Strong earth­quake rocks Ja­pan, trig­gers tsunami

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - HTWORLD - Reuters let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

TOKYO: A strong earth­quake cen­tred off the coast of north­east­ern Ja­pan shook build­ings as far away as Tokyo on Fri­day and trig­gered a one-me­tre tsunami in the area dev­as­tated by last year’s Fukushima dis­as­ter.

The quake had a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 7.3, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said, adding that there was no risk of a wide­spread tsunami. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of death or in­jury.

The March 2011 earth­quake and fol­low­ing tsunami killed nearly 20,000 peo­ple and trig­gered the world’s worst nu­clear cri­sis in 25 years when the Fukushima-Dai­ichi nu­clear plant was de­stroyed, leak­ing ra­di­a­tion into the sea and air. Work­ers at the plant were or­dered to move to higher ground af­ter Fri­day’s quake. Tokyo Elec­tric Power Co, the op­er­a­tor of the Fukushima nu­clear plant, re­ported no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at its nu­clear plants. The quake reg­is­tered a 4 in Tokyo.

The one-me­tre tsunami hit at Ishi­no­maki, in Miyagi, at the cen­tre of the dev­as­ta­tion from the March 2011 dis­as­ter. All Miyagi trains halted op­er­a­tions and Sendai air­port, which was flooded by the tsunami last year, closed its run­way.

Narita air­port out­side Tokyo was back in ac­tion af­ter a brief clo­sure for safety checks.

Prime Min­is­ter Yoshi­hiko Noda can­celled cam­paign­ing in Tokyo ahead of a De­cem­ber 16 elec­tion and was on his way back to his of­fice, but there was no im­me­di­ate plan to hold a spe­cial cab­i­net meet­ing.

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