On 16 April, in south-eastern Iran, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred. The event happened at 14.44 MSK (20.44 AEDT 11.44 UTC 06.44 EDT 03.44 PDT), with a radius of approximately 82 kilometres (51 miles). There are no accurate figures on victims and survivors yet. For more information on why earthquakes happen, see the Infographic. The tremors of the powerful earthquake in Iran were also felt in various parts of Pakistan, especially, north of the capital of Islamabad, Karachi in the south, Lahore near the Indian border, and in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan (a province bordering Iran). As far away as the Persian Gulf states, people felt seismic tremors. As a precaution, offices and living quarters in the UAE’s capital of Abu Dhabi and Dubai were evacuated; earthquake alarms in skyscrapers went off, warning of disaster. At present, thousands of people are on the streets waiting for permission to return to offices and homes. No damage was reported. Earlier, the Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Mohammad Ahmadian, said that the design specifications of the Bushehr nuclear facility stipulate that the site can withstand up to magnitude 9 earthquakes.
16 April 2013
A statue in Miyagi Prefecture (Tōhoku Region. Honshu) JAPAN of Jizō Bosatsu, one of Buddha‘s disciples, who guides dead children to heaven. People leave offerings here nearly every day.
Two years ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami laid waste to the northeast coast of Japan, causing an accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Memorial events commemorating victims of the disaster will be held throughout the country. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Cabinet members will attend the main ceremony in Tokyo. At 14.46 local time (09.46 MSK), there’ll be a moment of silence. That was the precise time of the first tremors of the quake. Recovery efforts continue in Japan, with officials estimating they might take anywhere from three to 15 years. Amongst the main problems are the slow rate of the reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and the depopulation of the affected areas.
Almost two years after a destructive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011, devastating the northeastern portion of the country, 300,000 Japanese remain in evacuation housing. Many of them have to live in spartan conditions. Some 80,000 former residents of the towns of Okuma and Futaba in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, evacuated because of quake damage at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, still don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes, due to radioactive contamination. The effort to repair the aftermath of the natural disaster in different parts of the country may take anything between 3 and 15 years. The tragedy of 11 March 2011 killed 15,881 people and 2,668 more are still missing.
Japan will need another five to ten years to rebuild and recover from the consequences of the 2011 earthquake. This follows from a poll conducted by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun of 42 Mayors of the cities affected. The Mayors pointed up that some of the major problems were a large population outflow and the disposal of the debris from the quake and tsunami. The M 9 quake and the ensuing tsunami occurred off the northeastern coast of Honshu on 11 March 2011. The elements claimed almost 19,000 lives. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed entire cities and damaged the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, which resulted in widespread radioactive contamination.
11 March 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
By analysing seismic activity in the Dead Sea, American and German geologists said that they identified the exact date of Jesus’ death. Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical, together with Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer from the German Geological Research Centre, made the discovery. They said that the crucifixion and death of Christ on the cross took place on Friday, 3 April 33 AD. Researchers compared the seismic data with the text of the New Testament, and astronomical observations. The chronology of earthquakes in the Dead Sea shows that the area is located approximately 20 kilometres (@12.5 miles) from Jerusalem, was particularly active seismically in 31 BC, and between 26 and 36 AD. The second earthquake occurred in the days when Pontios Pilatos was Prefect of Judea. The death of Jesus at this time confirms the four Gospels and the text of the Roman historian Tacitus. Williams explained that the darkness described in the Gospels that followed the death of Christ was a sandstorm, which aren’t uncommon in this area
25 May 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
It’s taking Japan a while to get over the effects of the March tsunami. This photo was taken on 7 September. It shows the fishing trawler Kiotoku Maru, still beached in Kesennuma (Miyagi Prefecture. Tōhoku Region). It’s going to take a long time to recover. You simply don’t wave a wand and say, “It’s all over”… only lunatics do that.