Northern Japan Hit By Strong Earthquake

The Japan Meteorological Agency is reporting a that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Northern Japan, thankfully with little to no structual damage and with no risk of another devastating tsunami.   The center of the quake hit off the coast of Iwate, which was in the area that was heavily damaged by last years major quake and tsunami.

The Associate Press reported that there was not problems reported at any nuclear power plants:

Northern Japan Hit By Strong Earthquake

….Iwate is in the region heavily damaged by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. The massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, left some 19,000 people dead or missing, wreaked widespread damage along the northeastern coast and triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Rebuilding has yet to fully begin in many coastal communities.

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There were no abnormalities reported at nuclear power plants in the region, including theFukushima Dai-ichi plant that had been crippled by last year’s disasters, operators said. All but one of Japan’s 54 nuclear plants are offline, most of them for safety inspections….

You can read the full AP report here.