A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Fukushima region, more than ten years after the terrible nuclear accident that occurred there. The balance sheet is fortunately much less worrying.
All of Asia and the world held their breath Wednesday night as the central region of Japan was rocked by a strong earthquake. With a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale, the sequence reopened wounds that are still painful, more than ten years after the disaster that occurred not far from there, in Fukushima.
Fortunately, we were still far from the magnitude of the monstrous earthquake of March 11, 2011, whose magnitude had reached 9.1. As a reminder, the terrible tremor had generated a tsunami which undermined the cooling system of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant; this caused a terrible nuclear accident, arguably the most serious since Chernobyl and the only other to have been classified as category 7 on the INES scale. The accumulation of all these factors cost the lives of around 18,000 people.
A warning for one meter high waves has been issued by the agency. The tremor, long and strongly felt including in Tokyo, deprived more than two million households of electricity, including nearly 700,000 in the Japanese capital, according to the operator Tepco
– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr)
The plant intact, but several victims to be deplored
Fortunately, there was no tsunami this time; the plant remains intact and the risk of a nuclear accident has been eliminated. The official toll also remains lower, but it is not free of victims for all that. The quake killed four people and injured more than 100, according to current figures.
It also caused considerable material damage. More than 2 million inhabitants were also deprived of electricity for a few hours. Yesterday evening, more than 4,000 homes were still without running water and more than 5,500 still had no power. Transport networks were also damaged. The Shinkansen, the famous ultra-fast train, for example, was suspended indefinitely after the derailment of a car.
The government will now remain on alert for a few days in the event that a new tremor would point the tip of its nose. “During the coming week, especially during the next few days, it is possible that a powerful earthquake or of comparable magnitude will occur.”, Prime Minister Fumio Kishada explained yesterday.