Archive | December 7, 2012

Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) Early Evening Update | December 7, 2012

Here is our latest video update on Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) as well as on the earthquake that happened in Northeastern Japan today.

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A 7.3 Magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Northeastern Japan at 5:20pm Japan Time. The epicenter was traced 280km east of Sendai or about 460km northeast of Tokyo. A Tsunami Warning has been issued by JMA for Miyagi Prefecture while a Tsunami Advisory has been issued for Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, and Ibaraki Prefectures. As of posting time, authorities have measured a 1 meter wave height in the town of Ishinomaki. No reports of damages so far. Please head to our special article for the latest updates on the earthquake; click HERE

Meanwhile, Bopha has re-intensified into a Typhoon over the South China Sea. The system has also begun to move northeastward contrary to forecasts made yesterday. This could put the system towards Northern Luzon by early next week. Thankfully, we do expect Bopha to begin weakening by Sunday. However, its remnants can still bring rain showers across Northern and Western Luzon over the coming days.

IR Image from NOAA

As for Mindanao, death toll has now reached 400 today and damages have reached the 4 billion peso mark. Light rains could hamper relief operations in the region as a weak disturbance will move in from the east. Light rains are possible across Mindanao tomorrow and could result to as much as 50mm of rain.

-WxCaster PAT

BREAKING: M 7.3 Earthquake in Japan

This article will be updated as we get more information. Please note the timestamp on the left.

Tsunami Observations

Ofunato Initial Tsunami   (*3)
Maximum Tsunami   18:45 JST 07 Dec   0.2 m
Kuji-ko Initial Tsunami   18:16 JST 07 Dec   (-)   0.2 m
Maximum Tsunami   18:26 JST 07 Dec   0.2 m
Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawa Initial Tsunami   17:58 JST 07 Dec   (-)   0.3 m
Maximum Tsunami   18:02 JST 07 Dec   1.0 m
Sendai-ko Initial Tsunami   18:37 JST 07 Dec   (-)   0.1 m
Maximum Tsunami   18:41 JST 07 Dec   0.4 m
Miyagi Kinkasan-oki* Initial Tsunami   17:48 JST 07 Dec   Unknown
Soma Initial Tsunami   18:31 JST 07 Dec   (-)   0.1 m
Maximum Tsunami   18:38 JST 07 Dec   0.4 m

 

(7:30pm Japan Time) Injury Update

At this time reports remain vague, but at least 10 injuries have occurred due to the earthquake off the Miyagi coastline.

(7:30pm Japan Time) Aftershocks

After shocks continue to occur just to the east of Miyagi Prefecture. Here is the latest.

Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree)
Longitude
(degree)
Depth Magnitude Region Name
18:23 JST 07 Dec 2012 36.7N 141.3E 30 km 3.9 Ibaraki-ken Oki

(7:30pm Japan Time) JMA

Tsunami warning and advisories lifted.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/

(6.30pm Japan Time) JMA

 

Tsunami Warnings and/or Advisories are in currently effect for the following coastal regions of Japan:
<Tsunami Warning (Tsunami)>
MIYAGI PREF.
<Tsunami Advisory>
PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREF.
IWATE PREF.
FUKUSHIMA PREF.
IBARAKI PREF.

(6.30pm Japan Time)

(6.27pm Japan Time) 1 Meter tsunami striking Ishinomaki

(6:20pm Japan Time) Here are the latest Tsunami Observations from JMA

Tsunami Observations
As of 18:05 JST
In some coastal regions, it is inferred that tsunamis higher than those recorded at observation sites have arrived.
Tsunamis may be higher than those recorded at observation sites.

Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawa Initial Tsunami 17:58 JST 07 Dec (-) 0.3 m
Maximum Tsunami 18:02 JST 07 Dec 1.0 m
Miyagi Kinkasan-oki* Initial Tsunami 17:48 JST 07 Dec

(6:10pm Japan Time) No reported damage in the Tokai Daini and Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plants.

(6pm Japan Time) An aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the same area about 20 minutes ago.

Up to 2m waves now being mentioned in the warnings for Miyagi Coast. Meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says that there is no threat to other countries from this Japan Earthquake.

(5:30pm JST) A 7.3 Magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of Northeastern Japan. The earthquake, which happened about 20 mins ago (as of writing time), was located around 280km off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture with a depth of 36km (22mi). As of posting time, a Tsunami Warning has been issued for MIYAGI PREFECTURE. A Tsunami Advisory has been issued, on the other hand, for the prefectures of IWATE PREFECTURE, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, IBARAKI PREFECTURE, as well as the PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREFECTURE. Wave height of as high as 1m is could arrive within the next half an hour.

Tsunami Warning Map shortly after Earthquake

 

******************Headline******************
Tsunami Warnings (Tsunami) have been issued for the following coastal regions of Japan:
MIYAGI PREF.
Evacuate immediately to safe place away from the shore in the above coastal regions.
Tsunami advisories are currently in effect in other coastal regions of Japan.

USGS Image showing the location of the Earthquake

We’ll have more updates as the day goes on.