Japan shuddered: a powerful earthquake like the echo of 2011

Japan shuddered: a powerful earthquake like the echo of 2011

The epicenter of the earthquake in the East Japan was off the coast of Fukushima. The center was located at a depth of 10 kilometers. Recorded more than 30 the residual aftershocks.

TOKYO, 22 Nov — RIA Novosti, Ivan Zakharchenko. A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at dawn (about midnight Moscow time) in the East of Japan, the quake woke residents of Tokyo.

According to the Japanese meteorological centers, local seven-point scale the strength of the tremors reached in some areas of five points, including on the Pacific coast in Fukushima Prefecture in March 2011 because of the earthquake and tsunami there was a major accident at a nuclear power plant.

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The data seismologists

The epicenter of the earthquake in the East Japan was off the coast of Fukushima in the coordinates of 37.3 degrees North latitude and of 141.6 degrees East longitude. The earthquake is identified at a depth of 10 kilometers. Original Japanese meteorological centers said that its magnitude was 7.3, and the TV channel NHK later reported that the magnitude was reached of 7.4.

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On the website of the Japanese meteorological administration noted that after the earthquake has already recorded more than 30 the residual aftershocks of magnitude from 3.2 to 4.9.

Japanese authorities warn about a possible repetition during the week, a strong earthquake and tsunami, according to the Agency Kyodo, citing the forecasts of natural disasters. According to him, should be ready for a new earthquake in the same region by force of 5 points on the Japanese seven-point scale and a tsunami.

The threat of a tsunami

Immediately after the earthquake, NHK television station, began to pass on the message about the threat of tsunami on the East coast of the main Japanese island of Honshu. It was expected that the wave height can reach three meters. Because of the danger to local residents of prefectures have been instructed to evacuate further away and higher from the sea, climbing high durable buildings.

Several thousand people were evacuated to safe places. Stopped working airport in Sendai. According to the Agency Kyodo, it will resume in the second half of the day.

In 2011, after the earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a huge wave of 15 meters in height struck the Fukushima and nearby prefectures, were killed and missing about 20 thousand people.

This time, according to Japanese media reports, the maximum height of the tsunami reached a height of 1.4 meters, and in the area of nuclear power plant in Fukushima — up to one meter.

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TV channel NHK showed captured on smartphone video, which shows how from seismic tidal waves “back flowed” one of the rivers with an increase in the level of the water.

Four hours after the earthquake level tsunami threat was downgraded, and then the threat was cancelled.

Data about the damage and serious injuries were reported

Information about seriously affected by the current earthquake in Japan has not yet been reported, said at a briefing on Tuesday the Minister of emergency situations of the country, Jun Matsumoto.


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“To date there are no reports of serious injuries,” said the Minister.

According to the Agency Kyodo, medical care took several residents, received minor injuries. So, one lady got out of bed during an earthquake, and then fell, got a bruise. Someone else cut myself with shards of broken glass.

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Major destruction of the buildings is also not fixed.

Status of nuclear power plants

Because the earthquake occurred off the coast of Fukushima, the special alarm is caused a state located there NPP which are frozen after an accident in 2011.

Earthquakes and tsunamis this time not hurt to nuclear power plants. However, as passed, the Agency Kyodo, at the NPP “Fukushima-2” was automatically stopped cooling tanks for spent nuclear fuel. Just the tank is kept 2544 fuel rods of nuclear reactors. The representative of the managing company TEPCO announced live on NHK that automation worked due to fluctuations of the water level in the tank. Then the cooling system working again. As a result, no leakage of radiation or raise the temperature of the rods did not happen.