Japan Earthquake: 6.1-Magnitude Shock Has Fukushima Bracing for Another Possible Tsunami

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday afternoon just 281 km to the city of Kameshi in the east coast of Japan. The tremors erupted at 2:37 a.m. Tokyo time. It is just 200 miles away from the Fukushima power plant, whose meltdown after another quake in 2011 was described as the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 events in Chernobyl. But officials have not issued tsunami warnings. The earthquake center is 10 km deep according to official sources. Japan has frequent earthquakes, as it is at the junction of four tectonic plates. However, even if severe earthquakes occur due to a strict regulation in terms of building structures and strict compliance with them, the loss will be less.

It’s the third large earthquake to strike in the past 24-hours, after a disastrous one in Mexico, and smaller one in New Zealand. The earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 was the strongest the country had ever experienced, and resulted in more than 20,000 deaths.

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. NOAA is currently monitoring Hurricane Maria off the coast of Puerto Rico.

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