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Friday, October 25, 2013

Fukushima Area Hit With 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake

Holy crap! Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the somewhat radioactive water - a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck early Saturday morning (October 26, 2013) off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

With news of the quake, Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a one-meter tsunami warning for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, though it measured the earthquake at a mere 7.1 Magnitude.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.

The tsunami warning center said of its bulletin: “No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based in historical earthquake and tsunami data.

“However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts within 100 kilometers of the epicenter.”

There were no immediate reports of damage on land. Japanese television showed images of calm waters in the harbors.

The quake hit at 2:10AM, about 290 kilometers east off the coast of Fukushima-ken where a 9.0 Magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011 caused massive damage, touched off massive tsunami (could be as high as 100-feet) that wiped out villages, and damaged the Dai-ichi nuclear reactor facility in Fukushima-ken. It is estimated that 19,000 people died as a result of that earthquake.

It was reported that TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power COmpany), the privately-owned and operator of the Dai-ichi plant had immediately ordered its workers near the coast to move to higher ground—but there does not appear to be any immediate danger to the plant.

Andrew Joseph

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