Japan earthquake triggers Fukushima meltdown fear

The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 6.9, down from an initial 7.3
The US Geological Survey map shows the magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan 
Credit: USGS
The US Geological Survey map shows the magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan Credit: USGS

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s Honshu island on Tuesday morning, triggering tsunami waves, news reports say. The quake centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km was also felt in Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Service.

No deaths or injuries were reported till the time of filing the report. The Fukushima nuclear plant witnessed a brief disruption, bringing back memories of the 2011 disaster. Five year earlier, a 9-magnitude earthquake killed more than 20,000 people and caused tsunamis of up to 12 metres, swamping the plant and triggering a nuclear meltdown.

Thousands of people living in coastal areas were advised to locate to higher grounds as a result of tsunami waves up to three metres high. The tsunami warning was later lifted, media reports add.

The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 6.9, down from an initial 7.3.

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