By Paula Martinez
On Friday, November 13, danger touched Japan when a 7.0 earthquake struck, at 5:51 am. The earthquake originated 190 kilometers southwest of Kagoshima City, a city on the coast of Japan. About an hour later, at 6:45 am, a one foot tsunami hit Nakanoshima, a small island to the south of one of Japan’s main islands. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake was the cause of this small tsunami, leading to earthquake warnings being called for Kagoshima prefecture and small islands of Japan.
Since the epicenter (the exact position where the earthquake originated from) was located around 90 miles away from Japan, no major damage or injuries have been reported so far. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter was located close to the Phillipine sea plate, a highly active tectonic plate that has created several major earthquakes in the past such as the Moro Gulf earthquake of 1976 that caused a tsunami resulting in the deaths of more than 5,000 people. The tectonic plate, and Japan itself, is also a part of the “Ring of Fire”, an area in the Pacific Ocean where 90% of earthquakes and 75% of volcanic eruptions occur.
The earthquake was a reminder to the people of Japan of the massive 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011. The incident was known as the Tohoku earthquake and was a major catastrophe as it resulted in a tsunami, more than 18,000 deaths/missing reports, and a nuclear meltdown at the Fukishima nuclear facility.
Upon asking students how they felt, Fernanda Mora, senior, responded, “it must be sad after all, the last earthquake they had was catastrophic; they must be traumatized.” Sandy Duran, senior, stated, “at least it was small so it relieves tensions from the tectonic plates.”