Nuclear plant in Japan checked for damage after quake

July 17, 2016 6:39 am

The file photo shows a nuclear power plant in the village of Tokai, .

Japanese authorities have
conducted checks at a non-operational power plant in eastern Japan
following a 5.0-magnitude earthquake in the region.

The
Tokai No 2 nuclear power station was checked for potential damage after
the quake hit the region near the capital, Tokyo, on Sunday.
According
to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the
earthquake was 44 kilometers (27 miles) northeast of Tokyo at a depth of
about as many kilometers.
There reportedly was no danger of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
Earthquakes
frequently happen in Japan; a massive one rocked the country in March
2011 and caused a devastating tsunami, which left more than 19,000
people dead and missing.
The tsunami also crippled the country’s
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and led to radioactive leakage. The
nuclear crisis is considered the world’s worst since the Chernobyl
nuclear disaster in 1986.
The Tokai No 2 nuclear power station has reportedly been shut since the 2011 incident.
In
April, two powerful earthquakes, measuring 6.2 and 7.0 magnitudes on
the Richter scale, struck southwestern Japan. Some 44 people died in the
quakes, and over 1,000 others were injured and tens of thousands of
others were displaced.
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