In the early hours of Tuesday, November 22 2016, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. An aftershock of the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the same coast back in 2011, the Japan Meteorological Agency has called this the largest aftershock since the 2011 incident.
A popular tourist destination during the holiday season, part of Japan lies above the Japan Median Tectonic Line (MTL). Research has shown that tectonic plates (large slabs of rocks that make up the Earth’s surfaces) are constantly in motion — moving apart or towards each other at approximately two to five centimetres a year.
Such movements, by matter so large, causes energy to build up and in turn, results in earthquakes (followed closely by tsunamis) to occur.
If you’re travelling a lot this year and are worried about natural disasters occuring, here are some things you can do.