Monday, March 28, 2011

New 6.5 Earthquake in Japan 3-28-2011

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck off the northeast coast of Japan as the country struggles to mitigate the consequences of its nuclear disaster.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a 50-centimetre (18 inch) tsunami warning has been issued for the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, which was ruined by the huge earthquake and tsunami that hit on March 11, AFP reported on Sunday.

A massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 in Japan's northern coast set off the nuclear problems by knocking out power to cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and causing radiation leaks.

The government has ordered the evacuation of about 200,000 people living in a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) area around the plant, and told people living between 20 kilometers and 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the plant to remain indoors.

Japan has announced that nearly 28,000 people have died or are feared dead as a result of the disastrous quake and tsunami.

The quake is now considered Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people

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