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Japan: First New Geothermal Plant in 15 Years
March 18, 2014 | Japan Daily Press

“As Japan continues to look for viable alternatives to its mothballed nuclear reactors, Chuo Electric Power Company is set to open Japan’s first new geothermal power project in 15 years.” Quoted from the Japan Daily Press.

Energy Through the South China Sea
February 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes in the world. Almost a third of global crude oil and over half of global liquefied natural gas passes through the South China Sea each year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.

New Island South of Japan Continues Growing
January 1, 2014 | National Geographic

Niijima, the new volcanic island that first appeared about 600 miles south of Japan continues to grow. Now it is about 13.8 acres in size with a maximum elevation of about 80 feet.

December 30, 2013 | NASA

An aerial view of Niijima, the new volcanic island growing in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles south of Japan.

Dissipation of Energy by Deep Earthquakes
December 29, 2013 | NBC News

“An investigation of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded deep within the Earth suggests deep quakes may be better at dissipating pent-up energy than similar quakes near the surface.” Quoted from the NBC News story.

The New Island South of Japan is Growing!
December 15, 2013 | The Australian

Last month a volcanic island surfaced and began growing about 600 miles south of Japan. The eruption continues and the size of the island is growing.

The Largest Recorded Fault Slip
December 8, 2013 | National Geographic

The 2011 earthquake that produced the tsunami that devastated parts of Japan was the largest slip ever recorded and occurred on a fault that was lubricated with clay.

Ash Plume from Sakurajima
December 3, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

NASA’s Earth Observatory has a satellite view of a dense ash plume released from Sakurajima Volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. This is an extremely active volcano, producing frequent explosions and ash clouds with over a million people living within a few miles of the vent.

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New Volcanic Island Southeast of Japan
November 21, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has a short video that shows a new island erupting from the sea in the Bonin Islands, about 500 miles southeast of Japan.

The Largest Energy Importers
November 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Japan ranked as the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world in 2012, trailing only China. This follows the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, after which Japan suspended operations at all of its nuclear power plants.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

India Headed to Mars
November 4, 2013 | Calgary Herald

If all goes according to plans, India will launch a spacecraft to Mars on Tuesday, November 5th. So far there have been 40 attempts to reach Mars by the United States, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Only 23 missions have been successful.

Japan as an Energy Importer
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Japan is the world’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, second largest coal importer, and third largest net oil importer.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.

Eruptions a Sakurajima
October 13, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has a short article on Sakurajima, a volcano in Japan that is continuously in eruption.

Understanding Deep Earthquakes
October 10, 2013 | Argonne National Laboratory

“Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan.” Quoted from the Argonne National Laboratory press release.

How Earthquake Early Warning Systems Work
September 30, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has an article that explains how an earthquake early warning system can work and the benefits that it can bring to an urban area.

2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Seiches in Norwegian Fjords
August 26, 2013 | LiveScience

The March 11, 2011 Magnitude 9.0 earthquake that shook northeastern Japan also produced seiches in Norweigian fjords.

Large Eruption at Sakurajima
August 22, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

“Although Japan’s Sakura-jima Volcano is one of the most active in the world, it rarely makes headlines. One or two small explosions typically occur every few days, with effects no greater than a light dusting of ash in the surrounding cities. On August 18, 2013, a large eruption sent ash 20,000 feet above Kagoshima Bay, breaking the established pattern. It was possibly the largest eruption ever from the Showa Crater, which formed in 1946.” Quoted from NASA Earth Observatory.

Japanese LNG Buyers in Limbo
June 20, 2013 | Bloomberg

Japan is the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Although buyers there would like to close some long-term contracts, uncertainties about government policy have them reluctant to commit.

Earthquake Acoustics and Tsunami Warnings
June 11, 2013 | Stanford University

“Stanford scientists have identified key acoustic characteristics of the 2011 Japan earthquake that indicated it would cause a large tsunami. The technique could be applied worldwide to create an early warning system for massive tsunamis.” Quoted from the Stanford University press release.

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The Orphan Tsunami of 1700
May 20, 2013 | has an article about Japan’s Orphan Tsunami (“orphan” because it was then unlinked to any earthquake) and how it was connected to an earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

The Methane Hydrate Gas Boom?
April 2, 2013 | NPR

Methane hydrate is the world’s largest natural gas resource. Japanese engineers recently became the first to produce methane hydrate from a well in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. NPR asks if this could become another natural gas boom?

Related: What is Methane Hydrate?

Rare Earth Elements Off Japan
March 24, 2013 | The Telegraph

Japanese researchers say they have found rich accumulations of rare earth elements in sea floor sediments in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Expedited LNG for American Allies Act
February 6, 2013 | The Hill

The idea of exporting United States natural gas as LNG has not obtained unanimous support. Now a bill proposes LNG exports to NATO allies plus Japan.

Japex: Hangingstone Oil Sands Project
January 24, 2013 | Japan Petroleum Exploration Company

Japan Petroleum Exploration Company plans to produce 20,000 barrels per day of bitumen from their Hangingstone oil sands project in Alberta Province, Canada. The project will use the steam-assisted gravity drainage method and will be increased to 30,000 barrels per day based upon performance.

Japex Buys Stake in the Eagle Ford
January 21, 2013 | Bloomberg

Gas shale plays in the United States continue to attract investments from worldwide companies. Japex (Japan Petroleum Exploration Company)

Creeping Fault Research
January 13, 2013 | Caltech

“New Caltech research suggests creeping faults can turn destructive which could explain the unexpectedly large 2011 earthquake in Japan and give new insight on potential future quakes along the San Andreas Fault. In contrast to some current theories, the research suggests that earthquake ruptures might not stop at creeping fault segments—which are considered stable—instead activating the supposedly stable segments and triggering a bigger quake with more destructive power across a large area.” Quoted from a Caltech media release.

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