Japan experienced yet another earthquake which measured 7.4 on the Richter scale hitting the sea near Miyagi Prefecture in Northeastern Japan. Although, authorities had issued a tsunami warning but it was lifted immediately once the earthquake had made its presence felt.
While this tremor caused blackouts in the affected areas, the authorities were careful to shut down the nuclear reactors this time around in order to circumvent the disaster of Fukushima from occurring again.
Authorities have also identified the epicenter of the earthquake to be 40 km under the sea just off the coast of the Miyagi Prefecture, and as an aftershock after the earthquake that threw the nation into turmoil on March 11, 2011.
And while the tremors caused the motorways to be closed, officials were not willing to take any chances this time since the areas of Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate were alerted immediately along with the immediate shutdown of the Higashidori, Daini, Onagawa nuclear plant and Fukushima plants just before the earthquake knocked the lights out, literally speaking.
While no one was reported to be hurt from this aftershock, the authorities were confident that the nuclear plants in the North Eastern part of the country were not damaged while also clarifying that there were no abnormal radiation levels around the Onagawa nuclear plant which was only being cooled with one outside power source.
Yet the condition of the Fukushima nuclear reactor is stable due to the fact that engineers have been able to seal a leak of radioactive water into the sea, and will complete working on the other two reactors as soon as possible.