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Friday, August 19, 2011

Japan : M6.8 quake jolts Fukushima, Miyagi prefectures

Another earthquake rocks Japan. Article via Japan Today :

" TOKYO : A strong earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Friday. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 2:36 p.m. and was centered slightly south of where a massive magnitude 9.0 temblor struck on March 11.

The agency issued a tsunami advisory, predicting waves of 50 centimeters along the coast of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, where nuclear reactors crippled in the March quake are located. The advisory was lifted 30 minutes later.

In Tokyo, buildings swayed mildly, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

There were no abnormalities in key equipment at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, said Chie Hosoda, an official with the Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant’s operator. Radiation gauges did not show any abnormal change, nor were cooling operations affected. She said some of the plant’s workers assigned to the coastal side of the facility temporarily retreated inside the building.TEPCO also said the quake caused no disruption to operations at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture.

Announcers on television urged residents in coastal areas to head for higher ground, but about a half-hour after the quake, there were no reports of a tsunami reaching Japan."

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