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17 July 2007 :: 17:07:28 pm 30763

Japan Reels Under Quadruple Whammy: Typhoon, Earthquake, Tsunami Warning & Nuke Plant Fire

Still recovering from the devastating effects of a recent typhoon, Japan woke Monday morning to news that there had been a violent earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale with an epicemtre I in Niigata prefecture.
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Aftershocks of a magnitude of 5.6 also struck the benighted region, hours later. There was an initial tsunami warning , but this was later withdrawn.

As if all the aforementioned calamities weren’t enough, there was the spectre of another Chernobyl disaster as a fire started at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, the world’s biggest. However, this electricity generating plant, along with other nuclear power reactors in the region automatically shut down. Officials were swift in response and the fire, which was in fact only relatively small, was quickly extinguished and a spokesman declared there was no radiation risk. However, in such an earthquake-prone country, the possibility of nuclear disaster is an ever–present threat to the whole adjacent region.

Nigata was last struck by a devastating quake in October 2004 when over 3000 suffered injuries and 65 were killed. On this occasion, 3 were killed and over 500 injured. Over 1,000 people escaped from their homes as buildings in the region were flattened by the quake, many fearing falling tiles from the many traditional houses in the area. The tremors were felt as far away as Tokyo, despite the epicentre being 250 km from the capital.

Japan experiences a tremor every five minutes, making it one of the most vulnerable countries in the world. As on other occasions, many of Japan’s bullet trains in the northern region were stopped; for the second time in a matter of hours. Many homes in the area were without utilities as gas and electrical supplies were affect.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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