Quake rocks Japan`s crippled nuclear power plant

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Tokyo: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an
area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled
Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday but there were no reports
of damage to the facility, officials said.

The moderate quake struck offshore near the coast of
Fukushima at 1535 IST with a "very shallow" focus, the Japan
Meteorological Agency said.

There were no fears of a tsunami following the tremor,
the agency said.

"The quake has not caused anything abnormal at Fukushima
Daiichi," Masashi Kato, a spokesman for the plant`s operator
Tokyo Electric Power Co, said.

"The plant is continuing its normal operations including
the injection of water into the (molten) reactor cores," he
added.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or property
damage elsewhere.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 triggered a
monster tsunami which killed some 20,000 people and crippled
cooling systems at the plant, causing meltdowns in some of its
reactors.

PTI

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