BREAKING: 5.8 Magnitude Earth Quake hits Fukushima, Japan’s Crippled Nuclear Power Plant

Steel containment tanksA 5.8-magnitude earthquake has just hit near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. The Quake was at a depth of about 13 miles under Fukushima Prefecture, and about 110 miles northeast of Tokyo.

The United States Geological Survey is reporting a 5.3 Magnitude Quake; however, The Japan Meteorological Society issued an alert on the quake at 1:29 EDT, reporting it as a magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of 12.4 miles.

This couldn’t have come at a worse time; as we reported earlier this month, officials at Fukushima admitted that the steel containment tanks used to house the radioactive water from the damaged nuclear power plants were themselves leaking. At least 300 tons of highly radioactive water has already leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and now there is serious concern to the stability of the entire area.

The 2011 disaster caused meltdowns at three of Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors and damaged a fuel cooling pool at another where there are still major concerns over the state of the spent fuel rods. Since that time, huge amounts of radioactive material have leaked into the surrounding area, contaminating the groundwater and making its way into the Pacific Ocean.

In my opinion, this disaster is a danger to the entire world. Not only has the cleanup been horribly mismanaged, but as today’s earthquake shows, the disaster is nowhere near over.

The Damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants are located right inside the “Ring of Fire” — an area that receives 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes. With no real plan of action in place, the Japanese officials are struggling to contain what could very soon become a worldwide problem.

We will keep you updated on any further developments.

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5 Comments

  1. The idiot that thaught it would be a good idea to build nuclear plants in an area that gets ninty percent of the worlds earthquakes not to mention the tsunamis should be made to eat food only grown on the reactor grounds while swimming in the cooling ponds,,,i have allways loved the japanese culture, must be the ninja in me, i’m sorry but how dumb does a nation have to be to think this was a good idea from the start.

  2. definitely whoever decided to build the plant so close to the ocean needs to wear the STUPID sign..the world needs to take control of this disaster before it destroys the surrounding ocean waters..japan doesnt care about this b/c they have already over fished their local waters…

  3. I understand why the Japanese had to release the radioactive material into the air and water. They can’t afford to lose thousands of square miles like Ukraine did at Chernobyl. Land is at such a premium in Japan that’s not possible.

    However, what I can’t understand is why they would insist on continuing to use nuclear power knowing that any spill will necessitate the same strategy for dealing with it.

    Either Japan has to realize they can’t have nuclear power, or the rest of the World has to tell them they can’t.

    Not that the US is much better. There’s a plant in the Midwest that’s at the confluence of two Earthquake fault zones, and the company that runs it, rather than admit it and close down ran a public relations campaign to convince people it’s safe. I suppose that’s cheaper than actually making it safe or moving, so they’re financially astute but ethically more than challenged.

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