Aftershock from 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan
On Saturday, February 13 at 11:07 pm, a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake impacted Japan as a result of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the same region in 2011. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter occurred 46 miles north of a coastal town called Namie which is 60 miles from Fukushima.
Although there are no major casualties, forty-eight injuries were reported between cities Fukushima and Miyagi. Fortunately, no tsunami warning was issued despite the earthquake occurring so close to the coast. The earthquake measured 36 miles in-depth and reflected the same exact region as the detrimental quake that happened on March 11, 2011.
The original earthquake was the catalyst to Japan’s worst nuclear disaster. The Fukushima Disaster Plant housed three reactors that melted the plant which released radioactive properties into the atmosphere and surrounding environment. Over 100,000 people evacuated the area but more than 20,000 people went missing or had passed due to the earthquake and tsunami.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Prime Minister, announced on Sunday morning that no abnormalities have been found or reported. Residents were asked to stay indoors in case of another aftershock while the damage is being assessed.
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