Earthquake Just Struck Fukushima Again – 7.4 Magnitude Tsunami Threat – Nuclear Cooling Failure
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck in Japan today triggering a tsunami warning where waves as high as 3 meters could crash the coast at any moment. There are already reports of one meter waves in some areas. Residents in and around Fukushima are fleeing the coast as panic sets in.
According to Asahi Shimbun, there were no immediate reports of injury or damage at 5:59 a.m. (time in Japan) and the Onagawa nuclear plant reported no damage.
Common Dreams reports:
According to an initial report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit approximately 37 kilometers off the Japanese coast, east south-east from the city of Namie in the Fukushima prefecture just before 6am local time. The Japan Meteorological Agency, which issued the official tsunami warnings, reports the quake was relatively shallow, striking at a depth of approximately 10 kilometers.
(Map: USGS, Common Dreams)
Asahi Shimbun says,
Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from Fukushima harbors, as the meteorological agency warned of a tsunami of 3 meters for Fukushima, where TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was devastated in a March 2011 quake and tsunami.
There are initial reports of nuclear cooling equipment failure at the Fukushima plant, however. (see below)
In Spring of 2011, a massive earthquake hit around the same area of Fukushima creating a tsunami that led to a devastating, nuclear power plant meltdown – the complications of which continue today in addition to this most recent disaster today.
More news after the livestream from Japan:
The Twitter account for Japan Times has added another factor in the bad news that is the stuff of nightmares for the people of Japan – and the rest of the world:
According to NHK, cooling equipment for the spent nuclear fuel pool in the reactor No. 3 of Tepco’s Fukushima No. 2 power plant has stopped.
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) November 21, 2016
Twitter posts are floating around claiming that sirens have been sounded and that residents have been ordered to evacuate. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with them today.
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