Japan: 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Fukushima area



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Japan: 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Fukushima area

Japan: an earthquake of magnitude 6.8, hit the central-eastern coast of the 2011 disaster, when a subsequent tsunami overwhelmed the nuclear power plant. For now, however, no rogue alarms. Two people were also slightly injured when a window at Onagawa station broke and an 80-year-old woman was treated in hospital after falling in a supermarket in Fukushima.

The seismographs detected the quake at a depth of 66 kilometers in the Pacific, off the coast of Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture, near the epicenter of the huge earthquake of March 2011 that triggered a massive tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

Much less intense, without damage or serious injuries and (for now) without tsunami warnings. But the area does not really have peace, the scene precisely in this period of (more or less well-founded) concerns due to Japan's decision to dump radioactive water from the 2011 disaster into the ocean.

According to the Japan Times, a Meteorological Agency official warned that strong aftershocks could hit the region in a time range of about a week, adding that the expected bad weather could trigger landslides following the latest quake.

Climate crisis is shifting the rotation axis of the planet

Climate crisis is shifting the rotation axis of the planet, according to a Chinese study. Scientists said the distribution of water on the planet's surface is a possible cause.

Last March a group of researchers from the Academies of Sciences of China made this sensational study. Changing the inclination of the Earth's rotation axis will not bring about changes for our lives. It could change the duration of our days by a few thousandths of a second.

But it is the last evidence of climate change. The study suggests that the melting of the ice sheet, due to the ongoing warming of the earth's atmosphere, has caused a redistribution of marine waters on the globe. Chinese scientists calculated the total water loss that was contained in the polar ice and estimated the pumping of groundwater.

The results is a possible drift, between 1995 and 2020, 17 times higher than that of the 1981-1995 period. Ice has a tendency to curve the surface of the Earth. If the weight of the ice sheet decreases, the surface tends to rise gradually, giving rise to what scientists call post-glacial rebound. But the melting of the ice would not be able to explain the phenomenon alone.