A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Japan spills water from a fuel pool at a nuclear power plant

Comprehensive reports, Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture Nodeng area 1 7.6 magnitude earthquake, Ishikawa Prefecture police headquarters announced at 5 a.m. local time on the 2nd, the earthquake caused a total of 6 people were killed in the county.

The earthquake caused water to overflow in fuel pools at several nuclear power plants, including the Shiga nuclear Power Plant.

There may be another earthquake of magnitude 7 or so in Japan in the future

According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported, local time 1 afternoon, Ishikawa prefecture Noteng area earthquake 7(Japanese standard), the focal point in the county Noteng area, the focal depth is very shallow.

Statistics show that between 16:06 and 17:22 local time on the 1st, at least 15 earthquakes occurred near the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture, and the earthquake magnitude was above 4, of which at least 7 were above 5.

At the same time, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a large tsunami warning for the Noto area of the prefecture. Tsunami was observed in Toyama and Niigata prefectures. The shaking was felt from Hokkaido to Kyushu.

At a press conference on the 1st, the Japan Meteorological Agency also announced that the large earthquake that occurred in the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture on the same day was named the 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake. The agency warned that “the earthquake felt strongly in the next week or so, especially in the next two or three days, should be alert to the occurrence of a maximum magnitude of about 7 earthquake.”

Japan’s Kyodo news agency pointed out that the last earthquake with a magnitude of 7 was observed in Hokkaido in 2018. This is the first time a major tsunami warning has been issued since the Great East Japan earthquake in March 2011.

The earthquake also caused tens of thousands of households power outages, Tohoku, Kamikoshi, Hokuriku Shinkansen all lines were suspended, Hokuriku Expressway, Tokai Hokuriku Expressway, Shangshinetsu Expressway and other traffic is banned.

Meanwhile, the latest figures show that the earthquake has killed six people in Ishikawa Prefecture. Many people were injured in the earthquake in the affected area. Ishikawa Prefecture Wajima City hospital official said that several people due to falling objects caused fractures or head injuries, and then sent to the hospital for treatment. In addition, Ishikawa Prefecture also received several reports of people buried under collapsed buildings.

How are the nuclear power plants in Japan?

After a series of earthquakes, many areas in Japan have confirmed the situation of local nuclear power plants.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency quoted the Nuclear Regulatory Agency as saying that nuclear facilities in Niigata, Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures were not abnormal.

According to Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo Electric Power Company later said that in the inspection of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture found that due to the shaking of the earthquake, several units of the nuclear reactor building on the top floor of the fuel pool has been spilled.

Tepco said that at about 6:45 p.m. on the 1st, it confirmed the fuel pool situation of units 1 to 7, and found that the water overflow of the fuel pool of units 2, 3, 6 and 7.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan on the afternoon of the 1st, causing a tsunami and spreading to many parts of Japan. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi said at an emergency press conference that the earthquake caused a transformer fire at the Shiga nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, which has been extinguished and has not affected the nuclear power plant. Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency said that many places in Japan are verifying the safety of nuclear facilities.

According to Fuji News Network reported, Ishikawa Prefecture Shiga nuclear power plant fuel pool cooling water due to the earthquake splashing out of the pool. In this regard, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency said that the earthquake caused the overflow of fuel pool water will not affect the cooling of fuel, and there is no impact on the outside world.