The following is an excerpt from MELINA DELKIC | September 20, 2017 | Newsweek.com |
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan, just 200 miles east of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The earthquake occurred just before noon EDT on Wednesday (the middle of the night in Japan), and was about six miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Its epicenter was near that of the huge 2011 earthquake that led to a tsunami and caused a nuclear meltdown in Japan. The USGS also estimated that most people in its vicinity felt “weak” shaking. The closest city was Kamaishi, 175 miles away.
As of yet, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a warning.
In March 2011, Japan was hit by a 9 magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami with waves up to 128 feet high that killed 16,000 people and flooded the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing a catastrophic nuclear disaster—the worst since Chernobyl. The cleanup is not complete: It is expected to take 30 to 40 years and cost $189 billion. The Guardian reported in February that one damaged reactor was at its highest radiation level since the meltdown. Newsweek reported in July that the Fukushima power plant announced it would be dumping nuclear waste into the ocean.
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