A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 points occurred off the coast of Japan on Tuesday morning, November 22, local time. According to Reuters, citing data from the U.S. Geological survey, the epicenter was located 67 kilometers North-East of the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture. Was declared a tsunami threat, local residents were urged to immediately leave the coastline, writes NEWSru.com.
A few hours warning about the threat of tsunami has been officially canceled throughout the country. This was announced by the national meteorological administration.
The disaster was recorded off the coast of North-Eastern Fukushima Prefecture at 05:59 local time. According to experts, the epicenter was located to the East of this Prefecture, and the center lies under the bottom of the ocean at a depth of 25 km.
At the office of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was established emergency headquarters to gather information about the earthquake. This was announced by the local government.
The quake caused a disruption in rail service and the transport. At the same time, high-speed steel pipeline already resumed work. It is expected that the airport of Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture) will open soon, reports TASS.
Struck the North-Eastern coast, tsunami waves do not exceed 3 metres in height and caused no damage.
The disaster caused a temporary shutdown of the cooling system in the pool for spent nuclear fuel in the building of the third reactor NPP «Fukushima-2». Within an hour the system is resumed, the radiation leakage has not occurred, the temperature of the fuel rods remained in the normal range. The company — operator of nuclear power stations of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has officially apologized for the incident that caused concern among the local population. At other nuclear power plants, most of which is now stopped, the contingencies have not been recorded.
No serious damage or infrastructure damage the earthquake did not cause. The number of victims is estimated in units — mostly older people who have fallen out of bed in the first aftershocks. After the hurricane hit over 3.1 thousand people have fled their homes, fearing a tsunami. As reported by local authorities to evacuees equipped with approximately 60 temporary collection points. In the coastal areas in the North-West of the main island of the country of Honshu closed about 150 schools, children are encouraged not to leave their homes.
The national meteorological administration said the current earthquake is an echo of the so-called Great vostochnoevropeiskogo the 2011 earthquake and expressed confidence that in the next week in the same area can occur another powerful quake.
Local residents are encouraged to be vigilant. Many of the evacuees in the centers the Japanese are of the opinion that are not yet ready to return home, fearing a repeat of a natural disaster.
In March 2011 off the northeastern coast of Honshu island was the worst in the history of the country’s natural disaster. The earthquake of a magnitude of 9.0 triggered a devastating tsunami that wiped off the face of the earth a number of settlements. The number of dead and missing is estimated at nearly 18.5 thousand people.
The impact of the 2011 disaster knocked out power systems and cooling plant «Fukushima-1». Three units occurred a melting of the fuel. The vast territory was exposed to radioactive contamination from the station had been evacuated tens of thousands of people.
Off the coast of Japan, a powerful earthquake of 7.4 magnitude 22.11.2016