Japan is no stranger to natural disasters. On Tuesday morning, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake formed off the coast of the Japanese island called Honshu. The area where this earthquake struck happens to be the same area where the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck back in 2011. That was one of the worst earthquakes that Japan ever experienced. Not only did the earthquake cause the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to meltdown, but it killed over 20,000 people.
The good news is this recent earthquake’s intensity is much smaller than the intensity of the earthquake from 2011. The bad news is the disaster is just beginning. When an earthquake strikes in the water off the coast of an island, it sends aftershocks for days afterward toward the island. These aftershocks are what causes tsunamis to form in the water and then fall onto land.
A tsunami advisory warning has already been issued for the Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Fortunately, there were only small tsunamis reported that were 1 to 3 meters high. In 2011, the tsunamis that formed from that earthquake went up to 40 meters high. There are still survivors from that earthquake who are living in poverty and trying to rebuild their lives. So, this latest earthquake is just going to be a painful reminder to them of what happened 5 years ago. But it doesn’t look like there will be much damage or destruction this time around so they got lucky.
The tremors from the recent earthquake were reportedly felt in Tokyo, which is the capital of Japan. People in the city claimed they could feel the buildings they were in sway back and forth. That’s how bad it was. But out of everyone else who was affected, only three people have been reportedly injured from the earthquake so far.