Quake hits off Japan’s Fukushima, no tsunami risk

AFP | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 02.42 PM IST


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TOKYO: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday struck northeastern Japan near the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japanese and US authorities said.

The quake struck at a depth of 42.3 kilometres (26 miles) in the Pacific Ocean 34 kilometres east-northeast of the town of Namie, the US Geological Survey said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which caused some swaying in high-rise buildings in Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries though some local service train services stopped, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the Fukushima plant, said no abnormalities were detected.A massive undersea quake on March 11, 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into the northeast coast, leaving more than 18,500 people dead or missing and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

In November a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake sparked panic and triggered a one-metre (three-foot) tsunami that washed ashore at the Fukushima plant but caused no damage.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

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With Japan being a very seismically active place, It would seem Japan is accustomed to earthquakes that occur frequently, as those in California and other west coast United States places. Little damage may occur as building codes are designed to harden  structures from earthquake damage. I can also imagine that the catastrophe that occurred in 2011 is probably also in people’s minds. I can’t imagine a total recovery occurred from 2011 when thousands were killed and the significant catastrophic infrastructure  and property damage and probably wouldn’t be finished for sometime.  Between the Japanese being accustomed to earthquakes, some of which are violent, and the fact that they are a More Developed Country, they are more readily able to recover from the 2011 catastrophe. Granted, these was probably a significant influx of aid and assistance from the rest of the world.

Update on Earthquake in Japan- Tsunami To Hit

After “one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years,” tsunami warnings have been issued. Officials are anticipating up to a 33ft wave. The warning has been extended to the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific coast of Russia.

It will be interesting to see how long it took from the earthquake until the tsnuami reaches land.
In the BBC video, the reporter is questioning a resident who discusses some of the damage of the earthquake. He says that he saw some buildings sway and watched on TV buildings that were on fire.
According to CNN, the earthquake has caused a power outage in about 4 million homes in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
In the BBC video, you can see that water filled with debris, cars and ships is being swept toward the highways.
Toyko had experienced earthquakes in the days prior, but certainly not at this magnitude.