A Gigantic magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck just off Fukushima in Japan early on Tuesday, setting off mass evacuations and raising new concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors.
The quake, which was felt as far away as Tokyo, was centered just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 6 miles. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake measured in at 7.3 Magnitude and struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT). The earthquake generated a 10-foot high tsunami warning and has hit multiple areas along Japan’s northern Pacific coast.
A 2-foot tsunami was observed at Fukushima’s Onahama Port, and a 3-foot tsunami was reported soon after at Soma. The affected locations are the same areas that were devastated by the record-setting earthquake in 2011, which triggered a massive tsunami that caused the world’s largest nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
Workers who have been trying to control the damage from the 2011 nuclear meltdown were evacuated from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. According to reports out of the area, the primary cooling system at the Fukushima nuclear plant failed following the quake.
The cooling system of the third reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has stopped circulating water; NHK reported, citing the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. Authorities said there is no imminent danger as long as there is enough water inside the system.
But news of the cooling system failure is raising major concern since the damaged plant requires these critical cooling systems to keep the spent fuel rods cool.
According to NHK, cooling equipment for the spent nuclear fuel pool in the reactor No. 3 of Tepco’s Fukushima No. 2 power plant has stopped.
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) November 21, 2016
Fukushima and plants throughout the area are being monitored for damage, and all nuclear power stations along the coast are shut down.
While Tepco and the Japanese government try to downplay the danger, keep in mind, that today’s Tsunami hit right in the area where over 10.7 million 1-ton container bags containing radioactive debris and waste are stored. The incompetent government is actually allowing millions of tons of radioactive soil and debris to be stored right along the shore near Fukushima, in the exact location the Tsunami hit earlier today. This drone footage from last year shows the environmental disaster zone; radioactive waste is actually stored in black bags in a temporary storage site at Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture.