7.3 Quake Hits Near Fukushima Japan

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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake
35 km from Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan · 12:59 PM

 

17:00 PST all tsunami warnings have been lifted per NHK.

15:15 PST the quake has been revised to 7.4in the Richter scale with a depth of 25 kilometers, still capable of great damage. Tsunami warning now for Miyagi prefecture. The quake happened at 5:59 AM, local time.

15:00 PST Cooling system at pool number 3 is back online.

NHK is speaking to an expert, and temperature within the cooling pool is rising very slowly. Technically, it will remain safe until it reaches 65 degrees centigrade, which could take upwards of a week. The temperature rise is gradual. Right now it is at 28 degrees centigrade.
TEPCO is preparing to resume operations of the cooling system, however.

14:40 PST Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to the public. He addressed the issue of the Fukushima power plant. He said that there have been no sudden rises in the temperature of the number three spent fuel pool at the Fukushima plant, which suffered meltdowns in 2011 after a major earthquake and tsunami. He also said that there is no danger of a radiation leak.

There are some minor injuries and they are checking on damage across the area directly affected by the strong earthquake.

14:33 PST Clarification, there is enough water in water pool number 3 to keep the fuel rods cool. There is no immediate danger. Temperature is at 27 centigrade, within safe parameters.

14:20 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also addressed the people, and he vows to provide all information on damages and injuries to the people. He vows to get all resources necessary for rescue operations. There will be a press conference at 7:30 AM local time.

14:18 PST NHK is reporting that the water cooling system of pool three at the spent fuel pool is no longer circulating. TEPCO is reporting this, though NHK.

We are monitoring the NHK live feed.

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They are saying that Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO), owners of the Fukushima plant, reports no damage to the plant or an increase in background radiation.

Update, NHK, the Japanese News Agency. reports that the wave is expected to be 3 meters, that is 9,84 feet.

Nov 21, 2016 (JAPAN) An earthquake has hit Honshu, near Fukushima. It had an intensity of 7.3 on the Richter scale.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, citing the United States Geological Service:

20m20 minutes ago BREAKING: Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes off Fukushima, Japan. Tsunami warning issued: USGS

CNN reports the wave about to hit at 1 meter or 3.2 feet, and people have been urged to go inland.

According to both the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center we do not expect a tsunami to hit either Hawaii or North America.

This is a developing News Story.

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