Strong quake rattles Fukushima, reactors safe


Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

TOKYO (majirox news) — A strong earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, struck off Fukushima prefecture early July 31, but no reports of injury or damage were received, the Meteorological Agency said.

The quake with an epicenter off the coast of Fukushima prefecture registered 6.5 on the Richter scale at 3:53 a.m.

There was no danger of a tsunami occurring, the agency said, but did warn residents to be alert with the area expecting heavy rains.

“The joint effects of lashing rain and the earthquake suggest to us that the danger of landslides will increase,” agency spokesman Akira Nagai told a news conference. “We want people to be on their guard.”

Agency officials said the large temblor was one of six discernable aftershocks to strike in the early hours of Sunday morning, suggesting comparatively active seismic activity.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. confirmed that the earthquake had not caused any damage at the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, nor at the adjacent Fukushima Daini reactor.

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