Just two days back seismologists had warned of another powerful earthquake to hit the region. They had predicted that a massive earthquake having a potential magnitude of 7.9 will most probably be striking the beleaguered country.
Proving the predictions right, another massive earthquake shook the northern part of Japan here on Saturday, 19 March, 2011, informs broadcaster NHK. This latest earthquake is understood to be of a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale.
What is a worrying factor of this latest quake is that the epi-centre of this quake lies just about 98 km from the stricken Daiichi power-plant at Fukushima. As most of you are already aware, the nuclear reactors within this plant were nearly destroyed by the tsunami and earthquake, with huge risk of nuclear melt-down and even setting off huge radiation fears.
According to NHK, currently there is neither tsunami threat nor any immediate reports of injuries or damage. A change in the sea level may occur following the quake, but no damage is expected, reports Kyodo agency.
It may be noted here that Japan has already been jolted by numerous aftershocks of upto 6.2, since the massive 9.0 earthquakes and tsunami smashed its northeast coast on Friday, March 11, setting of a massive nuclear power crisis. Unofficially the death toll in this Japan tragedy is said to be upwards of 18000, with many hundreds believed to be still missing. Agencies