Here’s the EVENT CONTRACT scheduled for 3-11-11 that we discussed on the radio show.
(Nothing to do with Planet X – only HAARP and Energy Pulse weapons causing fish kills along the fault zones).
The markets are shocked and stunned this morning – and you can bet that Goldman Sachs will be ringing up profits on this “Event Contract” too.
A huge 8.9-magnitude earthquake has hit the coast of Japan, sending two tsunamis crashing into the city of Sendai. Link to this video
• At least 44 dead, 100 people in ship swept away by wave
• ‘State of emergency’ after nuclear plant’s cooling system fails
• Tsunami fears for entire Pacific, US west coast, Hawaii, Alaska
• FCO Helpline 020 7008 0000 (UK), +(81)352111100 (Tokyo)
11.59: Five Australian MPs are trapped on a bullet train that ground to a halt, the Australian Aassociated Press reports.
11.20: The Japan earthquake was 8,000 times bigger than the one that rocked Christchurch last month, experts say
It is the biggest since records began 140 years ago in a country that is is used to such disasters because of its position on the boundary of the Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Dr Brian Baptie, of the British Geological Survey’s Worldwide Earthquake Locator at Edinburgh University, said it surpasses the Great Kanto quake of September 1, 1923, which had a magnitude of 7.9 and killed more than 140,000 people in the Tokyo area.
11.17: Tokyo reporter posts on Twitter:
Tokyo might have something of a food problem tomorrow. Shelves are now emptying and transport is not going to be predictable
11.16: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have offered his “condolences” to the people of Japan and said his country stood ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami, AFP reports.
Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis
The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial.
The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy.
We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials.
I have instructed FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected.
11.15: Public phone use in northern, eastern Japan has been offered free of charge, the Japanese Times quotes the Kyodo news agency
Cars and other debris swept away by tsunami tidal waves are seen in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan (Picture: AP)
11.10: Stocks all round the world have been hit but the yen proved resilient to one of the bigger tremors the country has suffered. The FTSE is set for its worst ever week for almost a year.
Shares in European insurers fell sharply on Friday morning after the massive earthquake.
The quake, which struck towards the end of the Asian trading session, prompted a renewed bout of selling in stock markets and a kneejerk sell-off in the yen. But the Japanese currency recovered somewhat, thanks to its status as a safe haven for international traders.
With tsunami alerts in place all round the Pacific Rim, from Australia all the way up to the west coast of the U.S, investors are clearly on edge over the potential fallout.
11.06: Further to our 10.54 post, Japan issues state of emergency at the nuclear plant after cooling system failure. There have been no radiation leaks so far.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said:
We have declared a nuclear emergency state to take every possible precaution.
Let me repeat that there is no radiation leak, nor will there be a leak.
We ask residents in the areas near power plants to act calmly.
11.03: Marshall Islands disaster management officials have downgraded an earlier tsunami alert to a “tsunami watch”.
11.00: Nikki Zywina, 22, from Bicester, Oxon, is an assistant language teacher in Yokote on the JET scheme.
She told The Daily Telegraph via Skype that she was “quite close” to where the quake hit:
We were in school, talking to the kids when suddenly the entire school was swaying for 3 minutes. We noticed this one. There have been constant aftershocks ever since. The power went out with second or third.
There have been two aftershocks in the last thirty minutes. They’re big. Crazy. We got off pretty lightly I think. Haven’t heard from anyone in Miyagi, but it’s meant to be much worse there.
Everywhere in our prefecture the power is out. Possibly all over Northern Japan. We have got no news but on the radio.
The phone network is still up – at least on 3G anyway – but we can’t really call each other. Gas and water are still fine. The news here is there might be aftershocks for the next month.
Everyone is coping. There’s no damage. The teachers say it’s the biggest they’ve ever felt, but they’re pretty calm. The big problem is the snow has come back. There’s a full on blizzard and no traffic lights.
None of the shops have power. They’re all chock full of people buying up food. No idea when power is going to come back.
It was meant to be graduation tomorrow but it isn’t going to go ahead as planned. I am probably going to sleep under my table
Nikki Zywina has been caught up in the earthquake in Japan
10.54: Further to our post at 0946, Japanese officials have admitted that a key cooling system at a nuclear reactor are “not working”.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that the nuclear power plant in Fukushima developed a mechanical failure in the system needed to cool the reactor.
The reactor needs to have water pumped into it.
The pumping function for the cooler cannot be operated at this moment. The colling process to cool down the reactor is not going as planned.”
10.51: Japanese officials have told residents to not use their phones unless absolutely “necessary”.
10.46: A 4.5-magnitude earthquake has struck Hawaii as residents brace for a tsunami after a massive earthquake in Japan, the AP reports. There are no reports of damage.
10.45: The BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra has been caught up in the quake as members travelled by coach from Tokyo to a concert in Yokohama.
Nobody was hurt and officials ere communicating with the orchestra via text and monitoring their updates on Twitter, a spokeswoman said.
10.41: Chile’s government has issued a tsunami warning after Japan suffered an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, President Sebastian Pinera told reporters.
The government does not rule out evacuating Easter Island if necessary, he added.
10.31: New Zealand civil defence officials have issued a tsunami warning for the country and warned people to stay clear of beaches, AFP reports.
Houses are swallowed by the tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (Picture: AP)
10.30: The AP now saying death toll is 32, quoting Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
10.25: David Cameron said the Japanese earthquake was a “terrible reminder of the destructive power of nature”, our Brusels correspondent Bruno Waterfield reports.
The Prime Minister, who put emergency teams on standby, told reporters:
We send our sympathies and condolences to the Japanese people.
We’ve had a terrible reminder of the destructive power of nature and everyone should be thinking of that country and its people and I’ve asked immediately that our government should look at what we can do to help.’
10.20: Taiwan reports that waves that were supposed to hit haven’t yet, the BBC reports. Locals have not enforced evacuations from coast amid hopes impact will not be as bad as feared.
10.15: Two astonishing pictures on Twitter about the Japan quake:
One from odyssey:
And another from mitsu_1024
Dan Okimoto, along with thousands of other Oahu residents are evacuated to higher ground due to the tsunami warning for the state of Hawaii (Picture: AP)
10.10: William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, says the British govenment has set up a crisis centre to co-ordinate its response. There are no reports of British casaulties at this stage.
He said British Embassies and Consulates are “preparing to provide assistance” and Rapid Deployment Teams are also “ready to travel immediately to the areas of most need”.
Officials are urgently establishing a helpline for family and friends in the UK concerned about the safety of relatives. This will be activated very shortly.
My thoughts are with the people of Japan at this time. We are in contact with the Japanese government and I have asked our Ambassador in Tokyo to offer all assistance we can as Japan responds to this terrible disaster.
We are also working urgently to provide consular assistance to British Nationals. Our Embassy and Consulates-General across Japan are in touch with local authorities and making contact with British Nationals to provide consular assistance.
We have set up a crisis centre in the Foreign Office to co-ordinate our response and offer advice to anyone concerned about relatives or friends in Japan. We are not aware of any British casualties at this time.
Our advice to those in Japan is to check immediate surroundings for fire, gas leaks, broken glass and other hazards, and open doors and windows to avoid being locked in if there are after-shocks.
British Nationals should also make contact with the British Embassy in Tokyo on +(81) 3 5211 1100 or the Consulate-General in Osaka +(81) 6 6120 5600 and monitor local TV and radio for evacuation information.
Radio stations in the Tokyo area that have emergency information in English include the US Armed Forces station at 810AM and InterFM (76.1FM).
British Nationals at evacuation sites should cooperate with the Japanese authorities and clearly identify themselves as British. Those connected with larger organisations such as companies, schools or church groups should also try to let these organisations know of their situation if possible.
Following tsunami warnings across the region our Embassies and Consulates are preparing to provide assistance. Rapid Deployment Teams are ready to travel immediately to the areas of most need.
10.00: Sean Gallagher, a China based photographer, has posted this on Twitter:
Earthquake Approximate TNT for Seismic Energy Yield – Sichuan, China 2008 = 15.0 megatons – Sendai, Japan 2011 = 336 megatons.
09.55: Two-thirds of the water supply was cut in Inagi-city, west of Tokyo, the Bureau of Waterworks of Tokyo Metropolitan Government has said.
A tsunami hitting the shores of Sendai following an earthquake-triggered tsumani in Japan. (Picture: AFP/GETTY IMAGES).
09.52: The four Japanese nuclear power plants closest to the quake have been safely shut down, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
The IAEA, the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog, said it was seeking more information on which countries and nuclear facilities might be at risk from the tsunami unleashed by the quake, Reuters reports.
09.49: Death toll now 26, AFP snaps.
09.48: Tsunami warning expands to entire US West Coast, AP snaps. It has also reached Alaska.
09.46: A fire broke out at Tohoku Electric Power’s Onagawa nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, Kyodo news agency has reported.
Reuters reports that prior to the Kyodo report, the company had said it had not received information on whether there had been any problems at the nuclear power plant after the disaster.
Meanwhile, Fukushima Prefecture, the site of a Tokyo Electric Power nuclear power plant, said the plant’s reactor cooling system was functioning, denying an earlier report that it was malfunctioning.
09.45: The US Pacific territory of Guam cleared its shore areas after a massive earthquake hit off Japan Friday, sparking a tsunami alert, officials have told AFP.
09.44: Reuters reports death toll has risen to 22.
09.43: Taiwan’s eastern counties of Taitung, Yilan, Hualien and north eastern Keelung city shut schools and businesses after the Central Weather Bureau issued a tsunami alert, Bloomberg quotes the Central Personnel Administration.
Cars on a flooded street following an earthquake-triggered tsumani in Miyagi prefecture, a fire burns at a natural gas storage facility in Chiba (Picture: AFP/ REUTERS)
09.35: Further to our posts at 08.14 UK airlines have now cancelled flights to Tokyo, PA reports.
A British Airways plane heading for Tokyo’s Hareda airport had pushed back off the stand at Heathrow when the airline decided it would not be leaving. BA also cancelled its daily Heathrow service to Tokyo’s Narita airport.
But London-bound BA flights from Hareda and Narita were due to land safely back in the UK later today having left before the earthquake struck.
Virgin Atlantic, which operates daily services to Narita from Heathrow, also cancelled its Tokyo flight today.
A Virgin spokeswoman said:
Narita is about one hour from central Tokyo and we’ve cancelled our flight VS900 and the return flight VS901 today.
We do have a flight from Tokyo that left before the earthquake and that will arrive back this evening.
A BA spokesman added:
We decided that we would not operate the Haneda-bound flight (BA007) as a precaution and have also cancelled our flight to Narita.”
There are fears that the tsunami could reach as far as Australia, Mexico and Hawaii. Both BA and Virgin said they were closely monitoring the situation.
09.33: Japanese officials downgrade Tsunami to 8.8.
09.27: Nat Sakimura, trustee, Kantara Initiative, has posted this on Twitter:
Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant’s cooling system not working. Emergency state announced
A fire in an oil plant in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo as massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan (Picture: AFP/GETTY IMAGES).
09.18: Police in Hawaii are telling people over loud speakers to evacuate and it was “not a drill”. Sky have broadcast footage showing traffic jams in the island. Warning sirens are constantly going off.
09.16: Steve Herman, the Voice of America correspondent, based in Seoul, reports on Twitter:
US Embassy Tokyo: Ready to mobilize US forces in Japan for quake/tsunami relief.
09.13: The Telegraph TV team have produced several videos of the Japan quake.
A huge fire has broken out at an oil refinery in Ichihara following an earthquake in Japan:
Waves up to 13-foot high engulf the port city of Sendai:
Cars and boats are swept away by a huge surge of water in port city of Kamaishi:
Tokyo rocked by 8.9 magnitude earthquake (footage of parliament and inside an office)
09.10: The Japanese earthquake is 1000 times more powerful than the Christchurch earthquake, Sky News reports. But it was 125 miles off the coast compared to near a major city.
09.07: The first tsunami waves reached the Kuril Islands chain on Friday after a powerful quake struck off Japan, prompting Russia to evacuate 11,000 people, officials have said.
Along with Iturup and Habomai, Kunashir and Shikotan are the Kuril chain’s southernmost islands that are at the heart of Russia’s territorial dispute with Japan.
09.05: AFP reports that Japan quake toll rises to 19 dead.
This graphic provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows estimated tsunami travel times following the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan (PIcture: AFP/NOAA)
09.00: Japanese Times says all Tokyo highways jam-packed.
08:58: Japanese Meteorological Society says quake is biggest ever to strike country.
08.56: Google has launched its “people finder”. It currently is tracking 1000 records.
Also on its home page is has listed Tsunami alerts.
08.55: Chief Cabinet secretary Edano says Tokyo train system not expected to be resumed soon; asks people not to go home immediately, the Japan Times reports.
08.52: The Red Cross says tsunami waves are ‘higher’ than some Pacific islands.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warned the tsunami set off by Japan’s major could wash over some Pacific islands.
Spokesman Paul Conneally said:
Our biggest concern is the Asia and Pacific region, where developing countries are far more vulnerable to this type of unfolding disaster.
The tsunami is a major threat. At the moment, it is higher than some islands and could go right over them.
Natural gas storage tanks burn at a facility in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo (Picture: REUTERS).
08.49: A tsunami warning has been extended to the whole of the Pacific basin, except for mainland United States and Canada, following the earthquake in Japan, the NOAA’s National Weather Service said.
The warning includes Mexico and Central and South American countries on the Pacific, its Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, according to Reuters.
It said that among the countries for which a tsunami warning is in effect are: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
08.47: The Japan quake is stronger than the one that struck Haiti, CNN has reported.
A man sits wrapped in a blanket after he was evacuated from a building in Tokyo’s financial district (Picture: REUTERS)
08.46: The Philippine government on Friday strongly urged residents of its Pacific coast to “go farther inland” amid a tsunami threat following a huge earthquake off Japan, the civil defence office said.
08.43: Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration has begun evacuating some residents from the island’s east coast following a tsunami alert issued after a major earthquake in Japan.
08:41: Hawaii has ordered the evacuation of low-lying coastal areas, officials on the US Pacific island state said.
08.40: Australia and its islands and territories are not under threat from a tsunami at this stage after an earthquake rocked Japan earlier today, the Sydney-based Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Center said, according to Bloomberg.
08.38: The Japanese government said it was coordinating an emergency and rescue plan on the assumption the quake had caused “tremendous damage”.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the government was doing its utmost to rescue victims “on the assumption there has been tremendous damage”, AFP reports.
08.37: A Twitter user called Tokyo Reporter has posted on Twitter:
If you are trying to call people in Tokyo use (03) numbers. Mobile networks still down.
08.35: The tsunami caused by the earthquake in Japan will start to reach coastal areas near Guangdong and Fujian provinces in southeastern China from 8:30 p.m. local time, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Citing the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center it said the tsunami won’t have a significant effect on those regions.
08.33: A tsunami warning has been issued for areas across East Asia and the western coast of South America following a huge earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Among the countries for which a tsunami warning is in effect are: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
By 0800 GMT there had been no reports of a serious tsunami hitting anywhere beyond Japan, Reuters reported.
08.31: The UN in Geneva says at least 30 international search and rescue teams are on “alert”, and ready to help in Japan after earthquake, Reuters reports.
08.29: Reports that Tokyo Disneyland has been flooded. Here is a twit pic of people waitng to be evacuated.
The car park at Tokyo Disneyland was drenched with water-logged segments from the ground. It was earlier reported that a tsunami might have caused the inundation but police said the phenomenon was due to liquefaction of soil caused by the intense shaking of the tremor.
There were 69,000 people at the Disneyland and the adjacent Tokyo Disney Sea, built on a landfill in Tokyo Bay, when the quake occurred, a spokesman at the local Urawa police station said.
There were no injuries or property damage reported at the theme parks.
08.25: Japan quake’s 8.9 magnitude makes it the 5th-strongest in the world since 1900, says the US Geological society.
08.23: Strong quake aftershock felt in Tokyo, AFP reports.
08.21: Amazing footage has emerged of the quake, with the walls violently shaking after being recorded on video as a family evacuates their Sendai home in Japan.
08.19: The Australian Science Centre has sent out a couple of expert comments. Kevin McCue is a seismologist and adjunct professor at CQUniversity. He is based in Canberra.
This is the largest earthquake known in Japan. There have been seven earthquakes in Japan over magnitude 8 since 1891.
In 1923 in the great Kanto earthquake which measured 7.9, 147,000 people died so our expectation is that many people will be killed and there will be extensive damage. Fortunately for Tokyo it’s a bit further north than the great Kanto earthquake was, which means the damage in Tokyo is likely to be much less.
A Pacific wide tsunami has been generated, so that will be impacting other countries in the north Pacific in the coming hours.
The wreckage of homes in Kobe, Japan following an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, 1995 (Picture: REUTERS).
Prof James Goff is Co-Director of the Australian Tsunami Research Centre and Natural Hazards Research Lab at the University of NSW:
This Japanese event was considerably larger, only 10 km deep [now revised by the USGS to 24km] and so we should expect a tsunami to have been generated by this.
Not surprisingly warnings and watches are in place. It would highly unlikely for a tsunami to NOT be generated.
Japan has a rigourous earthquake building code and excellent tsunami warning system and evacuation plans – this event will likely provide a severe test for all of them.
08.17: Shares in the German re-insurance giant Munich Re have plunged by 4.93 percent to 111 euros, and Allianz was down by 2.35 percent to 99.6 euros in opening trade following the massive earthquake in Japan.
The DAX index of German blue chips was off by 1.25 percent overall, AFP reports.
The owner of a ceramic shop checks his damaged wares following the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Tokyo, Japan (Picture: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES)
08.14: Number of airlines have suspended flights to Japan.
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines have suspended flights.
Malaysian Airlines has diverted its Tokyo-bound flight MH070 to Taipei.
Qantas is reviewing whether a flight from Sydney to Tokyo would depart while Beijing Capital International Airport may have to delay flight departures.
Korean Air delayed flights scheduled to depart South Korea after the closure of Tokyo’s two main airports, at Narita and Haneda, due to the earthquake.
Jason Kim, a spokesman for Asiana, said it was unclear when flights may be able to resume.
08.13: The AP is reporting that Philippine officials are ordering an evacuation of coastal communities along the country’s eastern seaboard in expectation of a tsunami following a 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.
Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute director Renato Solidum says the first 3-foot high waves are expected to hit the northernmost Batanes islands by 5 p.m. (09:00 GMT) Friday.
Disaster management officials in Albay province southeast of Manila say they have ordered residents to move to designated evacuation sites that are at least 15 feet (5 meters) above sea level.
08.12: Television pictures shows fierman trying to put out massive fires at oil refineries.
08.10: Japanese spokesman confirms Army have been sent in to affected areas.
08.04: AFP reports that three people are reported killed. The dead included a 67-year-old man crushed by a wall and an elderly woman killed by a fallen roof, both in the wider Tokyo area.
Sendai in Japan has been hit by a major tsunami following a huge earthquake off the coast.
07:57 Trains are down in much of Japan, according to various sources. The Telegraph’s Julian Ryall emails:
We’ve had a pretty big earthquake here and I’m stuck on a bullet train with the lights out, and a group of rather alarmed Japanese OAPs. Kids walking down the street after being evacuated from their school with earthquake helmets on.
07:55 Prime minister Naoto Kan is on television again. He says that while many nuclear power stations have shut down, there have been no reports of nuclear material escaping, but that it is a concern and they will confirm.
07:53 Huge fire at an oil refinery in Ichihara:
07:46 The US tsunami monitoring center has widened its tsunami warning to virtually the entire Pacific coast, including Australia, South America, Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific, after a massive earthquake in Japan – more via BBC Breaking on Twitter:
West coast of US and Hawaii placed on #tsunami ‘watch’; western Alaskan islands on tsunami ‘advisory’ after huge #Japan #earthquake
07:42 Some Japanese nuclear power plants and oil refineries have been shut down and a major steel plant is ablaze, according to Reuters.
Al Jazeera grab showing the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan.
07:37 Sky News has shown the Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan talking to the nation, saying that people need to act fast to help each other and to minimise damage.
07:35 Taiwan and Indonesia become the latest country to issue tsunami alerts, according to Reuters and AFP respectively.
07:30 Key points so far, via Reuters:
– Quake triggers tsunami up to 10 metres (30 feet), waves sweep across farmland, sweeping away homes, crops, vehicles, triggering fires. Tsunami warnings up to 10 metres (30 feet)
– Several people buried in landslide. One person reported killed.
– Power cut to four million homes in and around Tokyo
– Many sections of Tohoku expressway serving northern Japan damaged. Major fire at Chiba refinery near Tokyo.
– Bullet trains to the north of the country stopped
– Tokyo’s Narita airport closed, flights halted, passengers evacuated. Tokyo underground, suburban trains halted.
– Eight military planes scrambled to survey damage. Prime Minsiter Naoto Kan orders militaty to do utmost to act in response to quake. Cabinet to meet. The government says more tsunami possible.
– Central bank vows to do utmost to ensure financial market stability
– Several nuclear power plants shut down automatically. At least one station operating normally.
07:29 The first death has been reported, in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, east of Tokyo, according to AFP.
07:25 Russia’s emergency ministry has issued a tsunami warning for the Kuril Island chain, a small group of islands to the north-east of Japan. “A potential tsunami warning is declared” for the Kuril chain that includes four islands claimed by Japan, a spokeswoman for regional emergencies ministry told AFP.
“People are being evacuated,” spokeswoman Yekaterina Potvorova said, adding that ships had been ordered to leave ports.
07:22 So far there have been no reports of any deaths, but dozens of people have been reported injured. Trains have been stopped across the country – the Telegraph’s own correspondent Julian Ryall is stuck on a bullet train – and there have been fires, while at least one large building in the capital Tokyo, the Kudan Kaikan, has collapsed, with an unknown number of casualties.
07:00 A massive earthquake off the coast of Japan has sent two major tsunamis towards the coast. Harrowing footage of the devastation in the coastal city of Sendai has been shown on Sky News. Follow here for the latest news.