- 4 Sep 2015
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Yesterday night and this morning at 6:30 a 4.7 quake struck again. OK here, but the house sure rocked a bit.
There has been a theory put forth that the presence or passage of hurricanes can lead to increased seismic activity. The idea is that the reduction in atmospheric pressure is enough to allow the earth beneath to rise up sufficient to jostle the various plates and seams and whatnot which are already under stress to go ahead and move.
History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian
"The governor of Kagoshima requested Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. temporarily suspend two reactors at its Sendai nuclear plant in the southwestern prefecture. Satoshi Mitazono, who was elected on an antinuclear platform last month, made the request regarding the plant's Nos. 1 and 2 reactors -- two of only three reactors currently operating in the country -- at his meeting with the utility's president, Michiaki Uriu, at the prefectural government office in the afternoon. The former TV commentator has voiced his intention to call on the utility to re-examine safety measures for the two-reactor complex in Satsumasendai, citing increasing concerns among citizens about potential emergencies after huge earthquakes hit nearby prefectures in April."
Based on the Quaking in Kyushu this seems like a timely call by the governor.