5.3-Magnitude Earthquake: No Damage to Nuclear Plant

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook the island of Japan at about 1:25 EDT (2:25 am Friday Japan time), and the troubled and now famous Fukushima Nuclear Plant. However Reuters reports that Tokyo Electric is quoted in Japanese media saying there is no damage to the plant and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

The focus of the quake was around 20 km (12.4 miles) underground in the prefecture, which houses Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

On Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered Tokyo Electric to decommission the remaining two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where four other reactors were devastated by a massive earthquake in 2011.

The 2011 disaster caused three reactors to melt and damaged a fuel cooling pool at another. Officials have acknowledged that radiation-contaminated groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean since soon after the meltdowns.

The region lies on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that runs around the Pacific Rim. About 90 percent of all the world's earthquakes occur in the region.

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Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.