Fukushima faces new earthquake, no damage at nuclear plants

4 years ago by in Japan

Fukushima Prefecture and the surrounding area were hit on Sunday by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake. The quake struck at 1:25pm (UTC), about 70 km from the city of Iwaki in Fukushima prefecture, and the epicenter was recorded at a depth of 50 km off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.

There was no tsunami warning issued after the quake and the Fukushima Daichi and Daini nuclear power plants were not damaged, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company that is operating the plants.

The quake came one day after a strong 6.3-magnitude tremor hit the western Japan on Saturday, near Awaji Island in the Hyogo Prefecture. At least 23 people were injured and more than 1,000 houses were damaged.

Japan is placed on the Pacific Ring of Fire – the meeting area of four tectonic plates – which is the reason for earthquakes being common in the country.

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a violent 9.0-magnitude earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami that destroyed the country’s northeastern coast and hit down Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Due to the impact, the plant’s cooling system was disabled, leading to meltdown, explosions and radiation leaks.