Category Archives: Earthquake

San Francisco High-rise Sinking and Tilting

A high-rise residential tower built recently in San Francisco that is home to famed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is slowly sinking and shifting, and may ignite a court battle between residents and the city.

P.J. Johnston, spokesman for Millennium Partners, which built the tower, told the media in a written statement that the transit center has been a negative impact on the luxury high-rise.

“All buildings settle over time,” the statement said. “However, 301 Mission exists in a location where major underground construction work was subsequently performed by others, who were obligated to monitor and protect existing structures, and to mitigate any impacts of their work. 301 Mission has settled more than originally anticipated because it was affected by such subsequent construction by others.”

The Millennium Tower Association, the building’s home owners association, told the media it has hired its own group of consultants to try and figure out what’s going on.

“The Association has retained a number of engineering consultants to investigate the causes and long-term impact of these settlement conditions,” the group said in a written statement. “Importantly, the Association has been assured that there are currently no short or long-term concerns with regard to building integrity or safety.”

North Korean Nuclear Test Has Caused A Seismic Event

A North Korean nuclear test has caused a seismic event in an area in the northeast of the reclusive country. Three previous nuclear tests, in 2006, 2009 and 2013, were conducted in the region.

A televised North Korean statement confirmed the test was a hydrogen bomb test. The test took place at 10 a.m. local time.

The USGS, which measured the event at a magnitude of 5.1, said it occurred 19 kilometers (12 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s claim that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, two diplomats told CNN.

The United States and Japan requested the session, a diplomat said.

Thousands Feared Dead After Massive 8.8 Earthquake In Japan

 

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, prompting a tsunami that sent 30+ foot waves ashore along the country’s northeastern coast line.

The epicenter of the original 8.8 earthquake was 80 miles off the coast of Sendai in northeast Japan and it generated tsunami waves up to three miles inland. The initial 8.9 earthquake was followed by aftershocks of magnitudes 7.1, 6.5, and 6.4. Tremors were felt as far as Tokyo.

Some tsunami warnings are still in effect for much of the Pacific Rim. The tsunami wave had moved toward Hawaii at an estimated speed of 500 miles per hour.

Autorities in Japan say that rescue and disaster relief programs are being started and clean-up has already began in some places.

Between 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone and hundreds or thousands more are feared dead.

Massive Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake

A devastating tsunami causes major damage in north-eastern Japan, after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast, one of the largest in it’s history.

The earthquake struck off Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and forcing people out of their homes.

Japan issued the most serious tsunami warning they can issue, saying waves as high as 20ft could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture. Other waves have already made the shore.

Initially reports a quake of magnitude 7.9 but have since been upgraded to an 8.8 magnitude quake, that struck about 250 miles from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles.

Tsunami warnings have been issued and are in effect.