TOKYO – As a powerful earthquake rocked homes, knocked out power and derailed a high-speed train in northern Japan late Wednesday night, memories of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit Japan 11 years ago quickly resurfaced.
As of 4 a.m. Thursday morning, NHK, the public broadcaster, reported one death in Minamisoma and at least 88 injured in several prefectures.
“Yet Another Big Earthquake” wrote a user on Twitter. “11 years ago, I watched an explosion at the Fukushima power plant on TV after the earthquake hit Fukushima.” Recalling the rush to evacuate relatives who lived near the nuclear power plant where three reactors melted, the Twitter user wrote, “Remembered the horror of that day.”
another person who reminded depriving yourself of food or water after the earthquake of March 11, 2011 gave some advice: “Disaster strikes the moment we forget. Be careful, everyone.
Aiko Sawada, retired medical researcher, wrote on Twitter“Another big earthquake in Tohoku. And so soon after the anniversary of 3.11. I pray that the damage remains minimal.
A sense of prolonged trauma permeated many comments on social media soon after Wednesday’s quake.
“At the time the earthquake happened, I remembered the Great East Japan Earthquake,” write another poster. “There aren’t many days when I feel safe. I am very concerned about the safety of people in the Fukushima and Miyagi areas. Please be careful of aftershocks.
Anxiety over another nuclear accident was also a recurring theme.
“Every time an earthquake hits, I worry about nuclear power plants,” read a message. “It’s very dangerous to build nuclear power plants in Japan.”
Wednesday’s earthquake caused much less damage than the much larger one in 2011. The tsunami waves it triggered were all small in magnitude, much smaller than those in 2011, when some waves reached more 45 feet tall and more than 19,000 people died. More than 2,500 people are still considered missing.
Hikari Hida, Hisako Ueno, Makiko Inoue and Hiroko Tabuchi contributed reports