Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Japan To Send Quake Warnings Nationwide

Japan endures about 20 percent of the world's strong earthquakes. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 03, 2007
Japan will soon start sending earthquake warnings to the public, giving them vital seconds to prepare before one of the country's frequent tremors strikes, a top seismologist said Friday. "We will start to offer the earthquake alert system to citizens starting from October 1," Makoto Saito, who runs the system at the Japan Meteorological Agency, told AFP. The system, the result of years of research, made its debut earlier this year but so far has been confined to major businesses and public utilities.

From October, the alerts will also be sent out via radio, television or public loudspeakers, which are commonplace in Japan, Saito said.

Telecom and Internet providers will also use the system to send out warnings, he said.

The system, which is already used to issue quicker tsunami warnings, can predict earthquakes seconds before they strike, prompting companies to develop a growing number of gadgets to alert people to an impending tremor.

The system works by detecting the first underground tremors -- the shear waves -- which come before the more dangerous primary waves.

While the warnings still give little time to prepare, meteorologists believe they can stop people from continuing dangerous activities and be valuable to railway operators and vulnerable sites, such as nuclear power plants.

Japan endures about 20 percent of the world's strong earthquakes. Last month a powerful earthquake northwest of Tokyo killed 11 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and caused a small leak from a nuclear power plant.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Typhoon Slams Into Japan As Quake Rock East Russia
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 02, 2007
A powerful typhoon slammed into southern Japan Thursday, injuring three people, disrupting air and land traffic and cutting power to thousands of houses. Packing winds of up to 126 kilometres (79 miles) an hour and bringing heavy rains, typhoon Usagi was moving north over Kyushu island after landing shortly before 6:00 pm (0900 GMT) from the Pacific, the meteorological agency said. The storm system, 160 kilometres across, was expected to veer into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) during the night and may dissipate there, the agency said.

  • Japan To Send Quake Warnings Nationwide
  • Forecasting System Provides Flood Warnings To Vulnerable Residents Of Bangladesh
  • Typhoon Slams Into Japan As Quake Rock East Russia
  • Britain To Apply For EU Aid After Floods

  • European Heat Waves Double In Length Since 1880
  • Bush Calls Global Climate Summit To Do A Deal
  • Climate Change Threatens Siberian Forests
  • UN Chief Urges New Climate Change Deal By 2009

  • Mapping Mountains From Space With GOCE
  • ESA Mission Highlighted At Remote Sensing Conference
  • Third Sino-Brazilian EO Satellite To Be Launched By October
  • Ball Aerospace Prepares To Ship WorldView I

  • US Congress Nudges Energy Industry To Go Green
  • Tapping Into Space For Energy
  • Russia's Oil-Fuelled Boom Continues
  • A Future Natural Gas Cartel

  • Treat HIV Babies Early
  • Revealing The Global Threat Of Bird Flu
  • Reviving The HIV Vaccine Hunt
  • China To Make Cuban Dengue Mosquito Killer

  • Coelacanth Fossil Sheds Light On Fin-To-Limb Evolution
  • Rare Example Of Darwinism Seen In Action
  • Waters Off Washington State Only Second Place In World Where Glass Sponge Reefs Found
  • The Cambrian's Many Forms

  • China Economic Boom Polluting Seas And Skies Of East Asia
  • Pollution Amplifies Greenhouse Gas Warming Trends To Jeopardize Asian Water Supplies
  • Particle Emissions From Laser Printers Might Pose Health Concern
  • New Aerogels Could Clean Contaminated Water And Purify Hydrogen For Fuel Cells

  • Beyond Mesopotamia: A Radical New View Of Human Civilization
  • Music Hath Charms To Probe The Brain's Auditory Circuitry
  • Feeling Stress, Then Try Breathing Says New Age Guru
  • Australian School Makes Sunglasses Compulsory For Pupils

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement