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Tsunami warning in Japan: Strong earthquake shakes Fukushima

According to the authorities, there was a strong earthquake in Fukushima on Wednesday evening, March 16, 2022. There is currently a tsunami warning for the region.

Fukushima – A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi late on Wednesday evening (local time), March 16, 2022. There is currently a tsunami warning for both regions. At first it was unclear whether there was also damage to the nuclear ruins in Fukushima. The earthquake happened shortly before midnight (local time), almost exactly eleven years to the day after the devastating reactor accident. The earthquake was also felt in Tokyo, around 300 kilometers away.

Tsunami warning in Japan: Strong earthquake shakes Fukushima

The weather agency warned of a tidal wave up to one meter high. Power outages occurred in Fukushima, local media reported. The government in Tokyo set up an emergency staff.

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It was initially not known whether there was damage to the nuclear ruins in Fukushima. The strong and long-lasting earthquake was also felt in Tokyo (archive image)

The severe earthquake in the north-east suddenly brought back memories of the devastating catastrophe eleven years ago. On March 11, 2011, a gigantic tsunami hit the Pacific coast and flattened everything: towns, villages and huge areas of cultivation sank under the masses of water and mud.

Strong earthquake off Japan: Tsunami warning issued for Fukushima

The flood killed around 20,000 people. In Fukushima, the result was a super meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It became the symbol of the triple disaster known as “3/11” around the world – even if none of the deaths are attributed to radiation.

The operator Tepco is checking whether the renewed strong tremor caused irregularities, it is said after the earthquake off Japan, which resulted in a tsunami warning for Fukushima. Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. (With material from the dpa) * kreiszeitung.de and hna.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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