The Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could have been facing a possible tsunami after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rolled just off the coast of Japan. This quake is just one more to add to the increasing tectonic activity on earth lately, yet experts do not believe that this one will cause a tsunami.
Just after the massive 7.1 earthquake in Mexico city, several other large quakes occurred around the globe and a volcano erupted. The volcano’s eruption was triggered by the earthquake in Mexico, but the quake just off the coast of Japan is striking fear into those near the nuclear power plant over a tsunami. The earthquake struck less than 24 hours after a horrific quake rocked Mexico City and left hundreds dead.
According to Fortune, there have not been any reports of damage or tsunami warnings, but the story is still developing. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the seismic event, but so far the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet to comment on possible tsunami activity, however, the government agency is currently monitoring Hurricane Maria off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Japan is understandably on edge over undersea earthquakes, after 2011’s 9.0-magnitude event caused massive damage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ultimately nearly 20,000 people were killed or went missing during that earthquake, which was the fourth-largest in world since measurements began in 1900. The earthquake, and subsequent tsunami waves (which were up to 130 feet high), caused $220 billion in damage to Japan. The waves hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant so hard that the nuclear facility began to melt down. The nearby town was ordered to evacuate amidst the fallout, and more than 5,000 aftershocks hit over the next year—including one that measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale. – Fortune
The nuclear power plant suffered radiation as a result of the2011 tsunami sparked by the quake and triggered a 30km evacuation zone. Because the leaks continue to this day, there is now a 20km no-go area which may only be entered under government supervision. This was the most significant nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster, in 1986.
The swarm of earthquakes across the globe is raising fears over a super volcano eruption, or an even larger quake that could devastate the entire west coast. Even though there was no tsunami warning issued after this recent earthquake off of Japan’s coast, those in the nation are rightly concerned. But again, experts do believe that this recent earthquake does not pose a tsunami threat.