Japan falls back into its nightmare: a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Fukushima, with a new tsunami warning. The event was recorded at 11:36 pm local time, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The agency has warned of a possible tsunami of up to 1 meter for the prefectures of Miyagi Fukushima prefectures.
National television NHK said the tsunami had already reached some areas. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which manages the Fukushima nuclear plant, said its technicians are working to investigate possible damage. Two million people were left without electricity.
The earthquake occurred 60 kilometers deep under the sea in the same area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, with the following nuclear disaster, an earthquake that had a magnitude of 9.0. No material damage or casualties have so far been reported.
The energy company Tepco has reported that checks are underway on the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Blackouts affected over two million people and several parts of Tokyo were also left without electricity. Located at the intersection of several major tectonic plates, Japan is regularly hit by earthquakes and has rigorous construction standards so that its buildings are able to withstand severe tremors.
Could sanctions on Russia really bring down the Space Station?
Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of the Russian Space Agency said sanctions on Russia for the war in Ukraine could lead to the downfall of the International Space Station ISS.
Rogozin said the soyuz shuttles that supply the orbiting laboratory will no longer be able to be dispatched. Russia manages the module dedicated to propulsion, the lack of supplies could lead to the ditching or landing of the space station.
Rogozin said that the ISS does not fly over Russian territory, so a possible fall would have been a problem for others. NASA replied that collaboration with Russia would continue normally in the management of the ISS. The International Space Station is an intergovernmental project managed by the space agencies of several countries, Europe, Canada and Japan.
NASA and Roscomos are the two main partners, dealing with the most important modules. Without supplies, the consequences can be catastrophic.