On Tuesday, November 22nd at around 5:59Am local time, a 7.4 magnitude #earthquake was recorded just off the coast of #fukushima, Japan. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) described the seismic event as an aftershock of 2011's devastating earthquake which was recorded as a 9.1 on the Richter Scale, the global logarithmic standard for measuring seismic activity. The JMA has cautioned that another earthquake could occur at any point in the coming days and citizens in the region have been advised to "remain cautious".
Fukushima, Japan: site of Japan's worst nuclear accident
The earthquake immediately triggered Pacific Tsunami Sensors and the Japanese government swiftly issued warnings for the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. The government had initially warned waves could rise as high as 10 feet near the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Waves swelling near Sendai Port shortly after the earthquake were recorded as high as 5 to 6 feet. In the 3 hours since the quake, the tsunami warnings were downgraded and canceled all together but coastal citizens have been advised to stay clear of the ocean.
The March 11th, 2011 Earthquake near Fukushima resulted in the catastrophic Level 7 Meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Waves swelled as high as 30 feet in the area near the Daiichi Power Plant following the 2011 quake. The resulting nuclear meltdown was later described as one of the most catastrophic ever recorded, 2nd only to the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Since 2011, efforts have been underway by Nissan, the owner of the plant to attempt to seal the disaster zone and prevent the continued release of radioactive isotopes into the Pacific Ocean. Work on the nuclear containment of the #Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was immediately suspended following the news of today's earthquake.
The Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant, 7.5 miles to south of the Daiichi site, stopped operating immediately following the initial seismic activity of this most recent earthquake but in the hours following has come back on-line. The plant has been described as secure and contained
Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency has reported as many as 14 injuries in the aftermath of the earthquake. So far, no deaths have been recorded.
The world stands with Fukushima
Tuesday's earthquake triggered some minor tsunami's but fortunately nothing near as catastrophic as what occurred in 2011. Nonetheless, this is the largest earthquake to strike Japan since 2011 and with the potential for more seismic activity in the coming days, it is important that the world stands ready to assist the Japanese people!