An earthquake hit just off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, on November 22 at 5:59am local time. The earthquake measured 7.3 magnitude, and a tsunami warning has been issued.
The tsunami warnings are in place for waves reaching as high as 3m, due to the earthquake. There have been no reports of injuries or damage at this time. Tokyo Electric Power Co. is currently checking on its plant. The ain water pump had shut off, but the backup pump was still working. No other damage has been reported.
Fukushima was in reports in 2011 after an earthquake damaged the nuclear power plant. The earthquake was Japan’s strongest earthquake on record, at a 9 magnitude. The damage to the nuclear power plant caused the biggest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. says that there is no damage to the Onagawa plant.
The quake was felt about 200 miles south of the epicenter, and caused tall buildings to sways. The Telegraph reports that the quake lasted for a minute and was followed by at least one minor aftershock.
The earthquake was later confirmed as 7.4 magnitude, although the U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake as 6.9 magnitude. Smaller than expected waves were seen, but residents were warned to stay out of the water. Tsunamis of up to 90cm have been spotted in some areas.
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