Tsunami Strikes the East Coast of Japan [Update]

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The Weather Channel stated that the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that a 6.9 magnitude earthquake has rocked the eastern coast of Japan. The earthquake has prompted a tsunami warning that was issued for the region of Fukushima, as well.

The USGS reported that the temblor struck at 5:59 a.m UTC + 9:00, on Nov.23, 2016. The earthquake struck 23 miles east-southeast of Namie, Japan. The USGS reported that it was at a depth of 76 miles. Knowledge of the injuries and damage was not immediately known but officials advised residents to move away from the coastline, as soon as the warning was delivered.

Fox News stated that the Tuesday earthquake was the strongest earthquake to hit Japan since 2011. The temblor hit the north-eastern region of the island nation. Fox News created a comparison between the two natural disasters. The magnitude of the 2011 earthquake was 9.0. In comparison, the U.S.GS stated that the magnitude of the 2016 earthquake was a 7.4.

The most recent earthquake triggered tidal waves that rose up to 1.4 meters (4.6 feet). On the contrary, the 2011 temblor ignited a tidal wave of 10 to 20 meters (30 to 60 feet) in height. The 2016 wave caused the water in certain areas to rise at a striking rate. Nonetheless, it was not enough to overflow flood barriers, such as the 2011 tsunami, that grew even higher when water channeled up in the rivers that empty into the ocean.

The Japan Times reported that the earthquake, which attacked Japan, temporarily disrupted the Fukushima II power plant. Then, it initiated a tidal wave that was over one meter in the region that was overwhelmed by the Great East Japan Earthquake tsunami. That temblor and tidal wave created a nuclear disaster that hit Japan in 2011 when it struck the eastern coast of Japan.

The Meteorological Agency stated that the 2016 7.4-magnitude earthquake is an aftershock from the 2011 mega-quake. It was the first temblor, since 2014, to hit Japan with a magnitude of 7 or higher. The agency predicted that similar earthquakes may continue to hit the region throughout the week. The center of the 2016 earthquake was 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of the 2011 temblor.

A 1.4-meter tsunami was seen at Sendai Port in Miyagi Prefecture. A tidal wave, measuring about one-meter high, hit near the Fukushima I nuclear plant, located on the coast. The plant was dismantled by the 2011 tsunami. However, hundreds of schools had canceled classes. Then public authorities commanded residents in the coast to vacate and move to higher regions. Over 3,000 citizens migrated to evacuation centers in Fukushima Prefecture.

Hundreds of schools canceled classes. Public authorities commanded residents on the coast to vacate and move to higher regions. Over 3,000 citizens migrated to evacuation centers in Fukushima Prefecture.

Fourteen people have been injured in the 2016 tsunami. Three of the injured victims are currently suffering from broken limbs. No victims have been reported as dead or missing. Two buildings caught fire, and they were extinguished. A cooling water pump ceased to function at one nuclear power plant. However, a backup pump revived the water flow, after 90 minutes.

CNN stated that the earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu Island, in Japan on Tuesday. The temblor triggered the gigantic waves. CNN also said that it was reminiscent of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The tsunami warning was issued the same morning. The wave struck the same coast the 2011 tidal wave hit. The 2011 tsunami was the result of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. It killed 20,000 people and caused tidal waves up to 12 meters (40 feet) high. It triggered a nuclear meltdown when it flooded the nuclear power plant and hit the eastern coast of Japan.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

The Weather Channel.com: 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan; Tsunami Waves Hit Coast
Fox News World: Comparing the 2011 and 2016 Japan earthquakes and tsunamis
The Japan Times: Comparing the 2011 and 2016 Japan earthquakes and tsunamis
CNN World: 6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan

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