• Kyodo


The powerful earthquake that struck northeastern Japan and caused tsunami in late November may have been caused by a slip in a zone that may be an extension of two known active faults under the seabed off the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant site, according to a new analysis.

Shinji Toda, a professor at Tohoku University who compiled the analysis with a colleague, warned that the suspected extension of the two faults could cause an earthquake in the future and trigger tsunami if blocks of the seafloor shift vertically along either fault.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.