BREAKING: 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake hits Japan Just off coast of Fukushima
Some very troubling news is coming out of Japan, where a 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake has just hit of the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. The powerful quake was felt from Tokyo to northern Japan, and has many worried about the status of the badly damaged Fukushima power plant.
As we reported earlier this week, TEPCO, the nuclear power plant’s operator, was about to begin moving spent nuclear fuel rods from a badly damaged reactor. The nuclear fuel rods were sitting atop the #4 reactor, which was already badly damaged during an explosion and had been reported to be leaning.
Experts have been worried for quite some time that a major earthquake could topple the building, spelling disaster for an already badly hit region. To make matters worse, radiation containment barriers have been leaking radioactive waste into the area since 2011, increasing the possibility of even more radiated water leaking into the Pacific.
The story is developing: Tsunami Warnings and Advisories are currently in effect for the coast of Japan including FUKUSHIMA PREF. Japanese authorities have issued a tsunami advisory for Fukushima Prefecture, expecting possible 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami.