Japan is shaken by the earthquake and the tsunami even if the loss, this time, is minimal.
The country has lifted a tsunami advisory after a medium level earthquake with a magnitude of approximately 6.9, followed by a small tsunami has struck the eastern offshore at 6:06 a.m. Tuesday in Japan.
The most affected area is the offshore 210 km east of the Miyako city with a depth of 10 km as reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency. The earthquake was accompanied by a moderate level of tsunami striking the northeastern coast of Japan, with surges up to 20 cm as measured in Iwate Prefecture.
Sirens instigate residents to seek higher grounds
The lurking danger was made public with siren instigating the local residents to seek higher grounds.
Between 8:35 am and 9:07 am, the largest tsunami waves were recorded in the port city of Kuji. In Miyako, the tsunami waves reached dangerous levels, rising up to 10 cm surge. The tsunami also struck the city of Kamaishi at a lesser level of magnitude.
The warnings were issued from the agency regarding the danger of entering ocean as the chance of waves fluctuating for some time now is substantial.
This quake is of much lower magnitude compared to the earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 rated as the one of the deadliest ever followed by an equally dangerous tsunami.
The evacuation work has begun for the local residents in the coastal areas of Kuji and Otsuchi. However, the Iwate Prefectural Government reported the places to be unharmed by the riding waves. Other issuance of evacuation orders includes the town of Otsuchi and the coastal districts of Kuji.
Tohoku Electric Power Co is responsible for the operations of Onagawa and Higashidori nuclear plants, which were untouched by the quake. No irregularities were observed in those facilities.
The nuclear reactors of Japan were kept offline to mitigate the risk of damage posed by the earthquake and the tsunami.
The evacuation advisory has issued an evacuation in the city of Ofunato in Iwate for more than 1,350 households, according to Japan Times.
Memories still fresh
The reminiscence of the March 2011 earthquake is still fresh in the minds of the authorities that corroborated Fukushima No. 1 plant meltdown disaster. A spokesperson of the company admitted the tremor felt in the area, including Fukushima No. 1 and Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plants, but denied any irregularities observed.
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., too, denied any abnormality recorded in the plant with nuclear fuel reprocessing facility or other plants in the area running smoothly.
The effects of the earthquake and tsunami are far reaching. The railway network had been suspended temporarily including the famed bullet train of Japan. The large swaths of coastline have been damaged following warnings communicated to the residents of the area.
The earthquakes are ubiquitous in Japan that is located in one of the most seismically active areas in the world. The nation holds the dubious distinction of being the victim of 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of moderate to high magnitude.