Breaking: Earthquake Hits Japan Near Fukushima

Japan's nuclear watchdog members, including Nuclear Regulation Authority members in radiation protection suits, inspect contaminated water tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 23, 2013. Japan's nuclear watchdog dispatched an inspection team to the crippled Fukushima plant after workers found a huge toxic water leak and unexplained radiation hotspots. Earlier this week around 300 tonnes of radioactive liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the hundreds of tanks that hold polluted water, some of which was used to cool the broken reactors, in an episode dubbed the most serious in nearly two years. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JAPAN POOL via JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JAPAN POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 25, 2013, 9:47 a.m.

Fox News is re­port­ing that an earth­quake of mag­nitude 7.3 has struck Ja­pan near the Fukushi­ma pre­fec­ture. 

A mag­nitude-9.0 earth­quake hit the re­gion in 2011, lead­ing to a tsunami that triggered a melt­down at three of the plant’s nuc­le­ar re­act­ors. 

Ac­cord­ing to Tokyo Elec­tric Power Co., the plant’s op­er­at­or, the plant has not sus­tained dam­age from the earth­quake. 

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