Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:50 AM – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes Japan in the last few hours. A tsunami alert is currently in effect.
The incident took place at 6:09 pm (9:09 am GMT) near the Miyagi Prefecture coast east of the country. The tremors were felt as far as Tokyo, several hundred kilometers away. Its intensity has been revised as follows: If its magnitude was estimated at 7.2 on Saturday morning, it would now be 7.
Waves up to a meter high were observed in this area.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, at 54 km / h, according to the USGS.
The city of Fukushima, notorious for a nuclear disaster 10 years ago, is not far from the epicenter. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake shook the region, followed by a tsunami. This event, categorized Equally In addition to the devastation of Chernobyl, it was one of the most serious nuclear accidents mankind has ever seen.
Japan is one of the most active countries in the world in terms of seismic and volcanic activity. Located at the junction of four tectonic plates (Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American) this country has a large subduction zone running along the entire east coast that regularly creates large earthquakes. The Japan Ocean Front is also vulnerable to tsunamis.