Samuel Lozano Fornari / Staff reporter

16 years have passed since Sumatra was struck by one of the strongest earthquakes in world’s history. The history repeated itself in Japan, where a powerful earthquake caused lots of damage in 2011. This quake’s effects are present even today, one example is the 7.1M Earthquake that has been called the “Aftershock of the 2011 event” after his appearance on February 13, 2021.

This new Earthquake hasn’t killed anyone, but it did injure dozens of people, and has damaged a lot of homeplaces. As reported by Issei Kato and Chris Gallagher in “7.3 magnitude earthquake detected off Japan coast injuring dozens, triggering blackouts”,the quake also caused a power outage, almost 950.000 houses were out of electricity, although they fixed it gradually.

This Earthquake lasted for 30 seconds, and it’s one of the biggest Earthquakes in Japan in the lasts years. Another consequence of the Earthquake was the deactivation of the train systems because of the damages caused. Cars had to stop too, because of a landslide that blocked a highway, making it impossible for cars to move.

Landslides like this one were produced in the highways

Luckily, there was no danger of a tsunami, said Katsunobu Kato, government spokesperson. The nuclear plants were checked in case there were some irregularities, but everything was normal, in both Onagawa and Fukushima Dai-ni.

Some people took shelter even if tsunamis were not an option, “and were being warned to practice social distancing”  as Yuri Kageyama said in the article “Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert”.

The earthquake had a 7.3 magnitude, and its epicenter was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 km said the Japan Meteorological Agency. Some buildings were shaken by the quake, there were people who had to go to hospital because of injuries caused by hitting themselves with parts of their house.

Minor damage such as broken walls and windows happened, but they weren’t things to worry about. The damaged cause outside cities is unclear, but the priority is not protecting those landscapes. As the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, they will continue putting human lives as the priority.

Broken wall due to the quake

Aftershocks are earthquakes caused by a bigger earthquake. This quake is said to be a late aftershock of the April 2011 deadly earthquake, the 9.0M quake that caused a huge tsunami and the destabilization of the Fukushima Dai-ni nuclear plant.

Consequences of the 2011 Great Sendai Earthquake

The 2011 disaster killed thousands of people, and it’s still affecting Japan with things like this later aftershock. At least, this last quake was weaker and did not have as many casualties as the first one did.

The place of the last earthquake is the same place where the 2011 quake happened (and just some weeks before its 10th anniversary, causing fear in the citizens because they didn’t want a second version of the original disaster.

Location of both earthquakes

No one expected a powerful quake these weeks, but it happened all of a sudden, it’s a relief for the Japanese government that nobody died and only a few were injured. That shows how much the city has grown since the 10-year-old disaster.

Images:

Fukushima disaster:

  1. https://www.climateaction.org/images/made/images/uploads/articles/Planta-nuclear_472_368_80.jpg
  2. https://s.france24.com/media/display/73d8fdd0-0a36-11e9-9765-005056bff430/w:1280/p:16×9/fukushima_7.webp
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/cm/rimage/8162678-3×2-xlarge.jpg?v=2
  4. https://i.cbc.ca/1.3481163.1521216343!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/japan-earthquake.jpg

Recent quake:

  1. https://www.aljazeera.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-02-14T052910Z_577305256_RC22SL9Y257P_RTRMADP_3_JAPAN-QUAKE.jpg?resize=1170%2C780
  2. https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/03/13/world/13japan-quake-ledesub4/13japan-quake-ledesub4-mediumSquareAt3X.jpg
  3. https://metro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/AW-japan-earthquake-locator-4f60.png?quality=90&strip=all&zoom=1&resize=480%2C280

Sources:

Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Shakes Japan—No Tsunami Warning Issued by Tommy Beer

Recent Japan quake confirmed aftershock of deadly 2011 event by Nathan Howes

Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake – Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan, on Saturday, 13 February 2021 at 14:07 (GMT) – information by VolcanoDiscovery database

Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert by Yuri Kageyama

7.3 magnitude earthquake detected off Japan coast injuring dozens, triggering blackouts by Issei Kato and Chris Gallagher