earthquake http://michiganradio.org en Michiganders feel this morning's Canadian earthquakes http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-feel-mornings-canadian-earthquakes <p>TORONTO (AP) - Earthquakes Canada is reporting a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto.<br><br>The federal agency that monitors earthquakes revised its original report, saying it registered a 5.1-magnitude temblor with an epicenter located about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Shawville, Quebec, about an hour's drive outside Ottawa.<br><br>It was felt as far west as Toronto, Canada's largest city, but no damage was immediately reported.<br> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:39:49 +0000 The Associated Press 12619 at http://michiganradio.org Did the earth move for you too? http://michiganradio.org/post/did-earth-move-you-too <p>People all across Michigan say they felt today&rsquo;s&nbsp;earthquake in Virginia&nbsp;.&nbsp;&nbsp;Perhaps the most common question today in Michigan was&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Did you feel that?&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Within minutes of the 5 .9 tremor in Virginia, social media started buzzing.&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan Radio&rsquo;s listeners chimed in quickly.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:23:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 3880 at http://michiganradio.org Preparing for the worst http://michiganradio.org/post/preparing-worst <p>State health officials are putting a 140 bed emergency field hospital&nbsp;to the test today&nbsp;just south of Lansing.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They&#39;re preparing for the kind of medical needs that may follow a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Never had a seizure before?&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 19:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 2554 at http://michiganradio.org Preparing for the worst Plant shutdowns in Japan continue to disrupt U.S. auto industry http://michiganradio.org/post/plant-shutdowns-japan-continue-disrupt-us-auto-industry <p>The auto industry disruptions triggered by <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/28/134912696/radiation-in-seawater-may-be-spreading-in-japan">Japan&#39;s earthquake and tsunami</a> are about to get worse, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>In the weeks ahead, car buyers will have difficulty finding the model they want in certain colors, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and companies such as Toyota, Honda and others will lose billions of dollars in revenue. More than two weeks since the natural disaster, inventories of crucial car supplies - from computer chips to paint pigments &ndash; are dwindling fast as Japanese factories that make them struggle to restart.</p><p>Because parts and supplies are shipped by slow-moving boats, the real drop-off has yet to be felt by factories in the U.S., Europe and Asia. That will come by the middle of April.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/japanese-car-exports-us-threatened-tsunami">first reported</a> on how the natural disasters in Japan could disrupt the U.S. auto industry on March 11th. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:00:22 +0000 Zoe Clark 1806 at http://michiganradio.org Plant shutdowns in Japan continue to disrupt U.S. auto industry Japanese Consulate in Detroit issues statement on relief effort http://michiganradio.org/post/japanese-consulate-detroit-issues-statement-relief-effort <p>Americans have been offering help to the people suffering in Japan.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroit.us.emb-japan.go.jp/">Japanese Consulate General of Japan in Detroit</a> issued a statement thanking people for their support and providing more information about where people can donate, and how people may contact loved ones in Japan.</p><p>The Consulate says they are not yet accepting volunteers willing to travel to Japan as they are not in a position to &quot;receive and deploy&quot; them.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:15:38 +0000 Mark Brush 1663 at http://michiganradio.org Japanese Consulate in Detroit issues statement on relief effort Earthquake "nightmare scenario" for Michigan students from Japan http://michiganradio.org/post/earthquake-nightmare-scenario-michigan-students-japan <p>Universities across the state are reporting all students they have studying overseas in Japan are safe and accounted for. But many students from Japan who are studying in Michigan are trying to get in touch with friends and relatives.</p><p>Thirty-year old Tomomi Suwa is working on her doctorate degree at Michigan State.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;As an international student I fear about this kind crisis a lot. I live so far away from home that sometimes it&rsquo;s very difficult to get a hold of family or friends. It&rsquo;s like a nightmare scenario for me.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Her father called Suwa and woke her up at 6 o-clock Friday morning to tell her the news about the earthquake. She says she wasn&rsquo;t totally shocked by the news. She grew up practicing earthquake and tsunami drills at school and she&rsquo;s experienced numerous earthquakes. The biggest registered 4.4 on the Richter scale.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;At that magnitude you can really feel that things are moving around; it&rsquo;s already scary at 4.4. So I can&rsquo;t even imagine what 8.8 or 8.9 could be.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>So far, Suwa says she&rsquo;s very relieved all of her family and friends that she&rsquo;s been able to contact on the phone or online are okay. But she has not been able to get in touch with everyone yet.&nbsp;</p><p>The University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Eastern Michigan University each have students currently in Japan for classes overseas. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:50:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1618 at http://michiganradio.org Finding friends in Japan http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-friends-japan <p>After the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunamis in Japan, many people in the U.S. are trying to locate friends an family in Japan.</p><p>The <a href="http://newsroom.redcross.org/2011/03/11/disaster-alert-earthquake-in-japan-tsunami-warnings/">Red Cross</a> reports that they are unable to help at the moment but point to some resources:</p><blockquote><p>At this time the Red Cross in unable to accept inquiries to contact or locate family and friends in Japan. However, there are several resources available as follows.</p><p>Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at <strong>1-888-407-4747</strong> or <strong>202 647-5225</strong>.</p><p>For inquiries about relatives living in Japan who are not US citizens, encourage the members of your community to keep calling or to try contacting other family members who live in the region. Even though communication networks overloaded right now, the situation may change and access to mobile networks and the internet may improve.</p></blockquote><p>The Red Cross also points to the <a href="http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en">Google Person Finder</a> as a good resource. People can post that they are looking for someone, or that they have information about someone. You can find it here: <a href="http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en">http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en</a> - it&#39;s tracking around 7,200 records at the moment.</p><p>There&#39;s also a <a href="http://facebook.com/JapanEarthquake">Facebook</a> page now up for sharing information. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:05:41 +0000 Mark Brush 1610 at http://michiganradio.org Finding friends in Japan 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan http://michiganradio.org/post/89-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-japan <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80CH_XkpSCE</p><p><strong>Update 10:15 a.m.</strong></p><p>Updates from the <a href="http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/index.php?region=1">Pacific Tsunami Warning Center</a></p><p><strong>Update 9:23 a.m.</strong></p><p>Reports that Tsunami waves have reached Hawaii. This from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/tsunami-slams-hawaii-tidal-wave-crosses-pacific/story?id=13112901">ABC news</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Tsunami waves reached Hawaii early today, following a massive 8.9 magnitutde earthquake in Japan, that triggered tidal wave warnings as far away as Oregon as the giant wave makes its way to the West Coast of the United States.</p><p>The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says Kauai was the first island hit early by the tsunami, which was quickly sweeping through the Hawaiian Island chain.</p><p>Screeching tsunami warning sirens woke residents through the night and Hawaiians were warned to seek higher ground and officials braced for the first 6 foot waves to make landfall just before 3 a.m. local time, 9 a.m. EST</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 8:04 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Hawaii is bracing for a possible tsunami following the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/11/134444531/major-tsunami-damage-in-northern-japan">magnitude 8.9 earthquake</a> that hit Japan early this morning (Eastern time). The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>Warning sirens have been sounding and coastal areas are being evacuated. The first waves are expected to hit around 9 a.m. Eastern time today. Waves are predicted to hit the U.S. Western Coast between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Eastern.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 7:46 a.m.:</strong></p><p>President Obama has issued his condolences for the people who died in the earthquake in Japan. The President said the United States, &quot;stands ready to help&quot; in any way it can. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>At the same time, Obama said in a statement early Friday that his administration will &quot;continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward.&quot;</p><p>The largest earthquake in Japan&#39;s history - measured at a magnitude of 8.9 - pummeled the eastern coast of Japan Friday, accompanied by a towering tsunami. A rising death toll is in the dozens.</p><p>Obama said he has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be ready to assist Hawaii and any other U.S. states and territories that might be affected. He said he&#39;s ready to support the Japanese people &quot;in this time of great trial.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>6:59 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Officials in Japan say more than 30 people have died in the magnitude 8.9 quake and 13-foot tsunami that hit the northeast part of the country, the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>People, boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris were swept away by the wave. The death toll has been rising.</p><p>Fires triggered by Friday&#39;s quake are burning out of control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 8.9, while Japan&#39;s meteorological agency measured it at 8.8. It was followed by more than 19 aftershocks, including several at least 6.3, the size of the quake that struck New Zealand recently.</p><p>Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter.</p><p>A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific, including areas as far away as South America, the entire U.S. West Coast, Canada and Alaska. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:15:33 +0000 Zoe Clark & Mark Brush 1604 at http://michiganradio.org 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan