A tsunami warning has been issued by Japan after a 7.3 magnitude earthquakc struck off the coast of Miyagi around 5:30pm local time on Friday. Fortunately, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has assured the public that there is no risk of a widespread tsunami occurring. Although they have cautioned anyone in areas along the coast of Miyagi that there is a significant potential for a tsumani.
Today’s earthquake was far less severe than the 9.0 magnitude quake that caused the devastating tsunami on March 11, 2011. In addition to the thousands that died or went missing, the 2011 quake jostled the Fukushima nuclear facility causing one of the worst radioactive disasters sine the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
A spokesman from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant issued a statement detailing no problems at any of the plant’s facilities after the December quake struck.
Stay tuned for additional updates on the status of Miyagi, as well as the quake’s effect on the Pacific Ocean.