Fukushima tremor brings back 2011 quake memories

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Nearly 10 years ago, a strong quake hit the prefecture of Fukushima in Japan. The March 2011 tremor triggered a strong wave of towering tsunamis and claimed the lives of 18,000 people and even sparked a nuclear meltdown

Yesterday, a strong 7.1-magnitude tremor again jolted Fukushima and caused injuries. The earthquake’s epicenter was traced from Minamisoma, a prefecture in Fukushima, Japan.

This time, however, there was no reported tsunami and abnormalities at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reported that although there were reports of injuries, they have not yet received any reports of deaths nor any tsunami warning from the late-night tremor.

Japan’s disaster agency reported around 74 injuries from the quake, which was also felt strongly in the country’s capital Tokyo a little past 11 pm Saturday and lasted for more or less 30 seconds.

Japan’s meteorological agency said Saturday’s quake was thought of to be an aftershock of the massive tremor from a decade ago.

Residents were already warned about the possibility of strong aftershocks and more landslides because of forecasts of heavy rains.

The injured were brought to various emergency shelters where physical distancing is strictly observed.

Japan is no stranger to strong earthquakes since the country sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” which is noted for its strong seismic occurrences

(Photo credit: japantimes.co.jp)

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