Japan has been hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake at its Honshu Island, causing tsunami waves. This has not only physically affected the locals but also led to traumatic memories of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The Fukushima residents were all left running up and down after the warning for an Earthquake was issued on Tuesday at the same coast where the disastrous incident happened five years ago.
The 2011 Fukushima Earthquake
Japan woke up in 2011 to one of its worst earthquakes in history that led to the death of 20,000 people after a nuclear meltdown was experienced in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
More than 200,000 residents were evacuated from the surrounding area in 2011 and of those tens of thousands still live in temporary housing, unable to return home.
The incident left the residence in fear, even of the slightest warning raises havoc in the place.
Tuesday’s quake struck close to the epicenter of the 2011 quake, just 37 kilometers (23 miles) east-southeast of Namie at a depth of 11.4 kilometers (7 miles).
This made the Japanese government to ask the residents to move to higher as signs show that the quake may go as high as 3 meters.
The effect was less minimal as no one was killed. However, it led to the injuries of three people and loss of power in 1,900 homes briefly.
The nuclear power plant affected
As the warnings for the strike were announced, the concern for many was how it would impact the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This was impacted by the 2011 earthquake causing massive distraction of life.
Up to this day, there is an exclusion zone around the site where humans are not allowed to cross due to the radiation levels being high.
Its closest neighbor is the Fukushima Daini plant. The Tuesday earthquake briefly led to a decline in its cooling system.
The TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc.) tweeted that:
“Cooling function of #Fukushima Daini Unit 3 spent fuel pool resumed at 7:47 after cooling water supply stopped at 6:10 due to the earthquake.”
The lucky part is that the decline in the cooling system did not cause a change in the radiation levels or any other abnormalities.
But the residents may calm down slightly with the knowledge that the 2011 earthquake was over 1,000 times stronger than the current quake. It had a magnitude of 9.0 compared to the current 6.0. However, experts feel that the aftershocks may come out more strongly than the original earthquake. It is predicted to have a magnitude of 7.0.