Zev Porat

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fukushima shaken by 6.0 magnitude quake

An aerial view shows the No.3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 18, 2013. (Reuters/Kyodo)

A strong undersea earthquake has hit the same northeastern region of Japan that was devastated by a deadly 2011 tsunami. No damage or injuries have been reported in the affected area, including the Fukushima prefecture.
The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi prefecture on Sunday. The epicenter was 50 kilometers below the seabed.  No tsunami warning was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Some roads and railways were, however, temporarily closed for safety checks, according to NHK TV broadcaster, cited by AP. 
The quake struck at approximately the same location where a 9.0 magnitude  earthquake  hit in March 2011, triggering a massive tsunami which led to multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant.  Over 15,000 people died as a result of the natural disaster and more than 3,200 went missing.   

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