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Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Fukushima

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22 May 2022 01:05:22 GMT9
22 May 2022 01:05:22 GMT9

Arab News Japan

TOKYO: A strong earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Fukushima at 12:24 p.m. on Sunday.

The quake had a seismic intensity of 5- on the Japanese 7-point scale (5 on a scale of 10) in Iwaki City and was centered at a depth of 30 kilometers.

The epicenter was in the sea off the coast of Ibaraki and not far from the nuclear power plant that blew up after a tsunami in 2011. Japanese authorities said there was no danger of a tsunami from Sunday’s quake.

Tremors were also felt in Tokyo and the surrounding area although no damage was reported there. In addition, a seismic intensity of 3 was observed in Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Niigata prefectures.

In Iwaki City, NHK reported that the quake caused strong shaking for about 20 seconds causing items in homes to fall down.

Following the earthquake, the government set up an information liaison office at the crisis management center at the prime minister’s office.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station were checking for any abnormalities. 

According to the Ibaraki Prefecture Disaster Prevention and Crisis Management Division, there was no reported abnormality from nuclear facilities in Ibaraki Prefecture, where shaking with a seismic intensity of 3 was observed. 

In addition, there was no change in the levels of radiation around the nuclear power plants.

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