Earthquake Magnitude 7.4 near Fukushima Causes Tsunami
Most still remember the horrible disaster that struck Japan, 2011. A deadly magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that washed away entire towns, and it made it more than 100 miles into mainland. The aftermath caused plenty of companies in Japan to go bankrupt. In the middle of it all, Fukushima nuclear reactor got damaged as a result of the wave. The wave was so bad that it even made it to the California coasts, causing one person to die. Yesterday, there was a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. Tsunamis tend to appear as soon as a quake gets above 6.4 magnitudes. The tsunami was small in comparison to the previous earthquake. It is still active in the Japanese coasts. The locals were urged to seek shelter in higher ground. Earthquakes and Tsunamis are hard to prepare for. After the 2011 incident, Fukushima had to rebuild its anti-Tsunami walls. The locals are still traumatized by that event. This time only 3 people were injured, while 1900 homes lost power. The problem is that Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant is still under repairs. It still has exclusion zones, places that are too dangerous for humans to enter. The wake made sister plant Daini lost its cooling pumps systems briefly. If that plant loses its pumps, then the main plant might suffer another meltdown. After these quakes, the aftershocks were magnitude 5.4. Outsiders now ponder on the wisdom of having a nuclear plant in such a seismic turbulent location. Then again, Japan, like California is prone to quakes. They are located in an area called the Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire surrounds the entire Pacific; it even touches the entire West Coast of the US. This area is famous for having the most seismic activities. If you visit those areas, remember that they are prone to earthquakes. Through statistically speaking, prone means having a major quake once every 5 or 10 years. Visitors should not be alarmed, though they should read up some earthquake and tsunami literature. You do not want to be caught unprepared.