Friday, April 8, 2011

New quake in Japan: two dead and 132 injured

At least two people were killed and 132 injured in the earthquake of 7.4 magnitude on the Richter scale that struck yesterday Japan's northeast coast, local agency Kyodo reported. The quake was centered 40 kilometers deep and the same distance from the coast of Miyagi province, hardest hit by the quake and tsunami nine degrees March 11, with more than seven thousand seven hundred dead.

The Japanese authorities have warned that the new quake, which reached an intensity of six on the Japanese scale closed more than seven, may cause new replicas, so people have asked to be prepared to this contingency. The two victims of the earthquake was recorded in Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi province virtually swept by the tsunami of 11 March and Obanazawa, in the province of Yamagata.

The earthquake caused, in addition, at least 132 injured, fires and gas leaks, according to local police and firefighters Miyagi, quoted by Kyodo as well as closing the province's highways and rail services in the area. More than three and a half million homes were left without power in six provinces, some of the hardest hit by the earthquake of 9 degrees on March 11 and the devastating tsunami it generated.

The most recent earthquake was the strongest replica of the massive earthquake that killed at least 12 000 690 14 000 dead and 736 missing, according to police last count. At first, Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami alert was finally lifted this morning, barely an hour and a half later, no damage was reported.

Nuclear Security Agency of Japan said the new quake caused no major damage this Japanese nuclear power plants or the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which for nearly a month is leaking radioactive. degrees on the Richter scale radiation emissions and discharges of radioactive water from nuclear plant in Fukushima Japan have not yet produced a significant rise in radiation in the water in Taiwan, said the Office of Water Resources of the island.

Taiwan has carried out radiation tests on its water and found no abnormal levels of radiation, said the deputy director of the Office of Water Resources, Wu Yueh-hsi. Radiation controls water in swamps, ponds and lakes continue to be made every week until the situation stabilizes Japanese nuclear plant, said Wu.

Taiwan has also hired several companies to test for radiation in the sea surrounding the island, to the discharge of radioactive water in Fukushima, for fear that ocean currents bring radioactive particles. We currently are held in the island food inspections and other products from Japan.

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