenji Akasaka, 69, president of a local printing company, said he had never seen it this bad in the 40 years he has traded stocks. He said he invests mainly in blue-chips including Toyota Motor Corp. and Nintendo Co.

“I pray before I go to bed that the Dow will recover,” said Akasaka, 69, as he scanned a monitor displaying the latest market levels. “I get sleepless, thinking about losses.”

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average plummeted 10.3 percent to 8,217.50 in early afternoon trading and appeared headed for its second biggest one-day loss ever. The Tokyo bourse and the Osaka Securities Exchange briefly suspended some futures and options trading during the morning.