Scientists project that the strongest earthquakes will occur in Japan, all the next decade

New strong earthquake occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the resort's Japanese island of Okinawa. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the power of earthquake was 6.9 on the Richter scale, RBC reports. The epicenter was located 218 km north-west of Naha — the administrative center of Okinawa Prefecture. Hearth lies at a depth 209 km. Tremors were felt in eight prefectures in southern Japan and all the small southern islands, including Okinawa.The possible casualties or damage, and the threat of a tsunami is not reported.Noting that Japan shakes constantly.
Small tremors are felt several times a week, but usually do not affect the lives of ordinary Japanese citizens. In the years 2008 — 2010. across the country in the year reported, on average, from 155 earthquakes. However, after the accident, which occurred March 11, 2011, natural disasters have become much more powerful. In this case, scientists project that the strongest earthquakes will occur in Japan, all the next decade. Such a conclusion was fellow USGS geophysicist Ross Stein, who, together with their Japanese colleagues conducted a study of the March megatolchka.As the researchers found, the most powerful earthquake of magnitude 9 accompanied swing rock, which ultimately led to increased pressures on the Japan Trench, which runs along the east coast of Honshu and is a deep ocean basin, where facing the Pacific and Okhotsk lithospheric plates. On this basis, suggested that in March was the beginning of an endless series of aftershocks.Recent events are confirming the findings of scientists. On 4 November, in the central part of the Japanese island of Honshu earthquake of magnitude 5. Twenty-fifth of October another blow elements survived the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima. Magnitude tremors was 5.2. Tenth of October earthquake measuring 5.5 points occurred near the east coast of Japan.Recall, the total number of victims of the earthquake in March has exceeded 19 thousand people. Tremors and triggered tsunami devastated the infrastructure of the north-east of the country and destroyed the cooling system at a nuclear power reactor, "Fukushima-1". This led to the fire, a number of explosions and radiation leak at the plant. People living near the plant were evacuated.According to the authorities, the damage element of the Japanese economy, transport and infrastructure, excluding costs related to the accident at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1", was 16.9 trillion yen (about $ 215 billion). After the earthquake in Japan around the world launched a charity campaign to help victims of natural disasters.Consequences of the accident have not been eradicated so far, although the authorities assure the public that the danger is long past. Since November 1, the Japanese parliament MP Yasuhiro Sonoda by example showed that the water from the tank plant "Fukushima-1" is safe for health. He defiantly drank a glass of water taken from the emergency station and promised journalists organize the first tour of the disaster at the plant. However, on the day of the second reactor "Fukushima-1" found evidence of a nuclear chain reaction. To neutralize it specialists pumped into a nuclear plant water with boric acid.Valery TURASOV


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