In an area barely recovered from earthquake devastation in 2011, on Friday morning, was struck again. The so called “Ring of Fire,” the arc that surrounds the Pacific Rim with both volcano and earthquake zones, suffered a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. Experiencing the quake again within the Japanese prefecture is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Nearly ninety percent of the earth’s quakes occur in this area. There is no word on injury and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert.
Kyoda News initially reported that Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the plant, discovered no abnormalities with equipment or radiation. Initial accounts do not mention further damage to the plant.
The quake brings memories of one that hit in 2011, also in the “Ring of Fire” area, the most powerful quake to hit Japan. To be shaken by another earthquake so soon is of grave concern. A tsunami caused the 2011 devastation, which resulted in Level 7 meltdowns and massive loss of life. Weather experts in the area detailed no tsunami activity. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, on Thursday had ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company to discard all six reactors at the plant and instead pay closer attention to issues like radioactive water since water began leaking into the ocean after that meltdown.
by Linda Torkelson