A 5.3 earthquake hit Japan's Fukushima, continuing the disruptive forces of nature in that area of the world. According to Yahoo News on Sept. 19, the earthquake hit without any warning alerts sounding.
Fukushima is the home of a nuclear power plant that was crippled in the earthquake and tsunami that hit the area in 2011. Those natural disasters caused three reactors to melt and damaged a cooling plant. Since the disasters, radiation-contaminated groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean.
Luckily, after the 5.3 earthquake today, the plant's operator said that there have been no abnormality in their radiation or equipment since the quake.
The entire area is in the "Ring of Fire," which is an arc of zones that consists of 90 percent of the earth's earthquakes. There is also a large volcanic zone in that area, which is where the name came from.
This 5.3 earthquake comes just months after one of the exact same magnitude hit the southeast coast of Hawaii in June.
While a 5.3 earthquake, such as the one that hit California one year ago, is normally moderate and usually only causes cracks in walls or knocking things off shelves, the one in Fukushima is much more concerning thanks to the nuclear power plants there.