Seismologist says today’s 6.8 earthquake is an aftershock from 2011’s massive earthquake, warns of more to come

Damage caused by a landslide after Typhoon Neoguri. Photo / AP

The Borneo Post reported today:

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan’s shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early yesterday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011’s deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come.

The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan caused a minor tsunami in the early hours, though authorities lifted all weather warnings roughly two hours later.

Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a delayed tectonic reaction to the 9.0-magnitude quake which left the Fukushima nuclear power plant in a meltdown crisis after the coast was ravaged by monster tidal waves in March 2011.

“There are fears that relatively large earthquakes will occasionally occur in the ocean area where aftershocks of the great earthquake continue,” he said.

Initial reports from TEPCO suggest no damage at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant:

Fukushima plant operators Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said there were no reports of any abnormality early yesterday.

Sea levels cannot be gauged near the nuclear plant as the tsunami monitoring system was destroyed by the 2011 disaster.

“We have not seen any damage or any change in radiation gauges after the quake,” said Tepco spokesman Masahiro Asaoka.

“Our temporary breakwater that was newly built at the plant is high enough to block a one-metre tsunami,” he added.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/07/13/japan-hit-by-2011-quake-aftershock/

 

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