Earthquake hits Japan


Nora Cooper, Writer

The earthquake struck off Japan’s Honshu island on Tuesday, triggering tsunami waves and bringing back memories for the people of Fukushima in the 2011 disaster. In fact, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Tuesday that the quake was an aftershock of that disaster and warned that another one could hit in the next few days.


“Aftershocks could continue not only for five years but as long as 100 years, “said Yasuhiro Umeda, a Kyoto University seismologist said on a talk show on Japanese broadcaster NTV.


Residents of Fukushima were and are now in fear of reliving the 2011 quake.


Hours later, the warnings were dropped. Three people were injured and more than 1900 homes lost power.


One of the main concerns on the day of the quake was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered a meltdown in 2011. An exclusion zone still exists around the plant where the radiation levels are still harmful to people.


The Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc. reported the neighboring sister plant Fukushima Daini, a cooling pump system which kept the spent nuclear pool at safe temperatures stopped briefly after Tuesday’s quake, however no abnormalities or changes in radiation level were reported and operations have resumed.


Just a few hours after the 7.4 quake off the north coast of Japan, a secondary 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand.


Though the magnitude was smaller in New Zealand, the extent of the damage caused by the tremors is not yet known.