Fukushima hit again by quake

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TOKYO: A pow­er­ful earth­quake rocked north­ern Ja­pan early yes­ter­day, briefly dis­rupt­ing cool­ing func­tions at a nu­clear plant and gen­er­at­ing a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima re­gion dev­as­tated in 2011.

The cool­ing sys­tem at the Daini Plant was shut down but was later restarted, said a spokesman for Tokyo Elec­tric Power.

The mag­ni­tude 7.4 quake, which was felt in Tokyo, sent thou­sands of res­i­dents flee­ing for higher ground as dawn broke along the north­east­ern coast. There were no re­ports of deaths or se­ri­ous in­juries.

A 1.4-me­tre wave was recorded at Sendai, about 70km north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hit­ting ports else­where along the coast, pub­lic broad­caster NHK said.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed ships mov­ing out to sea from har­bours as tsunami warn­ings wailed af­ter alerts of waves of up to three me­tres were is­sued.

Ae­rial footage showed tsunami waves rush­ing up rivers in some ar­eas, and some fish­ing boats were over­turned in the port of Hi­gashi-Mat­sushima. – Reuters

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