Earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hits Japan's Fukushima Prefecture-Kyodo

Sept 20 Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:59pm IST

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Sept 20 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan early Friday morning, Kyodo reported, quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency.

No tsunami warning has been issued, the news agency said.

The focus of the quake was around 20 km (12.4 miles) underground in the prefecture, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Kyodo said.

There was no damage to the nuclear plant, Japanese media quoted Tokyo Electric as saying.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed Tokyo Electric on Thursday to decommission the remaining two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where four other reactors were devastated by a massive earthquake in 2011.

U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that the earthquake's magnitude was 5.3.

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zephon-baal wrote:
With thousands of gallons of highly radioactive waste stored above ground in containers that have no resistance to an earthquake and more radioactive waste created daily and no plan to contain the meltdown at this plant…

This is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Hopefully this earthquake is a wake up call if it is not already another major leak that would likely be covered up like the last one.

And they want to do the Olympics in Japan with this tragedy waiting to happen???

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