Monday, November 21, 2016

7.3. Earthquake Near Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Facility

The earthquake, which struck at 6:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered in the ocean about 61 kilometers (38 miles) southeast of Namie in Fukushima Prefecture. It struck at a depth of just 10 kilometers, making it a very shallow earthquake.

 The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 7.3. Strong shaking was felt across Fukushima, with shaking of lesser intensity felt across other parts of the main island, as far away as the capital Tokyo

 As a result of the earthquake, a tsunami warning has been issued for Fukushima Prefecture. "Evacuate immediately from coastal regions and riverside areas to a safer place such as high ground or an evacuation building," JMA said.

 Tsunami advisories have also been issued for the Pacific coast of Aomori Precture, Iwate Prefecutre, Miyagi Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture and the Kujukuri and Sotobo area of Chiba Prefecture. For those areas, people are advised to get out of the water and to leave the coasts.

 Japan sits on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions also occur frequently in the region.

In March 2011, an enormous 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan, generating a devastating tsunami that wiped out entire communities and killed at least 15,893 people and left more than 2,500 others missing and presumed dead. 


On Tuesday, NHK said the operator of the Fukushima plant said no abnormalities had been spotted. The workers at the plant were evacuated as a precaution.
In 2011, a powerful 9.0 earthquake spawned a massive tsunami that killed 18,000 people and so badly damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant that it is no longer operational.
Workers there are going through the laborious process of decommissioning the plant.


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