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New Earthquake Felt in Northeast Japan – July 30th, 2011

37.7N 140.4E

July 30th, 2011 Category: Earthquakes

Japan - July 30th, 2011

Fukushima - July 19th, 2011

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has been felt in northeast Japan, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, reports say. The quake’s epicentre was off the east coast of Honshu. The main orthorectified image focuses on the northeastern coast of that island on the day of the recent quake.

It struck in the same area as the 11 March earthquake and tsunami but no abnormalities at Japanese nuclear plants were reported, Reuters reports. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

More than 20,000 people died or were reported missing as a result of the disaster in March, which also crippled nuclear reactors in the Fukushima area. The detail image, also orthorectified, gives a recent view of that area, with Tokyo partially visible at the bottom upon opening the full version.

Damage from Earthquake and Tsunami Around Sendai, Japan

38.2N 140.8E

April 16th, 2011 Category: Earthquakes

Nuclear Power Plant

Japan – April 10th, 2011

Sendai 3D

Sendai  is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tōhoku Region.

On 11 March 2011, coastal areas of the city suffered catastrophic damage from a magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake and the tsunami that it caused.
Although not much damage occurred in the city center, major damage was reported in the coastal areas including Sendai Airport. The tsunami reportedly reached as far as Wakabayashi Ward Office, 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from the coastline.

The images here were processed by Chelys’ new raw data processor. The main image shows Sendai and its coastal areas, one detail image offers a 3D view of the area, and the other shows the location of a nuclear power plant.

Islands of Japan Day After Massive Earthquake – March 18th, 2011

38.2N 140.8E

March 18th, 2011 Category: Earthquakes, Image of the day

Japan - March 12th, 2011

Damage from Tsunami

10-metre (33-ft) High Tsunami

This image shows the islands of Japan one day after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami afflicted the country. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday 11 March 2011.

The epicenter was 130 kilometers (81 mi) off the east coast of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku near Sendai, with the hypocenter at a depth of 32 km (19.9 mi). Here, the land closest to the quake epicenter is partially obscured by clouds, although the city of Tokyo can be seen clearly to the south.

The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan minutes after the quake, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland, with smaller waves reaching many other countries after several hours. Tsunami warnings were issued and evacuations ordered along Japan’s Pacific coast and at least 20 other countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America.

Kesennuma City

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese Cities of Kitakyushu and Fukuoka – March 19th, 2011

33.5N 130.4E

March 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Japan – February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Japanese cities of Fukuoka (lower left) and Kitakyūshū (upper right). The latter is located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyūshū in Japan. It is bordered on three sides by mountains and opens, on the north, to the Sea of Genkai. The city is located 1,100 km from Tokyo.

Much of the city is now built on reclaimed land, with ongoing developments in Higashi-ku building more artificial islands. Many of the contours of this reclaimed land can be observed in the full image.

Fukuoka is not as seismically active as many other parts of Japan, but does experience occasional earthquakes. The most powerful recent earthquake registered a lower 6 of maximum 7 of the Japanese intensity scale and hit at 10:53 am local time on March 20, 2005, killing one person and injuring more than 400.

Japan in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean – June 16th, 2010

39.0N 140.6E

June 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan is an island country in East Asia, western Pacific Ocean. Its four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It is separated from the Asian mainland by the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

Japan has an area of 145,920 sq mi (377,930 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of about 127,556,000. The capital is Tokyo. Situated in one of Earth’s most geologically active zones, Japan experiences volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Mountain ranges cover some four-fifths of its land surface; its highest mountain is Mount Fuji.

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