Japan Earthquake of 7.4 magnitude Hits Fukushima

The site of the latest Japan earthquake is the same where a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck in 2011 resulting in a devastating tsunami.

Japan Earthquake

Japan Earthquake

The JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) has released a statement saying that the Japan earthquake was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 earthquake.

This is seen as the biggest aftershock of the disaster since the ones experienced in its immediate aftermath.

Large Earthquake Warning

The Japan Meteorological Agency has simultaneously issued a warning that another big earthquake may be expected in the next few days.

The agency also advised people in the area as well as the entire region to be vigilant and cautious in the coming days.

Tsunami Warnings

Tsunami warnings had been issued for Miyagi and Fukushima. There were 1.4 meter high waves recorded at Sendai.

However, the warnings have been downgraded. Residents of the area are still warned against visiting the shore.

Until now, no news of serious injuries or any damage to property has come to light. Although there have been flight disruptions in the Sendai airport area. In another development, Nissan has released a statement saying that it is suspending work at its factory in Fukushima.

Disruption at Nuclear power plant

It has been reported that reactor number 3 at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant showed some disruptions. The spent fuel pumps of the said reactor stopped working when the earthquake hit the area.

They started working again after around one and a half hour. The government said that the reactor is safe.

There was an earthquake in New Zealand as well. The country has been hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake just over a week ago.

On Tuesday, New Zealand was again hit by a low-intensity quake targeting the north east of the country. No damages or injuries were reported. Only six people were affected by minor injuries.

The authorities issued tsunami warning for the areas of Miyagi and Fukushima. These warning were initially downgraded to a ‘less severe’ status, and later, recalled altogether.

People in the area are afraid that there might be a repeat of the 2011 disaster.

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