Earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima — Analysis

An earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude causes tsunami advisory. This knocks off electricity service for more than 2,000,000 homes in the Tokyo-area.

Fukushima has been hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. The tsunami fears have been raised in Japan after the Japanese government shut down power services to many areas.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck Wednesday at 11.36 PM local time. It was located 57 km east-northeast from Namie (Japan) at a depth 63 kilometers. Namie can be found in Fukushima prefecture. It is about 10 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Just two minutes had passed since a 6.4-magnitude earthquake occurred in the same region. A 5.6-magnitude quake followed about 45 minutes later. Japan Meteorological Agency published a tsunami alertWarning that multiple waves may reach one meter high in Fukushima Prefecture and Miyagi Prefectures

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In the immediate aftermath, no reports were made of injuries or damages. Tokyo Electric Power Co., (Tepco), said that they are monitoring the impacts on their facilities, Fukushima Daiichi.

The nuclear plant was devastated when a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive tsunami that swept over the power station’s seawall and flooded the lower part of four generating units. The flooding knocked out emergency generators powering the plant’s cooling pumps, leading to the meltdown of three reactors. The six reactors have been shut down permanently. Japan, however, is out of the capacity to store waste at Fukushima daiichi. It plans to release radioactive water to the ocean by 2023.

More than 2 million homes lost electricity service after Wednesday night’s big quake. These outages were reported to have affected around 700,000 Tepco customers living in Tokyo. Japan’s nuclear regulator said there were no abnormalities observed as a result of the latest earthquake, including at the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture.

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