Japan Earthquake

  1. A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in the northeast region of Japan.
  2. After the earthquake, Tsunami of up to 1 metre was recorded near Fukushima nuclear plant.
  3. Tsunami is a long, high sea wave caused by an earthquake or some other disturbance in the sea bed.
  4. The November 22, 2016 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami in 2011 when an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit the region.
  5. The 2011 natural disaster, which triggered powerful 40 metre high tsunami waves, claimed more than 18,000 lives and injured more than 6,000 people.
  6. The 2011 tsunami sent three reactors into meltdown and leaked radiations into the surrounding area.
  7. In the recent quake, at least 15 people have been injured and Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant stopped operating but is reported to be safe and intact.
  8. It’s sister plant Fukushima Daiichi suffered a major nuclear meltdown in devastating 2011 quake.
  9. Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of another large quake within the next few days therefore people in the region have been warned to remain cautious for the next week.
  10. This Japani quake and Tsunami would hit Indian soil as well. But politically, not geographically.
  11. Taking the advantage of people’s fears due to any mishappening, anti nuclear energy voices would emerge stronger against projects like Kudankulam Nuclear power in Tamilnadu and elsewhere.
  12. The foreign funded NGOs in India would also have an opportunity to garner the local’s support on the same and oppose the development projects.
  13. Before anyone panics, Government must send signals assuring the safety, security and immunity of India’s reactors to such natural disaster on proven scientific grounds.