Massive Earthquake strikes Japan making people run for safety but Tsunami warning lifted
It seems Japan will always be plagued with a perennial sword over its head in the guise of tsunamis and earthquakes. Just a few hours ago the country was blasted with another earthquake measuring no less that 7.4 on the Richter scale. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning today at 6 am Japan local time. The quake hit the country’s eastern coast causing waves as high as 9.8 ft to crash inland but as they hit the coast the height reduced.
The latest Fukushima earthquake has resulted in Japan lifting its tsunami advisories as the tsunami alert has ended.
1 Tsunami advisory has been lifted
Previous to the tsunami advisory, thousands were asked to evacuate the danger prone areas. The country is still reeling under the fright of the last devastating earthquake in 2011 which triggered massive tsunamis killing 18,000 people. It was the most powerful ever recorded and initiated a meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear plant.
2 No further damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant
However in the quake that hit Japan on Tuesday, there was no further damage to the plant. The earthquake has now been downgraded by the US Geological Survey to a 6.9 and is not expected to initiate any tsunami warning although there will be a change in sea level. In fact the earthquake was regarded as an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake. Well, that was some aftershock. Japan still has reasons for concern because the area was recording one earthquake of 7.0 magnitude very year.
3 People heading for higher ground and safety
The depth of Tuesday’s earthquake was also quite large extending to 30Km. Tremors were felt as far as Tokyo which was 100 miles south of the Fukushima prefecture. Buildings even shook for as long as 30 seconds. People could be seen scurrying or higher ground while ships could be seen moving away from local harbors. At the Fukushima Nuclear power plant which had all its reactors shut down, electricity has been resumed to start the cooling process.
4 No extensive damage by high waves crashing into the coastlines
The recent earthquake did cause several waves to hit the country’s coastlines in various places but none caused major damage. Japan is unfortunate to lie in a very active seismic zone where the country accounts for 20% of earthquakes striking worldwide. Most of these are 6.0 on the Richter scale or more. In April two people had died when an earthquake struck the prefecture of Kumamoto this year. Here is a clip which shows scenes from the latest Fukushima earthquake.