Tokyo area hit by magnitude 5.5 earthquake

TOKYO Sat Nov 9, 2013 6:43pm EST

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TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no irregularities at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The earthquake was centered in southwest Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo. There was no threat of a tsunami.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant 220 km (130 miles) northeast of Tokyo, said there was no apparent impact from the quake.

"We have so far seen no abnormalities in monitoring post figures around the plants or in other parameters," a Tokyo Electric spokesman said.

The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo with northern Japan were briefly suspended, while Tokyo's two international airports were operating normally and there were no reports of irregularities at the Tokai Daini nuclear facility, public broadcaster NHK said.

(Reporting by Edmund Klamann and Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Eric Beech)

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SeniorMoment wrote:
This story doesn’t even merit international coverage. Japan is virtually the epicenter of the Pacific Rim of Fire, which is loaded with volcanos and subject to plate tectonics. Earthquakes in Japan and not noteworthy outside of Japan unless massive damage results or the earthquake lifts the sea bed enough to send a wall of water as a tsunami across the Pacific. Neither applies to this Earthquake which is well within the earthquake tolerance of Japan’s building code.

Nov 09, 2013 7:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kimsarah wrote:
Especially since Tepco is getting ready to delicately remove damaged radioactive fuel rods from earthquake/tsunami ravaged Fukushima Unit 4, with the survival of the northern hemisphere on the line.

Nov 10, 2013 1:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
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