DEVELOPING: In a repeat of recent history, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake as struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan early Tuesday morning. The Quake triggered a tsunami warning with waves of up to 10 feet forecast to strike the already radiation contaminated region. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake struck around 6 a.m. at a depth of 6 miles.
Reuters News Service is reporting that Tokyo Electric Power Co was checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima for damage. The utility reported that there was no damage to its Onagawa nuclear plant. Fukushima prefecture is north of Tokyo and home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011.
That quake related Tsunami resulted in hundreds of thousands being evacuated and hundreds of square miles being contaminated with radioactive materials. In addition, building materials and other items made radioactive have been washing up on American beaches in the Pacific Northwest for the last 3 years. Japanese public broadcaster NHK is urging people to evacuate the coast immediately, reminding them of the devastating 2011 quake that killed about 18,000 people.
Currently there are no reports of damage to Japanese coastal areas but officials are concerned about possible damage to power generating facilities in the area and the danger of any possible aftershocks. One Tsunami has already struck the area with no reports of damage as of yet, but officials are telling residents to evacuate immediately because they are expecting other waves to follow.
We will update this report as necessary….
The Associated Press and Reuters News Service contributed to this report.
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