HAARP’s ELF Wave clouds, was the start of these horrible Earthquakes and the Japanese People know this. They are disgusted about why you want them wiped off of the Earth. This is not what they deserve, is it because the American Dollar is worth 80 times more there than it is here? It could be, among other things. Here is the proof on the HAARP ELF waves and the worth of the American Dollar vs. the Japanese Yen, it is unbelievable. I hope that this planet finds peace and love in their heart and spare Gaia anymore suffering. ~Wendy/Ready For The Shift
Japan yen hits record high vs US dollar, Nikkei down
BANGKOK — The yen soared to a record high against the dollar as Japanese stocks drooped Thursday, erasing a portion of the gains from the day before as the country struggled to avoid a post-earthquake nuclear catastrophe.
The dollar was hovering near 78.90 yen in Asia after plunging to 76.53 yen late Wednesday in New York — far below the previous all-time low of 79.75 yen set in April 1995.
Analysts attributed the wild swings in the yen to fears of a possible meltdown of a nuclear reactor that was crippled when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast Friday, spawning a devastating tsunami.
U.S. officials in Washington warned the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant may be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material as Japanese military helicopters continued to dump sea water onto a stricken reactor in an attempt to avoid a full meltdown. They told Americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant.
“Growing uncertainty over the nuclear plant really spooked investors, promoting them to adjust positions and buy back the yen,” said Masatoshi Sato, market analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. Ltd.
“Foreign investors continued to dump stocks on growing fears over the nuclear accidents. Also investors are worried that the quake and the nuclear disaster could surely dent economic growth,” Sato said.
Major natural disasters like earthquakes tends to bolster the yen because investors expect the Japanese public and insurance companies to buy back their home currency in order to fund the country’s reconstruction, increasing demand for the yen.
Some analysts have said they expected the Bank of Japan to sell dollars in an attempt to weaken the Japanese currency if the dollar dropped below 80 yen. A strong yen hurts the Asian country’s exporters, potentially deepening the already severe hit to the world’s No. 3 economy from the multiple disasters.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 shed 2.1 percent to 8,903.86. The losses wiped out some of the gains from Wednesday’s rally, which followed a sharp plunge the previous two days that erased all the stock market’s gains this year.
Major benchmarks across Asia were also down, including Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index, off 1.9 percent to 22,275.15, and South Korea’s Kospi, down 0.8 percent to 8,943.69. Japan’s broader Topix index dropped 2.2 percent.
Sectors across the board in Tokyo were dented.
Sony Corp., which has halted output at several factories — including one that makes Blu-Ray discs — was down 2.2 percent.
Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest automaker, which has halted production of cars, was down 3.6 percent.
Toshiba Corp., another company forced to shut factories after the quake, was down 5 percent. Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., a major insurer, was down 2.4 percent.
The post-quake plunge prompted extraordinary government efforts to reassure investors and keep markets functioning to support recovery. Japan’s central bank has pumped cash into Tokyo’s money markets for three days in a row, a total liquidity injection to 55.6 trillion yen ($688.3 billion) since Monday. The Tokyo exchange’s president also publicly appealed for calm.
The index had shed more than 1,600 points, or 16 percent, Monday and Tuesday as worries over the nuclear crisis triggered widespread selling.
The earthquake that launched a series of disasters in Japan in March
triggered micro-quakes and tremors around the world, scientists find.
The catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of the Tohoku region of Japan March 11 set off tremors mostly in places of past seismic activity, including southwest Japan, Taiwan, the Aleutians and mainland Alaska, Vancouver Island in Canada, Washington state, Oregon, central California and the central United States. It was unlikely that any of these events exceeded magnitude 3.
Researchers noted, however, that temblors also were detected in Cuba. “Seismologists had never seen tremor in Cuba, so this is an exciting new observation,” Justin Rubinstein, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park, Calif., told OurAmazingPlanet.
Part of the excitement of the find is the insight it could add into the inner workings of earthquakes.
“Studying long-range triggering may help us to better understand the underlying physics of how earthquakes start,” explained seismologist Zhigang Peng at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Quakes where normally quiet
Most of these micro-earthquakes and tremors occurred in places that already had high background levels of seismic activity, including California’s Geysers Geothermal Field and the San Andreas Fault. Some of the quakes occurred in low-activity areas, such as central Nebraska, central Arkansas and near Beijing.
“Seismologists generally think of the central U.S. as relatively quiet seismically — there are earthquakes in these areas, but relative to the West Coast of the United States, earthquakes in the central U.S. are infrequent and mostly small,” Rubinstein said.
After the Tohoku quake, “in the central U.S., we observed earthquakes in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. For many of these locations, it was the first time we’ve seen triggered seismicity,” Rubinstein said. “I expect that we were able to see all of this triggered seismicity because there is a much denser configuration of seismometers in these states than there has been previously.
“The instrumentation is a part of the USARRAY, a project where seismologists are densely deploying seismometers in a rolling fashion across the United States. These observations are useful because they may suggest where future small earthquakes may occur.”
A number of large earthquakes in Japan, magnitude 6.0 or greater, occurred well beyond the rupture zone of the Tohoku quake and may have been triggered by the March 11 event, researchers added. These findings agree with recent research suggesting that a major quake can increase the risk of more temblors near it but not of massive quakes farther away.
“It is still too early to rule out the possibility that large distant earthquakes are completely unrelated,” Peng told OurAmazingPlanet. “It is quite possible that there is a delayed response in moderate to large earthquakes, or perhaps such distant triggering effects only occur for very large earthquakes.”
“A notable example is that after the 2004 magnitude 9.2 Sumatra earthquake, there is a clear increase of seismic activity in Myanmar and Yunnan, China,” Peng added. “Several of them are in the magnitude range of 5 to 6, and their distances are mostly beyond 1,000 kilometers [620 miles] to the northern end of the rupture of the Sumatra earthquake. Hence, more analysis is needed to understand how massive earthquakes like the 2004 Sumatra and the 2011 Tohoku earthquakes may affect global seismicity.”
The researchers hope to continue this work by looking at other large earthquakes that may have triggered small events, “in particular in the central U.S.,” Rubinstein said. “I also foresee people continuing study of tremor in Cuba as well.”
And small events aren’t all they’re looking for.
“We would also like to see whether this event may have caused any clear increase of moderate-size earthquakes that are outside the traditional aftershock zones,” Peng said. “In addition, more large earthquakes are needed, somewhat unfortunately, to build up the statistics of distant triggering of moderate to large earthquakes.”
The scientists will detail their findings April 15 at the Seismological Society of America meeting in Memphis.
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