No additional reactor damage after Fukushima quake: TEPCO
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake that shook the Japanese island of Honshu early Friday morning caused no visible damage to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, according to site operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in a statement released to Kyodo news agency today.
The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website measured magnitude 5.3, had its epicentre 22 kilometres underground and about 50 kilometres southwest of the island’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is currently undergoing attempts to fix leaks of radioactive water that have been ongoing since the huge earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant in March 2011.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake, which ocurred at about 2:25 a.m. local time, was magnitude 5.8. Reports said buildings in Tokyo, about 175 kilometres away, swayed as a result of the quake.