Amidst reports that Japan plans to restart many of the nuclear reactors shut by the March earthquake, scientists in Japan now think that there may have been realignments of the tectonic plates that could lead to a new disaster. As the British newspaper The Telegraph recently reported:
Scientists at the Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute said there was evidence that pressures on the tectonic plates that meet below the city have changed, raising the possibility of two or more focal points on the plate boundaries shifting simultaneously. That would result in an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3, they estimate.
And while that magnitude is smaller than the level-9 quake that struck of the northeast coast of Japan nearly six months ago, the impact on a densely populated and built-up area could be catastrophic.
“We estimate that 10,000 people would die and the economic loss would be around $1 trillion,” Naoshi Hirata, a researcher at the institute, told The Daily Telegraph.
And, this just in, another earthquake hit Japan today. According to the International Business Times:
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Japan’s northeastern coast on Thursday.
Japan‘s Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami, and so far there have not been any reports of injuries or damages.
The quake hit off the coast of Honshu, Japans largest island. The epicenter was about 140 miles east of Toyko and six miles under the sea-floor.
And that wasn’t all. According to IBT:
Cuba was hit by a 6.0 earthquake on Thursday as well, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake happened before 5 a.m. local time off the island nation’s southern coast.
Additionally, minor quakes shook Birmingham, Alabama and southern Califiornia.
And New Zealand was hit by a quake this morning as well.