VIENNA, March 15 Japan has told the U.N. nuclear
watchdog that its Hamaoka nuclear power plant continued to
operate safely despite a new earthquake striking nearby, the
Vienna-based agency said on Tuesday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said the plant was
located about 100 km (60 miles) from the epicentre of the 6.1
earthquake in Eastern Honshu reported at around 1330 GMT.
It said the IAEA's emergency centre "confirmed with Japan
that the plant continues to operate safely". It added: "Units 1
and 2 are decommissioned, unit 3 is under inspection and not
operational, and units 4 and 5 remain in safe operational status
after the earthquake."
(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl and Sylvia Westall; editing by Mark