Japan Aftershock April 11 2011: Tsunami Warning Issued (Video)
Japan Was Rattled By a 7.1 Aftershock on Monday April 11 2011
The Fukushima nuclear plant was evacuated as a precaution, and a warning for a three-foot tsunami was issued, but that has since been canceled.
It was one month ago that the first large earthquake struck Japan, and the country is still being reminded of the potential disaster that could come through powerful aftershocks such as this one.
The epicenter of this earthquake was about 160 kilometers north of Tokyo.
There have thankfully been no reports of any further damage or injuries following this powerful aftershock.
It is estimated that about 150,000 are still living in shelters since the large earthquake last month, and the country is struggling to try and restore order, even amidst this continuing chaos.
"My chest has been ripped open by the suffering and pain that this disaster has caused the people of our prefecture," said Yuhei Sato, the governor of Fukushima, which saw its coastal areas devastated by the tsunami and is home to the stricken Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
The tsunami disabled the cooling systems at the six-reactor Dai-ichi plant, which has suffered explosions, fires and radiation leaks in the ensuing month.
Nuclear safety official Hidehiko Nishiyama apologized Monday for the inconvenience caused by the radiation issues at Dai-ichi.
"It's still difficult to give a timeline regarding when we can resolve the problem," Nishiyama said Monday. "We are very sorry for the evacuees who are anxious to see the problem resolved."