Over 240 earthquakes recorded after the devastating March 11 disaster in northeastern Japanese island of Honshu

After the disaster on March 11 in northeastern Honshu, where there are hundreds of thousands of refugees and has large losses already noted more than 240 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 and above. It is reported by national meteoupravlenie. Threat of further earthquakes and tsunamis complicate the work of lifeguards on emergency nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1". There is also the threat of landslides and the destruction of new buildings, the construction of which is much weaker.

Meanwhile, another earthquake of magnitude 5.6 occurred this morning in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, Japan, located to the northeast of the Japanese capital. This was reported today by local authorities.

According to the forecasts of the national meteoupravleniya, increased seismic activity in the north-east of the island of Honshu, which struck on March 11 the strongest earthquake in the history of the country, in the near future will continue. "The possibility of new powerful aftershocks of magnitude 7.0 or more in the period up to March 19 was 40 per cent, and in the next three days after the March 19 — 20 percent," — said in management. However, despite a downward trend, the seismic activity of magnitude 6.0 in the coming period will continue.

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