Fukushima – the same area devastated by the 2011 monster quake – has been struck by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday, November 21th 2016. The quake triggered tsunami warnings. Luckily the resulting tsunamis were relatively minor and didn’t cause significant damage.
Today – only a day later! – another 6.9 earthquake shook the same area. Both are believed to be aftershocks of the 2011 quake. The videos taken by locals capture the incredible power of the quakes.
The property damage is limited, three people were reported injured and about 2,000 homes experienced brief interruption in power supply. According to experts, both the 7.4 and 6.9 earthquake – as well as many tremors of over 5.00 – are aftershocks of the huge 2011 quake.
Japan is prone to earthquakes and the Japanese don’t overreact. The monster 9.0 earthquake of 2011 – which struck the same area as the most recent ones – was unlike any other in Japan’s history. It moved the coast by 8 feet and shifted the Earth’s axis. It triggered 12 feet high tsunamis and a meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (It is estimated that the cleanup of nuclear waste can take as long as 40 years!) It caused mass devastation of housing and infrastructure. It killed 20,000 people and traumatized all survivors, tens of thousands of whom still live in temporary housing.
Earthquakes are destructive in every way. Southern Californians understand the trauma Japanese earthquake survivors are experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Japan!