Scientists Think Mega Quake May Hit Kyushu Region Soon

Scientists in Japan released a new study that indicates that a mega quake could hit the Kyushu region of Japan soon. What makes this even more noteworthy is that this region is where the Sendai nuclear plant is located. This is the plant the Japanese government has been pushing to be the first to restart in Japan.

Slow slip earthquakes that can be monitored by sophisticated undersea equipment are considered a possible hint at larger quakes if they coincide with a low frequency earthquake.

These are another type of slow earthquake that is caused by processes deeper down under ground than tremors and usually indicate fault motions near the dangerous area where the tectonic plates meet. If all these types of slow earthquakes take place, along the faulted zone at different depths, they could be a sign we are near to a mega-thrust earthquake.”

This new finding adds to a growing number of scientists concerned about operating nuclear reactors in a region known for its active volcanoes and earthquakes.

Read more about this quake science and the paper here.

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