6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of the Japanese
island of Honshu, according to USGS data. TEPCO said the quake did
not affect the integrity of its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,
located relatively close to its epicenter.
quake struck around 9:43pm GMT on Friday, some 65 km east-northeast
of the city of Sendai. The Japan Meteorological Agency measured
the quake at the lower magnitude of 5.8.
tsunami warning was issued by the JMA. The Pacific Tsunami Warning
Center also said that “a
destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.”
Electric Power Company, Inc., the operator of the Fukushima nuclear
plant, checked whether the quake had any impact on the facility but
did not find any irregularities, Reuters reported citing Japanese
on Friday, some 23,000 people participated in an annual drill at the
Ikata Nuclear Power Plant in Ehime Prefecture, southern Japan, NHK
news reported. The emergency exercise drill was based on a scenario
in which powerful earthquake strikes the region.
lessons from the March 2011 tsunami, an exercise in which residents
were evacuated by boat was held for the first time at Cape Sada, the
broadcaster noted. Employees of the plant run by Shikoku Electric
Power Company were joined by representatives of 90 organizations,
including central and local governments.