NASA is up to its usual disinformation, this time with the meteorological equivalent of comparing apples and oranges. Elephants and fleas might be a closer analogy.
First, NASA finally admits that electromagnetic disturbances in the ionosphere often accompany major seismic events. A clear example, which NASA did not allude to, was the six months of "curious" atmospheric charges that preceded the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. Many witnesses have noted "luminous pink clouds" prior to and simultaneous with the Kobe quake and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake.
NASA falls down, however, in citing the March 11 quake and tsunami as the sole causes of ionosphere disturbances over Fukushima. No previous atmospheric event can match the intensity of the Fukushima-centered effects of March 11, 2011, which destroyed much of the protective ozone over the Arctic Circle and charged massive luminous clouds over the Japan Trench for months afterwards.
The Fukushima effects on the atmosphere were off the scale because of the vast releases of radioactive particles that began two hours after the tsunami impact. Its ongoing atmospheric destruction are as large, and likely larger, than even the U.S. Navy's high-altitude nuclear blasts that created the artificial EM field lines for the HAARP system. - Yoichi Shimatsu
Fukushima Quake, Tsunami Disturbed Upper Atmosphere - NASA
WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima, Japan, last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported.
The waves of energy from the quake and tsunami that were so destructive on the ground reached into the ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 50 to 500 miles (80 to 805 km) above Earth's surface.
The ionosphere is the last, thinnest part of the atmosphere, where solar ultraviolet radiation breaks up molecules and leaves a haze of electrons and ions.
In images released on Friday, NASA showed how the earthly disturbances from the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami were echoed in the movement of electrons far aloft. This movement was monitored by tracking the GPS signals between satellites and ground receivers.
Scientists have seen this phenomenon before, for tsunamis in Samoa in 2009 and Chile in 2010. The Japanese event, however, occurred in a region more closely monitored by a dense network of GPS receivers, NASA said in a statement.
Still images of the disturbance are online at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA14430. Video is available at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=144582391.
(Reporting by Deborah Zabarenko; Editing by Doina Chiacu)