Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Right Near Fukushima

Last Updated on June 2, 2020 by

A new Earthquake, this one measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was reported happening almost directly beneath the Fukushima power plant.  While a 6.1 Earthquake would – under normal circumstances – not be enough to actually damage the plant extensively, the fact that it happened so soon after another quake and even while workers are attempting to contain an unfolding disaster has some people wondering if we will soon be feeling the effects of this quake in other ways.  And while the incident did not have any immediate noticeable effects at the plant itself, there is no end to the speculation about how it may affect recovery and further stress an already stressed system.

The Fukushima power plant was struck by a distant magnitude 9.0 Earthquake and subsequently showed signs of an impending nuclear catastrophe if the plant was not properly contained.  Radiation showed signs of escaping at points from the plant after a steam explosion exposed much of the plant’s interior.  But with facts still being constantly revised and corrected the situation at the plant may be orderly and efficient, but the handling of information has been described as chaotic.  When fallout maps of the cloud coming out include keys measuring “arbitrary units,” the full question of just how much speculation is running rampant in the media is only now beginning to become apparent.

And this latest quake, which struck at 8:56 AEDT was reported as a magnitude 6.1 which under normal circumstances would not be anywhere near enough to cause damage to the Fukushima power plant.  While some cite a conspiracy theory, it has to be kept in mind that the Hiroshima power plant incident happened under much different circumstances in a very different world.  In 1986 with the full secrecy of the Soviet Union still looming in the memory of those who would not see the Berlin Wall fall until 1989, 24 hour news stations were not foremost on anyone’s mind.  Information gathering was careful and studious, and at times required days of research or even weeks before reporting on an event.  Simple facts, such as the uniformed direction the cloud of fallout would be spreading as well as the events surrounding the containment.  The few facts that came out would have to suffice on the nightly news.  There was not time to spread every rumor related to the event, only time enough to address the most common ones and either confirm or deny them when the time allowed.

And so in today’s world where every new rumor could potentially sell newspapers, the world sees a considerable amount more of the more fantastic rumors that are circulating.  And while the information in this case is not necessarily more complex, the sea of rumors being revealed and repeated.  But remember the media reports in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting that suggested that Gabrielle Giffords had been killed.  It was only later revealed that this rumor, “confirmed” by many mainstream media sources had been nothing more but a rumor.  And it might be prudent to consider the same apprehension about this massive technological catastrophe as well.