After the earthquake in the eastern waters of Fukushima on the evening of the 13th, some sections of the Shinkansen were suspended, which once affected the power supply in some areas, and the lives of local residents in Fukushima near the epicenter were also greatly affected. After the earthquake, the reporter of the main station went to Fukushima. Local residents reported that the earthquake was very strong, which reminded people of the “3.11” earthquake 10 years ago.
Local residents of Fukushima, Japan: First, the shaking is smaller, and then the shaking is getting bigger and larger. It is similar to the “3.11” earthquake 10 years ago, which reminds me of 10 years ago.
General Station reporter Zhou Li: I am now at JR Fukushima Station. On the evening of the 13th, after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale occurred in the waters near Fukushima, there was a leaking ceiling in Fukushima Station. Even near this yellow column, some traces can still be seen now. No water can be seen now. At that time, the water even spread to the vicinity of the ticket gate. Starting from the 14th, the Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen and parts of the Akita Shinkansen were suspended. JR East Japan said it would take about 10 days to resume the whole line.
Fukushima Taxi Driver, Japan: The shaking is very strong (when the earthquake is), and then the water flows from the other side of the station’s roller ladder.
At present, the Japanese government is planning to designate the earthquake in the waters near Fukushima as a “extra-disaster”. Once identified as a major disaster, subsidies for post-disaster reconstruction in the affected areas will increase.
Rainfalls in the disaster area, the government warns against secondary disasters
On the evening of the 13th, a force 7.3 earthquake occurred in the eastern waters of Fukushima, Japan. Japanese media reported that the local rain yesterday afternoon (15th). Due to the loose foundation caused by the earthquake, we should be alert to secondary disasters such as mudslides in the disaster area.
Affected by the depression, rain and strong winds were ushered in in northeast Japan on the afternoon of the 15th. According to the Japan Broadcasting Association, at about 5:30 p.m. local time, Yimu Prefecture has observed a strong wind with a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 107 kilometers per hour. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that Fukushima Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture, which have just experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake and many aftershocks, are within the range of the rainy weather, and the local soil may have sparse. A small amount of rainwater may cause geological disasters such as mudslides. The local government and people need to be vigilant.
Residents of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: A large part of my roof has collapsed. Now it’s raining again and the water has entered the house.
According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, after the earthquake, 16 thermal generating units in the Tokyo Electric Power and Tohoku Electric Power District were suspended, and about 950,000 families were temporarily out of power. After the relevant departments allocated electricity from Hokkaido and West Japan, power has been restored. In terms of transportation, some sections of the Northeast Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen and other lines stopped running. East Japan Railway Company revealed that it is expected to take about 10 days for the Tohoku Shinkansen to resume full operation due to the damage to the equipment caused by the earthquake. For this reason, Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture temporarily added long-distance buses to Tokyo and other places. However, bus tickets are also hard to get.
Local Japanese residents: I originally planned to take the Shinkansen, but now it has been suspended, and I don’t know when I can go home.
Japanese media released some surveillance videos during the earthquake, and the surveillance camera of a shrine in Fukushima City captured such a picture. After the earthquake began, the car in the parking lot shook violently, and then a stone lantern fell and hit the car. Fortunately, there were no casualties. In Junshan City, Sendai City, Ibaraki Prefecture and other places, the violent shaking of houses was recorded by residents with mobile phones. From the road monitoring, you can see the street lights swing violently.
Residents of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan: Although it is shorter than the Great East Japan Earthquake 10 years ago (in duration), it feels the same intensity.
Minor leakage occurred at Fukushima Daiichi and Daijiki nuclear power plants
Tokyo Electric Power Company of Japan revealed on the 14th that after the earthquake in the eastern waters of Fukushima on the evening of the 13th, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was affected, and some units leaked, but so far it has not affected the outside world.
Tokyo Electric Power Company said that there was part of the water spilled from the spent fuel pool above the reactor plant of Units 5 and 6 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, but it did not flow out of the building and had no impact on the outside world. TEPG also confirmed that the shared pool plant that keeps spent fuel removed from the reactor plants also has water spills. The cooling water used to preserve nuclear fuel at Unit 1 of the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant also leaked slightly, although the radiation level was very low. Spent fuel refers to used nuclear fuel, usually produced by nuclear reactors of nuclear power plants, contains a large amount of radioactive elements, and is radioactive. If not properly handled, it will seriously affect the environment and the health of people in contact with them.
After the 311 East Japan earthquake in 2011, the Japanese people’s fear of the earthquake is not limited to direct damage, but also the sewage leakage of nuclear power plants. Just 40 minutes after the earthquake on the 13th, Japanese Chief Executive Katsunobu Kato held a press conference, first confirming that there was no tsunami, and then talking about the situation of nuclear power plants.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu: The situation related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is being confirmed.
Just one hour later, Kato Katsunobu reported that all nuclear power plant facilities had not been damaged.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katobu: Fukushima Daiichi and Nijikujiku and Nikawa nuclear power plants have not seen any abnormalities.
But an hour later, the Japan Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission issued a correction: the Fukushima nuclear power plant not only had abnormalities, but also leaked water. The Japan Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission stressed that the amount of water spilled out was very small, the amount of radiation was very low, and there was no safety problem. However, the Japanese people are skeptical of the government and T&G.
Residents of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: It is worrying that the Japanese government lies and can’t come up with countermeasures.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was seriously damaged in the East Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11, 2011, and the highest-level radioactive material leaked, polluting the surrounding environment. The nuclear power plant has six units. The reactor cores of Units 1 to 3 were melted and a large amount of radioactive material leaked; units 1, 3 and 4 exploded hydrogen, causing damage to the building of the unit; Units 5 and 6 maintained cooling function through the power supply of emergency power supply, avoiding serious accidents, and was abandoned in January 2014. The Japanese government and TETEC intend to complete the clean-up operation in 30 to 40 years and abandon the nuclear power plant.