Friday, August 19, 2011

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes without damage Fukushima

An earthquake measuring 6.8 degrees on the Richter scale took place in the sea off the coast of Fukushima, and has triggered a tsunami warning for the province and Miyagi with a forecast-foot waves. The tremor was centered at sea about 20 kilometers deep, according to Nippon Meteorological Agency. According to NHK, the earthquake has not affected the battered Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and there have been increases in the levels of radiation.

On the other hand, in the nearby central and Fukushima Daini Onagawa, standing from the earthquake of March 11, has not detected any problem. Operating reactors of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata province (northwest), have not been affected and continue to function normally. So far, local media reported no serious damage or injuries or deaths caused the quake.

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